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By now, everyone’s heard of the benefits of CBD, but did you know that there are two different types of CBD? Going even deeper than that, there are CBD isolates and CBD distillates. All of them produce the same effects (with minor differences depending on the THC level), so what makes them different? 

The two types of CBD come from different plants! The CBD oil you purchase from licensed shops comes from cannabis (marijuana), so expect it to contain more than the legal amount of THC in some jurisdictions. You will need a medical marijuana card in many states, including Arizona, to purchase this type. 

The legal form of CBD comes from the hemp plant, meaning it contains less than 0.3% THC. 

But, at the end of the day, CBD is still CBD. It’s what you mix it with that changes how it’s used. So let’s get into dislates and isolates. 

What Is CBD Isolate?

If you opt to get a CBD isolate, that means you’re getting 99%+ pure cannabidiol (CBD). The extraction process “isolates” the CBD and removes any and all additives such as terpenes or other cannabinoids like THC. 

Because it is pure CBD, the effects of an isolate are easy to define. It helps improve:

  • Appetite
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Pain perception
  • Inflammation 

Isolates will not produce any high effects associated with THC. They are primarily used to influence your body’s endocannabinoid system (which regulates your body and plays a key role in the central and peripheral nervous systems and the immune system). 

How to Use CBD Isolate

Isolates are commonly used in gummies and in baking! Pure isolate should not have any taste or smell. Because it does not include any taste or smell, isolate is a popular additive for CBD edibles and oils. If you dislike the taste of hemp in your edibles, isolate is a good choice.

Because CBD isolates are solids — they can be crystallized or in a power — they are not vaped or smoked. Adding to an isolate to make it inhalable would turn it into a distillate. However, they can be dabbed or placed under your tongue for maximum effect. 

What Is CBD Distillate?

A CBD distillate contains the benefits of the entire hemp plant — meaning it is not pure CBD and has additives such as a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, and vitamins. The only thing removed is the THC. Some distillates do come from the help plant, meaning there will be less than 0.3% THC in them. Be sure to check the label.

Researchers have discovered at least 113 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. That, on top of the added terpenes in help, and the vitamins and fatty acids, makes CBD distillates the most popular option. Many believe it has a stronger healing effect than isolates. 

The following three cannabinoids are popular because of their potential healing benefits. Please note that all of these cannabinoids are still undergoing scientific research to learn all of their benefits and the effects of extended exposure. 

Cannabinol (CBN)

Cannabidiol (CBN) is believed to help people with insomnia. CBN is the cannabinoid responsible for the hemp plant’s relaxation and calming effects, therefore it is believed to be a natural sleep aid. 

Cannabigerol (CBG)

Cannabigerol (CBG) seems to help relieve muscle cramps, pain, anxiety, and depression. 

Cannabichromene (CBC)

Cannabichromene (CBC), other than being difficult to say, has remarkable health benefits. It has some anti-proliferative qualities, meaning it could be used as an anti-cancer drug once more research is conducted. 

It can also help relieve migraines and reduce the effects of anxiety and depression. 

How Can I Use Distillates

Distillates are much more versatile in their use. They are most commonly vaped (due to the added vegetable oil and terpenes). If you’re looking to vape CBD oil, look into buying CCELL cartridges. 

CCELLs are designed for thicker distillates, such as CBD, so there are less clogs, less leaks, and more smooth draws. Their wickless design completely eliminates the chance of burning and allows you to enjoy the experience to the very last drop. 

So What is Right For You?

We can’t answer that. The product you choose depends on your personal needs. The popular choice is going for a distillate based on the added healing effects and usability. However, isolates are easier to dose correctly and will not appear on a drug test (due to the zero THC). 

Do your research and try different products so you can find an option that works best for you.