CBD Crystals 101: What Are They

Aug 31, 2021Posted by: brian sorel

CBD Crystals 101: What Are They | iCBD

CBD crystals, otherwise known as CBD isolates, are the purest form of CBD available today. Now, you may be asking yourself, “What’s in those other CBD products, then?”. Products like full-spectrum CBD and broad-spectrum CBD contain mainly CBD cannabinoids, but they also include trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabinoids.

 Since CBD crystals are the purest form of CBD, this means they contain 97-99% CBD and 0% THC. This eliminates any potential psychoactive effects when using CBD crystals. Although, the small amounts of THC in full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products (less than 0.03% to be sold legally) are usually undetectable to most consumers. 

How Are They Made? 

There are many ways to extract CBD to make CBD crystals. One of the most efficient ways of extraction is a process that uses supercritical CO. These extraction processes separate the plant matter and remove undesirable compounds, like THC or terpenes (the compound responsible for cannabis’ scent). This results in pure CBD isolates. Depending on the extraction method, these isolates can form sheets (called shatter) that look like glass, or they can be refined further into a powder that looks like sugar. 

How Can You Use CBD Crystals?

You can consume CBD crystals in a variety of ways. By either adding it into your own carrier oils, or combining it with food. Note: If you are looking to cook with it, be sure to add it to a butter or oil first. This binds the CBD to a carrier oil- which is necessary in getting the CBD to work, as it needs something to stick to before being mixed with additional ingredients.

Types of Carrier Oils:

  • Hemp Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil

Don’t have time for all of that? You can also put the crystals under your tongue and let them dissolve for 60-90 seconds. This method lets the CBD enter your bloodstream, giving you its benefits almost instantly.

If ingesting it isn’t your preferred method, you could always try to make your own topical solution at home, too. Start by measuring the amount you’d like to use, and throw it in to skincare products like lotions or gels.  

What Are the Benefits of CBD Crystals?

Since CBD isolate doesn’t contain any THC, it is a great option for those looking to get the benefits of CBD without worrying about THC being mixed in. Whether that be to pass a drug test, or for individuals who have adverse reactions to THC.

Another great benefit to CBD crystals is that they have no lingering smell or taste, which other CBD products tend to have. This means adding it to your foods or oils can leave your palate unbothered. 

Other benefits of using CBD crystals can include:

  • Anxiety Relief
  • Pain Relief
  • Improved Mood
  • Nausea 

Research has shown CBD to be a beneficial aid in treating additional ailments as well.

Potential Downsides


CBD isolate can be somewhat less efficient, as their effects have been shown to not last as long. This is because of something called The Entourage Effect. This researched term helps explain the mutually beneficial relationship in using CBD and other plant compounds found in cannabis simultaneously. Essentially, CBD has an increased effectiveness when paired with other cannabinoids, like THC or terpenes. All of which are removed in the CBD isolate extraction process. 

Although the entourage effect is a buzzing term, there is additional research that suggests CBD isolates still function well without the extra compounds. However, more research needs to be done to fully understand either argument. 


Since CBD isolate contains higher levels of CBD cannabinoids, they can have a higher potency. This means when taking doses, you may need to lower the amount you take in the beginning. One gram of CBD isolate contains 990 milligrams of pure CBD, so it’s recommended you start between 1-10 milligrams, depending on the effects you’re after.    


Lastly, CBD isolate can be a tad pricier when compared to other CBD products on the market. This is because the extraction process is much more intricate. Which can make it harder to find, too. 

Despite there being some differences between CBD crystals and full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products, research shows there are benefits to using all types of CBD. While research into this topic is relatively new, more data needs to be collected on varying types of CBD products to fully understand their differences.


CBD isolate is in a category of its own, and with the CBD market expanding, it is certainly a great option for many folks. By understanding the differences between isolates and full and broad-spectrum products, you can decide which route is best for you. 

As always, be sure to research your CBD products before using to make sure they are made up of only safe ingredients. iCBD offers a wide range of safe and effective products we suggest you try!

Written by Alyssa Motheral