CBD Distillate: Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract

CBD Distillate Guide: Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum Extract

Navigating the ever-expanding CBD landscape these days is like stepping into a botanical maze. It seems like there’s a new term, groundbreaking process, or revolutionary product at every turn.

Among the most intriguing concepts for newbies and enthusiasts alike is pure CBD distillate. These exceptionally refined cannabis extracts come in both low THC and no THC varieties called full spectrum and broad spectrum distillates.

Not sure which one is right for you? Settle in and learn everything you need to know about CBD distillates in today’s CBD 101. By the end of this guide, you’ll know exactly which one is right for you!

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    Both full and broad spectrum CBD distillate have incredible potential benefits. Finding which one is right for you is simply a matter of choosing the form that best aligns with your unique needs.

    First, what is CBD distillate?

    Distillates — a.k.a. CBD concentrates — are a type of hemp extract that’s been ultra-refined to increase CBD potency and purity.

    High quality distillate products contain between 75-95% pure CBD extract. The CBD concentration of your distillate directly relates to the quality of hemp plant used to make it.

    Full and broad spectrum distillates are loaded with beneficial compounds called cannabinoids and terpenes. They are the magic behind the medicine, according to cannabis research.

    Full spectrum vs broad spectrum distillate

    The two distillates have different cannabinoid and terpene concentrations, which may affect how CBD works. To get the best results, it’s important to know what to look for in a distillate product and match the benefits to your individual needs.

    Full spectrum: “The whole enchilada”

    True full spectrum CBD distillates from Cannabiva have the most minor cannabinoids and terpenes. Studies show that combining the active ingredient Cannabidiol — CBD for short — with other cannabinoids and terpenes amplifies their individual health benefits.

    Scientists coined the term “entourage effect” to describe the phenomenon observed when administering full spectrum distillate compared to CBD isolate powder in clinical trials. You can think of the entourage effect as a harmonious collaboration of all the hemp plant medicines working together for a fuller, more therapeutic experience than any could offer alone.

    Look for these essential minor cannabinoids on the 3rd-party lab test of your finished product to make sure it’s true full spectrum CBD:

    • Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
    • Cannabinol (CBN)
    • Cannabigerol (CBG)
    • Cannabichromene (CBC)
    • Trace amounts of Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

    Cannabiva full spectrum CBD has THC levels that fall below the legal limit of 0.3 percent in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill, so it cannot cause psychoactive side effects. The THC dose you receive from Cannabiva products is just enough to promote entourage effect benefits, yet much too small to make you feel “high” or “stoned.”

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    Broad spectrum: “The gang’s all here — almost”

    Broad spectrum CBD is full spectrum’s sober sibling. It offers many of the same cannabinoids, including CBDV, CBN, CBG, and CBC but has no detectable levels of THC (0.0 percent). This is welcome news for anyone who is a little on edge about the presence of THC and prefers to avoid it altogether.

    Terpene content in broad spectrum CBD distillate may be up to 50% less than its full spectrum counterpart due to the heat-intensive distillation process necessary to ensure it has undetectable THC levels.

    Which type of distillate is best for me?

    Do you think you’re a full spectrum distillate enthusiast ready to embrace everything the hemp plant has to offer, or are you more comfortable with a THC-free experience? Both forms of CBD distillate bring some incredible potential benefits to the table. It’s just a matter of choosing what aligns best with your personal preferences and needs.

    If you’re still not sure which distillate is right for you, why not try both? With Cannabiva’s 90-day Love It or Leave It guarantee, you’ll have plenty of time to allow our products to work their magic risk-free! Let us know if you’re not absolutely thrilled with your purchases before the 90 days are out, and you’ll get an instant refund — no questions asked!

    What to do with distillates

    Cooks, bakers, and do-it-yourself cosmetics and soap makers love CBD distillates. But the truth is they are perfect for anyone who enjoys working with raw materials and wants to create a variety of CBD products on their own.

    Turn any sweet treat into a powerful natural medicine with Cannabiva distillate — it goes great in your favorite recipes for cookies, cupcakes, crispy rice squares, and brownies. CBD distillate works in savory and salty snack recipes, too. 😋

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    But why stop there?

    Cannabiva distillate allows you to integrate CBD in many unique ways. Use CBD distillates to make homemade moisturizing creams, soothing skin balms, and healing salves for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Add distillate to your next soap recipe, or make your very own nourishing body spray spiked with CBD.

    How to use hemp distillate

    Working with hemp distillate is so easy anyone can do it! Most people say it’s similar to using other raw ingredients in cooking, baking, and soap-making.

    Cannabiva brand full spectrum and broad spectrum concentrates are typically 88-95% pure CBD, which means they crystallize at room temperature. This form of hardened CBD must be heated to 140 to 175 °F before it softens and melts into a syrupy consistency like corn syrup or honey.

    Carefully blend the heated distillate into the oily carrier compound of your choice, from butter and cooking oils to cocoa butter, shea butter, or moisturizing creams. Use the CBD-infused mixture right away, or allow it to cool and store covered in the refrigerator for later.

    CBD isolate vs Distillate differences

    Perhaps the biggest difference between CBD distillates and isolate powder is the minor cannabinoid and terpene content.

    CBD isolates are so radically purified that they do not have any other cannabis compounds — there’s not even a hint of THC in ultra-pure CBD isolate powders. Isolate is a crystalline white powder that’s colorless, odorless, and flavorless.

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    Distillates are loaded with cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant medicines like flavonoids and polyphenols. The rich combination of plant medicines gives CBD distillate a waxy look and feel with an amber to dark golden brown color and a fragrant, full-bodied cannabis flavor.

    Is distillate bad?

    Critics who say a natural extraction process is superior to distillation believe distilled CBD is “bad” for two reasons. They contend it is extremely heat-intensive and removes up to 50% of the cannabis plant compounds from the raw extract material. It may also require the use of a chemical solvent if no THC is desired in the finished product. High-heat distillation can remove up to 50% of the beneficial cannabis plant compounds from the extract, including delicate medicinal terpenes that are easily damaged by heat and chemical processing.

    But the end result of the distillation process is a perfectly pure CBD extract that’s supercharged with high concentrations of the good stuff, like cannabinoids and terpenes. Proponents of distilled cannabis products believe that most of the material lost through distillation is not viable. They say that extra space leaves room for higher concentrations of the essential cannabinoids scientists know are beneficial. Manufacturing and lab testing procedures in place ensure that any residual solvent is completely removed and undetectable in the final extract.

    Rest assured, Cannabiva’s high quality distillates are always triple-tested to verify they do not contain any residual solvents, pesticides, or heavy metals. Our customers can trust our 3rd-party lab-tested distillate products have all the essential minor cannabinoids they need to feel better. We fortify our distillates with a blend of 25 steam-distilled cannabis terpenes to promote maximum benefit from the entourage effect, no matter which form of product they choose.

    Frequently asked questions about CBD distillate

    Find answers to your CBD distillate questions below. Don’t see the information you need? Contact a Cannabiva Wellness Advisor for great customer service today!

    Raw hemp CBD extract melts between 140 and 175 °F. To ensure stable and accurate temperature states, use a hot plate or digital heating element. We recommend using metal or heat-safe glass containers when melting CBD concentrates.

    ⚠️ Liquefied distillates are very hot. Handle carefully to avoid scalds or burns.

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