Out of the 100+ different cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, the most widely discussed are CBD and THC. Over the years, more and more studies have shown that the cannabis plant is chock full of seemingly miraculous health benefits, but combined within the plant, any users would be subject to all its effects, including the effects of some of the other ingredients like THC.
CBD Isolate is a purified form of the cannabinoid, cannabidiol, responsible for some of the most desirable health benefits. It’s extracted from high CBD containing strains, separating cannabinoids in the plant, terpenes, trichomes, flavonoids, and other chemicals from the plant matter and the chlorophyll, waxes and plant material are removed. Common extraction methods include:
- Ice water
CBD Isolate vs. THC and Smoking High CBD Strains
THC is what is responsible for cannabis’ psychoactive properties and what gives users that famous “high” feeling. While there are many users who seek that and opt for a full spectrum cannabis extract to get the high feeling in conjunction with the health benefits, and others still who only want the psychoactive effects and choose purified THC extract, there are many others who want or need to obtain the health benefits of CBD (cannabidiol) without the traditional side effects of feeling high, experiencing drowsiness, paranoia and memory loss.
There’s no need to vape CBD isolate since it’s already been decarboxylated, (converted to active form) so it can simply be ingested – shooting its potency way, way up. Consuming it this way (as opposed to smoking a high CBD cannabis strain) allows smaller amounts of CBD to have higher concentrations, making it the perfect solution for medical patients and those seeking only the health benefits that CBD has to offer.
The long list of CBD Isolate Health Benefits Includes:
1. Antioxidant Benefits
CBD is a powerful antioxidant – more powerful than vitamin C & E even – with some serious neuroprotective properties, which makes it a strong line of defense against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s, as well as helping treat epilepsy by suppressing seizure activity. A patent by the U.S. National Institute of Health even acknowledges this. The National Cancer Institute has also recognized the therapeutic power of antioxidants for preventing certain types of free radical damage that has been associated with cancer developments. Antioxidants have also been linked to helping reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, stroke
Research also suggests that CBD can be used to help minimize neural and cell damage by encouraging healing.
2. Anti-inflammatory Benefits
The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD can potentially help with inflammation based ailments including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis and other types of joint pain.
3. Cosmetic Benefits
CBD is powerful in age-reduction and is used for skin therapy. It is widely used as a topical treatment for a more localized application in the form of gels, oils, creams
4. Holistic Pain Relief Benefits
For those who deal with various types of pain but don’t want to be subject to the side effects or high addiction levels of pharmaceuticals, CBD isolate is the perfect solution that provides holistic pain relief. While some studies have actually shown a reduction in cancerous cells after CBD was used, it’s role has been more prominent in treating pain and issues caused by chemotherapy cancer treatment such as nausea. It has also been shown to be able to fight tumor growth. It has also displayed evidence of being effective in treating neuropathic pain, back pain, anxiety, depression and other like issues.
5. Antipsychotic Benefits
CBD’s antipsychotic properties make it an option for patients with schizophrenia, psychosis and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD.)
6. Sleep Benefits
Studies have found that CBD can help treat insomnia and can even help establish stability in sleep patterns, ultimately helping solve issues caused by lack of sleep.
Because of its inherent properties and interactions with the cells in the human body, CBD can help fight off an endless list of different illnesses and ailments. More conditions that CBD can or has shown to combat include:
Studies have shown that cannabis or hemp users have lower fasting insulin levels and higher levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and lower insulin levels. Cannabis use has also been linked with lower body mass index and is a potential appetite suppressant which can help prevent overeating and obesity, another risk factor for diabetes. CBD has been shown to treat diabetic neuropathy better than conventional medicines, and it helps to relieve the pain as well as prevent further development of neuropathy. Lastly, it’s skin healing abilities also help diabetics who have resulting skin conditions such as sores and rashes. It also helps treat skin irritation, itching, and burning that diabetic skin conditions can cause.
Countless studies have shown that the way CBD interacts with bones gives it a high potential to being a viable treatment and preventative for osteoporosis. It combats the lowered bone mass and higher susceptibility to fractures by mitigating the onset, progression
9. AutoImmune Diseases
There are over 100 known autoimmune diseases. Some common ones include Lupus, Celiac Disease, Grave’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease and many more. These diseases signal a dysfunction in the proper regulation of inflammatory cytokines and immunomodulatory chemicals. Researchers have suggested that the body’s endocannabinoid system is a key player in immunoregulation and supplementing cannabinoids has shown to be a potent treatment in combating inflammatory disorders and abnormal inflammation. Other conventional treatments prescribed by doctors are specifically immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory with serious and even deadly side effects – this is due to the increased risk of contracting an infectious disease. CBD use as an alternative provides a line of defense without these risks.
These are some of the most studied ailments that CBD has been used to treat. But the way it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system and it’s laundry list of beneficial effects on the body only means that research will continue to uncover more and more uses and benefits as time goes on. CBD isolate allows users to reap the seemingly endless health benefits from cannabis without all the other unwanted effects, giving them the ingredient they want in the purest form.