If you’re looking for an ultra-refined CBD experience, we’ve got two words for you: CBD distillate. Sometimes called “The Pure,” CBD distillate contains high traces of cannabidiol without any psychoactive THC or yucky chlorophyll. While it might not produce an “entourage effect,” this purified extract is a superb choice for customers who want a versatile and flavorless CBD product.
Where To Buy CBD Distillate Products?
If you’re particular about CBD purity, then we’d recommend checking out Industrial Hemp Farms product line. There you’ll find a full list of purified products, including CBD distillates and isolates. As always, IHF sends all of their products for third-party lab screenings to ensure they’re of the highest quality. For full transparency, IHF publishes the latest lab results online.
Please don’t forget IHF offers low wholesale rates on all of their products, including CBD distillate. For more information about buying in bulk, please send IHF a wholesale request on this page.
Whether you’re a CBD patient or a vape shop owner, IHF can supply you with all the CBD distillate you need. As with all of their other CBD products, IHF only uses the highest-quality, American-grown hemp in their CBD distillate.
Just How Pure Is CBD Distillate?
Because the FDA still doesn’t regulate CBD, there’s no industry-wide standard that defines “CBD distillate.” That being said, most hemp extractors believe CBD distillates should have a minimum of 80 percent pure CBD.
However, please don’t assume a product has 80 percent CBD just because manufacturers put “CBD distillate” on the label. As always, you should check a manufacturer’s lab reports to see how much CBD is in their products.
How Is CBD Distillate Made?
As you could imagine, CBD distillates have to go through an intensive extraction process to reach such high purity counts. Although every manufacturer could use slightly different techniques, the general pattern is as follows:
Technicians use solvent-based or solvent-less methods to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from raw hemp flower.
To refine impurities, extractors place their CBD oil in a frigid environment with ethanol.
After a few days, scientists separate undesirable compounds from this “winterized” CBD oil using advanced evaporation techniques.
Manufacturers further refine their CBD oil with either steam or fractional distillation processes.
Although customers could create DIY CBD concentrates with hemp flower, it’s nearly impossible to make a batch of CBD distillate at home. As you could see from the outline above, CBD distillation requires advanced technical expertise and expensive machines.
Does CBD Distillate Taste Like Grass?
As CBD distillate goes through its purification process, it inevitably loses all the flavors associated with hemp flower. On the positive side, this means CBD distillate won’t have the “grassy” taste you often find in full-spectrum oils. However, this also means customers won’t get to enjoy the many terpenes in raw hemp flower.
Thankfully, there are many ways customers could take advantage of hemp’s terpenes on IHF. For instance, you could look into their extensive CBD hemp flower catalog. Currently, we offer a wide range of hemp strains at extremely competitive rates. For extra convenience, IHF also produces an assortment of pre-rolled hemp joints.
It’s also worth mentioning IHF now offers tasty CBD “terpsolate” dabs. As the name implies, CBD terpsolate is a type of CBD isolate with additional hemp terpenes. Be sure to check out one of their best-selling CBD terpsolate dabs on this link.
Broad-Spectrum vs. Full-Spectrum CBD – What’s The Key Difference?
When shopping for CBD extracts like distillate, you should be on the lookout for the terms “broad-spectrum” and “full-spectrum.” Although these phrases seem interchangeable, they offer very different CBD experiences.
Of all the CBD oils on the market, products labeled “full-spectrum” are the least refined. As the name implies, these oils have a “full spectrum” of secondary cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant compounds in addition to CBD. Most significantly, full-spectrum CBD oils could contain ≤ 0.3 percent THC.
By contrast, broad-spectrum CBD will have zero traces of THC. Although broad-spectrum CBD oils could contain secondary cannabinoids and terpenes, they will always be more refined than full-spectrum products. Technically, you could consider “CBD distillate” a form of broad-spectrum CBD.
It’s also worth noting that full-spectrum CBD usually tastes worse than broad-spectrum CBD. This makes sense when you consider full-spectrum products aren’t as well-refined as their broad-spectrum counterparts. If companies don’t add flavor enhancers, full-spectrum CBD will have a distinctly “earthy” flavor.
So, why would anyone want to use full-spectrum CBD? Simple: the entourage effect.
For those who aren’t aware, the “entourage effect” is a theory that hemp molecules work together to produce a heightened impact. People who believe in the entourage effect believe CBD could have its greatest effect when consumed with naturally-occurring molecules like secondary cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
FYI: IHF offers both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oils for those who are interested. As a bonus, all of their full-spectrum CBD goods come in yummy flavor options, including spearmint, lemon, and tangerine. You can see their full CBD oil portfolio on this link.
Are CBD Distillate And CBD Isolate The Same?
If CBD distillate is “The Pure,” then CBD isolate should be called “The Purest.” While both CBD distillate and isolate go through the same purification process, CBD isolate has an even higher CBD percentage. Indeed, to be considered CBD isolate, a product must contain 98 – 99 percent pure CBD.
Just like CBD distillate, CBD isolate has no odor or flavor. This makes CBD isolate an excellent choice for those interested in making edibles. In fact, IHF uses pure CBD isolate in their popular line ofCBD gummies.
How Do You Use CBD Distillate?
For instance, we’ve heard of many customers using CBD distillate to make DIY e-juices. Since CBD distillate has no flavor or odor, you could easily mix it with your favorite food-safe essential oil, PG, and VG for a flavorful at-home CBD vape.
CBD distillate is also easy to hide in edibles and infusions. Unlike working with hemp flowers, there’s no need to decarboxylate or deal with tricky measurements. Simply mix your desired amount of CBD distillate into your favorite foods and enjoy!
However, you don’t have to get fancy with CBD distillate products. Indeed, many people enjoy taking CBD straight every morning. It’s also possible to add your CBD distillate to smokable hemp flowers for an extra-potent experience.
Are There Any Other Cannabinoids Offered As Distillates?
While CBD may be the “cool kid” in the hemp industry, there are a few secondary cannabinoids that are starting to gain attention. For instance, many scientists are going crazy over the cannabinoid cannabigerol (CBG).
The unique thing about CBG is that it shares a chemical structure with CBD, THC, and another secondary cannabinoid called CBC. In fact, CBG is the precursor to all three of these cannabinoids.
As the hemp plant matures, CBG-A gradually morphs into other cannabinoids, which is why there’s so much CBD in a mature hemp plant. While there is a bit of CBG-A left at the time of harvest, it’s usually well less than one percent.
Since there’s so little CBG-A in mature hemp plants, it requires a lot more time, labor, and hemp biomass to create a vial of CBG distillate. However, now that more people are interested in CBG, some cultivators are deliberately cutting their plants early to maximize CBG percentages. If you’d like to learn more about CBG, we recommend checking out this page.
Unlike CBG, CBN only appears late in the harvesting phase when THC begins to oxidize. As the milky white trichomes turn to deep amber, that’s a warning sign CBN is taking over your plant’s cannabinoid count.
For many years, cannabis growers saw high CBN levels as a sign of “inferior weed.” However, as scientists look into CBN’s properties, it appears to have unique medical applications. Interestingly, many cultivators harvest their plants late in the season to extract more CBN.
Please note: CBN is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. Even though CBN forms due to degraded THC, it doesn’t have psychoactive properties of its own.
If you’d like to learn more about CBN’s potential, be sure to check out IHF’sCBN distillate andCBN isolate product pages.