- The first step in making P•H•A•R•M CBD full spectrum oil is to extract cannabis oil, through our Supercritical CO2 extraction process. The Raw Unrefined cannabis oil is winterized and waxes are removed through our ultra-pure filtration processes. Our winterization is always done with 200 proof organic ethanol, never denatured alcohol. At P•H•A•R•M CBD we pay a premium on pure ethanol rather to avoid introducing unwanted and harmful chemicals into any of our processes.
- The refined cannabis oil is then run through a short path distillation system to separate out various fractions based on molecular weight. The cannabinoids and terpene fractions are combined into the final distillate used for final product formulation.
Broad Spectrum vs. Full Spectrum Distillate
Full Spectrum distillate refers to distillate that contains all cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant including THC.
Broad spectrum distillate refers to a full spectrum extract but the THC has been remediated through a process of chromatography or distillation.
We use Full Spectrum Distillate in our Crystal Vale Body Balm Formula.
Pros of Distillate: Distillate yields an ultra-high potency oil. It is predictable, relatively cheap to produce, and can be made from low-potency flower material. PHARM CBD distillate still provides for the Entourage Effect as both cannabinoids and terpenes are present.
Cons of Distillate: High-potency does not necessarily mean full plant extract as vitamins, minerals and some flavonoids are removed through the distillation process.
PHARM CBD Distillate has a slightly limited profile of compounds interacting with your ECS compared to PHARM CBD full-spectrum oil.
A more narrow spectrum means less modulation of effects between the various compounds. The Entourage Effect dictates that the various cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds in cannabis work together synergistically to support the overall wellness and medicinal applications.
The therapeutic synergy observed with plant extracts results in the requirement for a lower amount of active components, with consequent reduced adverse effects.