During the extraction process for hemp, you start with hemp crude oil. This gives you a compound that’s ready for further refinement to get a variety of different products. One of which is distillate.
Distillate has a variety of uses. It is most likely found in many hemp-derived products you’ve already enjoyed.
What is distillate?
During extraction, when you separate the cannabinoids in hemp from everything else, you’re creating a distillate. It will have many compounds in it, in varying amounts. Whichever cannabinoid is most present names the distillate. So, if you’re looking at a compound that’s primarily CBD, you’ve got a CBD distillate.
How pure is it?
Since you make CBD distillate by separating the cannabinoids from the other plant matter, it’s extremely pure. Typically, it tests at 80-90 percent pure CBD. The remaining percentage is still all hemp, but different compounds found in the plant.
You can gauge the purity of your CBD distillate in a few ways.
- It should not have an odor.
- There should not be any flavor.
- There should be a golden, yellowish color, resembling honey.
- It should be translucent, so you can look through it.
- In oil form, it should look thick, smooth, and oily.
Not meeting these criteria means your seemingly pure distillate isn’t as pure as you think.
Do I want full-spectrum or broad-spectrum?
The answer to this question is all about personal preference. The main difference between these two types of CBD distillate is the presence of THC. Full-spectrum will contain traces of the cannabinoid most closely associated with marijuana, broad-spectrum won’t. Regardless of which you pick, neither type of distillate will leave you feeling high.
Where am I most likely to find CBD Distillate?
Because of its purity, CBD distillate is a popular compound to add to existing products. In oil form it mixes well and doesn’t alter the taste or smell of the product itself. For these reasons you’ll often find it in:
- Skincare products like lotions and ointments: Adding CBD distillate to these types of products is becoming more popular. Users have found a correlation between using CBD topicals and localized relief to sore muscles and inflammation.
- Vaping or dabbing products: This is the quickest and easiest way to ingest CBD distillate. It has the potential for users to experience immediate effects. Some companies will add a flavor to the odorless and tasteless compound to give things an extra boost.
- Edibles: This will give your edible the desired boost of CBD without any plantlike taste corrupting your flavor profile.
- Tinctures: Infusing a tincture with CBD distillate allows for another easy application with quick absorption. You apply tinctures sublingually, so a few drops under the tongue, and you’re good to go.
You can DIY with products as well. If you’re looking to test out its effectiveness without having to buy already-made products, give it a try. You can add it to coconut oil and make your own CBD balm. It’s also an easy ingredient to cook with on your own. It won’t impact the flavor of what you’re already making, but remember a little bit goes a long way.
Who makes high-quality CBD distillate?
Since not all distillates are created equal, it’s important to know where yours comes from. At Arbor Vita8, our expert team uses their knowledge to carefully extract only the best. Using our efficient, hands-free extraction process also ensures the purity of your extract. Even if you’re looking to feature a different cannabinoid in your distillate, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.