Probably the most basic form of CBD is an isolate. These contain nothing except pure, isolated CBD. In other words, there are no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids – just good old CBD.
Although this might be considered ‘basic’ at first glance, it is actually much harder to glean an isolate from hemp. When hemp undergoes the extraction process to remove its cannabinoids, all of the plant’s compounds are extracted. All the cannabinoids and terpenes come out of the plant. This means that extra steps must be taken in order to isolate the CBD and free it of any other compounds. Because of this, CBD isolate is quite hard to make.
It comes in many forms. The most common CBD isolates you will see are dabs. In case you didn’t know, “dabbing” is the act of vaporizing compounds on a hot nail and inhaling the resulting vapor. It’s kind of like vaping, except you don’t use an e-cigarette or an e-liquid. CBD isolate dabs come in the form of powder, crystals, wax, resin, or shatter, so-called because of its glass-like texture.
However, dabbing is not for everyone, and it is becoming increasingly common to see CBD isolate oils, edibles, and capsules, among other things.