With the market for hemp CBD growing everyday without falling behind the competitors even for a day, CBD product options are diversifying when people in CBD business learn, unlearn, and innovate. It was only in 2018 that the hemp CBD products became legal in the US and not everyone would be well educated in the details of the product. CBD distillate and CBD isolate are two popular CBD options and it is important that you know what those are.
What is CBD Distillate?
Hemp extract does not merely contain CBD but it contains a number of substances like terpenes, waxes and other cannabinoids. Full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate are the three spectrum options in CBD, and distillate is either full spectrum or broad spectrum.
Full spectrum CBD contains all the components of the plant extract including terpenes, cannabinoids and other beneficial plant compounds. The cannabinoid THC will also be present in full spectrum CBD but the level would be less than 0.3% as per the suggestions of FDA. Broad spectrum is full spectrum CBD with THC removed from it and it is a better option for people who have to take regular drug tests.
CBD distillate is produced by the process of distillation, which separates compounds based on the differences in boiling point and condensation temperature. THC has a lower boiling point than CBD, and the terpenes have an even lower boiling point.
The temperatures have to be variably increased according to the boiling points of the compounds, which might lead to the production of undesirable compounds. Considering this possibility, the distillation process is carried out at high vacuum allowing the usage of relatively low temperatures.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is undoubtedly the purest form of CBD and is ideal for people who want a product with Cannabidiol as its exclusive content. All the plant compounds except CBD are filtered out from the plant extract to obtain CBD isolate and it usually comes to the market in powdered form.
The isolate contains absolutely no additives or preservatives, guaranteeing 99.8% purity. You can take it sublingually or mix it with foods and drinks or dab it.
Preparation of CBD Isolate
The extraction of plant compounds from hemp is followed by processes like addition of the solvents acetic acid and hexane, winterization, purification, removal of chemical solvents, preparative chromatography, and refining.
Selection of CBD isolate or distillate is a completely personal choice and several factors like convenience, medical condition, nature of one’s occupation etc have to be considered before going with an option.