Because of its increasing popularity, due to the wide range of benefits it provides, Cannabis products can be found all over the marketplace. With so many options and product descriptions like “isolate” and “distillate”, things can certainly get overwhelming. It has also become difficult to keep a legitimate track of what is actually beneficial and what is not, what is legal and what is not.
Out of 400+ cannabinoids present in Cannabis, the ones present in the highest amount are THC and CBD. Because of its psychoactive component, THC is responsible for the ‘high’ that smoking weed gives us, but it by no means is limited to that.
When we talk about Cannabis isolate and distillate we are usually referring to CBD (cannabidiol). What makes CBD popular is its ability to offer various benefits without it having a psychoactive component. Usually, other cannabinoids are also present alongside CBD in small amounts. CBD is generally used to deal with anxiety, insomnia, chronic nausea, depression, etc.
WITH SO MANY OPTIONS AND PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS LIKE “ISOLATE” AND “DISTILLATE”, THINGS CAN CERTAINLY GET OVERWHELMING.
Let us explore what CBD isolates and distillates are exactly.
As the name suggests, CBD isolate is CBD in its purest form. Free from other cannabinoids like THC, terpenes, chlorophyll, etc. It is usually found in powder form or as CBD oil. Since it is the most refined and free from everything else, which is not cannabidiol, it has no smell or any specific taste. This makes it perfect for those who do not like the odor of natural oil. CBD gummies contain this isolate, so CBD does not dull the fruity flavor at all.
The goal of CBD isolate is to provide specific benefits of CBD and not other compounds found alongside CBD. The CBD isolate, hence, lacks the benefits of other compounds, but it can be used to relieve pain, inflammation, and anxiety.
On the other hand, CBD distillate is a highly refined Cannabis extract that contains about 80% CBD and 20% of smaller Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and other compounds. The presence of other compounds in CBD distillate provides additional benefits. For instance, some cannabinoids like CBN and CBG show anti-bacterial and pain-relieving properties. In some cases, CBD distillate might have an insignificant amount of THC.
Two plus two is not four, but 5!
Sure, you may think everything under this heading is misleading, but hold on, finish reading. According to the Entourage Effect, the strength of Cannabis lies in the teamwork of all its active compounds. Therefore, CBD distillate is more effective than CBD isolate because it contains more compounds.
Whether you choose a CBD Isolate or Distillate, the important thing is to find the perfect fit according to your needs.