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Whether you are a manufacturer or a consumer, which is the better ingredient for your skincare product: CBD isolate or CBD distillate? Both have pros and cons.
Pros: Isolate is isolate is isolate. Virtually all high-quality CBD isolate is 99.5% CBD or higher. This consistency in quality is expected by any major manufacturer and big box store where it’s important that raw ingredients are consistently the same and are produced in cGMP and/or ISO 9001 facilities. Isolate prices have become extremely low even for pharmaceutical grade isolate. One can now buy isolate for between $2,000 to $3,000 per kilo. Isolate costs less than distillate.
Cons: Cannabidiol or CBD is only one cannabinoid. Other than THC it was the first discovered and the most researched cannabinoid. CBD isolate is missing 100+ other cannabinoids and their associated health benefits.
Pros: Distillates come in two forms: 1) full spectrum with numerous cannabinoids; or 2) broad spectrum CBD distillate with abundant cannabinoids, including non-detectable traces of THC at 0% to less than 0.2%. If you want the healthiest product use full spectrum distillate.
Cons: Distillate is made from a plant whose constituent parts vary greatly based on the cultivar grown, where it was grown, including the soil nutrients, air temperature, moisture, weather patterns and elevation. In addition, hemp seed varieties vary greatly and are not yet stabilized. As the seed varies so does the plant it produces. Each batch of distillate is slightly different even when harvested from the same farm. If you are a manufacturer or supplier who needs precise consistency in each batch, choose CBD isolate.
Another variable: the topical compound used to deliver the CBD in face cream, body lotions, sunscreen, toothpaste, patches, etc. Here’s an excellent resource by Anne Jefferson, PhD: Topical vs Transdermal Routes to CBD Absorption
Water Soluble – The Future of Hemp Skincare
To date, the CBD market has been an oil-based product. Industry experts predict water soluble hemp products will dominate in 2020. Compared to oil-based hemp, the water soluble delivery system uses reduced-sized nano particles which can more easily cross into cells in higher quantities and significantly greater bioavailability. In short, they greatly multiply the beneficial effects, have a much quicker onset time, and they are easy to add to virtually any product.
Here’s why. CBD nano particles are usually encapsulated by the manufacturer’s “secret sauce.” The material and the polar bonds of the molecule surrounding the CBD differentiates one lab’s product from another. Check out another helpful piece by Anne: nanoparticles, micelles, and liposomes .
Looking ahead, I believe high quality water soluble distillates will become the most effective and sought after raw ingredient for skincare and nutraceuticals — plus food and beverage products. Consumers will soon experience a new wave of products that quickly enter the blood stream with a full plate of beneficial cannabinoids.
Please share your thoughts and experiences comparing water soluble to oil based hemp raw ingredients.