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What is CBD?
CBD is the second most widely known cannabinoid after THC, and the primary compound in the industrial hemp plant.
Because CBD is non-addictive and non-psychoactive, it is extremely useful for people who want to reap its benefits, without it interfering with work, school or family responsibilities.
CBD Distillate vs Isolate
There are many different ways to get CBD, including edibles, topicals and softgels. Among the purest forms of CBD are isolates and distillates. In fact, these are the main ingredients used to produce CBD edibles, topicals, softgels and other CBD products. CBD distillate or CBD isolate extracted from the hemp plant contain trace amounts of THC (<0.3%) or no THC at all.
CBD is put through a process of heating and cooling to produce CBD distillate, a much purer, cleaner and more potent form of the compound. CBD distillate typically contains about 90% CBD. While CBD distillate doesn’t contain as high a concentration of CBD as CBD isolate, it does retain many of the other therapeutic compounds in the cannabis plant, like terpenes, vitamins, waxes and antioxidants. Made using a process of chromatography, CBD distillate comes in solid form.
Even more concentrated than CBD distillate is CBD isolate, containing 99% CBD. For people with allergies or other reactions to the terpenes, waves or other compounds in cannabis, CBD offers the cleanest form of the compound. Typically made through a process of CO2 extraction, CBD isolate comes in refined, white powder form that can be added to foods, beverages, topicals and tinctures alike.
CBD Uses & CBD Distillate Benefits
CBD, unlike THC, doesn’t produce a psychoactive effect, or a “high.” While CBD cannot substitute for proper medical treatment in any way, recent studies have shown promise that CBD may alleviate the symptoms of many common conditions. However, more research is needed and CBD should never be used as a replacement to an actual medical treatment.
One of the other great benefits of CBD distillate and CBD isolate for many users is their extreme concentration and potency. For many people, especially medical cannabis users, many of the common methods of consuming CBD, such as swallowing capsules, eating edibles, applying topicals or vaporizing oils, are prohibitive due to their medical condition.