How To Dose And Use Cbd Crystals For Maximum Effect
Most of us know of the cannabinoid CBD by now because it gets a lot of attention in the nutraceutical and medical industries. But what about CBD crystals? That’s something fairly new on the market, so we are going to show you what they are, as well as how to properly dose and use them.
What Are Cbd Crystals?
CBD crystals are the cleanest and purest form of CBD available today. They reach a purity level of 98% with marginal traces of other cannabinoids and terpenes in the mix. This product and its purity are achieved via different extraction methods, one being the supercritical CO₂ process. Plant material gets filtered out to remove all the unwanted components like excess waxes. The resulting end product is a CBD isolate that has a powdery crystal form (hence the name) and looks like fine sugar.
The advantage of CBD crystals is that they can be dissolved in food and drinks, applied sublingually or as a topical salve like many regular CBD products, or they can be vaporized or dabbed. This opens up a whole new world of CBD consumption options (more on that later). Moreover, crystals lack the strong and bitter taste that most consumers find unpalatable about other CBD products. Of course, CBD crystals also contain 0% THC, which means they are non-psychoactive.
How To Dose Cbd Crystals Correctly
First of all, you don’t have to worry about taking in too much CBD. It is non-toxic, so you can’t overdose. However, you could definitely be more chilled out than expected with a higher dosage, which would be a waste of crystals/money. Like with everything else, you should always start slow and work your way up to the desired effect.
Although the dosage depends on multiple factors like your weight, health, and metabolism, experts recommend starting with 5–25mg a day. The average starting dose is 10mg. Always check the label of your CBD product as well because it should feature the amount of CBD in the product and a suggested serving size.
With CBD crystals, a precise scale is an absolute must. You will have to weigh the crystals to get a correct dosage. If the recommended average daily dose is 10mg and most CBD products tell you to use it 3–4 times a day, that would mean to vape, dab, or ingest an amount of 2.5–3.3mg of CBD crystals per dose.
The next step is to listen to your body and become aware of any positive or negative effects. You should wait 3–4 hours after your first dose because it can sometimes take a while for the effects to become fully noticeable. In the event you don’t feel any effect at all after a few hours, take a slightly larger amount. Once you’ve reached the point where you start to notice an effect, you should remain at this dosage for about a week.
You’ll want to monitor your body closely during this week. How is your overall health, your mental state, and energy level? With this knowledge, you can now increase or decrease the dosage to get to your desired effect. Just don’t rush the process! Start small and only make minor adjustments. No big rises! This way, you don’t waste money by ingesting too much, but don’t get a weak effect either.
Different Methods Of Consumption
Let’s explore the pros and cons of a variety of common consumption methods of CBD crystals.
This is by far the most popular way to use CBD crystals. You basically melt the concentrate and inhale the cloud of vapour. The only real downside to this method is that you will need some accessories if you’ve never dabbed before. These include a dab rig, a torch lighter, a dabbing tool, and of course, your CBD extract. If you have assembled all the necessary tools, put the crystals on the dab tool, heat the nail with your blow torch till it’s red hot, wait 30–60 seconds for it to cool down a little bit, put the crystals on the nail to melt them, and inhale. You will feel the effects almost immediately, which is a benefit over other methods. This is also the most efficient way of consuming CBD crystals, and has the best taste to it.
Dissolve Under Tongue (Sublingual Method)
The most easy way of ingesting CBD crystals is to dissolve them under your tongue. Hold them there for 60–90 seconds. This way, the crystals get directly into your bloodstream, causing you to feel the effects almost immediately.
Vaping is pretty similar to dabbing in that it has a quick onset of effects and a better overall taste. You will need not as much paraphernalia as with dabbing, but will require a quality vaporizer that was developed for use with concentrates (vapes for flower won’t do the job). Put your extract in there, heat it to the desired temperature, and draw. It’s that simple! But don’t heat it too high, as that will introduce carcinogens and benzenes into the mix, which we try to avoid as much as possible. This is also true for dabbing CBD crystals.
Mix With Vape Liquid
You can mix CBD crystals with your favourite vape liquid as well. Add your desired amount of crystals to the vape liquid and shake it to dissolve the CBD. Please note that there are health risks associated with the consumption of e-liquids, so this may not be the most ideal option for you to use CBD crystals.
