How To Grow Crystal THC and CBD
What is Crystalline Isolate?
Crystalline Isolate is an extremely pure form of cannabinoid that is extracted using CO2 or butane/propane. Available in both THC-A and CBD, crystalline can contain up to 99.97% THC or CBD depending on the application.
For some this high-potency offering may seem excessive, but for many it is rather attractive. Medical marijuana patients are actively seeking the benefits of higher doses while veteran smoker may be looking for a new level of high. No matter the use, crystalline isolate is an exciting development within the chemistry of cannabis and the development of novel methods of consumption devoid of any harmful solvents and carcinogens.
While it is certainly possible to draw out extracts that are extremely high in THC and CBD with CO2 and hydrocarbon extraction and distillation, but THC-A and CBD crystalline opens up different potentials for storage and consumption to the market. For instance, storage is much more convenient when using crystalline isolate, less messy when dabbing, and easier to incorporate into foods and topicals (presuming you have decarboxylated your crystals). Did I mention that it is also very pretty to look at?
So How Do They Make This Stuff?
You may be familiar with extractions, and if you’re not feel free to check out this article here discussing the two main types to refresh your knowledge, either way, in order to form crystals you must start with a cannabinoid-rich cannabis extract.
Ideally, in order to maximize on time and resources, A-grade flower with a high THC-A or CBD count (depending on what you’re isolating) will be blasted with CO2 or butane/propane in order to extract the greatest yield of cannabinoids from the plant material. The crude oil that is extracted isn’t completely “clean” and will typically have a fair amount of waxes and lipids emulsified within the oil. Once the crude oil is winterized and the major waxes and lipids are filtered we would be left with cannabis extract that could be placed within a vape cartridge or dabbed on a rig. However, this oil will range from 65-90% THC or CBD and still exist within a viscous/fluid state. In order to solidify the cannabinoids out of the remaining non-cannabinoid material, we must take the cannabis extract add different solvents in different stages and run it through a number of different filtrations.
The first step is to take your cannabis extract and mix it with acetic acid and hexane, the combination of chemicals will act as a solvent to separate the dissolved plant matter from the THC/CBD. After the mixture has had time to settle, it is put through a filter and then the remaining fluid is placed within a roto-vape where the acetic acid and hexane are evaporated off. The remaining mixture will be primarily Delta-9 THC-A or CBD-A.
In order to further purify the extract, chromatography is used in order to separate impure elements of the solution from the desired cannabinoids. Chromatography (sounds complicated but isn’t really) is a chemical process where different materials and mediums are used to separate different components within a solution based on its affinity to the different filter mediums and density (kind’ve like your standard water filter). In the instance of THC-A, chemists add Sephadex-LH20, dichloromethane and chloroform in order to further clarify the cannabis extract into majority cannabinoids and solvent devoid of any plant material.
The remaining solvent from the mixture needs to be evaporated, so it is placed within the roto-vape again, where it crystallizes. Afterwards, in order to make the crystals consumable, they go through a series of chemical washes, filtrations and roto-vaping.
Post chromatography, the crystals are dissolved in methanol and then filtered and then roto-vaped to remove the methanol. Afterward, pentane is used to remove the smallest bits of non-THC or non-CBD material and then roto-vaped for the last time. The results, white crystals testing at 99.97% cannabinoid.
The only caveat to this is that you will not have the accompanying terpenes, and therefore will not experience the “entourage effect” that cannabis flower provides. However if you are intent on re-creating such an experience, you can reintroduce cannabis terpenes into your crystalline, or simply soak it within “terp sauce”.
*Disclaimer, this post is for informational purposes only, the chemicals mentioned above are caustic and dangerous. We do not recommend you try this. This is not a tutorial.How To Grow Crystal THC and CBD What is Crystalline Isolate? Crystalline Isolate is an extremely pure form of cannabinoid that is extracted using CO2 or butane/propane. Available in both THC-A
How To Make Your Own Cbd Oil With Cbd Crystals
Don’t have access to CBD flowers? Don’t worry! Using CBD crystals to make your own CBD oil is much easier and less messy.
