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What is CBD Distillate? An Overview


With terms like CBD distillate, full-spectrum oil, and isolate, navigating the ever-growing market can easily become overwhelming. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the many derivatives of the hemp plant. It has become widely popular because of the benefits it offers without the psychoactive effect.

What is CBD?

CBD, which is also known by its proper scientific name of cannabidiol, is a substance found in cannabis and hemp plants. It is most commonly used as a dietary supplement. This cannabinoid has been found to have potential benefits for the health of mammalian (and human) bodies.

It goes into effect by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a powerful regulatory body that is responsible for overseeing a vast variety of bodily functions, including sleep patterns, mood, inflammation, and hormonal balances.

Since CBD distillate mimics the functions of endogenous cannabinoids produced within our bodies, it may help rebalance many of these systems within the body. Cannabidiol has also been shown to help the digestive system to help clear out toxins, help induce relaxation, and alleviate stress.

Although CBD products have many benefits, they are not regulated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

For more information about CBD benefits, check out this very informative piece from the Outwittrade team, for recent science-backed facts about Cannabidiol.

What is CBD distillate?

CBD distillate is a highly concentrated extract. It is derived from hemp and cannabis plants, although the latter is not very common. CBD distillate contains usually upwards of 90% cannabidiol with the balance including minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant oils and extracts including THC (usually less than 0.3%). It is considered one of the purest and cleanest extracts available on the market, second in purity only to CBD isolate.

The scientific definition of distillation is that it is the act of purifying a substance usually through a collection of heating and cooling methods. The end result of a distillation process is known as a distillate.

To distillate CBD (cannabinoids) is quite a bit different than the older ways of producing cannabidiol concentrates such as shatter, wax, crumble, and budder. 

In the process is used heat, steam, and vacuum pressure to separate compounds in a solution from each other and therefore to obtain distillate cannabinoids. By influencing each compound’s boiling points, extractors can collect them individually. Distillates can be refined as much as desired by running the distillation procedure multiple times. In the case of CBD distillate, the end product is a golden yellow color with a consistency that is very similar to honey.

You can imagine that CBD distillate is not the only product you can make from hemp. You can make CBG, CBC, CBN, THCV distillate, etc. or any type of cannabinoids from hemp or cannabis, in a very concentrated clean pure form.

This process ensures that CBD distillate can be processed and sold in states where THC-infused products are not yet legal.

Is it a psychoactive substance?

CBD oil products have a calming effect

CBD distillate is a mood-altering compound that has significant therapeutic benefits, like relieving pain and nausea, reducing inflammation, and treating some seizure disorders. If you’re consuming CBD distillate, you will tap into the therapeutic benefits, but because the distillate product doesn’t produce intoxicating effects, and it will NOT get you high.

Humans and other mammals have an internal network of chemicals and receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems called the endocannabinoid system. These receptors, named CB1 and CB2, bind with molecules called ligands (in this case endogenous cannabinoids like anandamide) to control the release of neurotransmitters like glutamate and dopamine. The endocannabinoid receptors, ligands, and certain enzymes work in concert to affect a variety of processes in the body, including thought, memory, mood, pain management, and appetite.

Can you vape CBD distillate?

The supplement market is full of CBD products claiming to contain a specific level of CBD, full or broad-spectrum distillate CBD and other cannabinoids, and less than 0.3% THC. CBD distillate products can be found in different forms on the market, but the most popular are CBD oil, gummies, bath bombs, capsules, tinctures, chocolates, and others. Vaping, it happens to be one of the best ways to take CBD. Read our article on vaping CBD for more information.

For many users, vaping offers advantages when compared to ingesting oil products. When heated and inhaled, these compounds are quickly and effectively absorbed into the body. While the effectiveness and quick time to onset is extremely favourable, the current state of the vape industry can be off-putting for health-conscious users.


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