Perhaps you tried CBD and even know it comes from hemp plants, but many don’t have a clear idea when it comes to CBD manufacturing. How do you manufacture CBD? How do you purchase bulk CBD distillate? These are some of the most common questions of a new wholesale CBD customer. In this post, we will discuss all of that and will give you a clear idea about CBD distillate, and its legislation in the United States.
A wide range of products developed with hemp extract is now available across the country. More states are legalizing medical and recreational cannabis use in course of time. No wonder why it is important for consumers and retailers to stay up-to-date with the latest information (price, legal status, product definitions, etc.) related to the industry.
We will also let you know about the distinction between CBD isolate and CBD distillate. You will also learn how the government regulates products of these categories across the country. Before we move there, let us first discuss the ins and outs of CBD distillation.
Distillation is an age-old process of separating substances or compounds from a liquid mixture by heating and cooling. Today, we use the same distillation process in a complex mechanism to create some of the finest forms of cannabis and hemp products. Getting cannabinoids from the hemp plants involves several steps like extraction, distillation, separation and isolation.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a hemp plant compound. The majority of the manufacturers extract CBD from hemp plants, along with hundreds of other phytocannabinoids (plant-based compounds) present at the initial stage of manufacturing. Anecdotal CBD users reported that it helped them with a number of issues. A recent study explores these problems and CBD’s benefit, and further research is ongoing regarding CBD’s application.
You can find CBD products in various forms in the market. Edible items like CBD tincture drops, gummies, softgels and capsules are some of the most popular ones. However, there are other types that use CBD to create an array of health and wellness products. You can consider CBD-infused skincare products, for instance. Some of these products contain nothing but CBD, while others contain a wide range of other cannabinoids like THC (<0.3%), CBG, CBC, CBN, etc., along with CBD.
What is CBD Distillate?
CBD distillate is a highly refined and processed form of CBD derived from hemp flowers. It contains other cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC (>0.3%). The overall CBD concentration in CBD distillate is around 85%. The distillation process removes lipids, waxes and other plant materials. This results in an amber-colored viscous oil that is compliant and ready to sell. The term distillate refers to the purification process of hemp extracts that transforms them into unique finished products. By means of the distillation process, other cannabinoids are removed and separated.
As CBD distillate is thick enough, some manufacturers use it directly to make edible products. While others vaporize it. The concept of distillation is not new. For centuries, it has been used to make liquors and spirits. CBD distillates are the most potent form of CBD you can get in the market. Although it doesn’t contain terpenes, flavonoids and other plant compounds, the concentration of CBD in CBD distillates can range from 85% to 99%.
Terpenes are compounds we find in many plants and are responsible for creating aromas. The advantage of removing terpenes is that we now have complete control over the finished products’ flavor and taste. One drawback is that without terpenes, the finished product may not achieve the entourage effect. However, it is possible to add the terpenes back and many manufacturers do adopt this process. But theoretically, when we remove them initially the benefits reduce. We attain the entourage effect only when all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids work together. This highly concentrated form of CBD can be used to manufacture oils, tinctures, vapes, cream and gels, capsules, sprays, topicals, salves, lotions, shampoos and more.
How We Make High Quality CBD Distillate
The journey starts with hemp plants. Before the distillation process can take place, it needs to go through several steps to achieve the initial crude oil. First, we need to extract all the desired cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant.
Following are some of the steps typically involved:
Drying the hemp or cannabis to a 5-15 percent moisture content.
Taking off the flower from the stems.
To enable efficient extraction, grinding the flower to 2-300 microns.
Removing carbon dioxide through decarboxylation. This activates the cannabinoids and makes them neutral.
Separation of the terpenes for later use.
Filtration and winterization of the extracts to remove unwanted fats and waxes.
Finally, we remove any ethyl solvent present in the winterized oil by using a thin-film distillation apparatus.
