CBD Isolate vs. CBD Distillate

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In the constanly growing world of CBD (cannabidiol) products users have to make a choice between CBD isolate-based products or CBD distillate-based products. In order to decide it is important to understand the difference between the two.

Isolate is a chemical term used to specify that the only component is solely the material listed. In this scenario, we are referring to CBD.  CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD that does not contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes, fats, lipids or other compounds found in the hemp plant. CBD isolate is a white, powdery solid that is 99+% CBD. Hemp processors receive the hemp plant and use chemistry and biochemistry techniques to extract the cannabinoids from the plant material. Then they take additional steps to isolate CBD in it’s pure form (Medical News Today).

Distillate is a highly refined extract that has undergone the distillation process. Distillation is the process of purifying a liquid by evaporation and condensation.  CBD distillate is a golden in color oil that typically contains around 70-80% CBD including minor cannabinoids. After removing the ethanol solvent used to extract the CBD from the hemp plant, distillation is used to separate CBD from other compounds in the crude oil by differences in boiling point. Lastly, CBD condensate and the terpenes are collected and the remaining material is the compounds with high boiling points that never evaporated (Abundant Labs).

Users may discover that CBD isolate works best for them, their symptoms, and their cannabis journey. Other users may find that they are in need of the assistance of other cannabinoids to alleviate symptoms and find relief. CBD isolate does not offer the benefits of the entourage effect. There is no risk of experiencing psychoactive effects. It does not have a taste or smell  or risk of failing a urinalysis test. CBD isolate is recommended for those seeking the most concentrated form of CBD. In addition, users may need a larger dose for a specific desired effect. If you are new to cannabinoids, CBD isolate products is the best place to start.

To read more on CBD isolate, click the link for a previous PG Organix post.

To read more on CBD distillate, click the link for a previous PG Organix post. 

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