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Cannabinoid Isolate vs Distillate

Cannabinoid Isolate vs Distillate

, by Vivimu Blog, 4 min reading time

The ever evolving cannabinoid marketplace is filled with technical terms that can often seem confusing to the layperson.  One example of this jargon is the use of “distillate” or “isolate” to describe the properties of a cannabinoid item.  The difference between the two terms is quite important.  For instance a distillate will more likely exert an entourage effect while an isolate will provide specific benefits. Hopefully by completion of this article you will more clearly be able to determine which cannabinoid product type matches your needs!


One of the most common forms you find cannabinoids is called distillate.  Distillates will typically contain a dominant cannabinoid but also contain other trace cannabinoids.  Distillate is a term borrowed from chemistry, which is the process of separating the components from a liquid mixture by using selective boiling and condensation.  Most distillates will have the appearance of a liquid oil-like substance.  Its viscosity can range from nearly solid requiring heat to work with or can be runnier like water, both of which depend on the cannabinoids present.  The color of distillates can run from clear to shades of light brown, again depending on the cannabinoids present.  Also you may see CBG sold as distillate but it is in a nearly solid form in appearance due to CBG but is still considered a distillate and may have other cannabinoids present.


The other form of cannabinoid often found for sale and is termed isolate. This term is typically used to describe a solitary cannabinoid.  The term isolate refers to the fact that a specific cannabinoid is isolated in nearly pure form, typically above 99%.  So the physical properties or appearance of that isolate will be based on the specific cannabinoids chemical properties.  Most often isolates will take the appearance of powder with colors running from white to tan.  A situation where an isolate is preferred is if an individual is routinely drug tested.  Many distillates contain trace amounts of Delta 9 THC below 0.03%.  Especially if consumed routinely, the distillate can lead to a positive on a drug test while an isolate you can be relatively sure that there is no THC present.

The reasons for choosing distillates or isolates depends largely on how you hope to use it.  A distillate will more often provide some other trace cannabinoids reinforcing the entourage effect, possibly giving you more rounded benefits from utilization of the end product. While to obtain concentrations of pure cannabinoids, isolate is the way to go.  Common isolate examples available are CBD, CBG and CBN all of which are never found naturally in pure forms. Another advantage with isolates is that you know exactly what you are getting.  Often they are over 99% composed of the specific cannabinoid, while distillates can be as low as 70% of the main cannabinoid.  

Presently, Vivimu is offering a selection of 23 different isolates and distillates.  One of the exciting distillate types being offered is HHCP, a powerful new cannabinoid that offers the stability of HHC with much longer lasting benefits.  The distillate is strong enough that you only need smaller amounts mixed with other distillates or isolates.  The only disadvantage being it is very expensive to make.  An example of an exciting new isolate Vivimu has stocked is CBNO.  It is CBN with acetate attached, which improves the bio-availability of CBN and tremendously improves its benefits.  CBNO is a newer product formulation which means it costs a little more than CBN isolate but the cost is offset by its increased benefits.  Vivimu offers HHC/CBN distillate which is a distillate primarily made with HHC and CBN, offering powerful benefits especially noted in helping with sleep.  It is an especially well loved distillate especially with those wanting the benefits of CBN.

One of the most important decisions in purchasing cannabinoids is where can I purchase cannabinoids safe, effective and at a fair price?  When considering possible sources for purchasing isolates or distillates try to avoid vendors known for questionable products.  Once narrowed down, most products unless new to the market will have a C.O.A. or lab results listed.  These reports will give you all the information needed on the quality of the product.  For all products you want to ensure it contains less than 0.03% D9 THC.  You will want to verify the cannabinoid content as it compares to the product advertisement.  It will also include other cannabinoids found when tested and their percentages.  Lastly ensure that solvents and heavy metals were tested for in the results.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that knowing the difference between isolate and distillate can now allow you to make an informed decision on which may be right for you and your individual medicinal needs.  If you are worried about D9 THC testing, an isolate will be the right route to go, finding a CBG or CBD with zero THC.  If you are seeking an entourage effect or plan on vaporizing the cannabinoids, distillate will be the best route to go.  Ensure you purchase from a trusted vendor such as Vivimu, and remember no matter the source check for 3rd party laboratory testing results to ensure your safety for the products you choose.


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