Due to the widespread acceptance of CBD products due to therapeutic properties, the market is flooded with a plethora of products making it particularly difficult for a first-time consumer to choose a CBD product. Moreover, cannabidiol products are made using different types of extracts like CBD distillate, CBD isolates, full-spectrum CBD, and broad-spectrum CBD, making the selection process even more daunting. Shared below is the detailed information about these extracts; read on to know more about them.
CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD, and it is available in the form of white crystalline powder. It is made by removing the different cannabinoids that are naturally found in the hemp extract by various filtration processes to give the purest form of cannabidiol. Because of this, it can be used in a variety of CBD infused products and can be consumed to experience CBD’s unadulterated effects. However, its disadvantages are that it does not have the entourage effect and the dosage range is limited, compared to other types of extracts. Also, the chances of overdose are high as it is very potent.
CBD distillate contains all the cannabinoids naturally found in the hemp plant along with terpenes, fatty acids, flavonoids, and other compounds that are useful to the body. Usually, it does not contain THC as it is removed by the filtration process and is safer for those who do not want to feel the high associated with THC. Besides, the added benefit of it is the entourage effect which enhances the individual effects of each cannabinoid. Therefore, it is effective in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. Some of the cannabinoids other than CBD contained in it are cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD Distillate Production
CBD distillate is made by first making an extract from decarboxylated hemp plant parts using various extraction methods. This requires the use of a solvent to remove the cannabinoids and there are different types of solvents used. It is followed by the winterization process where the extract is mixed with 200 proof alcohol and refrigerated overnight to congeal. This separates the unwanted compounds in the extract, and they are filtered out. This is followed by the distillation process that yields the pure product.
The distillate that we get is naturally a full-spectrum extract containing all the natural cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. However, it is not preferred by all, especially by those who must undergo a drug screening test as part of their job. For such users, there is the broad-spectrum extract from which THC has been completely removed.
In a nutshell, the choice between CBD distillate and CBD isolate depends on the personal requirements and the severity of symptoms that need to be treated.