Isolating powder - from the inside out

Isolating powder - from the inside out

So, what is isolation? It may sound technical, but it's actually not that complicated. What we call an isolate is a single compound - such as CBD or CBG - that we separate from the rest of the material in the cannabis plant. In short: separation occurs when you separate the desired part from the rest of the plant. It is a single cannabinoid in pure powder form.

The benefits of isolation

Don't worry, isolate is THC-free

Because isolate - and what's made from it - is THC-free, it may appeal to anyone who wishes to undergo drug screening or has other reasons to avoid THC.

Purity Makes Portioning Easier

Because an isolate contains more than 99 percent CBD, CBG or other cannabinoids, the math is easy when it comes to calculating the potency of a serving. One serving of 50 mg equals 50 mg of CBD, and when using a tincture or lotion, the CBD is a fraction of the total amount used.

Cheaper than other CBD options

Because you only pay for the isolate itself and not in combination with an oil, lotion or other medium, you only pay for what you need. This makes isolation more accessible and affordable.

For example, a 5 gram size Lazarus Naturals bulk CBD isolate sells for $35 and contains 5 grams (or 5,000 mg) of CBD. This equates to a cost of $7 per gram of CBD. At the same recommended serving size of 50 mg of CBD, this translates to 35 cents per serving. Buying these bulk separates in bulk (up to 1,000 gram containers) further reduces the cost per serving.

On the other hand, pre-made products may be a viable approach for those who are less inclined to DIY. This is especially true for those who are not highly budget conscious. For example, the cost of a single serving of lotion may be several times the cost of purchasing an isolate with no other ingredients added. For example, a 6.7 ounce package of Pacific Pine Full Spectrum CBD Lotion sells for $70 and contains 2,000 mg (or 2 grams) of CBD. This works out to a cost of $35 per gram of CBD. The recommended serving size of one teaspoon contains 50 mg of CBD, which is equivalent to $1.75 per use.


No risk to THC-sensitive individuals

Reduces the risk of a positive drug test result

Does not contain any cannabis odor or taste

99% concentration (highest potency of any type of CBD or CBG product)

Most economical per serving

3 Ways to DIY CBD and CBG Isolation

So, what exactly can this odorless, tasteless, fine white powder do? Basically, anything you want. Here are some suggestions.

1 - Make your own tincture

If you prefer CBD or CBG in liquid, you can make your own tincture by gently heating the isolate with a small amount of cooking oil (such as MCT coconut oil).

This is a simple recipe that provides 50 mg of CBD or CBG, depending on the isolate you choose. You will need a 2 ounce size bottle and a graduated dropper cap with a 1 ml service line.


Mix 3 grams of isolate with 2 ounces of MCT oil (usually coconut oil or palm kernel oil). Other oils such as olive oil or avocado can also be used, but they are not as bioavailable/absorbed as MCT oil.

Using a double boiler with approximately two inches of water in the bottom pan, heat ingredients over medium-low heat.

Gently stir to dissolve the isolate.

Remove from the heat and allow the tincture to cool.

Use a funnel to pour the tincture into the bottle.

Keep refrigerated

2 - Mix it with a topical carrier oil

Your skin has receptors that are responsive to CBD, CBG and other cannabinoids. These are part of the endocannabinoid system, and lotions and oils infused with cannabinoids trigger a response that users report as beneficial for pain and muscle inflammation.

Use any skin-friendly oil such as coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil. Shea butter also provides an excellent carrier for CBD or CBG isolates. Heating the oil will allow the isolate to mix more quickly.

3 - Make Your Own Butter Coffee

Butter coffee, aka Bulletproof coffee is a mixture of beneficial fats, such as butter and coconut oil, mixed with strong coffee to fuel your day. It is very popular with low-carb dieters and ketogenic diet plans. You can make your own by adding CBD isolate.


1 cup of brewed coffee

1 teaspoon. to 2 tablespoons. Coconut oil

1-2 tablespoons. Grass-fed unsalted butter or 1-2 teaspoons. Grass-fed Ghee

5 mg CBD isolate powder to start. Add as needed


Brew 1 cup (8-12 ounces) of coffee

In a blender, add coffee, CBD isolate and butter or ghee.

Blend for 20-30 seconds until it looks like a creamy latte. Enjoy!

Makes: 1 cup

Portion Plan

How much isolation is right for you? That depends. There are no specific guidelines for CBD and other isolates because the FDA does not specify a "recommended daily allowance. If you are considering taking CBD or CBG with your medications, discuss the appropriate serving size with your healthcare professional. CBD may interact with some prescription drugs and your provider may have guidelines.

As a general rule, consider starting with 5 to 20 mg of the isolate per day. It's a good idea to keep a running log of the amount you serve and any effects. From there, you can add 5 mg at a time.

To measure isolates, use a spoon designed for dispensing milligrams. Home use spoons are too large - for example, one teaspoon equals 5 grams (4.93 grams to be exact), which is many times larger than a typical CBD serving.

How is CBD isolate made?

The method of making CBD isolate begins with the cannabis plant, which is naturally low in THC and by definition meets the federal legal requirement of no more than 0.3% THC. The plant matter is processed into a CBD-rich oil, known in the industry as a full-spectrum extract.

The extracts are extensively filtered and subjected to a period of time at freezing temperatures, called winterization, to remove lipids and waxes. The resulting product is then subjected to a series of distillation steps to remove any residual ethanol, terpenes and residual waxes and starch to produce a high purity distillate extract. This material undergoes a separation process to produce purified crystalline CBD. the same process is used to separate CBG and other cannabinoids.

Purchase CBD and CBG Isolates

Isolates are very effective compared to tinctures or lotions that contain carrier oils and lower concentrations of CBD and possibly other cannabinoids. Anyone who wants to avoid THC should have an accurate understanding of the contents of their isolate product. This is why consumers should seek out products that have been analyzed by a third party (independent) lab.

Any reputable manufacturer of CBD-infused products uses an independent laboratory to verify the purity and content of their products.

Products sold as "CBD isolates" or "CBG isolates" may contain other ingredients, such as essential oils, coconut oil or other carrier oils or alcohol bases. Sometimes sweeteners are added.

The most economical way to purchase isolates (as described in the section on benefits above) is in pure white powder form. These are usually classified as "bulk" products.

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