CBD products have been steadily growing in popularity in recent decades.
There are many forms of CBD available nowadays, one of the most well-known being CBD Oil. But CBD Crystalline is the new blast as this form of CBD extraction creates the purest form of CBD possible.
Are you curious about learning how to make CBD Crystalline at home?
In this article, we will share the DIY recipe for making CBD Crystalline following the advice of the professionals involved in the rapidly growing cannabis industry.
Do keep in mind that making CBD Crystalline at home does require a healthy dose of scientific know-how, and it may also involve a few trials and errors to get things right. Considering the high purity and amazing benefits of CBD Crystalline, your efforts will be rewarded.
Scientists have already confirmed the unique way in which the active compounds found in marijuana interact with each other to produce synergistic effects that can help to heal both physical, as well as mental disorders.
Before we get down to the DIY tutorial on making CBD Crystalline, we will first look at the multiple, versatile uses of this highly therapeutic concentrate.
CBD Crystalline 101
CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) are the Yin and Yang of the active cannabinoids found in marijuana.
While THC is associated with inducing the sense of being high– the psychoactive effect of the green medication CBD is the non-psychoactive counterpart that is associated with long-term medical benefits.
In a recent study published in the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, researchers conclude that “CBD was shown to have anxiolytic, antipsychotic and neuroprotective properties. In addition, basic and clinical investigations on the effects of CBD have been carried out in the context of many other health conditions, including its potential use in epilepsy, substance abuse and dependence, schizophrenia, social phobia, post-traumatic stress, depression, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, and Parkinson.”
CBD Crystalline, also commonly referred to as CBD crystals/CBD Isolate/CBD Crystal Isolate, is a form of cannabis extract that consists of 99% – 99.9% pure Cannabidiol.
As a comparison, CBD Oil is usually made up of about 60% and up to 90% pure, active Cannabidiol.
The rest of the content consists of the remaining non-cannabinoid materials that are left intact after CBD has been extracted through various methods.
To illustrate this better, top-grade cannabis buds must first get blasted with a suitable solvent that helps to extract the active cannabinoids. It is solvents that separate cannabinoids from the rest of the plant material. In most cases, it is CO2 or propane/butane that serve as solvents.
It is through a process called chromatography that experts are capable of further purifying CBD Oil by getting rid of any excess compounds – and that’s how CBD Crystalline is created.
Depending on the type of cannabis oil being used in the process of chromatography, it is possible to end up with either CBD crystals or THC crystals CBD Oil will result in CBD Crystalline while THC Oil will result in THC Crystalline.
How to Use CBD Crystals?
Apart from being the purest, most concentrated form of CBD extract available, CBD crystals are also amazingly versatile.
Another great benefit of medicating with CBD Crystalline is that administrating the correct dosage is effortless since 20 milligrams of CBD crystals = 20 milligrams of CBD ingested.
With CBD Oil, for example, accurate dosing is not that straightforward because of the fact different types of CBD Oil feature a different level of purity that is, however, never as high as the purity of CBD crystals.
Vaping CBD Crystalline
You can mix CBD Crystalline with any type of e-liquid used for vaping. For instance, you can mix 100 mg of CBD crystals with 5 mg of e-liquid, adding the mixture to your vape pen. It is important that you first slowly heat the mixture so that the crystals can dissolve before you get down to finally vaping the liquid.
Cooking with CBD Crystals
Cooking with CBD crystals is a quite straightforward process. All you have to do is to dissolve CBD crystals in butter or Coconut oil, through slow heating. Next, you can add CBD butter to just about any edibles you choose to prepare.
Dabbing CBD Crystals
Although dabbing is mostly associated with ingesting concentrated forms of THC, CBD crystals can work beautifully for enjoying dabs, too. If you opt for dabbing only CBD crystals, you won’t get the typical feeling of being high. Instead, you can experience a boost in energy and mood, accompanied by a sense of calmness which is not hazy or stoney by any means.
Smoking CBD Crystalline
CBD crystals can be easily added when rolling a joint, a blunt, or a spliff. Just choose the dosage of CBD crystals you want to take advantage of, and crumble these into the rolling paper of your choice. You may also choose to gently sprinkle CBD crystals on top of a rolled joint/blunt/spliff.
Making Cannabis Oil with CBD Crystal Isolate
It is possible to convert CBD crystals or THC crystals into CBD Oil or THC Oil. The types of oils that work best for this purpose include Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil or Hemp Seed Oil.
The standard CBD Oil consists of 10% CBD which means you will want to add 1 gram of CBD crystals for every 10 ml of oil that you choose.
To increase the CBD potency of your oil, you can choose to add 2 grams of CBD Crystalline for every 10 ml of oil. Then again, it is a must to first slowly heat the mixture to let CBD crystals fully dissolve before you transfer the CBD Oil into suitable containers.
Using CBD Crystals in Homemade Skincare Products
Keeping in mind that CBD is high in antioxidants, it can make a wonderful addition to just about any type of topical creams or lotions.
All you have to do is to melt CBD crystals in the type of natural oil you prefer, such as Coconut Oil, Shea butter, Cocoa butter, to name a few. Dissolve the crystals using a slow heating method of your choice. Finally, add the CBD-rich oil into any of your favorite topical solutions.
