Following the mainstream emergence of cannabidiol (CBD) products, CBD isolate is the most compelling way for retail brand manufactures to easily dose mg/ml in their products while offering products that are easier to flavor. There is nothing else to account for when dosing a CBD product using isolate, no fats, lipids, proteins, cannabinoids, terpenes… Nothing but pure isolated cannabidiol. CBD isolate, for the most part, has little smell or taste. When you mix CBD isolate with MCT oil for a tincture, for example, its a much “cleaner” tasting liquid than a full spectrum tincture made with CBD crude oil. No, you will not have the full spectrum benefits of a CBD crude oil tincture, but its a much more marketable product for retailers. CBD isolate is actually one of the most distinct and versatile forms of CBD on the market.
How CBD Isolate is Made
Various processes can be used to manufacture CBD isolate including supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) or a more widely used ethanol-based extractions. Ethanol is the most used form for extracting CBD isolate simply due to economy of scale as Co2 is very expensive. Again, during CBD isolate extraction a number of components are removed from the biomass, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, as well as fats, lipids, and other ALL compounds except the pure CBD compound. After that, the CBD compound needs to be separated from the rest of the extraction, which is done through a series of washing and separation processes.
The initial refinement wash is done with a mixture of hexane (an extracting hydrocarbon) and acetic acid. Next is the winterization process, effectively separating the lipids, waxes, and fats from extracts in an extremely cold environment, followed by the removal of impurities and unwanted plant particles. Rotary evaporators and falling-film units are devices that utilize heat and pressure to carefully separate solvents from compounds. The remaining plant compounds are refined even further through chromatography, a process that separates cannabinoids by putting them through various chemicals at different speeds. The end result, CBD isolate.
With the current costs of CBD isolate plummeting, it has become increasingly hard for manufacturing facilities to make the margins they need to stay in business. Well, we use a large GMP certified state of the art lab in Colorado. This allows us to stay competitive when pricing out our CBD isolate while staying in business! Please contact us with any and all questions regarding your CBD isolate needs.