It’s not uncommon to believe that hemp and marijuana are two different species of plant. Although both are cannabis, hemp and marijuana are well differentiated by the law. Science however, does not distinguish.
In the legal sense, the one distinctive factor that sets them apart is their THC content. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is one of the many cannabinoids or compounds found in the cannabis plant naturally and is primarily responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis. Hemp is cannabis that contains 0.3 percent or less THC content by dry weight.
Now that we know the differentiating factor between hemp and its’ cousin marijuana, the next quest is to understand how hemp flower from the farm is processed into Distillate or Isolate. These are the sought after ingredients in today’s consumer products like gummies, gumballs, tinctures, beauty products and so much more.
This flow chart will give you a peek into the steps that are involved in processing hemp biomass into the final distillate or isolate product in your yummy gummy. In the distillation process, the Full Spectrum Distillate can be further processed to become either Broad Spectrum Distillate or Isolate.
When looking for quality isolate or distillate material, not all hemp is created equally. Be sure to look for evidence that the company you purchase from is fully transparent with their testing. Third-party testing should always show you:
- Potency: Confirms % of cannabinoids present
- Microbiological Screening: Confirms absence of harmful pathogens
- Residucal Solvent Testing: Confirms absence of harmful solvents, impurities or other added odorants and chemicals.
- Pesticide Testing: Low grade hemp can often be laden with pesticides.
- Heavy Metals: Hemp is a bioaccumulator and can absorb heavy metals from the soil, water and air, particularly if fertilizers and pestisides are used.
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