What’s CBD Isolate and How Do You Use It?

By 2023, the CBD industry is expected to see a record-setting 23 billion in sales. If you’re looking to join the gold rush, you’re not alone. 

Many people get cold feet about trying CBD as they don’t want any traces of THC in their products. Using a hemp-derived CBD product won’t typically give you the psychoactive effects of THC, however, hemp-derived products are legally permitted to contain up to 0.3% of THC.

To a small percentage of people that are extremely sensitive, even trace amounts of THC can cause a failed drug test or make them feel slightly intoxicated. Fortunately, you can have your (CBD) cake and eat it too with CBD isolate. Thanks to its absence of THC, it’s one of the most versatile CBD products available. 

So, what exactly is CBD isolate, and what’s it used for? We’ll explore it below. 

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is 99.9% pure CBD and comes in a crystalline solid or powder form. 

Most manufacturers use either supercritical CO2 or ethanol (food grade alcohol) methods to produce CBD isolate from the hemp plant. Both of these extraction methods are safe and produce high quality extracts. 

During the CBD extraction process, cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, lipids, and other compounds are entirely stripped from the plant. The CBD compound is further isolated through a series of washing and separation processes, resulting in a pure CBD isolate. 

CBD Isolate Benefits

CBD isolate offers a range of unique benefits, and it’s also a highly versatile product that can be ingested in numerous ways. 

  • No THC — CBD isolate is the purest form of hemp-derived CBD. You won’t have to worry about ingesting even trace amounts of THC with these products. 
  • Different ways to consume — You can ingest, smoke, or even incorporate CBD isolate into topical preparations without sacrificing quality or potency. 
  • Easy to dose — Since CBD isolate is 99.9% pure CBD, calculating a dose is simple. In the metric system, 1 gram equals 1000mg. So, 1 gram of CBD isolate = 1000mg of CBD.

What’s CBD Isolate Used For?

Researchers believe that having other cannabinoids, including THC, and terpenes mixed with CBD yields better results. However, some people do not want THC for various reasons. If you’ve wanted to try CBD but are concerned about ingesting trace amounts of THC, we recommend giving CBD isolate a try. It may require higher doses, but can give you all of the usual benefits of CBD without the risk of THC ingestion. 

How to Use CBD Isolate

You can consume crystalline, or powder-form CBD isolates in several ways. CBD isolate is odorless and tasteless, whether powder or crystal, making it ideal for various applications. 


Simply place CBD isolate under your tongue and keep it there for one minute. Sublingual applications allow you to deliver the CBD directly into the bloodstream. CBD can then bypass the digestive system and liver for slightly faster effects than edibles and higher absorption rates. You can also make a tincture by diluting CBD isolate into a carrier oil like MCT or olive oil. Just heat the oil, weigh and add the desired amount of CBD isolate, and stir until incorporated. 


Inhaling CBD isolate allows for fast-acting effects because the CBD is bypassing the digestive system and is absorbed instantaneously in the lungs. Inhaling cannabinoids produces effects within minutes instead of hours. You can mix CBD with terpenes to create an isolate that can be smoked or dabbed or sprinkle isolate on flower in a joint or on a bowl. 


If you’re looking for a more slow-burn effect, you can try CBD isolate capsules. This will give you a highly accurate dose. It’s also possible to mix CBD isolate with different ingredients for a CBD-infused drink or dish. 

If you’re going to ingest CBD isolate in food or drink, we recommend increasing CBD isolate bioavailability by mixing it with a carrier. This could be any fat like coconut oil, olive oil, MCT, hemp seed oil, or even butter. This will make it easy to incorporate into recipes and help it permeate the gastrointestinal system and enter the bloodstream for more effective relief.  


CBD isolate mixed with a carrier oil allows you to enjoy convenient CBD dosing to soothe your skin. Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it is a great way to incorporate CBD isolate into topicals. Infuse CBD isolate into coconut oil by heating it and stirring until incorporated. You can also use other ingredients like beeswax, shea butter, and/or essential oils. You can even infuse CBD isolate into jojoba oil, avocado oil, or other ingredients you put on your skin.

Buying High-quality CBD Isolate

When buying any CBD product, look for companies that offer lab testing from an independent third party. This helps ensure that your CBD isolate is pure and free of THC or other impurities. 

At East Coast Herbalist, our products are backed by lab testing through a third party. All of our CBD products are free of mold and other harmful contaminants. What you see on the label is what you get. 

We offer a range of CBD isolate products, whether you are looking for something ready to use or just want to purchase isolate to create your own products at home. Shop online today or get in touch with us if you have any questions. We’re always happy to help!

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