Dabbing is fast becoming one of the most popular ways of getting the benefits of CBD, especially when looking for a fairly instant result. There are several types of CBD which can be used for dabbing, and although they are all produced from the same raw product the methods used afterwards are what create the differences.
This can make choosing a dabbing product quite tricky for anyone new to the scene, so here we look at two of the main items you may come across, asking what’s the difference between CBD shatter and CBD isolate?
What is CBD isolate?
As the name suggests, CBD isolate is the purest form of the cannabinoid compound CBD. It is created because the CBD is isolated from all other compounds during the extraction process, a process which delivers the best when extracted using the CO2 method. CDB isolate in its finished form looks like a powder.
What is CBD shatter?
It is CBD isolate but in a different form – isolated crystals, which are shaped and formed to look almost glass-like. Shatter also tends to have terpenes, (a kind of natural essential oil which creates scent), added. This adds extra scents but also the plus points of the terpenes had they been administered in their natural flower or root form. For example, both juniper plants and citrus fruits contain the natural terpene limonene, nature’s answer to inflammation, stress, depression and infection.
So which one is best as a dab for you?
There’s no definite answer as it really depends on which you like the overall sound of. CBD isolate can be used as it comes as the taste is not unpleasant, or it can be mixed into drinks. This is a really flexible CBD product as it can also be used when vaping, as a dab, as a base for other CBD products e.g. tincture or balms, or added to smoothies or meals.
While CBD isolate is the compound in its purest form, shatter is the same thing after a little tinkering to add flavors and terpenes. We already mentioned the benefits of limonene, but there are others, such as linalool in lavender – a great aid to relaxation and sleep, or pinene which occurs naturally in pine, rosemary, basil and parsley and is something may asthma sufferers rely on for relief.
If you prefer a very flexible product which will take on the flavor of anything it is added to go for CBD isolate, but if the added extras that terpenes offer then CBD shatter is probably a better bet. Of course there’s nothing to stop you from trying both or even using both as and when you feel a particular choice is more appropriate.
Whatever you decide, try to source a product which is made from close to 100% pure hemp extract, has been grown by specialists without the use of pesticides or genetic modification, and has been tested for purity and process by an independent third party. All that’s left to do then is enjoy the CBD experience.