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There are now numerous ways to consume cannabis/hemp – from enjoying a CBD vape to applying topical pastes on the skin to simply smoking the entire flower in a cannabis cigarette. There is seemingly no end to how cannabis/hemp can be used. Cannabis/Hemp extracts are the foundation upon which most non-smoking cannabis/hemp consumption occurs. This foundation, which essentially consists of variations in the strength and quality of various extracts, is critical for determining how effective a concentrate is.
CBD distillate is one such extract. It is highly refined and has gone through the process of distillation. It contains 70-80% CBD, as well as terpenes as other cannabinoids. If you’ve heard of distillate or have done any digging into the legal cannabis/hemp market of today, you’ve likely heard the term “full-spectrum distillate,” – but what exactly does the “full spectrum” mean?
Full Spectrum Explained
When making CBD distillate, to ensure that the final product is as pure and potent as possible, the natural extraction procedure helps to remove any other substances, such as superfluous lipids and non-vegetative byproducts. To ensure that your CBD is “full spectrum,” the cannabis/hemp will need to be tested before the extraction process starts and the end product tested again so that both can be compared..
This kind of testing is rather rigorous and therefore isn’t common, making genuine full-spectrum products relatively rare, as most of the beneficial phytochemicals are lost in the processing. These extracts are often darker, while their flavors lean towards more earthy tones.
Full-spectrum CBD products are more comprehensive, more robust, and more organic than other types of CBD because they contain more cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Even smoking cannabis/hemp does not offer as whole an experience as truly full-spectrum CBD oils.
Essentially, full-spectrum distillate preserves as many beneficial native phytochemicals as possible during extraction while eliminating undesirable ones.
Pros of Full-Spectrum Distillate
Perhaps one of the biggest pros when it comes to full-spectrum distillate is that you gain the benefits of the entourage effect. Full-spectrum distillate comprises various cannabinoids and terpenes that interact well with one another and with your body’s endocannabinoid system to produce particularly advantageous results.
A full-spectrum distillate can be utilized to treat a variety of conditions, chronic or otherwise. This kind of CBD has anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anxiolytic, and even neuroprotective properties, according to studies.
Helping to relieve muscle spasms and various mental health issues are additional uses. Since full-spectrum CBD is inherently more controlled and tested than other types of CBD, you can be sure that it will be of a specific potency and caliber.
Cons of Full-Spectrum Distillate
As with anything, full-spectrum distillate does indeed have some downsides. Due to the testing and high standards required in its production, full-spectrum CBD can be more difficult to find and more expensive.
Additionally, because this form of cannabis/hemp is so much stronger, it may still produce a similar ‘high’ to that of regular cannabis/hemp. It can even test positive for THC on some drug tests, although the actual CBD content may be lower than a typical CBD isolate.
Regarding CBD and its development, full-spectrum distillations ensure that the product is as pure as possible while also keeping the production itself standardized across the board. It is a highly refined and tested form of cannabis/hemp with known, reliable effects that ensure that users do not have to worry about the unknown and can instead focus on their wellness.
Abundant Labs is dedicated to maintaining quality throughout our natural extraction and testing processes which helps us offer cannabis/hemp products – both bulk and retail – of the highest possible quality. Visit our website today to learn more about our equipment, techniques, and products.