How to Make CBD Crystals
Posted on July 20th, 2020
There’s a not-so-new trend on the rise in this country, one that has gained traction over the past couple of years… Any guesses? If you’re here, you probably already know the answer: we’re introducing cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants.
This compound’s rapidly rising popularity has allowed for countless new CBD products to hit the market. Now, CBD isn’t the only cannabinoid; there are 100s of them, including THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for marijuana-driven highs.
If you buy a full-spectrum CBD product, it will still contain trace amounts of THC. While these minuscule amounts of THC won’t trigger psychoactive experiences, they may still create problems if you’re drug tested. So, if you’re worried about the purity of CBD products, you should consider CBD crystals.
And, to help you better understand your options, today we’ll explore the most pressing questions surrounding CBD crystals, so you can shop for CBD products confidently.
What Are CBD Crystals?
CBD crystals are one form of CBD isolate available to users. CBD isolate is the purest form of cannabidiol, composed of at least 98% CBD. Through a unique extraction and purification process, manufacturers remove all other plant extracts from hemp-sourced CBD oil. What remains? An incredibly pure, white powder that is tasteless and odorless. Basically, these crystals are pure cannabidiol without other cannabinoids or other compounds. This means that the CBD crystals don’t have any traces of terpenes, flavonoids, THC, or the other compounds that are usually present in your typical full-spectrum CBD products.
Manufacturers moved to produce CBD crystals in order to offer people a strict control over how they use CBD and the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids they consume.
How Are CBD Crystals Made?
Like other CBD products, the first step in making CBD crystals involves extracting CBD oil from industrial hemp plants. The initial extraction process can be achieved using supercritical carbon dioxide or organic solvents. After CBD oil has been obtained from hemp, the extract is still full of other compounds, including other cannabinoids. So, when making CBD isolate, the next step is a purifying process that eliminates the extra compounds still present in the CBD extract.
The purification process filters all other residual plant materials. Then, after extraction and filtration, the CBD extract goes through another process referred to as “winterization”. The winterization process removes any traces of additional products left behind after filtration. And what remains is a fine white powder that is 99% pure CBD.
Technically, CBD crystals are classified as pure CBD isolate. Cannabidiol crystals are available in the solid, diamond-like form. But, how do they get from a white powder to a crystal form? Just keep reading to find out.
Making CBD Crystals
In order to make CBD crystals, you will need special equipment. This is not something you can make at home unless you have chromatography equipment at your disposal.
To crystallize CBD, you need to start with distilled and winterized cannabis. Before starting the process of crystallization, CBD oil must be winterized. That’s because, in its natural state, the whole outer layer of the cannabis plant is covered in cuticle wax (composed of fats, waxes, and lipids). As we noted, winterizing is an extraction process: it eliminates undesirable elements such as fats, lipids, and waxes from the hemp extract with the help of an alcohol wash that’s heated to about 120 degrees. It is then immediately allowed to freeze for over 24 hrs. The product of winterization is a CBD distillate. This distillate should not be cloudy. If the distillate is cloudy, then it means impurities are present. To make the distillate clearer, winterize the distillate again until it is clear. This is important if you want to yield the purest product.
Crystallization Process Using a Chromatography Machine
After winterization comes the crystallization process, which requires a chromatography machine. Chromatography is a method of purifying and isolating cannabinoids. There are different levels to this machine, depending on the batch sizes you are interested in. The chromatography machine consists of a column with a filter inside it, an air compressor to apply pressure, and a collection chamber with some evaporable solution inside. Forming CBD crystals is not a complicated process, but it does require some basic chemistry.
First, you will need a filter for your chromatography machine. You can use sand as a filter, but it must be very fine to yield the best results. After setting up, you pour unpurified extract into the column. The sand will act as a filtration machine, and a pump or pressurized hose will help push the CBD molecules through the sand for further purification.
As the molecules pass through the filter(sand), the smaller particles reach the bottom first. Due to the difference in the molecular sizes of the elements in the extract, CBD will be extracted first; any remaining THC filters through at the very end of the extraction process. This can be done without any pressure, but it will take some time.
At the bottom of the column, the purified extract is collected and stored together with the evaporable solution. For maximum purity, this process can be repeated several times. However, with every repetition, the quantity of the end product is reduced. In order to obtain the finished crystal product, you have to heat your solution so evaporation can occur, leaving behind purified CBD crystals.
How Are CBD Crystals Used?
CBD crystals are pretty versatile and can be used in many different ways. Because they are tasteless and odorless, your options for using them abound. Here are some popular ways to use them:
If cooking with CBD, crystals are great additions to recipes, since they don’t add flavor or taste. However, it’s essential to note that high temperatures will make CBD lose its potency. For this reason, if you want to cook with CBD crystals, dissolve the crystals in cooking oils or butter, and maintain the cooking/baking temperature between 350- and 400-degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking at a higher temperature will cause the crystals to lose their potency.
