Cannabidiol (CBD) crystals, or CBD isolate, are the pure form of CBD, which is a compound from the cannabis plant.
CBD is one of many cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis plants. Other than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is the most abundant compound, and it has numerous potential health benefits.
In this article, we explain what CBD crystals are and how to use them.
There are multiple ways of extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, including steam distillation, carbon dioxide extraction, and solvent extraction.
The resulting product often contains various compounds from the cannabis plant, including low levels of THC, but this depends on the plant source. At this stage, the extracted CBD is either full-spectrum or low-spectrum.
Manufacturers then refine the product further to obtain CBD isolate, or crystals.
The refining process removes all non-CBD compounds from the product, leaving behind pure CBD in a crystalline solid form. Usually, producers grind up the crystals for sale or use them in other CBD products.
What Are CBD Crystals & Are They Effective?
CBD crystals are a common form of CBD isolate, which means they should contain no other compounds from the hemp or cannabis plants. In reality, some brands have minuscule traces of terpenes and other cannabinoids. The best products can contain over 99.99% CBD!
There are various methods of extracting oil from plant material. These include steam distillation, solvent extraction, and supercritical carbon dioxide extraction. CO2 extraction is believed to provide the purest and cleanest CBD products.
Manufacturers then refine the product even more to produce CBD crystals. This process gets rid of every non-CBD compound. It should result in a crystalline solid product that contains almost 100% CBD. Companies then either use CBD oil in other products or grind them and put them on sale as a CBD isolate.
What Could CBD Do for Me?
While there is plenty of evidence supporting the entourage effect, research suggests the theory is not 100% conclusive. An Australian study published in 2019 looked at the possibility of a cannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effect.
The researchers studied the responses of cells with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the presence of THC and several terpenoids. However, the study found that the receptors weren’t changed by any of the six terpenes used in the experiment. This happened regardless of whether the terpenes were used separately or mixed.