What Is CBD Distillate?
Distillation is an extraction process that separates and refines cannabinoids at a molecular level. The production of CBD distillate begins with crude extraction. Remaining impurities in this extracted oil (fats, lipids, and other various compounds) must then be removed in order for the oil to be separated even further. The next step of creating cannabis distillate is a process known as winterization.
This method mixes the crude extract with ethanol, where it is then placed in a very cold environment for 24-48 hours. Any remaining impurities congeal in the cold temperatures and separate, where they fall to the bottom of the container.
Why Use CBD Distillate?
The application of distillate products reaches far and wide. CBD distillate is almost as close to pure cannabinoid oil that you can get. This means that whether you’re accustomed to using products that contain THC or CBD (or both), you’re getting one of the purest forms of that cannabinoid possible. Distillate can either be used as it is or mixed with other products to create a powerful therapeutic application.
How to Use CBD Distillate
Tinctures, vape cartridges, gel caps, edibles, topicals and beauty products are high on the user list for distillate.
Simply add CBD distillate to a bit of coconut oil and you’ve got a great base to make a host of different DIY CBD-infused topicals and beauty products. The potency of Cope’s CBD distillate allows you to use less than other traditional CBD and THC products to achieve the desired effects. Thus you don’t need to consume as much product.
Not all CBD Distillate is the Same
When searching for a CBD ingredient manufacturer, don’t assume that all CBD distillate is free of contaminants like pesticides, cutting agents, and heavy metals!
While states like Colorado have rigorous mandated licensing and testing regulations which guarantee consumers are being sold high-quality product from legitimate companies, no such controls exist for the black market.
That’s because there is a booming wholesale market for distillate produced in Shenzhen, China, the very same place where hemp is used as a soil remediator. Pesticide-ridden distillate, heavily-cut oils, and synthetic CBD are more common than you think.