Mixed in Beverages
Another great way to take your dose of CBD is to mix CBD crystals into your favorite beverages. These are excellent for on-the-go drinks and will blend nicely with smoothies, tea, juice, and even your morning coffee.
Are you wondering if CBD can mix with alcohol? If so, you’d be happy to learn that you can also mix CBD crystals in your cocktails. Cheers!
Taking CBD sublingually is the easiest way to use CBD crystals. While most people associate this CBD delivery method with tinctures, it is also an excellent and straightforward way to take CBD crystals. To do this, simply measure your dose, place it under your tongue, hold in place for at least 60 seconds, then swallow. Couldn’t be simpler, right?
Dabbing or Vaping
Yes, it’s possible to vape and even dab cannabidiol crystals…as long as you have the right equipment.
To dab CBD crystals, you need a device, known as a rig nail, that’s similar to a marijuana bong. First, use a blow torch or other heat source to introduce warmth to the device. Then, wait for 30-40 seconds, place your CBD crystals on the nail, and inhale the resultant vapor.
Prefer the vaping option? To vape CBD crystals, place your dose into your vaporizer’s concentrate holder, choose a temperature, and inhale when ready. Vaping presents you with a discrete way to enjoy CBD crystals.
Mixed With Oils or Used as a Topical
Want to tweak the way you use CBD crystals? Try creating your own unique CBD oil. Or get crafty and make some CBD topicals.
CBD crystals can be transformed into a tincture or oil by dissolving them into your oil of choice. The best oils to use when making CBD tinctures are hemp seed, olive, and coconut oil. You will need to heat the carrier oil in order to allow the crystals to dissolve.
You can also mix them with skin oils or creams to create your own unique CBD topical. Topicals are excellent for targeting arthritic aches and inflammation.
How to Dose CBD Crystals
Keep in mind that each individual reacts to cannabidiol differently, which means you might have to experiment before you can pick the dose that suits you best. Remember, CBD crystals are 99 percent pure. So, if you’re new to this product, we recommend starting with a low daily dose of no greater than 10 mg. After a week or two at this level, you can choose to increase your dose until you achieve the desired effect.
Note that since CBD crystals are 99 percent pure, each gram of CBD crystals will contain 990+ milligrams of CBD. This means that users get one milligram of CBD from one gram of the crystals. This makes it easy for users to measure precise doses and know the amount of CBD they are getting from each dose.
If you buy a full-spectrum CBD product, it will still contain trace amounts of THC. You should consider CBD crystals if you're looking for pure CBD products.
CBD Crystals: the definitive guide
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is increasingly at the center of consumers, doctors and the scientific community interests. In this article we will talk about its purest form available on the market, the crystals.
A real concentrate of cannabidiol extracted from Cannabis Sativa, an alternative to the classic CBD oil.
In this article we will examine different topics on crystals of CBD:
What are the crystals of cannabidiol (CBD)?
Modern medicine and pharmacology perform very careful studies on the molecules of drugs or personal care products.
For example, what we know as a simple drug with analgesic and antipyretic action, is nothing but acetaminophen or, using a better known term, paracetamol.
The substances that, in a small part, are extracted with the pure molecule that makes up the product, are also subject to the attention of researchers, to prevent any inconvenience.
The principle behind the extraction of the crystals of cannabidiol is exactly the same: it is the pure CBD molecule extracted through a rigorous and controlled process in every phase.
How are CBD crystals obtained?
Crystals are a pure cannabidiol extract (CBD) with 99% purity. The CBD extracts are subjected to various stages of transformation.
Initially, a raw extract from the hemp plant is obtained. In this first extract there are many components of the plant, the CBD and minor quantities of other cannabinoids, chlorophyll, wax, terpenes and everything that can be extracted from the plant.
The compound obtained from the first extraction has the appearance of a dark molasses, which preserves the whole spectrum of molecules of the hemp plant.
Starting from this first extract, there are various stages of refining, which lead gradually to obtain the high degree of purity in the final product.
The more the product is refined and the more attention is focused on a specific molecule, in order to have in the final extract high percentages of CBD and a minimum amount of all the other substances.
Once the threshold of 80% CBD purity in the extract is exceeded, it starts to solidify or, using the specific term, to crystallize.
Only in this phase the first crystals in the extract can be identified. The refining process continues to eliminate everything that is not pure cannabidiol and obtain a 99% pure final extract: in practice, with the crystal we have the pure cannabidiol molecule (CBD).
How are the cannabidiol crystals (CBD) used?
There are many ways to take on the CBD and each one has several advantages. It all depends on the person who wants to use it and on his specific needs. Some people prefer to vaporize CBD crystals, those who prefer to take them orally because it needs an immediate effect and those who want to use them with a specific medical and therapeutic purpose.
