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.
Back to top 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. Back to top
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. Back to top
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.