CBD is a popular ingredient around the world. Many people consume it for its therapeutic benefits that help deal with pain, inflammation, anxiety, stress, etc. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant resulting in two compounds; isolates and distillates. It is the CBD distillate commonly found in most products. Also, most people prefer distillate over isolate. But why do people choose distillate over isolate? To answer this question, we have to see what distillation is and why people around the world are talking about CBD distillation. So in this article, we will study distillation and how it affects CBD.
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a natural cannabis extract in the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is an essential component of medical marijuana. One can derive it directly from the cannabis plant. It is the most prevalent compound in the cannabis plant and is the primary ingredient of many cannabis-based medications. It has mild effects, unlike other cannabis extracts like THC, and it does not cause “highs” associated with the use of marijuana by itself. Research has shown that there are no health-related problems with the use of CBD. It has many therapeutic benefits, like relieving pain and helping with inflammation, anxiety, stress, etc.
Two main components are formed when we extract it from cannabis plants: distillate and isolate. A natural extraction process is carried out to make these two CBD products from the hemp plant. The primary difference between the two is that one is light while the other is potent. Depending on the demand in the market, manufacturers decide whether they want CBD distillate or CBD isolate. Data shows that people prefer distillate over isolate for many reasons; these are discussed further in this article.
CBD Distillate v/s Isolate
We use ‘isolate’ to specify the only component in any given material. When we say CBD isolate, we mean that it is the purest form of CBD extracted from the cannabis plant. It contains no other compounds from the hemp plant, not even the terpenes that enhance the flavor and aroma of the drug. CBD isolate is thus tasteless and odorless. It is a crystalline solid that looks like milky crystals, which are turned into a white powder by grinding.
CBD distillate is a highly refined natural extract of the drug that is very concentrated. Its purity is next only to isolate. It contains CBD levels of 75% or higher. In addition to pure CBD, CBD distillate contains flavonoids, terpenes, THC, etc.
Millions of people ingest CBD around the world. Although they may experience a similar taste and experience in ingesting CBD each time, very few people know the extent to which the manufacturers have to go to ensure the same quality and expertise. Although it gets extracted from cannabis plants worldwide, they do not always have the same strains and components.
A cannabis plant has many components in it. Since many other forms of cannabis extract, like THC, CBD, Delta-8, 9, 10, etc., are extracted from the cannabis plant only, it is up to the manufacturers to decide what product or compound of cannabis they want. Depending on their requirements, they proceed with the extraction process using different techniques. It is not that simple extraction would result in pure quality CBD extraction. Many impurities and unwanted components also get extracted along with CBD. It is to remove these unwanted components and to keep the necessary ones that manufacturers carry on the distillation process.
The distillation process helps remove all unwanted ingredients from the extracted product and leaves, with the manufacturer only the necessary components needed for him to proceed to the next step. Distillation helps ensure that the end product of CBD has the same taste, quality, and experience. The distillation process helps keep the end product consistent; it helps control the compounds and ingredients which could otherwise result in an inconsistent product.
Why is CBD Distillate better?
Distillation is a process that purifies any liquid by the use of evaporation. In terms of CBD, first, the ethanol solvent used to extract the drug is removed, and then the “wipe-film distillation” process is used to separate CBD from other compounds by measuring boiling point differences. Then the condensate and other components like terpenes are collected in different condensers.
CBD distillate contains, in addition to pure CBD, other plant substances like flavonoids, terpenes, cannabinoids, and THC, that enhance its flavor and smell. It is a very clean and pure extract, and its purity is next only to that of isolate.
Due to the presence of additional cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc., CBD distillate produces the entourage effect. The entourage effect is what people believe to be responsible for its various health advantages. The entourage effect ensures that the compounds derive their advantageous effects that generate when CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body.
When deciding which is better, we know that people prefer distillate over isolate. CBD has many advantages. Studies have suggested that it helps people sleep better, manages their pain effectively, and helps with inflammation, anxiety, stress, PTSD, etc. These benefits cannot be seen in isolation as it is pure CBD and nothing else, whereas the distillate carries with it other essential cannabis compounds like terpenes, THC, etc., which help CBD distillate produce the entourage effect. The entourage effect allows distillate to make the various therapeutic benefits that it does.
Cannabidiol distillate provides the various benefits and advantages associated with CBD, unlike CBD isolate. Furthermore, distillate also has a better taste and smell due to flavonoids and terpenes. It is for this reason that people prefer distillate over isolate.
We have seen that distillation is a process that helps maintain the quality of Cannabidiol and allows consistency. Unlike other forms of extraction, distillation ensures that Cannabidiol retains its other essential components to allow the production of the entourage effect. The entourage effect is why people prefer distillate over isolate; it will enable CBD to retain its therapeutic properties along with better taste and experience than isolate.
Hence, distillation is a process that allows manufacturers to extract CBD along with essential components of the cannabis plant that help the drug retain its therapeutic properties, which is the reason why CBD is so popular.