CBD isolates are cannabidiol in its purest form, and the popularity of CBD isolates is on the rise. If you live in a canna-friendly area, you may have noticed that CBD crystals are becoming more readily available. If you are considering using CBD crystals, you probably have a few questions. What is CBD? What are CBD crystals? What are the associated benefits? How do you use them? Let’s explore what CBD crystals are, how they are made, and how you can incorporate them into your daily life.
What are CBD crystals?
The cannabis compound CBD (cannabidiol) produces a peaceful, relaxed feeling without a psychotropic high. CBD will not give you a high because they do not contain THC. They are all-natural, highly purified cannabinoid that has been extracted from hemp plants. Hemp and other cannabis extracts normally contain trace remnants of other plant material, but CBD crystals have been refined to the highest level of purity.
How are crystals made?
As a medicinal herb, cannabis can produce more than 100 distinct chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. (1) CBD crystals are one of these compounds. They are harvested from hemp plants that contain high levels of CBD. The CBD-rich plant extract is heated, cooled, and separated repeatedly. During the final cycle, chemists insert a seed blanket into the solution, place it in a cool, dark area, and use a vacuum pump to remove contaminants. The crystals soon begin to grow. The separation process continues until the crystals contain 98 to 99 percent isolated CBD.
What are the benefits/effects of CBD crystals?
There are pros and cons to using crystals. Two advantages are purity and convenience. Since crystals contain virtually pure CBD, they are easy to portion into daily servings using a simple kitchen scale. They are also tasteless and odorless. Another benefit of CBD crystals is that they may create feelings of calm and relaxation. They could help you reduce feelings of stress and pain and sleep more soundly. Crystals do not carry the drawbacks of THC, such as impaired cognition. They are more versatile than CBD oil, and are suitable for dabbing, using in edibles, and ingesting sublingually.
One potential drawback of CBD crystals is that they may interfere with the metabolization of liver enzymes and neutralize the effects of other medicines in the body. (2) Another disadvantage of CBD crystals is that they can be pricey. Crystals potentially carry the same side effects as other forms of CBD, including dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and sleepiness. (3) If lightheadedness occurs, it is generally temporary and can be alleviated by drinking coffee or tea. If CBD makes you drowsy, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery when using it.
How can you use CBD crystals?
There are a few easy ways in which you can use CBD crystals. You may eat them, dab them, apply them topically, blend them into oil for tinctures, or dissolve them into e-liquids. Let’s discuss each of these methods in greater detail:
CBD Crystals for Edibles
You can dissolve CBD crystals into fatty ingredients like butter or cooking oils. Just set your stove top range to the lowest heat setting and melt your butter or oil in a pan. Add the desired amount of crystals and stir slowly until they have completely dissolved, approximately five minutes. Now your crystals are ready to be added to your baked goods or other dishes. The possibilities are endless. To get started, try crystals in brownies, muffins, pie crusts, guacamole, and pesto.
Convenience is the major advantage of using CBD crystals in edibles. One drawback of ingesting crystals in edibles is that you may experience a delay in effects. It is more difficult to predict effects and timing when CBD crystals are eaten, because every person’s digestive system absorbs at different rates. This difficulty could make it more challenging for you to determine an appropriate serving size for yourself.
Crystals for Dabbing/Vaping/E-liquids
CBD crystals are more versatile than oils because they can be dabbed, while oils cannot. If you want a quick way to use them, you can dab them with an oil rig or wax vaporizer, as you would any other cannabis concentrate. You can conveniently vape your CBD crystals almost anywhere by making a portable vapor pen. To create your own, dissolve up to 200 milligrams of CBD crystals per ten milligrams of e-liquid. Then heat the liquid to 140 degrees F and shake until the crystals are completely dissolved.
There are pros and cons to dabbing. Dabbing is a quick, convenient way to get a daily serving of cannabidiol while inhaling less plant material. You may experience a rapid sense of calm and slight energy uplift. When you first dab CBD, you may experience a rush of blood to the head, or possibly some coughing. Since CBD is directly absorbed into the bloodstream when you inhale CBD crystals as a vapor, you may find it easier to determine an appropriate serving size when you dab. Just adjust based on how you feel immediately afterwards.
Some cons of dabbing are that it can be expensive, messy, and appear suspicious. This is especially true if you are using a dab rig, which is essentially a bong. You may instead want to consider using a discreet vape pen to avoid drawing negative attention. There are ceramic and quartz coil options that will provide you with superior flavor. The only drawback is that you cannot vape while you are charging your pen.
If you have experience dabbing and accept the risks associated with smoking, dabbing CBD crystals may be the best way for you to use them. If you are new to dabbing, vape pens may be best for you.
CBD Crystals for Skincare
One of the most underrated uses of cannabis is as a topical agent for skin care. You can melt crystals into carriers like coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil, or other skincare oils, and then apply them topically like a lotion or balm. CBD crystals can be powerful antioxidants for improving the condition of your skin. Recent studies suggest that cannabinoids may have antibiotic properties and that topical application of cannabis may help with irritating and painful skin conditions. (4)
There are a few drawbacks to using crystals for skincare. Applying any product to open wounds carries risks. When crystals are applied to unbroken skin, the large molecules may not permeate effectively. If you are seeking a topical application of CBD that does not smell, it may be best for you to blend the crystals into your preferred skin-care products.
Crystals for Tinctures
Another easy way to consume CBD crystals is as oil tinctures. You can dissolve CBD crystals into oils like MCT oil and olive oil. To achieve a standard potency of ten percent, mix one gram of crystals with ten milliliters of olive, coconut, or hemp seed oils. Seal and place it in a hot water bath between 122 and 140 degrees F for up to ten minutes. Bottle the oil tincture in amber or opaque glass and store it in a cool, dark place to make it last. To administer a serving, use a dropper to release two to four drops under your tongue.
This process for creating and administering oil tinctures is simple, convenient, and economical, especially if you concoct a large batch at a time. The drawback of using crystals in oil tinctures is common to that of using CBD crystals in general. Since crystals are purified isolates, potentially beneficial terpenes have been removed from the final product. Nevertheless, if you are seeking an economical, easy way to use CBD crystals, dissolving them into oil tinctures could be the best method for you.
Are CBD crystals right for you?
CBD crystals are an ideal choice for those seeking CBD in its purest form. They are more versatile than CBD oils because they can be dabbed. Due to the ease of measuring them, manufacturers of e-liquids often start with pure CBD crystals to ensure precise and accurate amounts. Crystals are also convenient to use in edibles, skincare, and oil tinctures.
Remember, you should refrain from driving or activities requiring high levels of concentration until you understand the full effects that CBD crystals have on you.
Which method sounds like it will best suit you for consuming CBD crystals?