How to Use CBD Isolate: A 2020 Product Guide

Written By: Lane Giddings


What is CBD Isolate?

First things first, let’s define CBD isolate. So CBD isolate is the cannabis cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), in its purest, most refined form. On its own, CBD isolate is flavorless and odorless. Making it the purest form of CBD. Which takes away all worries of not passing a drug test. Isolates are perfect for those who work in high stress or high energy environments that are also frequently drug tested. 

Full Spectrum CBD V. CBD Isolate

A Quick Comparison: 

Full Spectrum Products, or whole plant extract, contain small traces of THC and other cannabinoids from the hemp plant. The THC level is less than .3% which classifies it as a hemp product and allows it to be federally legal. 

CBD isolates do not contain any THC. It is the CBD molecule with MCT (or coconut oil) as a carrier. This product is best for those worried that CBD oil will affect their ability to pass a drug test.

Which Is Right For Me?

As a result of CBD isolate being the purest form of CBD it is also the most potent. Another benefit is the lack of THC, meaning there is no chance of a false positive on a drug test. The lack of THC means there is no chance of psychoactive effects, meaning there is no THC induced “high”. This means you can take the CBD isolate and perform all day to day activities regularly, with the benefits of CBD on your body and mind. The isolate is also great to cook with because it is odorless and flavorless. 

Full-spectrum, on the other hand, is less processed and therefore closer to the original plant, unlike the refined CBD isolate. Being that it is closer to the original plant, it does maintain an earthy flavor. Full Spectrum also has traces of THC and therefore is more likely that there may be psychoactive effects than the CBD isolate, though it is unlikely. There also is a chance of the THC traces to show up on a drug test. However, full-spectrum is great for targeting specific problems and taking advantage of the “entourage effect.”. 

Isolate Products


CBD isolates in the form of capsules are perfect for those who have chronic pain, anxiety, depression, or stress. As a result of the capsules being processed through the digestive system so they last throughout the day. However, on the other side of that spectrum, it takes longer to kick in because it has to process through the body.


CBD isolate tinctures are perfect for those who have acute pain. The isolate is quickly effective if taken sublingually (under the tongue) because it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Tinctures can also be applied topically. Overall, CBD tinctures are one of the most popular ways to take CBD because of their versatility and effectiveness. 

Why CBD Isolate? 

CBD isolates are a perfect first step into the world of CBD because of the absence of THC. Perfect for those who are regularly drug tested, as well as, those who live in THC free states. Isolates are an easy way to reap the benefits of CBD with none of the common concerns. If you’re looking to start taking CBD, we at Maku would encourage you to try isolates as your first step.