CBD crystals respond to everyone’s needs and, depending on the chosen method of administration, have a different mechanism and action time.
The most common methods of taking cannabidiol in pure crystals are:
- Via vaporization
- Orally inside preparations
- As an ingredient in creams or ointments
CBD and vaporizer. How does the vaporization of cannabidiol work?
On the market there are several vaporizers that give the possibility to vaporize a substance without ever starting the process of combustion.
So, at the beginning, you must find or already have an electronic vaporizer which will heat up at a specific settable temperature, while the vaporizer warms up, also heats the substance inside, which vaporizes allowing its inhalation.
In our specific case, the crystals, when they reach 160/180 C °, become the consistency of an oil. At a certain temperature, the crystals of cannabidiol (CBD) melt, like sugar crystals exposed to a high temperature.
Because of this “transformation” of the crystals, it’s necessary to use a vaporizer that is designed to contain oils.
Most of the vaporizers on the market are usually used for the inhalation of dried aromatic herbs and are not designed to contain a liquid such as oil derived from the melting of CBD crystals .
Consequently, the crystals must always be used only with a vaporizer that can also contain liquids, in order to prevent it from invading and dirtying the whole surface of a vaporizer that is not suitable for this purpose.
The method of intake through vaporization is the most immediate, as the active principle bypasses digestion and is instantly assimilated to the lungs.
It is one of the most suitable methods when it is desired that the cannabidiol (CBD) acts in a very short time, as in the case, for example, of a muscle pain.
Take cannabidiol crystals (CBD) by sublingual way
It is one of the most “quick” ways to take cannabidiol crystals. It is one of the methods commonly used to ingest CBD oil but this system can also be used with crystals. You take the right amount of crystals and position themselves under the tongue.
At that point, simply wait for the crystals to dissolve slowly inside the mouth and then proceed with swallowing.
All this happens in about 60 seconds. The crystals are completely tasteless and odorless, so their presence is not perceived.
Cannabidiol, in contact with the mucosal tissues of the tongue or the oral cavity and the capillaries, will immediately enter into circulation in our body, so the cannabidiol will show its benefits in a very short time.
Orally, as an ingredient in some edible preparations (such as herbal teas and food)
Among people who use cannabis for therapeutic purposes, some prefer to take cannabidiol (CBD) by supplementing it with food or drink.
In general we must consider that CBD, contained in crystals or in oils extracted from hemp, is not water-soluble but is fat-soluble: it is therefore soluble in fat solvents. In water-based preparations, the cannabidiol molecule does not dissolve and remains separate from the rest of the preparation.
Instead, using fatty substances, such as oil, butter or milk, the cannabidiol melts as soon as the temperature of the compound rises.
CBD is dissolved and can also be taken with this method.
In this case, however, it is necessary to pay attention to the time and temperature of exposure of the compound containing, for example, butter, flour, sugar, milk and cannabidiol.
In the preparation, in general, cannabidiol (CBD) is added to the butter and heated until it melts. Consequently, the crystals of cannabidiol dissolve together with the butter. At that point we will have obtained a butter from the CBD, from which it will continue in the preparation.
In the event that an edible preparation with CBD is baked in the oven and then subjected to high temperatures, it must be considered that there is the possibility that some of the substances, which constitute the preparation, will evaporate.
However, if the crystals of cannabidiol have already been amalgamated with a fatty substance, the vaporization process takes place much slower and more gradual.
So in the course of a possible cooking, only a small part of the dissolved cannabidiol crystals will evaporate. The important thing is to keep the cooking temperature not over 180 ° C.
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As an ingredient in creams and ointments for health and well-being of the body
The cannabis plant is increasingly used in cosmetics and you can find hundreds of examples in the network of creams, balsams and ointments after sun that contain cannabidiol (CBD) or based on cannabis oil. In many of these cases cannabidiol is used in a “soft” way: a full spectrum oil assists the action of the other nutrients of the product we choose to “integrate”.
The case is different for those who wish to use cannabidiol for topical use (on the skin) to alleviate particular traumas or pathologies.
This is the case, for example, of psoriasis, an inflammation of the skin that triggers a reaction that leads to premature maturation of the cells, which subsequently results in characteristic lesions of the disease. The CBD applied to the skin involved, having anti-inflammatory action, comes into play to regulate the inflammation triggered by the body.
In these situations, in general, one chooses to use CBD crystals – pure cannabidiol without other substances – which is dissolved in a cream which is then applied to the affected area of skin. It is a very peculiar and targeted method of using crystals to mitigate symptoms and effects that emerge under specific conditions.
In fact, smoking, ingesting or inhaling cannabidiol has no direct benefit to our skin. In order to have an action at the level of the dermis, it is necessary that the cannabidiol be contained in preparations for topical use.
