Full Spectrum CBD Oil VS. CBD Distillate
I Get Asked The Difference In Full Spectrum CBD Oil And CBD Distillate All The Time. Here Is An Explanation Of The Two Based On My Experience.
For general everyday medicinal purposes I will always suggest folks use a full spectrum CBD oil tincture. We offer CBD tinctures in 300mg, 900mg and 1800mg. Full spectrum CBD oil contains many of whats considered the "impurities" of the CBD distillation/distillate manufacturing process. CBD distillate is much more of a concentrated form of cannabidiol. These impurities being fats, lipids, flavinoids, terpenes, proteins etc.. The good stuff!
All of that plants cannabinoids and "impurities" are an integral part of whats called the Entourage Effect. This phenomenon is all of the compounds of the plant working together in your body synergistically. You can think of it as letting mother nature do her thing with the entire plant in your system. A full spectrum CBD crude oil condenses all of these compounds down into the crude oil. Its a thick, dark sludgy looking oil. It is produced by either C02 or ethanol extraction. For simple explanation, you would soak 100 lbs of the hemp biomass in maybe 50 gallons of ethanol. This would be done in some sort of agitating device in order to stir up and strip the compounds from the plant. Ethanol is a wonderful safe solvent (because its so pure, and plants themselves produce ethanol) for stripping out plant compounds. Extractors then recover all of the ethanol through a evaporation and recovery pump process, leaving behind the CBD crude oil, including all of the "impurities". People with more serious ailments will use this crude oil straight as a treatment. Most will use a tincture, which is the process of cutting the crude with organic MCT (coconut) oil. This brings the highly condensed mg/ml crude to a more manageable dose for daily use.
When you start taking this extraction and refinement process further, you are making distillate. For an ethanol example, the crude would be put into a rotovap device with more ethanol. The rotovap spins in a hot water solution cleaning up the crude further while evaporating out and collecting the ethanol and impurities. From here you are left with an even cleaner form of CBD crude. The last step in this process (I'm not going to get into too many details) is running the oil through whats called a short path. This is the final polishing of the process, leaving you with a 70-90% concentrated CBD cannabinoid distillate. There are other technologies and processes to manufacture CBD distillate, this is a basic process for explanation sake.
As far as using full spectrum CBD oil or CBD distillate for health purposes its not an exact science. As I said earlier, I always suggest the full spectrum oil for a baseline daily supplement. For most folks thats enough. Some will also use a CBD salve or cream if they have the need for spot treatment (eczema, arthritis, achy joints etc...). The more concentrated products, like distillate and isolate, absolutely have their place. A lot of people respond very well to an isolated cannabinoid treatment. Not everyone reacts the same to cannabinoid supplements. Some people respond well to THC, others have an adverse effect. Others respond well to THCA, the precursor to THC. Same with CBD, CBDA. And the same with an isolated form of cannabidiol vs. full spectrum CBD oil.
My suggestion is to try it all, starting with a crude full spectrum. Find out what works best for you, consult your physician and an experienced CBD product supplier. And always feel free to reach out to us!