What is CBD isolate? What is CBD distillate? What is CBD broad spectrum? What is CBD full spectrum?
Why so many different types of CBD?
What does it all mean?
Here is the full rundown of every type of CBD, so you can make a wise decision for your questions on the different types of CBD.
The way the world views cannabis is quickly changing. Every day, more and more CBD products are flooding the market, making it increasingly difficult to decide where to even begin — leading to what psychologists term “choice overload”. This is why we wanted to take the time to help you navigate through everything and breakdown the differences between CBD distillate, CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD, and broad-spectrum CBD products.
CBD products have been increasingly growing in popularity because of the wide variety of benefits they offer. However, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding CBD and CBD products with words like isolate and distillate on product listings, which makes you unsure of which one you need.
Products containing CBD have taken many forms such as CBD oil, CBD edibles, CBD topical creams, and even CBD enhanced entrees. This is because CBD products have been known to benefit people who deal with anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic nausea, and more. All this comes without the risk of severe side-effects or fatal overdoses — which is why this compound has become so sought-after.
Now that we got the basics out of the way, let’s explore what exactly CBD producers mean when they use words like, isolate, distillate, and full-spectrum.
What is CBD Isolate?
One of the most common CBD isolate is CBD in its purest form. It’s exactly how it sounds— an isolated form of cannabidiol.
During the extraction process, everything is removed or filtered out of the hemp plant except for cannabidiol. This leaves you with a pure CBD product.
CBD isolates should be free of harmful additives, contaminants, and heavy metals. Isolates also don’t typically contain terpenes, however, some companies have terpenes added back into a CBD isolate product. CBD isolates should be free of any other cannabinoids including THC, CBN, CBG aside from CBD, and any other organic matter. Because of this, pure unadulterated CBD should have no taste or smell.
This makes it a wonderfully versatile substance that can be used in edibles or oils without adding flavor but keeping its potency. A CBD isolate is great for someone who struggles with the original earthy flavors of other conventional oils or edibles.
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What is CBD Distillate?
Unlike a CBD isolate, CBD distillate contains all of the benefits of the whole plant without THC. CBD distillate contains an array of cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, and fatty acids that are very beneficial to the body. It contains negligible amounts of THC, as the CBD distillate goes through special processing to remove almost all of the THC, so you will not become high and the product is completely legal.
CBD alone is an incredible healing source but, there are hundreds of other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant—with several promising contenders that appear to offer some therapeutic benefit. These include:
Like CBD, CBG is non-psychoactive and won’t get you high. It’s technically the precursor to CBD, THC, and CBC (another cannabinoid we will cover in a minute). Studies show CBG also has the potential to offer some pretty amazing benefits to help ease pain, muscle cramps, anxiety, and depression.
CBN is still being studied, but things are looking promising concerning its effectiveness as being used as a sleep aid due to its sedative effects. In fact, CBD is starting to be regarded as “the” compound that generates the feelings of calm and relaxation that cannabis is so well known for.
While CBC hasn’t gotten much praise or attention, it has been shown to have anti-viral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative (anti-cancer) and pain-relieving properties. It also appears to be effective for depression, anxiety, and migraines.
The terpenes found in CBD distillate products are chemicals that give the hemp plant a unique scent, and even in small amounts terpenes are powerful and can work very well with CBD to heal the body.
It is thought that specific terpenes can induce different sensations; linalool, for instance, may help regulate sleep patterns. Linalool is also the prevalent terpene in lavender—which is commonly used in aromatherapy to induce feelings of sleepiness.
While CBD isolate is isolated cannabidiol in its purest form, CBD distillate contains many more beneficial compounds naturally found in cannabis and hemp, but no THC.
How is CBD Distillate Made?
To isolate and distill the CBD, it has to go through several different refinement processes, starting with crude extraction. This requires the use of a solvent to remove cannabinoids from the plant matter.
Then it has to go through what is known as winterization. This requires the crude extract and solvent to be mixed and left in an extremely cold climate for 24-48 hours so it can congeal and separate.
The next step is decarboxylation. This is the heating of cannabis so it becomes “activated”—much like when someone lights up a joint. Finally, it gets distilled and is purified until it becomes a pure, isolated product.
What is Broad-Spectrum CBD?
Broad-spectrum CBD is actually another name for CBD distillate. It is CBD extract that retains all the original cannabinoids, terpenes, oils, vitamins, and flavonoids, but it goes through a special winterization process to remove THC. Broad-spectrum CBD, or CBD distillate, is practical for users wanting to reap the full-spectrum benefits without ingesting THC.
The sheer amount of people getting drug tested for work, probation, or organ transplantation makes broad-spectrum CBD a very practical and useful staple to provide in this evolving industry.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
Unlike a CBD distillate, full spectrum CBD contains all of the benefits of the whole plant without the high amounts of THC. Full spectrum CBD products are not as pure as a CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD distillate. Full spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant materials, including the naturally occurring small amount of THC in hemp.