Just like you would with cannabis, you can infuse CBD crystals into coconut oil or butter to make edibles. Simply melt the butter or oil on the lowest temperature and add your crystals. Stir for 5 minutes until their are fully dissolved. After that, the mixture is ready to be paired with the other ingredients in your recipe. The taste will not be so overpoweringly “weedy” like it can be with cannabis sometimes. But like with all edibles, it can take a long time for the effect to kick in, ranging between 1–2 hours.
Mix With Carrier Oil
You can either use hemp, olive, or coconut oil for best results. Basically, you are making your own CBD oil, but a much more potent one. You will have to heat the oil together with the crystals in a hot water bath for about 10 minutes for them to fully blend together. For the dosage: 1,000mg of CBD crystals in 10ml oil gives you a concentration of 10% CBD. It’s also the most economical way of using CBD crystals.
If you want to consume pure CBD, you definitely should consider CBD crystals. Never heard of them? No worries, Zamnesia shows you the what, why, and how.
Hemp naturally contains tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), a psychoactive substance that can have intoxicating effects. Today, contrary to the past, hemp no longer has a negative connotation. Hemp contains valuable ingredients and is becoming more and more popular among everyday people.
This is because, despite the small amount of THC contained with the pant, it is also very rich in CBD – which is another compound, known for its medicinal properties.
CBD products such as oils, capsules and crystals have become very popular in recent year. Despite its popularity, pure CBD is not that easy to get to.
In this article, we will focus on what CBD isolate is and how to use it.
Important facts about CBD crystals you should know
CBD crystals, also known as CBD isolate, do not contain THC. However, traces of THC are still present in CBD oil, which is extracted from the whole hemp plant. The opinion of many people that CBD does not contain THC is therefore not entirely correct. Cannabidiol is mainly obtained from European certified hemp plants and therefore has a very low THC content that would not put you in a psychoactive state.
If the THC value in cannabis (CBD) products is less than 0.3%, CBD may legally be offered as a freely available product. In this case, we are talking about so-called full spectrum CBD products. The small amount of THC in CBD products is normally not sufficient to cause a psychoactive effect.
CBD crystals (CBD isolate), on the other hand, have all the advantages of CBD without containing any THC. As an isolated CBD version they are suitable for all those who are sensitive to THC. Pure CBD is ideal for those who want to benefit from its health properties but are frequently undergoing drug testing, for example, due to their job.
But what exactly is CBD isolate?
CBD isolate is a concentrated and 99% pure form of cannabidiol (CBD). The crystalline powder contains 99% pure CBD, and about 1% other cannabinoids, normally CBDV, but no THC. To obtain this purest form of CBD isolate, all plant materials, including the oils, waxes and chlorophyll, are removed.
CBD isolate is one of many forms of the increasingly popular cannabidiol. It can be smoked normally, vaporized with a vaporizer or consumed drop by drop as an oil. The CBD isolate is 100% a natural product. It is snow white in color and looks like powdered sugar. The crystals are odorless and taste-neutral.
How is CBD isolate made?
CBD crystals are generally extracted from industrial hemp plants, beginning with the breakdown of the plant. The process usually starts with breaking down the plant’s stalks and stems. The stalks and stems contain the valuable natural compounds in the plant. CBD is extracted from the hemp plant the same way it is extracted to create CBD oil.
The steps involve processing, extraction and purification of the plant. This is just step one. When extracting CBD crystals the extraction goes further than this.
When extracting for CBD isolate, a second extraction process is needed in order to separate the CBD from the resin that was extracted from the plant. By separating the CBD, the result becomes a white, clear-ish crystalline solid, therefore called “CBD crystals”.
Choosing The Right Strain
CBD crystals are usually extracted from industrial hemp. Usually, a strain containing the highest percentage of CBD is selected for this process. Selecting a star that is high CBD and low THC is important.
In order to extract the CBD from the plant, CO2, propane or butane is run through the dried plant. As the solvent rushes through the plant materials, it will extract all of the cannabinoids from it. This process will then create a condensed form of CBD oil which is still not pure yet. Once the extracted fluid is filtered, it’s ready.
The extracted fluid leftover will contain approximately 60%-90% CBD. Once the fluid is changed from liquid to a solid state, solvents such as hexane and acetic acid are added to separate the pure CBD. This is done over three different cycles. The final cycle is extensive filtration which should remove all impurities. Finally, it is cooled and the liquid is evaporated.
Purification – getting that 99% pure CBD
The final process simply separates any possible remaining impure components from the mixture. and where the process gets a bit complicated. The crystals are left to cool again and the final result is an average 99% pure CBD.
