Cannabinoid Isolate vs Distillate
The cannabinoid market is growing rapidly, and there are many technical terms to describe various products that can be confusing for a layperson. Two of the most common terms are distillate and isolate, which are used to describe the properties of a cannabinoid item. The difference between these two terms is crucial, and in this article, we will discuss the physical properties, advantages, and disadvantages of each to help you make an informed decision.
Distillate is a common form of cannabinoids that typically contains a dominant cannabinoid but also other trace cannabinoids. This term is borrowed from chemistry, which is the process of separating the components from a liquid mixture by using selective boiling and condensation. The viscosity and color of distillates can vary depending on the cannabinoids present, ranging from nearly solid requiring heat to work with or runnier like water.
The other form of cannabinoid often found for sale is termed isolate. This term is used to describe a solitary cannabinoid that is isolated in nearly pure form, typically above 99%. The physical properties or appearance of an isolate will depend on the specific cannabinoid’s chemical properties, and most often isolates take the form of a powder with colors ranging from white to tan.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Choosing between distillates or isolates largely depends on your intended use. A distillate provides other trace cannabinoids reinforcing the entourage effect, possibly giving you more rounded benefits from utilization of the end product. On the other hand, 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 of 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. Additionally, if an individual is routinely drug tested, an isolate is preferred because many distillates contain trace amounts of Delta 9 THC below 0.03%. Consuming a distillate regularly can lead to a positive drug test result.
Vivimu offers 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. It is strong enough that you only need smaller amounts mixed with other distillates or isolates. However, it is very expensive to make. Another 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.
Safety and Third-Party Laboratory Testing Results
When considering possible sources for purchasing isolates or distillates, it is crucial to avoid vendors known for questionable products. Once you have narrowed down the options, most products, unless new to the market, will have a C.O.A. or lab results listed. These reports will provide you with all the information needed on the quality of the product, including cannabinoid content, percentages, and other cannabinoids found when tested. Lastly, ensure that solvents and heavy metals were tested for in the results.
Knowing the difference between isolate and distillate can 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