7 Effective Ways To Use CBD Crystals
Historically, using cannabis concentrates was a complicated endeavour, requiring a dab rig (which looked like a bong) and some know-how on how to get the most out of the equipment.
With innovations in technology, along with experimentation on the uses of cannabinoids in general, there is no longer a need for bulky glassware.
People are becoming wise to the fact a pure CBD concentrate can fast deliver a rapid and potent dose…Finding your inner zen has never been easier!
So, what are CBD crystals and how can we use them?
What are CBD crystals
In a nutshell, they are a purified form of CBD which often consists of 97-99% cannabidiol, with all terpenes, flavonoids and other plant matter removed. All that’s left is crystals (also known as shatter), which are THC free, tasteless and odourless.
The only difference between the crystals and powder is the consistency of the end product.
CBD shatter looks like glass, and when it breaks, it turns into a crystalline powder, which is better known as CBD Isolate.
However, all three are the same thing, just in different physical forms, often attributed to the extraction method used.
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Unfortunately, when CBD is isolated it contains none of the other compounds found in cannabis which work synergistically with cannabinoids.
However, as CBD crystals are naturally tasteless, they easily infuse with terpenes for added flavour and effect.
Terpsolate is a nickname for terpene infused CBD Isolate. Made from CBD crystals and often food grade terpenes, extracted from natural sources.
How to use CBD crystals
CBD crystals are already decarboxylated via the manufacturing process, meaning they don’t need heat to become activated. As a result, there are several ways to use them outside of a dab rig!
Either way, you need a precise set of scales. Given an average dose is in the low milligram range, eyeballing it can be difficult and scales make things much simpler.
In the worst case, you will use more than you need to and end up much more relaxed than you might have hoped for!
Let’s dive into the 7 most common ways to use them.
Mellow out the effects of THC
If you already use cannabis, you probably know THC levels have increased exponentially across the last 20 years. This has come at the expense of CBD, with the broader availability of super-high THC cannabis, nicknamed skunk weed, for its pungent smell and aroma.
Recent UK data suggests the average cannabis buds exceed 14% THC, and in the US the numbers are often significantly higher, due to the availability of legal and high THC cannabis.
In legal cannabis states, the availability of legal THC concentrates has created a new set niche of products which exceed 90% THC and 0% CBD. These are extremely potent forms of THC, and those uninitiated with them can easily feel out of their depth using them.
Fortunately, research suggests CBD can counteract the adverse effects associated with THC, and overall mellow out the high. Sprinkling CBD powder onto a joint, or combining CBD crystals with a THC concentrate could help make the high less intense.
It sounds like you might need to wave your hands in the air and cue some music for the dabbing dance, but dabbing CBD doesn’t involve a dance!
In short, it refers to heating a concentrate to a temperature where it (usually) vapourizes and is inhaled using either a dab pen or a dab rig.
The only real difference between vaping and dabbing is that vaping uses conduction or convection heating. Vaping has more accurate temperature control, so you never reach a point of combustion.
Dabbing, however, has been a long much longer than vaping.
Old school dab rigs include glassware which would look fitting in a weed accessories shop. They require a high heat blow torch to turn a quartz heating element red hot, onto which the ‘dab’ is placed and then inhaled, often via a pipe.
These devices can easily overheat, leading to combustion and potential carcinogens released into the inhaled vapour.
Fortunately, dabbing has come a long way, and you can now buy electronic dab rigs or pens which have temperature control. Check out our post about the best dab pens available today to find the right device for you or check out our top reccomendation below.
We dive into CBD crystals and 7 ways to use them. If you want to learn more about CBD, and why concentrates are so verstatile then this is for you!
How To Dose And Use Cbd Crystals For Maximum Effect
Most of us know of the cannabinoid CBD by now because it gets a lot of attention in the nutraceutical and medical industries. But what about CBD crystals? That’s something fairly new on the market, so we are going to show you what they are, as well as how to properly dose and use them.
What Are Cbd Crystals?
CBD crystals are the cleanest and purest form of CBD available today. They reach a purity level of 98% with marginal traces of other cannabinoids and terpenes in the mix. This product and its purity are achieved via different extraction methods, one being the supercritical CO₂ process. Plant material gets filtered out to remove all the unwanted components like excess waxes. The resulting end product is a CBD isolate that has a powdery crystal form (hence the name) and looks like fine sugar.
