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CBD Isolate vs Distillate vs Full Spectrum

CBD Distillate vs. CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD Products

Chances are you’ve probably heard about CBD by now, as CBD has been rapidly growing in popularity due to the powerful benefits it offers. There is however still quite a bit of confusion surrounding CBD and CBD products.

In relation to CBD products like tinctures, vape cartridges, and balms, you may have heardd words like isolate and distillate on product listings, and maybe you’re unsure of the differences, as well as which would best suite your needs. It’s important to understand what these words mean and how they affect the product as well as how they affect you.

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. CBD is just one of the many compounds found in the hemp plant, and unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects.

Products which have CBD take many different forms such as CBD oil and edibles, as well as many other CBD products. CBD products have been known to provide many benefits to people who deal with everything from anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic nausea, and more. There typically are no side effects to CBD, and no fatal CBD overdoses have been reported in all of human history making it a safe substance to use.

Let’s take a look at exactly what CBD manufacturers mean when they refer to CBD products as isolates, distillates, and full spectrum CBD products.

What is CBD Isolate?

CBD isolate is CBD in it’s most pure form, it’s isolated cannabidiol.

During the process of extracting the cannabidiols, everything is filtered out of the hemp plant except for the cannabidiol, leaving you with pure CBD. Oftentimes gummies and vape cartridges as well as other ingestibles are made of isolate as there’s little to no taste.

Isolates are completely devoid of terpenes, and non-CBD cannabinoids like THC, chlorophyll, and organic matter. This leaves pure CBD which should have no taste or smell.

CBD isolates make a very versatile product which can be used in edibles and oils without adding any flavor and while still maintaining it’s potency. A CBD isolate is great for someone who doens’t like the earthy or plant matter flavors or tastes which come with many traditional oils and edibles.

What is a CBD Distillate?

CBD distillates are not as refined and therefore are not as pure as CBD isolates. A CBD distillate may contain various cannabinois such as terpenes and plant material. CBD distillate is the precursor to isolate and could be further refined even more to become a CBD isolate.

While some people may not care for the taste, terpenes and cannabinois found in distillates can be both healthy and beneficial for the body. A CBD Distillate usually has a higher THC content which could make it illegal in some states, whereas a CBD isolate contains no trace amounts of THC.

CBD distillate is often sourced from a marijuana plant which is hgiher in THC. THC is the chemical which produces mild altering effects. CBD isolate however is sourced from hemp plants that have less THC to begin with.

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

Full spectrum CBD as opposed to CBD distillate contains all of the benefits of the whole plant, without the elevated  amounts of THC. Full spectrum CBD contains an array of annabinois, terpenes, and vitamins which are likely beneficial to the body. It also contains negligible amounts of THC so you will not experience mind altering effects, you will not get high, and the product remains legal.

CBD can be an incredible healing source, although there are also other cannabinoids found in hemp plants which have also been shown to alleviate symptoms of various ailments as well.

The CBD terpenes are chemicals which give the hemp plant it’s unique smell. Even in tiny amounts CBD terpenes are strong and work very well with CBD to heal the body.

While CBD isolate is isolated cannabidiol in its most pure form, full spectrum CBD also contains other beneficial compounds while still remaining THC free. Because of the benefits which can be provided by the whole plant, full spectrum CBD products are often used to treat illness and various ailments.

CBD isolates as well as full spectrum CBD have their own unique benefits. It oftentimes depends on a persons personal preference and what they are trying to accomplish by taking the product.

Which Type of CBD Should You Choose?

So now you’re aware of what CBD isolate, CBD distillate, and full spectrum CBD products are and what those terms mean. But which should you choose? Which one is right for you?

CBD distillates are not as produced as other types of CBD because of their high amounts of THC. So we’re going to focus more on the isolates and full spectrum CBD.

There’s a theory in the world of CBD referred to as the “entourage effect” in reference to full spectrum CBD. The idea behind the entourage effect is that the entire plant works in conjunction and provides more healing.

Some users however dislike the taste of plant matter full spectrum CBD often has. Many manufacturers are trying to overcome this by flavoring their full spectrum CBD oils to lessen the earthy taste some users dislike. Essentially the CBD world’s version of a cocktail.

Most people however don’t mind the natural taste of the hemp plant, and some people even enjoy eating hemp seeds, hemp foods, and hemp protein, and the taste is not a deterrent to using full spectrum CBD products. If you want to get the full range of benefits the hemp plant can offer, you may want to consider full spectrum CBD.

While isolates don’t contain the extra compounds found in the hemp plant, it still has many benefits from being the purest form of CBD one can acquire. CBD by itself is known to have many wonderful effects on people suffering from all sorts of ailments.

CBD isolates are a great product for those who are seeking a great taste and a palatable way to consume CBD such as CBD gummies.

Many users do not want to have any THC in the CBD they consume. Full spectrum CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, produces no mind altering effects and doesn’t get one high, and is legal, tiny amounts of THC could still be present.

CBD isolates have next to no THC and provide an even smaller chance of having THC in your product. If you’re seeking a potent CBD product that tastes great and you don’t want the extra elements found in full spectrum CBD, a CBD isolate may be the product your seeking.

Each individual will react differently to CBD. The best method for finding what works best for you is to try various products you are interested in and seeing how they effect you.


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