What is CBD Distillate?

CBD is a distinguished cannabis-derived product mainly extracted from the hemp plant, a non-psychoactive form of cannabis that is considered federally legal in the United States. Using CBD alone, manufacturers can create an incredibly wide range of consumables.

CBD distillate is a type of CBD extract that can be used to create finished products or used as its own entity. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about CBD distillate: how to take it, what it can be used for, and what it is that makes it different from other CBD consumables.

What is CBD Distillate Used For?

The distillate is obtained by using a distillation process to extract CBD from the cannabis plant. Because hemp is a federally legal crop, unlike marijuana, most of the CBD used in the legal market is extracted from hemp sources. CBD distillate is a type of CBD extract that is often used by consumers to help with relaxation.


The effects it produces depend on the specific consumer’s physical condition, size, pre-existing conditions, and other factors that vary from person to person.

Distillation is only one of the extraction methods that can be used to produce cannabis extracts. Processing techniques like it will define the overall look, feel, and taste of the final hemp extract product.

How Strong is CBD Distillate?

Distillates are one of the strongest CBD extracts available because they provide an above-average purity that can scale all the way up to 99% purity. Distillates can be used in many different ways depending on the intention of the manufacturer. 

But regardless of the final product (vape, oil, topical, etc.) or the bioavailability it delivers, if CBD distillate is used to make it, the strength per serving is high.

What’s the Difference Between CBD Distillate and CBD Isolate?

There is a reason why CBD extracts are named differently regardless of most of them looking  similar to one another. But what determines their names?

There are 3 main types of CBD extracts:

  • Full Spectrum Extracts: Contain a mixture of all the cannabinoids found in the plant, including THC
  • Broad Spectrum Extracts: Contain a mixture of all the cannabinoids found in the plant, except THC
  • Isolates: Contain a single cannabinoid

That said:

The main difference is that CBD isolates contain a single cannabinoid (CBD in this case) while CBD distillates may contain more than one. CBD full spectrum distillate is among the most common products because having more than one cannabinoid in its formulation can potentially promise better results.

How Do You Use CBD Distillate?

It can be a bit confusing to define how to take CBD distillate because of all of the products that can be made with it. Each product category has its own method of consumption and dose, that’s why you should always review the directions on the box before consumption.

The main ways to use CBD distillate:

  1. Orally: CBD distillate can be taken orally by directly swallowing the product. If taken this way, the effects are usually longer lasting but take longer to deliver any visible effects.
  2. Sublingually: Just place a few drops of your product under the tongue for sublingual application. This type of use of cannabis-derived products provides a faster and more effective use of the cannabinoid. Sublingual application will usually provide a faster acting but also shorter effect.
  3. Mixed with food or drinks: This technically is an oral application, but mixing your CBD distillate with your favorite food or drink will make it much more pleasant on the palate.
  4. Topically: CBD distillate can also be used to manufacture salves, creams, shampoos, soaps, and other topical products that are applied directly on the skin. Different topicals will have different applications and use but the method of consumption is usually the same between the products that fall in this category.
  5. Vaping: By dosing vape juices with CBD distillate, manufacturers are able to provide the type of CBD product with the quickest and most effective onset. Because CBD vapor goes directly into the lungs, the body can absorb it quickly and provide a more bioavailable delivery of the compound.


CBD as a finished consumable product can come in many different product styles. Each CBD product category will define its consumption method, effectiveness, and onset time. CBD distillate can also be made with a variety of CBD extract types that include Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, or CBD isolate extract. What you prefer will be up to your personal preference and tolerance to CBD.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.