CBD: It’s Not All The Same

Hemp Oil & CBD Distillate

You may not have heard the word “Cannabidiol”, but you’ve very likely heard of “CBD” (they’re the same thing).  If you are new to the CBD world, you should understand that not all CBD is created equal.  While perusing the internet for CBD products, you may have seen terms such as “isolate”, “distillate” and “full-spectrum”.  Although all are derived from the same source, there is much more to consider when choosing which to purchase.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the most pure form.  Everything is filtered out of the extract except for the CBD itself.  CBD isolate is removed of terpenes (the naturally occurring compounds that are responsible for color, smell, and flavor), THC (the psychoactive ingredient contained in marijuana), chlorophyll, and other organic matter.  CBD isolate is a versatile compound that is used in beneficial edibles and oils without the need to add any flavor.  CBD isolate doesn’t have the “earthy”, plant flavor so it’s quite popular for use in products such as gummies and vape juices.

CBD Distillate

CBD distillate (or hemp distillate) is not quite as pure as CBD isolate. It does contain those terpenes and plant materials that is filtered out of CBD isolate.  Even though the earthy and plant-like smell and flavor are present in hemp distillate, the health benefits to the mind and body are still very prevalent.  What also sets hemp distillate apart from hemp isolate is its THC content.  Because the distillate is not filtered the way isolates are, distillates contain some minor traces of THC, which could make it illegal in some states.  As of 2018, only 8 states have legalized products containing THC; Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maine, and Washington.

Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum

Full spectrum distillates have less than (0.3%) THC content and all the other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes of the hemp plant that are beneficial to the mind and body in numerous ways.  While it does contain trace amounts of THC, the concentration is minimal; making it legal to sell in more states and to more consumers.

Broad-Spectrum distillates contain (0.00%) THC and all the other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes of the hemp plant.

The Process… It’s RAD!

RAD Extracts is a family owned and operated CBD outlet in Colorado that is certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Our mission is to provide our consumers with hemp oil and CBD products through safe, sustainable and cost-efficient processing.  Our approach is “seed to sale”, where we handle the entire cultivation and manufacturing process from beginning to end.  Our hemp seeds are grown at our Colorado-based organic farm and then harvested after 4 months.  We then take our product to our extracting facility in Palmer Lake, CO.

Our process is unique to other CBD producers in that we use a “no-pressure process”.  Unlike other producers we do not use carbon dioxide or ethanol to extract our CBD.  We use a cold, food-grade Kosher ethanol extraction in order to maintain the integrity of the genetic makeup of the plant matter, terpenes, and cannabinoids that add to the beneficial effects of the hemp oil.

Our facility uses sub-zero extraction to produce our hemp isolate and distillate, as well as our full- and broad-spectrum CBD.  This extraction method serves to maintain the integrity of the hemp, which yields a 60%-70% CBD content. The only solvent that touches our material is kosher alcohol and our no-pressure process results in oil without leftover lipids or chlorophyll which maintains the natural profile of the hemp.

Learn more about RAD Extracts and our processes here.

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