Making your own supply of CBD oil has many advantages. It can save you a lot of money in the long-run, and is a very valuable skill to learn. It also means you know exactly what ingredients have been used and the precise amount that it contains. However, making your own oil from scratch requires specific equipment, enough space, and a lot of work. It involves sourcing high-CBD flowers, extracting the constituents using alcohol or CO₂, winterising, refining, and purifying.
There is a way to make your own CBD oil that requires almost no equipment, and the end result is almost instant. Using CBD crystals removes the hassle of extracting the cannabinoid from raw plant material yourself. Instead, this work has already been done, and what’s left is 99% pure CBD crystals that can easily be added to various different products, including oils.
What Are Cbd Crystals?
Zamnesia’s 99% Pure CBD Crystals represent the very essence of CBD. This pure white substance is extracted from cannabis flowers using state-of-the-art CO₂ technology before being separated from phytonutrients, other cannabinoids, terpenes, and lipids via a second purification process. This thorough procedure ensures as much CBD is removed and isolated from the flowers as possible, with the end result being 99% purity.
The remaining 1% is comprised of residual terpenes such as myrcene, limonene, and humulene. These aromatic molecules are responsible for the recognisable scents and flavours of the cannabis plant. They are known to work in a synergistic manner with cannabinoids such as CBD in what’s known as the “entourage effect”.
The Advantages Of Using Cbd Crystals
CBD crystals are the ultimate CBD isolate. This pure version of the cannabinoid can be infused into any product without introducing any other unwanted molecules or substances into the mix. One huge advantage of using them is their simplicity. You don’t need to make extracts like cannabutter or tinctures to add CBD into food, oils, or creams. Simply sprinkle a few crystals into the formula instead.
Additionally, CBD crystals contain absolutely no THC. Although many CBD products contain minimal levels of the psychotropic cannabinoid, it is still present. The fact that crystals contain no THC whatsoever makes them very appealing to individuals who want to take the cannabinoid, but are worried about THC showing up in mandatory drug tests for work.
The lack of THC means that CBD crystals have no psychotropic effect. They can be taken throughout the day whilst allowing users to remain clear-headed and fully functional. The concentrated nature of crystals makes them a potent product that offers much more immediate effects than other means of administration.
Crystals aren’t only used to make oil. They can be used in cooking to make anything from CBD-enriched candies and cakes to brownies and soups. They can also be used to make homemade e-liquids by combining them with a glycerine base. Alternatively, they can be loaded directly into a vape chamber and vaporized alone or in combination with other extracts and herbs.
CBD crystals can also be placed under the tongue for an immediate dose delivered directly into the bloodstream.
How To Make Cbd Oil With Crystals
Oil is by far one of the most popular ways to consume CBD. It can be made with ease by mixing crystals with a carrier oil and adding this combination into a dropper bottle. Below is a simple set of instructions for making your own CBD oil using crystals.
To make your own CBD oil, you’ll first need 500mg of 99% Pure CBD Crystals. You’ll also need a carrier oil to suspend the crystals in as CBD is lipophilic and absorbs into fat. Olive oil is a good choice and also contains healthy fats that add further nutrients to the oil. MCT oil is another option that, as well as being flavourless and odourless, serves as an instant source of energy for the brain. You’ll also need an oral syringe, 30ml dropper bottle, a spoon, and a funnel.
- First of all, you’ll need to decide how strong you want your oil to be. In these directions, we’ll be adding 500mg of CBD crystals to 30ml of oil, which will result in a concentration of 16.6mg of CBD per millilitre.
- Next, it’s time to add the CBD crystals into the dropper bottle. Place the funnel over the bottle opening and use the spoon to add the crystals into the funnel.
- Use the oral syringe to measure out the desired quantity of oil. Withdraw the oil from its container and inject it into the dropper bottle until the 30ml bottle is full.
- Screw the dropper cap onto the bottle and shake the mixture vigorously for 60 seconds.
How To Use Cbd Crystal Oil
CBD crystal oil can be taken much like a tincture. Place it under the tongue for rapid absorption, or swallow it for a longer onset and prolonged effects. You can also add the oil to pretty much any recipe or drink you can think of. Try it out in tea, coffee, and smoothies.Using isolated CBD crystals is the easiest way to make CBD oil at home. Practically all you need is some oil and a dropper bottle. Get the instructions here! ]]>