CBD products are everywhere, and a lot of people are jumping on the bandwagon to produce and sell their own CBD oils, lotions, edibles, and more. Market controls are relatively young, so how do you find good quality products that are right for you? Here is a few ways to help you navigate the seemingly-complicated world of CBD.
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Research the company
The company that produces your CBD oil or other product will have everything to do with the purity and efficacy of the end product. You need to know about their reputation in the industry, their manufacturing methods and how they extract the CBD, and where their hemp is grown.
Find out about reputation
Quality products quickly get a good reputation, so asking around and doing a basic Google check may turn up something informative. You can also check out industry news and reviews from The CBD Insider to keep up with the latest trends and find objective reviews of products.
There are several ways to extract the CBD from a hemp plant, and some are definitely safer than others. The cheapest way to do it is with solvents that are dangerous to human health, including hexane, butane, and pentane. There are two other extraction methods that are more expensive but safer.
The first is to use grain alcohol to remove toxins and extract CBD, and this method seems to produce the best quality and largest spectrum of cannabinoids. The other safe method uses high-pressure carbon dioxide and produces a very pure product.
Look into how the hemp is grown
Hemp and rice have something in common: they are both hyperaccumulator plants. These are plants that soak up an unusually high amount of whatever they find in the soil around them. This means that if they are grown in good soil, they become rich, healthy plants.
If they are grown in poor soil or with chemical pesticides and fertilizers, however, these plants will soak up more toxins and heavy metals than other plants, making them far more dangerous for people to consume. If a company’s hemp was grown under organic principles in good soil, you can be sure the final product is safe.
Look closely at the label
You can learn a lot just by making a habit out of carefully checking out the labels of everything you consume. This is good practice whether you are buying CBD products or items at the grocery store.
Check the THC levels
THC is a type of cannabinoid that can be found in both hemp, the source of CBD products, and in marijuana. THC is what gives a person the high associated with marijuana use. The best quality CBD products will not have more than 0.3 percent of THC.
Producing good CBD without THC requires careful effort and some expense. An unscrupulous company may not bother, so always read the label thoroughly to make sure you know what you’re getting.
Check the spectrum label
There are many types of cannabinoids in a hemp plant, and research suggests that we derive the most benefit when we are able to access the greatest spectrum. There are some products that advertise as particular CBD isolates, but the smart move is to check the label for the terms “Whole Plant” or “Full Spectrum.”
Demand objective tests
If you still aren’t sure about the quality of what you’re buying, you can also look for products that pay for objective, third-party testing by a reputable laboratory. The lab will test to make sure the product is everything it claims. This means testing the levels and spectrum of the CBD, ensuring THC levels are as low as advertised, and verifying that the product is safe and pure.
The world of CBD products is currently a bit like the Wild West, but there are ways to ensure you are getting the best possible product. Do your due diligence and you can have full confidence in your choice.