The sale of CBD products all around the world has increased significantly over the past year. From tinctures and topicals to gummies and vapes, there are a lot of CBD products being sold on the market today, and it can be very difficult to find a brand that you can trust. As a buyer, you should be careful to only buy from manufacturers whose product quality and safety can be verified.
Avoid Products That Make ‘Cure-All’ Claims
A conscientious CBD oil manufacturer or seller will be honest and respectful in their sales tactics. They will avoid sweeping health claims like “CBD will prevent coronavirus” or “CBD will cure cancer, heart disease or chronic pain.” Such statements have not been verified and thus should not be trusted.
Rather than making unallowed health claims, reputable CBD companies will share the potential benefits with you. They will be respectful and reasonable in their statements and interactions, and you will feel relatively confident buying CBD oil from them.
Find Out CBD Source & Its Conditions Of Growth
Hemp is a unique variant of the Cannabis Sativa plant and is specifically bred for its industrial use. Industrial hemp is unique in that it contains very low levels of THC but very high levels of CBD in its natural state. Hemp thus provides an ideal source of CBD for those users who wish to experience the benefits of CBD products but without the possibility of intoxication, getting high or impairment.
However, it is critical to remember that hemp is a “hyperaccumulator” plant, meaning it readily absorbs everything from the soil and the air it grows in. Even though what it absorbs can be beneficial, such as vitamins and minerals, it can also absorb harmful substances, such as lead and petroleum.
High-quality CBD oil always comes from industrial hemp that is grown in areas without contamination, so try to always research the source of the hemp from which cannabidiol (CBD) was processed.
Beware Of The Extraction Method
Since the manufacturing process for CBD and other cannabis products is little or no regulation, the method used to extract CBD from the plant is an important factor in determining the quality of CBD oil. To extract CBD, many companies use liquid solvents like propane, pentane, butane and hexane. While it is a legitimate method, it can lead to impurities and dangerous contaminants in the final product.
The best and high-quality CBD oils are usually extracted using the supercritical CO2 extraction method. This method is regularly used because it provides a pure and safe end product. It is used in many products in the food and beauty industry in general. It is done using pressurised carbon dioxide (CO2) to pull CBD and other phytochemicals from the plant. The process is done at a low temperature which does not destroy the natural components of the plant. CO2 extraction is also environmentally friendly because the CO2 gas can be recycled during production, and it does not cause pollution.
Look For A ‘Full-Spectrum’ Label
The idea of isolate CBD products sounds good; it is pure CBD oil, but it lacks the other minor cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes that might work synergistically with CBD. When these components exist together, they are thought to become more effective, thus making sure that you are getting the full-spectrum CBD products, also called a ‘whole plant’ extract.
The use of full-spectrum products ensures that CBD oil includes not only cannabidiol but also the full range of primary and secondary hemp components that can provide more therapeutic benefits.
Check The Amount Of THC Present In CBD Oil
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main intoxicating compound found in cannabis plants. Its major function in plants is to provide protection against environmental stress and insect predation. However, when taken into the human body, it might cause the user to experience hallucinations, delusions and cognitive impairment. In some cases, THC intake may result in short-term memory loss, tachycardia, anxiety, and many other side effects.
To ensure that you are not put at risk, you should know how much THC is in your CBD product. For an item to be considered “non-THC,” it must contain 0.2% (or less) of THC compound, which is not nearly enough to get you ‘high’. Therefore, it is always a good idea to check the products’ labels before making a purchase.
Know The Difference Between Hemp Oil & CBD Oil
Another important factor for choosing the best CBD oil is to differentiate it from hemp oil. Some dishonest sellers tend to sell hemp oil or hemp seed oil as CBD oil, but there are significant differences between the two.
Hemp oil appears to have nutritional properties that can improve your health. However, it lacks the CBD and other cannabinoids that are known to interact with your endocannabinoid system to provide various benefits for mental and physical health.
Verify Lab Results
The CBD brands that offer products of high quality usually send their assortment to laboratories for rigorous testing, cannabinoid content and quality. Testing is carried out by a third-party testing laboratory not affiliated with a particular company, ensuring that test results are an impartial and neutral source of information about the product.
After the test, such laboratories issue a certificate of analysis (COA), which shows the terpene profile, potency and the possible presence of any contaminant such as heavy metals, bacteria and pesticides. So, when you need to check the list of all detected ingredients and how much THC the product contains or identify whether you are dealing with a CBD product or just hemp oil, this is where third-party lab reports come in handy.
A large majority of legitimate and authentic CBD brands publish COA’s on their website or will be ready to share third-party lab results with customers upon request. These results confirm that CBD product is everything it claims to be, with high CBD levels, low THC and contains no impurities or other potentially dangerous components.