Effect and side effects of CBD isolate
It is known that cannabidiol (CBD) has a therapeutic analgesic, antibacterial effects that have been proven to help counteract some ailments and diseases. CBD crystals are rich in minerals and trace elements such as zinc, calcium and magnesium. Thus, over-the-counter CBD also falls into the category of food supplements.
Cannabidiol has a relaxing, anxiety-relieving and anti-inflammatory effect. In addition, cannabidiol is effective against nausea. The antipsychotic effect of cannabidiol is in the trial phase. Pure CBD crystals can have a relaxing effect on depression and show a positive effect in pain therapy. Because of its immunosuppressive effect, CBD could also be used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases. Whether CBD helps with affective disorders is still being researched.
Further research is underway into the neuroprotective effect of CBD through its antioxidant properties, the effects of CBD on CB2 receptors and on adenosine receptors.
The following side effects that rarely occur are:
Headache, upset stomach, dry mouth.
How to dose CBD crystals?
The dosage of CBD is in the milligram range. The starting dose can be 1-10 mg CBD per day. Because each person has his or her own individual CBD tolerance as well as an individual CBD need. Ideally, one should start with a very low dosage. The CBD dose should be increased gradually over a longer period of time.
One gram of CBD crystals normally contains 990 milligrams of CBD.
This means: 1 milligram powder = 1 milligram CBD.
This makes the dosage of CBD crystals easier for all those who want to smoke, steam, ingest or dabble in CBD. But beware: Especially in the beginning, it can take 3-4 hours until the CBD effect sets in.
How to use CBD crystals
You can use pure CBD crystals in several ways:
In order to consume the isolated CBD product, through normal food, you should mix them with butter or other oils beforehand. Then you can add the crystals to a meal of your choice.
Mix CBD isolate with your favourite drinks
Enriching your favourite bed-time or good morning drink with CBD is something very special. CBD can have a calming effect in the evening and an energizing effect in the morning. Used in coffee or tea CBD is considered a double pick-me-up and in smoothies CBD is considered (slightly) satiating. And in freshly squeezed juice, CBD guarantees a double and vitamin-rich freshness kick. Pure CBD isolate in carrot juice is also good for the fat-soluble carotenoids.
The most popular way to use CBD crystals is via a vaporizer, recommended are those that can also process resins and oils. You take a portion of the size of a pin and add it to your vaporizer, after the crystals have evaporated the effect can immediately be noticeable.
Consume CBD Crystals subliminally
For a particularly strong and fast effect, you can also simply let the crystals melt under your tongue. The crystalline CBD powder is placed directly under the tongue and is considered the easiest way to consume CBD. The CBD crystals must simply remain under the tongue for about one minute. CBD is then released into the bloodstream through the oral mucosa. It must not have or develop a bitter taste from the beginning and throughout the entire time, because the crystals are odourless and tasteless.
Making your own CBD oil with crystals
CBD oil can be easily produced by mixing the CBD crystals with a carrier oil such as olive oil or hemp seed oil. We recommend CBD hemp oil because of the “entourage effect”. Now you can simply consume them with the help of a pipette for the best and fastest effect. By dropping them under the tongue. The dosage is individual and depends on the experience with CBD. Since this CBD is 99% pure, 1-3 drops in the morning and in the evening are sufficient, depending on symptoms and well-being. If you want to keep your oil long-lasting and effective, you should fill your CBD tincture into a dark bottle with a pipette and keep it dark and cool.
Vape CBD crystatals with the use of an e-cigarette
Add about 15-20 mg to 10 mg of the finished liquid and gently heat it.
Homemade CBD crystal skin care
You can use CBD crystals to give your skin an extra boost. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD isolate can easily be mixed into your favorite day cream, to nourish your skin even more. This CBD crystal cream can be used equally well for oily, dry and combination skin.
CBD isolate is synonymous with pure CBD. This product is suitable for those who have not had good experiences with THC and want to avoid it completely. In the long run, CBD isolate is ideal for saving money as it is the cheapest option over a long period of time. The amount of CBD in the isolate is guaranteed, because as suggested by its name – it does not contain much else. CBD isolate is very versatile to use and you can mix it with practically everything. It is non-GMO.
If you are considering buying isolate, make sure that the CBD crystal is non-GMO and third-party tested. For more information on what to consider when buying any CBD products, including CBD crystals, read our buyer’s guide.
CBD crystals (CBD Isolate) are the purest form of CBD. Used in many different ways they present an alternative to CBD oils.