Terminology


  • October 25, 2022
  • /   Michelle L Heinzman MBA-HCA
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The different processing points of CBD.
Crude – is the first step in the extraction process, it produces a thick black residue full of all the cannabidiols and terpenes trapped in the plant waxes with the chlorophyll. Average CBD amount is 40% - 60% of the crude with around 10% of the total having terpenes that are identified.

Full Spectrum Distillate – is the second step in the extraction process, it purifies the Full Spectrum Crude by removing the chlorophyll and the plant waxes. Unfortunately, this process does remove the majority of the terpenes as well. Most distillates are full spectrum at this point retaining all of the cannabidiols with a honey like syrup. The average CBD amount is concentrated up to 70% - 90%, but the percentage of terpenes is dropped to less than 1% of the total.

Isolate - is the third step in the extraction process, this chemical process isolates and separates each chemical, so you now have a purified selection of cannabidiols. Each cannabidiol is chemically stabilized into a water-soluble powder that has around 98% - 100% of each cannabidiol. It is only at this point where all the Delta-9-THC can be removed. 

Broad Spectrum – is the last step but it is not part of the extraction process at all rather it is taking the varied isolated cannabidiols and adding them back together without the Delta-9-THC. This creates an artificial “Safe Full Spectrum” variation of the cannabidiols that is flooding the market.

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