But what is CBD?
CBD is the short hand for cannabidiol. CBD is a cannabinoid and one of the main active ingredients of the cannabis plant. According to various researchers, CBD shows promise for treating various ailments and diseases.
CBD is said to have, among other things a relaxing, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and pain-relieving effect. In contrast to the more well-known active ingredient of the cannabis plant, THC, it is not addictive and does not lead to a state of intoxication (so you do not get high).
The WHO has confirmed that CBD is not a toxic substance and declared it to be safe.
Effect of CBD crystals
Essentially, CBD crystals work the same as other CBD products in that they interact with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS is an endogenous (i.e. internal) system that can work together with exogenous (e.g. CBD) and endogenous (e.g. anandamide) cannabinoids. The science behind this is explained in more detail here.
The ECS plays an important role in many different procedures and processes in the body and can, for example, control the release of messenger substances.
Through this interplay between CBD and the ECS, CBD crystals, like other CBD products, are known to have an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, pain-relieving and calming effect.
In fact, CBD generally has quite a few areas of application. Studies suggest that the cannbinoid could be used, for example, in sleep disorders, depression or anxiety, epilepsy, addictions, migraines and arthritis. But CBD has also been shown to be helpful for various skin diseases and pain generally.
Because CBD is supposed to reduce stress and can also strengthen the immune system, it would also be conceivable to use CBD crystals as prevention. The interaction with the endocannabinoid system can also ensure a balanced homeostasis.
How to take CBD crystals
As far as the intake of CBD crystals or CBD isolates is concerned, there are many ways to do this. As always, it's mainly a matter of personal preferences.
One option would be to dissolve the crystals in an oil and then let them dissolve under the tongue. Many different oils are suitable for this: coconut oil, olive oil, linseed oil. But you can also choose CBD oil or hemp oil, which could even increase the effect a little.
It is also possible to ingest only the crystals sublinugally. Put simply, put it under your tongue and keep it there until it melts. The CBD is then brought into the bloodstream very quickly via the oral mucosa, and a quicker onset of action can be guaranteed.
However, it is even easier to simply mix the crystals or the isolate in drinks or food and let them dissolve there. However, you should note that the effect only takes place after a while. This is because the CBD would first have to go through the digestive system. It would be helpful in the case of ingestion through food if the CBD is absorbed together with some fat. And if you don't like any of these methods, there are always other ways in which you can ingest the CBD crystals.
Can you smoke CBD crystals?
Yes, the CBD crystals can also be smoked or vaporized. E-cigarettes or vaporizers such as dabbers and vaporizers are best for this.
The crystals dissolve very well in liquids (e.g. CBD Liquid). You could mix the two substances and shake well.
Then you can vaporize it, but not on too high a temperature.
The advantage of vaping is that it works very quickly. Of course, you need a good vaporizer to vape. But that's only a one-time purchase. It is also practical that you don't need as much equipment as with dabbing.
If you want to take the CBD crystals by dabbing, you need a dab rig, burner, dabber and of course the CBD itself. Dabbing is more for people who really want to consume CBD more often.
What are the advantages of the CBD crystals?
The crystals are the purest CBD products available. THC is actually never contained in the CBD crystals.
Other herbal active ingredients are often not included, which means that you really only consume CBD. However, a disadvantage is that the valuable entourage effect is lost.
The high purity also ensures effective body absorption. The CBD crystals are also ideal for supplementing other products such as CBD oil or CBD liquids.
These can then be taken sublinugally (i.e. under the tongue) or vaporized. As you already know, there are really many different ways to ingest the CBD crystals.
Many users do not want to consume CBD oil because they do not particularly like the intense, earthy hemp taste. That taste can be negated by using CBD crystals.
Who are CBD crystals suitable for?
First and foremost, only people who have had some experience with CBD should really look at using CBD crystals.
Beginners prefer to start with a CBD oil that has a concentration of 5% or 10%. And then it's really just a matter of seeing how oyu feel and then potentially scaling up (or down) the CBD intake.
We have already introduced you to the various advantages and disadvantages of crystals. So you should weigh these up against each other.
- Are you ready to spend that much money on CBD crystals?
- Do you value a high CBD content in the product?
- Would you like to be very flexible when taking it (sometimes vaping, sometimes ingesting with food, sometimes sublingually)?
- Do you really need to avoid the hemp taste?
If the answer to these questions is 'yes', then CBD crystals could be for you!
How are CBD crystals made?
CBD crystals are plant-based solids. In contrast to products such as oils or capsules, the crystals do not have to be processed further after extraction.
On the other hand, a cream requires an ointment base and in the production of CBD oil a hemp oil serves as a base, to which the active ingredient CBD is added later.
Only certified hemp plants may be used to manufacture CBD products. These usually contain a very small amount of THC right from the start. And the CBD is then extracted from these hemp plants.
This mostly happens in the context of the gentle CO2 extraction process. For this, the relevant parts of the hemp plant are first heated so that during the decarboxylation process, the CBDa (this is explained more on our sciency pages like this one), which is an acid, can be converted into the actual CBD.
The substance is then put under pressure with carbon dioxide in order to finally be able to dissolve the ingredients in a separator. What remains are the CBD crystals, which have almost 100% CBD.
This extraction process has the advantage that it is very precise and can also contain other valuable ingredients of the cannabis plants, such as terpenes or flavonoids.
In this way, you can produce full-spectrum products that are often recommended because of their entourage effect.
One disadvantage, however, is that the production of CBD crystals is also very expensive because of this process. For this reason, a CBD isolate is often used.
Are there any other CBD products?
Basically, yeah. There are loads! In addition to "classics" such as CBD oil, CBD liquids or CBD capsules, you will also find cosmetic products and creams.
A CBD cream could be very useful. It could be used, for example, for skin diseases, arthritis or other joint pain. If you don't like that, you can also fall back on trendy foods containing CBD.