The advantage of CBD crystals is that they can be dissolved in food and drinks, applied sublingually or as a topical salve like many regular CBD products, or they can be vaporized or dabbed. This opens up a whole new world of CBD consumption options (more on that later). Moreover, crystals lack the strong and bitter taste that most consumers find unpalatable about other CBD products. Of course, CBD crystals also contain 0% THC, which means they are non-psychoactive.
How To Dose Cbd Crystals Correctly
First of all, you don’t have to worry about taking in too much CBD. It is non-toxic, so you can’t overdose. However, you could definitely be more chilled out than expected with a higher dosage, which would be a waste of crystals/money. Like with everything else, you should always start slow and work your way up to the desired effect.
Although the dosage depends on multiple factors like your weight, health, and metabolism, experts recommend starting with 5–25mg a day. The average starting dose is 10mg. Always check the label of your CBD product as well because it should feature the amount of CBD in the product and a suggested serving size.
With CBD crystals, a precise scale is an absolute must. You will have to weigh the crystals to get a correct dosage. If the recommended average daily dose is 10mg and most CBD products tell you to use it 3–4 times a day, that would mean to vape, dab, or ingest an amount of 2.5–3.3mg of CBD crystals per dose.
The next step is to listen to your body and become aware of any positive or negative effects. You should wait 3–4 hours after your first dose because it can sometimes take a while for the effects to become fully noticeable. In the event you don’t feel any effect at all after a few hours, take a slightly larger amount. Once you’ve reached the point where you start to notice an effect, you should remain at this dosage for about a week.
You’ll want to monitor your body closely during this week. How is your overall health, your mental state, and energy level? With this knowledge, you can now increase or decrease the dosage to get to your desired effect. Just don’t rush the process! Start small and only make minor adjustments. No big rises! This way, you don’t waste money by ingesting too much, but don’t get a weak effect either.
Different Methods Of Consumption
Let’s explore the pros and cons of a variety of common consumption methods of CBD crystals.
This is by far the most popular way to use CBD crystals. You basically melt the concentrate and inhale the cloud of vapour. The only real downside to this method is that you will need some accessories if you’ve never dabbed before. These include a dab rig, a torch lighter, a dabbing tool, and of course, your CBD extract. If you have assembled all the necessary tools, put the crystals on the dab tool, heat the nail with your blow torch till it’s red hot, wait 30–60 seconds for it to cool down a little bit, put the crystals on the nail to melt them, and inhale. You will feel the effects almost immediately, which is a benefit over other methods. This is also the most efficient way of consuming CBD crystals, and has the best taste to it.
Dissolve Under Tongue (Sublingual Method)
The most easy way of ingesting CBD crystals is to dissolve them under your tongue. Hold them there for 60–90 seconds. This way, the crystals get directly into your bloodstream, causing you to feel the effects almost immediately.
Vaping is pretty similar to dabbing in that it has a quick onset of effects and a better overall taste. You will need not as much paraphernalia as with dabbing, but will require a quality vaporizer that was developed for use with concentrates (vapes for flower won’t do the job). Put your extract in there, heat it to the desired temperature, and draw. It’s that simple! But don’t heat it too high, as that will introduce carcinogens and benzenes into the mix, which we try to avoid as much as possible. This is also true for dabbing CBD crystals.
Mix With Vape Liquid
You can mix CBD crystals with your favourite vape liquid as well. Add your desired amount of crystals to the vape liquid and shake it to dissolve the CBD. Please note that there are health risks associated with the consumption of e-liquids, so this may not be the most ideal option for you to use CBD crystals.
Just like you would with cannabis, you can infuse CBD crystals into coconut oil or butter to make edibles. Simply melt the butter or oil on the lowest temperature and add your crystals. Stir for 5 minutes until their are fully dissolved. After that, the mixture is ready to be paired with the other ingredients in your recipe. The taste will not be so overpoweringly “weedy” like it can be with cannabis sometimes. But like with all edibles, it can take a long time for the effect to kick in, ranging between 1–2 hours.
Mix With Carrier Oil
You can either use hemp, olive, or coconut oil for best results. Basically, you are making your own CBD oil, but a much more potent one. You will have to heat the oil together with the crystals in a hot water bath for about 10 minutes for them to fully blend together. For the dosage: 1,000mg of CBD crystals in 10ml oil gives you a concentration of 10% CBD. It’s also the most economical way of using CBD crystals.
If you want to consume pure CBD, you definitely should consider CBD crystals. Never heard of them? No worries, Zamnesia shows you the what, why, and how.