Now the winterized oil is ready for distillation. All the steps are usually carried out by a PX1 or PXP system. This “raw” oil will now go through the distillation process. This will allow us to isolate CBD and other cannabinoids. CBD concentration in pure CBD distillate can go more than 90%.
Through this complex distillation process the solution is heated up to the point that vaporizes CBD. We can then turn these vaporized CBD into pure liquid form. Utilizing this technique we get rid of all the unnecessary compounds, leaving behind the desired ones.
Distillation is an indispensable step for any CBD manufacturers. It enables them to remove the low-grade biomass and turn them into finished products with predictable amounts of CBD, THC, and other cannabis compounds. Now, the resultant is ready to infuse in any other products. What we now can call CBD distillates of various types and concentrations.
Why Use CBD Distillate?
Wide Range of Application
CBD distillates have a wide range of use cases. You can use distillate to produce vape products, oils, tinctures, creams and gels, capsules, sprays, topicals, salves, edibles, shampoos, lotions, soaps. It is edible and can be infused with gummies.
Full Spectrum CBD
Coupled with some other cannabinoids, CBD distillate is CBD at its most refined form. Pure CBD distillates have no smell or flavor. This is because we already removed terpenes, which was responsible for the aroma.
However, we have the option to add the terpenes back to take care of the flavor of our CBD distillates. CBD distillates provide high concentration of CBD along with other cannabinoids. This may help to facilitate “the entourage effect.” Moreover, terpenes acts as a natural thinning agent and ensures better consistency.
It is believed full spectrum CBD distillate provides more benefits than pure CBD distillate alone. In order for a CBD product to be qualified as full spectrum, it has to have other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Some of the reasons why CBD distillate is preferable are:
No bad smell
Can be used to make vape juice
Custom formulation with terpenes
Full spectrum availability
Compliant amount of THC
Versatile use cases
More convenient to use
Types of CBD Distillate products
Based on extraction type, any CBD product can be categorized into three main types. They are full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate. Same is true for CBD distillates. Now let us explain how they differ from each other.
Broad Spectrum CBD
The term “broad spectrum CBD” is interchangeable with “CBD distillate.” In broad spectrum CBD, THC is removed from the solution, leaving behind highly concentrated CBD and other cannabinoid compounds like CBC, CBG, CBN and CBDV.
Full spectrum CBD
Full spectrum CBD refers to less processed form of hemp plant extracts. Nothing is separated from it. It contains a large amount of CBD, along with THC and other cannabinoids. Compliant full spectrum CBD products contain no more than 0.3% THC. Full spectrum CBD products that contain more than 0.3% THC are not legal in all states. But in states like Colorado, where medicinal and recreational use of cannabis is legal, you can use full spectrum CBD products without breaking any legal bindings. While compliant full spectrum CBD products contain <0.3% THC, some full spectrum CBD products may contain more.
CBD isolate refers to pure CBD that contains no other cannabinoids except cannabidiol (CBD). It comes in powder form. In order to achieve CBD isolate, it needs to go through some more complex distillation process. End result is pure CBD isolate that contains nothing but CBD.
You can purchase bulk CBD isolate powder, CBD distillate and full spectrum CBD from numerous vendors at a wholesale price. But, finding a trustworthy and reliable partner is difficult. Specifically because of the fact that CBD is not regulated by the FDA. There are a number of providers out there selling things that they even don’t know about.
Finding the right partner in a market that is new and dealing with ever-changing legislation is cumbersome. You want to source your CBD products from a reliable and trusted name. Unfortunately, there are many out there selling substandard products. Sourcing from them poses the risk of losing a lot of money.
Here at CBD Hemp Experts, we manufacture the highest quality finished white label CBD products in the market. You can purchase CBD distillates in bulk. You also have the opportunity to rebrand and sell our uniquely formulated private label CBD products. To ensure the quality of our products, we carry out independent 3rd party lab tests and provide Certificate of Analysis (COA) reports for each product type. In order to partner with us, simply go to our “request a quote” page and fill out the form there. We will get back to you shortly.