How to Make CBD Crystalline: Behind the Scenes
We want to highlight that making CBD Crystalline at home has not yet reached a stage where you can find readily-available equipment for this purpose either online or offline.
Although such type of equipment is expected to be introduced to the public within the next couple of years, at this point, you will need to get your DIY skills to the next level if you want to learn how to make CBD Crystalline at home.
Experts involved in the cannabis industry use professional-grade, industrial chromatography equipment in order to make CBD Isolate. So if you want to make CBD crystals at home, you will need to get crafty and create a small-scale chromatography machine of your own.
A DIY CBD Crystalline small-scale chromatography machine will consist of three main components, namely a column, a pump, and a collection chamber.
The column will be filled with fine sand which acts as a filtration system. Typically, silica is the most popular agent used for this purpose.
Once you pour the unpurified CBD extract of your choice into the column, you also need to apply pressure so that the unwanted molecules can be pushed through the fine sand.
It is good to keep in mind, though, that unwanted molecules can be separated from the CBD extract without applying pressure.
However, in such a case, the process will be much more time-consuming. The time needed for the molecules to be filtered without applying pressure can greatly vary, depending on the type of CBD extract used, the amount of CBD extract used, as well as the type of the DIY chromatography machine you construct.
As the molecules get filtered through the fine sand, smaller particles will move to the bottom. Finally, you will notice that the purified extract is collected and, subsequently, stored in the reservoir (the collection chamber) of your solution.
The process of filtration has to be repeated several times to ensure that you achieve the highest purity of CBD crystals.
Do mind, though, that the more times you repeat the process of purification, the smaller the amount of the end product. That’s exactly what you want to accomplish a small batch of CBD crystals with maximum purity.
As soon as the process of filtration is fully accomplished, there’s one last step left.
You need to place the filtered solution on a heat source (such as a coffee pad). The heat source will ensure that the solution will evaporate completely. Once evaporation is brought to an end, you will be able to lay your hands on the finished product purified, concentrated CBD crystals.
Heads Up: What about the Entourage Effect?
Due to the extraction methods used for creating CBD Crystalline that removes all other active compounds to end up with 99% pure CBD Crystals all terpenes are lost in the process.
Scientific research has confirmed that the way cannabis heals the body and mind is based on complex interactions between the different cannabinoids and terpenes present in marijuana plants.
Some of the active cannabinoids include THC, CBD, CBN, and CBG, among others.
Some of the active terpenes include Linalool, Myrcene, Limonene, Pinene, among others. It is terpenes that give the different marijuana strains their unique blend of flavors and delicate nuances such as reminiscent of herbs/spices, woody undertones, citrus undertones, etc.
But what’s more, terpenes and cannabinoids are involved in the amazing phenomenon known as the entourage effect meaning these compounds complement each other to enhance the therapeutic properties of the green medication.
So for those who want to make the most from medicating with CBD Crystalline, re-introducing cannabis terpenes into CBD crystals is the way to go. This can be done by soaking CBD crystals in terp sauce.
Other possible ways of re-introducing terpenes to your CBD crystals medication will require that you get more creative.
For instance, if you’re cooking with CBD crystals, you can add various herbs and spices that are naturally rich in terpenes such as cinnamon, lavender, mint, basil.
It’s crucial that you research the beneficial action of different terpenes so that you can opt for herbs, fruits, or spices that are rich in the types of terpenes that will work best for you.
If you look into the health benefits of Limonene, for example, you will find that it can help to promote weight loss, treat bronchitis, as well as to prevent or treat cancer. If these are the issues you want to target, then you can add lemon or orange peels to your CBD crystals-infused edibles to enhance the healing properties of CBD by re-introducing terpenes, and in particular Linalool that is found in the peels of citrus fruit.
How to Make CBD Crystalline: Final Thoughts
Anyone can learn how to make CBD Crystalline at home but it does take some patience, research, and several attempts before you accomplish the process with ease and confidence.
We do highly encourage you to keep in mind that marijuana treatment is proven to work best when patients take full advantage of the entourage effect accomplished by the synergistic reaction among cannabinoids and terpenoids. That means you can further enhance the healing action of pure CBD crystals by ingesting suitable dosages of THC and terpenes alongside.
Also, we want to raise your attention towards a growing trend that doesn’t work in favor of anyone who wants to make the most out of medicating with cannabis the fact that many CBD products on the market do not contain the amount of CBD listed on the labels.
This negative tendency was revealed after a study headed by Bon-Miller who worked alongside with colleagues from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs San Diego Health Care System, marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, and nonprofit research organization RTI International.
The study examined a total of 84 CBD products sold by 31 different companies online. Blind testing found that as little as approximately 31 percent of these products contained the exact amount of CBD listed on the label (within +/- 10 percent).
“People are using this as medicine for many conditions (anxiety, inflammation, pain, epilepsy). The biggest implication is that many of these patients may not be getting the proper dosage; they’re either not getting enough for it to be effective or they’re getting too much,” alarms Marcel Bonn-Miller who is a part of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and first author of the CBD products study.
But on the bright side, any CBD Oil can be turned into the purest form of CBD crystals. We do hope that the DIY steps we shared in this article have inspired you to learn how to make CBD Crystalline at home and reap the maximum benefits of CBD treatment.