What Is CBD Distillate?

What is CBD distillate?

Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, CBD isolate. What the hell do all these mean, and why does it matter?

CBD distillate is another way to describe broad-spectrum CBD. It's concentrated CBD from the cannabis plant, and during distillation, THC is eradicated.

This leaves you with potent amounts of CBD with an array of terpenes and cannabinoids without any THC.

If you'd like to know more about CBD distillate and how it can benefit you, keep reading on.

what is CBD explained

It all starts with cannabis.

Whether it's marijuana, hemp, ganja, weed, hash, it all comes from cannabis. These are just terms to describe the different types, but they all come from the same thing.

Hemp is no different.

Cannabis strains

Cannabis is a plant that has two types of strains, which are Sativa and Indica. There are also hybrids, but these are the main 2.

Differences between Sativa and Indica

Sativa is known for its intense cerebral effects, and Indica is known for that couch-lock feeling. The terpenes in these strains are what give these effects along with the cannabinoids present.

Two main categories describe each of these strains, hemp and marijuana. More on this in a second.

Any CBD product that you buy will come from cannabis.

There are so many strain variations of cannabis, and every day new names are being produced because of cross-breeding and plant innovation.

With that out the way, let's talk about the differences between hemp and marijuana so that you know how CBD distillate is created on a molecular level.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

Hemp and Marijuana feel different when consumed

Hemp and marijuana are terms used to describe the cannabinoid profile of cannabis.

There are hundreds of cannabinoids in cannabis, but the main two are THC and CBD. These cannabinoids give users different effects.

The effects that cannabinoids have on the body

Each cannabinoid has different effects on the body

When cannabis has less than 0.3% THC and contains high amounts of CBD, it's described as hemp.

Anything more than 0.3% THC, it would be considered marijuana.

What are THC and CBD?

So what are the effects of THC and CBD?


Well, THC provides that mind-altering effect that makes you feel high. That's why those who enjoy the effects of THC will opt for a strain of cannabis that is high in THC.

Marijuana strains in flower form will have between 10-30% THC on average.


CBD gives users a relaxed feeling without the mind-altering high. This is better for people who don't want to experience the adverse effects of THC, such as anxiety or paranoia.

Hemp strains in flower form will have between 10-25% CBD on average with less than 0.3% THC.

Now that you know the difference between the two types of cannabis let's dive into how they are used to make distillates.

What is CBD distillate?

What is CBD distillate explained

What does distillate mean?

Distillation is the process of purifying a liquid by heating or cooling. It can also be defined as the extraction of an essential aspect of something.

In this case, distilling cannabis would involve separating the compounds from plant matter. This creates a concentrate of the cannabinoids present in the plant.

So whether it's marijuana strain or hemp strain, the cannabinoids are extracted, and the distilling process begins.

Cannabis extraction processes

All types of cannabis products start with an extraction. This extraction process involves pulling all the chemicals from the cannabis plant on a molecular level.

All the chemicals are pulled and then further processed to make cannabis-derived products such as broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate.

Now let's dive into CBD distillate so you can understand what it is and how it's used.

What is cannabis distillation?

The distillation process

Cannabis distillation is the process of creating purified cannabis that results in a potent extract. This involves pulling the compounds from the plant to get all the chemicals in its purest form.

These crucial chemicals are terpenes and cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. They provide the effects which are much more intense when they are concentrated by distillation.

Cannabis in its purest form will have about 10-30% THC or CBD, but a distillate will usually be 80%+.

That's the power of cannabis distillates.


Cannabinoids are chemicals that interact with our Endocannabinoid System. The body has receptors throughout the body, which are activated when we ingest cannabis and gives us different effects.

Different types of cannabis have different cannabinoid profiles. Some will have more THC or more CBD.

The number one thing all cannabis flowers share in common is that they are capped at a certain percentage. This is why distillates are made.


Terpenes play another role in the effects of cannabis. There are hundreds of different terpenes that all have unique effects and medicinal benefits.

Most CBD distillate products will come from marijuana strains instead of hemp because of the terpenes.

Hemp has lower levels of terpenes compared to marijuana strains. Marijuana strains are superior when it comes to terpenes.

So most CBD distillate products will come from marijuana strains, but the THC is removed during extraction to make it a CBD product.

CBD Vs. THC distillate

If you haven't figured it out yet, the process of cannabis distillation applies to both hemp and marijuana.

So regardless of the cannabinoid profile, distillation is done the same way.

The main benefit of distillates is that you can benefit from THC or CBD in high amounts without needing to use much product.

Pros & Cons of CBD distillate


  • High amounts of CBD
  • Other cannabinoids and terpenes increase the effects of CBD
  • You don't need to consume much to get the effects  


  • Fewer terpenes compared to full-spectrum extract
  • Absence of THC makes it less effective because you don't get the entourage effect

How is cannabis/CBD distillate made?

Cannabis distillate begins with extraction first.

When isolating cannabinoids, distillation is used to separate them on a molecular level.

It all begins with a full-spectrum extraction which contains all the cannabinoids and terpenes. This is done using a solvent or a machine.

After this process, a method called Winterization is used to remove THC. This involves mixing the extract with ethanol and placing it in extremely cold environments for 24-48 hours.

At this point, it becomes something called a broad-spectrum CBD extract.

CBD distillate Vs. Full-spectrum

Full-spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, including a trace of THC and terpenes.

CBD distillate is created by removing THC completely. Some people prefer no THC because they may be sensitive to it, or they don't want to risk failing a drug test for marijuana.

CBD distillate vs. CBD isolate

CBD distillate or broad-spectrum CBD has all the cannabinoids except THC. However, CBD isolates only have CBD, so they are not the same thing.

CBD isolates are not that effective by itself because of the absence of cannabinoids and terpenes. However, it can be used if you want to combine it with another broad-spectrum or full-spectrum product to boost the CBD content.

CBD distillate uses


Dabbing requires a few tools. The main thing you will use it is something called a rig.

We don't recommend you use this method if you're a beginner because there's a lot involved.

CBD distillate vape

Vaping is probably the best way to take CBD distillate because it's quick and easy to do.

When you buy a CBD distillate product, it will appear as a liquid. You can use a syringe to draw the oil out and put it into a vaporizer. Then you would heat it and start vaping.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Nabrissa Simpson

I'm the co-owner of CBDTornado. I live in Star, Idaho and CBD oil has got rid of my anxiety and muscle pains. I take 50mg a daily and haven't looked back since.

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