Especially abroad, new uses of cannabidiol crystals are still very similar to the one just described.
This is the case, for example, of treatments for facial skin scrubs. A product for the scrub, enriched by cannabidiol, will have all the known anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, particularly useful and precious when you choose to cleanse your face with a granular soap.
The “graininess” of those soaps, in fact, represents an obstacle for all those who have a particularly delicate and sensitive skin.
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The advantages and differences in consumption compared to other forms in which cannabidiol (CBD) can be found
Scientific research increasingly shows how cannabidiol can be used with great effectiveness in many areas.
There are those who take it to mitigate a state of stress or anxiety or who takes advantage of its anti-inflammatory properties to prevent migraines.
There are also people – more and more in the world – who choose, in agreement with their doctor, to include cannabidiol in a therapy aimed at counteracting even serious diseases, such as epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease. These are completely different conditions that require the guarantee of availability of products with CBD suitable for any need.
There is the possibility of using full spectrum products, which contain all the components of the hemp plant. These products preserve the entire phytocomplex: the set of chemical components of a plant. In specific cases or particular conditions, CBD can be more effective if it is associated with other typical substances of the plant.
The approach behind the use of cannabidiol crystals is different and much more targeted. It is used to counteract those diseases for which the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD) is indicated as an integral or substantial part of a specific therapy.
With CBD crystals you have the assurance of taking the pure active priciple and avoiding any other possible interaction caused by the other components of the hemp plant such as, for example, another cannabinoid or a terpene.
The use of crystals is more targeted, unlike full spectrum products, which is used for more general treatments.
One of the advantages guaranteed by pure CBD crystals is the ability to easily dose the exact amount of active principle intake. The CBD Enecta crystal packages are always equipped with a measuring spoon that has a quantity measurement indicator on its surface. In this way, CBD crystals can be accurately dosed to make sure you know the exact amount of product used.
Furthermore, CBD crystals are completely tasteless and odorless and many people prefer them for this specific feature. Crystals can be either directly assimilated, orally, or dissolved in different formulations. Having neither taste nor smell can easily be introduced into other excipients, pharmacologically non-active solid or liquid substances in which a molecule is dissolved – in this case cannabidiol – in order to be able to take it more easily.
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The fundamental importance of always using quality crystals
The Enecta cannabidiol crystals (CBD) are produced according to the rules of GMP protocol, Good Manufactoring Practices, in Italian the Good Manufacturing Standards (NBF). It is a protocol containing rules, indications and guidelines to be followed to guarantee the quality of a pharmaceutical product or of pharmacologically active substances.
The rules contained in the GMP protocols consider any aspect of the production chain, starting from the nature of the product, up to the production environment and the suitability of the personnel employed in the production process.
Adherence to the guidelines of this protocol certifies that the entire supply chain is monitored in all its steps. This means giving a total and scrupulous attention to both the “inbound” matter, the plant, and the “outbound” material: the final product.
The hemp plants used for the production of CBD crystals are also certified according to the GACP – Good Agricultural and Wild Collectives Practices for Medicinal and Aromatic (Culinary) Plants parameters.
The rules contained in the GACP protocols are used to provide the right indications for the treatment of medicinal plants or medicines that will be used for pharmaceutical production.
The hemp plants used by Enecta come from crops that scrupulously follow the GACP protocols. The plants are harvested in the field respecting their natural time of maturation and growth. Once harvested, the plant is subjected, in a variable time between a few hours and a half day, to immediate processing or stabilization.
The GACP regulations consider every little detail and describe the practices to be followed even during the washing or drying of the plants. The GACP reference standards also certify that the product has been grown without ever being contaminated with heavy metals or other polluting agents, both during sowing, cultivation, harvesting and storage.
One of the basic principles indicated by the GMP practices is in fact to use only raw materials monitored and followed according to the indications provided by the good GACP practices.
From the beginning, Enecta’s supply chain follows the production standards dedicated to the CBD used at the pharmaceutical level. The crystals of CBD Enecta are ultra-monitored and boast of a “pedigree” of analysis and tests that can inform the client clearly about its level of purity and the total absence of any other substance.
Often many analyzes are focused exclusively on identifying the percentage of cannabidiol (CBD) present in the final product, neglecting the presence of any other substance and without investigating the possible presence of potentially harmful substances.
Instead, Enecta performs extensive tests on any element present in the final product which, due to the standards it wants and must respect, must be pure.
The effective purity of the product becomes a fundamental element when we proceed to insert cannabidiol (CBD) into a specific medical therapy, without any risk of finding the presence of other molecules.
The principle behind the extraction of the crystals of cannabidiol is exactly the same: it is the pure CBD molecule extracted through a rigorous and controlled process in every phase.