The terpenes and cannabinoids found in full-spectrum can be healthy and beneficial for the body but remember: CBD full-spectrum products usually has a much higher THC content which could make it illegal in some states; whereas a CBD isolate, distillate and broad spectrum contain no traceable amounts of THC.
The THC concentration in full-spectrum oils can even be much higher than the federal legal limit of THC, which in the US must be <0.3%. This all depends on the hemp strain selected for processing, the amount of THC this hemp strain has, and how diluted the CBD concentrate is in the carrier oil.
What to Choose?
So, you know what CBD isolate, CBD distillate, full-spectrum, and broad-spectrum CBD mean now. But, How do you choose which one is right for you?
Some people struggle with the slight hemp-like taste of full-spectrum, distillate, and broad-spectrum CBD. Many CBD producers are doing their best to help people with this issue by providing flavored full-spectrum CBD oils that drown out the earthy taste.
In most cases, people do not mind the natural taste of hemp, and it doesn’t become a deterrent to using a full-spectrum CBD, CBD distillate, or broad-spectrum CBD oils. If you want to consume all of the possible benefits of CBD without the high, and you don’t mind the taste — broad-spectrum CBD, or CBD distillate, may be the best option for you.
Although a CBD isolate does not contain the extra compounds found in hemp, it has many benefits by being the purest and most potent form of CBD. CBD alone is known to have many incredible effects on people dealing with different physical and mental ailments, so a very strong option may be best if you’re needing extra strength symptom relief.
Some people do not want to have any THC in what they are consuming whatsoever. Even though most full-spectrum CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, and CBD distillate or broad-spectrum CBD has almost all of the THC removed and doesn’t produce mind-altering effects, and is legal— a tiny amount of THC may still be absorbed.
A CBD isolate will give you the smallest chance, if any, of having THC in your product. If you prefer a high potency CBD product that is tasty, and you don’t want all the “extras” that are found in a full-spectrum product — CBD isolate may be the way to go.
If you’re wanting all the beneficial compounds that are naturally occurring in cannabis except for the THC, then broad-spectrum or CBD distillate products will be more up your alley.
Don’t care about THC? Then CBD full-spectrum is definitely the way to go to get all the benefits from the most cannabinoids and terpenes!
Isolate, distillate, full-spectrum, and broad-spectrum CBD all have their own benefits. It simply depends on your preference and what you would like the product to accomplish. Overall, full-spectrum products appear to be more effective simply due to the entourage effect that comes with the small amount of THC in them, but remain legal.
The best way to find what works best for you is to try the product you are interested in and to read some of the reviews left by our valued customers to help you decide. We also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee for all our products. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your order, we will happily give you a full refund.
Frequently Asked Questions
CBD isolate is, in its purest form, exactly how it sounds— isolated form of cannabidiol.
CBD isolate looks like a white powder and is often sold in small jars in gram increments in this powder form, but it can also be used to make CBD tinctures, CBD gummies, and other CBD isolate products.
Most CBD isolate is 99%+ pure. Terpenes can optionally be added back into the isolate for enhanced benefit or flavor.
No, CBD isolate should not have any THC if it is truly isolated CBD.
Pure CBD isolate powder can be used by mixing it into coffee, tea, or other drinks. You may find CBD isolate powder will not mix well into drinks and will float to the top. If you do not like this, another way on how to use CBD isolate is by mixing it into food, such as pudding or jello. CBD isolate can also be processed into CBD isolate tinctures, that can be consumed sublingually or using this in all of the same ways mentioned previously for the CBD isolate powder.
CBD distillate is high CBD hemp concentrate that has gone through post-extraction processing to remove THC, while working to keep as much of the other cannabinoids and terpenes in the concentrate as possible.
CBD distillate is a golden-yellow, sometimes darker, oily, sappy looking substance that is often times diluted into MCT oil, hemp seed oil, or other carriers to make different tinctures and CBD distillate products.
No, true CBD distillate does not have any THC, although some many have very small trace amounts if state of the art processing is not used. To make CBD distillate, the processor sends full-spectrum oil through special processing to remove and eliminate all THC.
Both CBD isolate and CBD are processed to have no THC. The difference is that CBD isolate is 99%+ CBD with only trace amounts of other substances, while CBD distillate averages 50-70% CBD and has many more natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and hemp plant compounds that make up the other 30-50% of the substance.
Broad spectrum CBD is another name for CBD distillate. Both of them are high CBD hemp concentrates that have gone through post-extraction processing to remove THC, while working to keep as much of the other cannabinoids and terpenes in the concentrate as possible.
Full spectrum CBD contains all of the benefits of the whole hemp plant. Full spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant materials, including the naturally occurring small amount of THC in hemp.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Due to FDA Regulations, we recommend that you do your own research on CBD products. We also suggest that you read the reviews on our website; where our customers record their real-world results of using our products.