May 24

The Differences between Crude, Distillate, Isolate, and other forms of hemp


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Hemp can be used in numerous ways, from plant fibers to the compounds within it: its natural versatility has led to an increase in the availability of products in the hemp space. When considering which hemp derivative to purchase, you must first understand the differences between your options. Below is a breakdown of the differences between crude, distillate, isolate, and other hemp-derived products.

The act of accurately raising the temperature of the mixture to activate the cannabinoids is known as decarboxylation, or “decarbing.” This is the first step in extracting CBD from the hemp plant.

CBD-A is the precursor to CBD (and many other cannabinoids). This extra “A” stands for CBD’s naturally occurring acidic condition. Cannabinoids that are acidic are not considered active until the acid is eliminated by decarboxylation. CBD-A can only supply the potential advantages after it has been activated by this process. CBD-A is converted to CBD during this stage and thus becomes active. Once it becomes active, medicinal products can be made.

Crude CBD Oil

Crude CBD oil is as close as you can get to the chemical makeup of the real plant as it grows in the ground. Every chemical and component found in hemp is present in this dark-brown to black liquid. Crude contains over 80 distinct phytocannabinoids, as well as terpenes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, among several other natural plant compounds. Crude is unrefined. The phytocompounds that remain in CBD crude, such as chlorophyll, give it a pronounced plant flavour. Due to what is known as “the entourage effect,” it is theorized to be optimal for individuals looking to gain the highest therapeutic potential from their product because it contains a wide range of plant chemicals in a concentrated form.

This is a mechanism called “The entourage effect.”  The entourage effect supposes that cannabis chemicals other than tetrahydrocannabinol work together to control the plant’s overall psychoactive effects. However, this theory is highly debated among scientists and researchers.

If one were to further distill crude CBD, they would next go through the process known as winterization, where contaminants are further filtered out. First, a  solution of high-purity ethanol and crude extract is required for winterization. After these two have been well combined, the mixture is frozen for 24-48 hours in a laboratory-grade freezer.

The lipids and waxes in the mixture harden and separate from the extracted CBD during this process. The gelatinized contaminants are subsequently disposed of by technicians. Rotary evaporation is used in the final step of winterization.


Distillate is a broad category referring to different ranges of CBD purity. Concentrations are upwards of 80% CBD, and it is often a viscous liquid that is amber or honey-like in its coloring. Due to its adaptability, purity, and potency, distillate has acquired favor among CBD brands over the past few years.

Distillation is the process of selectively separating chemicals from a liquid. They separate by carefully heating the liquid. The degree to which to a certain boiling point for the chemical a company wishes to isolate. The targeted compound begins to boil, condense, and collect in a separate container once the correct equipment and temperature are in place.

Full-spectrum distillate (FSD) maintains the closest natural cannabinoid and terpene composition. Users can get the most out of the entourage effect by using products that use full-spectrum distillate. Broad-spectrum CBD distillate, or THC-free distillate, has undergone THC remediation to fully remove traces from the distillate.


CBD isolate is a pure extract of the cannabinoid cannabidiol, as opposed to complete and broad-spectrum CBD (CBD). Isolate products exclusively contain cannabidiol and no other cannabinoids or terpenes found naturally in hemp plants. It can thus boast a 99% purity rating. This is achieved through extensive extraction and distillation procedures. When the right distillation processes and machinery are used, next-level purity can be achieved.

Labs like Abundant Labs are leading the way with state-of-the-art distillation technologies. They don’t skimp on equipment, nor do they take shortcuts. That’s why their product boasts the highest possible purity ratings and is the cleanest on the market. If you’re interested in CBD extracts, Abundant Labs has your back. Contact us today at https://abundantlabs.comcontact-us/

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.