What equipment is needed to produce CBD or THC isolate?
Once it hits a certain temperature, agitation will slow as the temperature is slowly brought down. This will cause the CBD or THC to “crash out” meaning it will begin to crystalize. The crystals can be removed from the vessel and rinsed with cold pentane, or another solvent, which will help to remove any unwanted remains. The crystals can be then milled into a powder, depending on what their use or final product will be.
There is also a discussion in the community about the benefits of multiple cannabinoids working together to create an entourage effect that increases the overall benefits. An isolate would not produce that due to the purity of the product.
The benefit of an isolate is it allows for precise measurements, and therefore controlled dosages of the desired component. It’s especially popular for patients who want to use only CBD, an isolate product that has the lowest percentage of other substances present.
An isolate is also free of odour and taste as all those terpenes and components of the cannabis or hemp plant have been removed during the process. It is also colourless because any chlorophyll has been removed leaving just the clear/white crystals.
Important things to consider before producing THC or CBD isolate
The isolate process occurs after distillation and separates the cannabinoids fully. It is the furthest you can take biomass to refine it into a pristine substance.
After extraction it is possible to isolate individual components. A hemp plant naturally contains much more than just cannabinoids. Terpenes and flavonoids are both interesting and helpful for CBD products. Among other things they are responsible for the aromat. Depending on which product is planned, the desired ingredients are isolated. The particular substances then also determine the name of the product.
CBD, THC, cannabinoids, endocannabinoid system, entourage effect, full spectrum oil, isolate – the list of innovative foreign words associated with the new hype about CBD could go on. It can be confusing and yet just as necessary. With this article we will bring a little more light into the dark. We will explain the differences between full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate and further takinga look at the herbal cannabinoid system. However, to understand the differences, we first need to understand what cannabinoids actually are.
What is an isolate?
When an isolate is mentioned in connection with CBDit is a pure, isolated cannabinoid. As the name suggests, these products contain only pure CBD and no other ingredients. Due to the lack of terpenes, pure CBD isolates have a very mild aroma. Therefore they are particularly suitable for people who are sensitive to other cannabinoids.
The full spectrum of cannabinoids – as the name suggests. Full spectrum oils contain much more than just CBD. Besides the effective cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and omega-3 fatty acids are also used.
Each of these cannabinoids works differently. While THC is known for its psychoactive effect, CBD has rather the opposite effect. There are also more than 100 other cannabinoids. Science has not yet researched all of them. Therefore, there will certainly be exciting results in the future. CBG (cannabigerol) or CBN (cannabinol) are just two more that are currently attracting the interest of researchers.