So we have learned about distillate, isolate, full and broad CBD products. All have their merits, so how do you determine which is right for you?
Since all of these products will provide the beneficial effects of CBD compounds, that’s a good place to start. If you’re using CBD to help with any of the ailments mentioned in the first part of this article, then all of these products will provide some manner of relief.
Isolate is the purest form of strictly CBD available. Though there is no research to date that suggests that isolate provides an improved benefit over distillate or broad/full spectrum products, it does have the benefit of purity. If you want to avoid any of the other phytocannibinoids, terpenes and most commonly, the THC that is present in other cannabis products, isolate is the product you want to use.
Distillate is very pure and concentrated, including everything the cannabis plant has to offer, but with far less terpenes or other volatile compounds that provide the flavors and aromas associated with the plant itself. If you want a product that provides the benefits of nearly all the aspects of cannabis in a potent, concentrated form, then distillate is more likely what you’d want to use. With that said, THC is often present in distillate. Does CBD distillate get you high, though? Probably not – even though distillate concentrations of THC can be higher than other CBD products, it’s likely not enough to create a psychoactive effect.
Broad CBD provides the benefits of entourage, giving you the benefits of the natural state of the plant. This means that all the lipids, terpenes, CBD and other cannibinoids are present, with the exception of THC. Consider broad spectrum to be almost like isolate that still allows for the potential benefits of the entourage in its entirety. If you want the interplay of almost all the aspects of the cannabis plant but without worrying about THC, then broad spec is right for you.
Finally, full spec CBD offers the full package and the entourage effect, but with very small amounts of THC. Because it’s more refined, you don’t need to worry about psychoactive effects, but it does still contain THC. If you don’t have concerns about ingesting THC, then full spectrum might be perfect for your needs.
Distillates undergo quite a transformation from raw plant matter to crudely refined material, and finally to exceptionally potent, beautiful honey-like sap. Through short path and fractional distillation, you can create increasingly specific and refined products that take out as many compounds as you feel are extraneous to what you want in the end.
Distillates contain the beneficial phytocannibinoids and other compounds that work together to create the therapeutic effects of CBD. Many distillates are refined in a way that the terpenes and other volatile compounds that provide the earthy aroma and flavors of cannabis products are removed, leaving an odorless, tasteless result that has a tremendous amount of applications.
Through vaping/dabbing, mixing with edibles, or topical creams, CBD distillate can be enjoyed and applied in a broad range of applications for all walks of life.