Unlike CBD isolate, CBD distillate (aka broad-spectrum CBD) typically contains an array of cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, and fatty acids that are very beneficial to the body. What’s more, you are unlikely to become high taking CBD distillate as it contains only negligible amounts of THC after going through special processing. CBD isolate is an incredible healing source, of course, but there are hundreds of other beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant besides CBD – cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG) to name a couple. Therefore, if you want to reap all of the potential benefits of CBD without the high, and you don’t mind the stronger taste, CBD distillate may be the best option for you. Full-spectrum CBD products contain all cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant materials – including the naturally occurring small amount of THC in hemp. They work best for people who don’t mind ingesting small but influential amounts of THC.
LAS VEGAS , Jan. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Fresh Bros is a leading CBD, THC, and hemp product manufacturer based in Las Vegas, Nevada , with nearly a decade of experience in the hemp industry. The company is fully licensed and works hard to develop fresh, healthy, organically grown products that are fully compliant and 3 rd party lab-tested. The team’s main aim is to produce innovative formulas that suit client needs in terms of performance, recovery, relaxation, and overall wellbeing.
With so many CBD and THC products on the market, Fresh Bros want to help you find the best product for your needs by breaking down the differences between CBD distillate, CBD isolate, and full-spectrum CBD products, as well as highlighting the key differences between Delta 8 THC and Delta 9 THC.
Delta 8 THC vs Delta 9 THC
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most researched compounds of all the known phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD isolates are, unsurprisingly, isolated forms of CBD. During the extraction process, cannabidiols are removed or filtered out of the hemp plant except for CBD, resulting in a pure product. CBD isolate is great for anyone who struggles with the original earthy flavors of other conventional oils or edibles, so if you’d prefer a high-potency CBD product that is tasty, doesn’t contain THC and or any "extra" cannabinoids that are found in a distillate or full-spectrum product — CBD isolate may be the way to go.
Fresh Bros provides fully compliant Delta 8 distillate derived from hemp, which gives the perfect combination of a pure oil with natural cannabinoids that give it a rose tint. Freshbros protect their consumers by ensuring no bleaching agents are used to enhance the oil to a perfectly clear color.
The cannabis plant has more than 120 cannabinoids, but only a fraction of these have really been studied and marketed. Delta 9 THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, and has received a lot of attention over the last few years. However, consumers are slowly noticing the lesser-known Delta 8 THC (a less available double-bond isomer of the more common Delta 9 THC, also derived from hemp) due to its unique properties. The main differences between these two types of THC are found in the molecular structures of both, and it’s worth noting that Delta 8 THC is capable of producing a milder, more manageable, and more enjoyable high compared to Delta 9. Delta 8 also has added therapeutic benefits and less severe/functionality-impairing side effects.
Before we get into the CBD isolate vs distillate discussion, let’s first start by discussing what full-spectrum CBD is.
As the name suggests, CBD isolate is an isolated form of CBD, which essentially creates pure CBD. The isolation process entails removing all the other natural compounds. Thus, leaving CBD as a pure crystalline powder or solid devoid of any distinct smell or taste. CBD isolates should also be free from any harmful additives, heavy metals, and contaminants.
CBD Isolate vs Distillate: Definitions
CBD is legal in all of the 50 U.S. states. Yet, people working in law enforcement, construction, airports have drug testing policies in place. They should opt to avoid any distillate or full-spectrum products entirely. The trace levels of THC contained in these products could potentially cause you to fail a drug test and even lose your job. For these people, CBD isolates are the way to go.
There’s no simple answer to this question.
If you’re trying to get the most benefits out of your CBD product or are trying to alleviate some severe conditions such as insomnia or inflammation, you may want to use the most potent products you can find. These would most likely be CBD distillate due to their enhanced entourage effect.
CBD isolate and distillate have become increasingly popular throughout the hemp and cannabis industry. These versatile hemp extracts are the most commonly used when it comes to manufactured goods for personal consumption such as topicals, edibles and vapes. Extracts are what give a majority of products on the market their great cannabinoid profiles. While these products are similar in many ways, there are major differences between isolates, distillates and crude for both consumers and businesses. To experience these differences for myself, for research purposes, I spent an evening dabbing both isolate and then distillate to fully understand the effects of each one.
Cannabidiol isolate is the most refined form of hemp available. This compound comes from further processing CBD distillate. CBD is an amazing compound for many people, but with cannabis prohibition still in effect in many areas, people can not risk using hemp products with a full spectrum of cannabinoids due to the potential of THC being present. Even if the full spectrum hemp distillate has under .3% THC, there is a small chance this could make you test positive for THC, risking your job or benefits. This is where CBD isolate shines; even if the product contains 0% THC, people can still feel a high after consuming. With isolate, there is absolutely zero cannabinoids besides CBD and it is safe for people whose jobs drug test for THC. There is also no “high” associated with using CBD isolate which is useful for people who need to medicate throughout the day without being impaired. Other than THC, CBD is by far the most commonly sought after cannabinoid. Isolate is a perfect additive to increase the CBD content of products without increasing THC levels and keeping products compliant. It is also possible to make water soluble isolate which is monumental for manufacturing drinks and liquid based products.
I made an experiment to test the entourage effect by first taking a dab of CBD isolate, waiting an hour, then taking a dab of distillate. The isolate gave a smooth hit with a subtle sweet taste to it. It left me feeling refreshed, almost like taking a deep breath of air when you wake up outside in nature. There was no head or body high, but it left me feeling content. The dab of distillate was an extremely different experience. I took a dab of broad spectrum distillate, meaning there was ZERO THC. The golden liquid melted and left a strong floral taste in my mouth. While it is not comparable to a THC high, the distillate left me feeling extremely relaxed and calm. A slight head high can be felt, but not strong enough to be impairing. After doing this experiment I completely support the entourage effect theory.
CBD distillate is an amazing material to add to hemp products because it captures the entourage effect, something that CBD isolate cannot compete with. The entourage effect is the theory that all cannabinoids work together and are increasingly beneficial when they are consumed together. This means they increase the effects of CBD or THC, which are the most sought after molecules when it comes to extraction. The entourage effect is important for a complete holistic hemp product. Consumers often pay much higher prices for products that contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids instead of only CBD which has caused the price of distillate to be generally higher than isolate.
The most common alternative to CBD isolate when it comes to hemp products is distillate, which extracts as a yellow-amber honey like liquid. High quality distillate is often extremely viscous and has a light golden color to it with no taste or smell. This source of CBD is made by distilling crude oils that are generally extracted using solvents such as carbon dioxide or ethanol. Distillate is great for manufacturing products because it becomes liquid when heated and can be added to drinks, tinctures, and myriad of other finished goods. CBD distillate comes with either a broad spectrum or a full spectrum of cannabinoids. The difference between these terms is the THC. Broad spectrum distillates have all of the same compounds, except that the THC has been removed. This is monumental for consumers who are interested in the entourage effect without the risk of ingesting THC. Because of this, THC free distillate is generally the most expensive CBD derivative available.