Important Considerations When Buying CBD
More and more experts in the medical industry continue to explore the potential health benefits of CBD oil, boosting the popularity of these products.
While the research is still inconclusive, it is putting cannabidiol on the radar of consumers all over the world. The rise in interest has led to a dramatic increase in the number of different types and brands of CBD oil on the market.
As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to determine which CBD oil is the best for them.
The key is to focus on what the critical factors to consider are when shopping for CBD. We have compiled information about some of these factors below.
Origin of the Hemp
One crucial thing to understand is that the source of the hemp has a significant effect on the product’s purity.
If you want a high-quality CBD oil, you should look for a product that has been collected from hemp grown in a nutrient-rich environment. The soil should not contain any pesticides, heavy metals, or toxins that can compromise your health.
Since the U.S. Government has strict environmental standards, it is best to choose high quality CBD products made from hemp grown in the U.S.
Fortunately, it is easy to know the origin of the hemp since reputable manufacturers always readily provide such information.
Method of Extraction
In addition to the origin of the hemp, another essential factor to keep in mind when buying CBD products is the method of extraction, as it can profoundly affect the product’s purity and quality.
Extraction is the method employed in isolating CBD from the hemp plant and different kinds of cannabinoids found in it.
CBD is extracted in four different ways:
- Solvent-based extraction methods which use hydrocarbons like acetone, butane, hexane, pentane, and propane. This technique can destroy plant waxes and can leave behind harmful residues.
- The ethanol extraction method, which is considered less dangerous. However, this process tends to remove plant waxes and other essential components and the purification process is quite lengthy.
- The carrier oil extraction method, which uses coconut, hemp seed, or olive oil. This method is quite affordable but the CBD oil collected is perishable, so preservatives need to be added.
- The Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extraction method, which is generally considered the best. This process encompasses three methodologies: supercritical, subcritical, and mid-critical.
Among these three, the supercritical method is the best extraction type for extracting pure CBD products. Since this method doesn’t leave any harmful residues behind or damage plant matter or compounds, we suggest purchasing CBD products that have been extracted using this approach
One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for organic CBD is the reputation of the product’s manufacturer.
We strongly recommend purchasing CBD products from companies that adhere to strict U.S. Hemp Authority guidelines.
To determine which products come from reputable manufacturers, look for seals like U.S. Hemp Authority, ISO 9001, Natural Farming Practice, and Lab Tested Potency and Purity in their product labels.
Other questions to ask with regards to the product’s manufacturer are the following:
- Is the company GMP certified by a third-party organization?
- Is their manufacturing facility FDA-registered?
- Does the company carry out high-quality testing of their products?
In some states, low THC levels are allowed, and that’s why a few products contain this substance.
The levels are relatively small, so it won’t make you high. However, it can stay in your system for a long time and may appear in drug tests.
Because of this, you should read the product’s label. The product must not contain more than 0.3% THC.
In addition to reading the product label, you should also double-check the product’s THC concentrations listed on the CBD Certificate of Analysis to ensure that the information stated on the label is correct.
Some studies have suggested that only 31% of CBD products are labeled accurately, so this is an important step.
Type of CBD Oil Extract
The type of CBD Oil Extract indicates the ratio of CBD to THC and to other cannabinoids found in the plant.
There are three types of CBD oil extract:
- Full spectrum CBD is the type of extract that contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant. It contains no more than 0.3 percent THC.
- Broad spectrum CBD contains all of the naturally occurring substances in the hemp plant, except for THC.
- CBD isolate is considered to be the purest type of CBD oil as it contains 99.9% of CBD and doesn’t contain the other cannabinoids—including THC—found in hemp.
Among these three, you might be tempted to select a CBD isolate. However, some experts advise choosing a broad-spectrum extract so you can enjoy all the potential synergistic benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids without the presence of THC.
Before you buy CBD products, you should consider the dosing information. Product labels often contain a recommended dosage.
Whatever your dosage is, we suggest buying a product that comes in a form that is easy to dose out.
Please Note: If you are currently taking any medications, discuss with your doctor before taking any CBD product as it may interact with your medicine.
Third-Party Lab Results
If you want reliable information about the contents of a CBD product, you should read the third-party lab results. These results are provided by laboratories that are not related to the manufacturers. Third-party labs use testing methods that help ensure the product meets stringent standards.
Additionally, you may also want to view the product’s COA (Certificate of Analysis). The batch number of the product you have must match the batch number indicated in the COA.
The next thing to decide is the dosage form of the CBD product. There are plenty of options to choose from.
- CBD capsules and CBD gummies usually contain 10–25 mg of CBD. Since these options are taken orally, there is a high chance of dosage compliance. However, this option can be somewhat limiting if you want to modify your dosage.
- A CBD tincture is applied under the tongue. The dosage of tincture ranges from 100 mg to 1000 mg, so a few drops can make a difference.
- You can use CBD lotions, creams, lip balms, patches, and salves. These products allow the CBD to be absorbed into the skin. This is used for applications related to joints and skin.
- CBD sprays are easy to take when you are traveling. However, sprays contain the smallest dosage (1 to 3 mg) and it can be difficult to accurately measure how much you are taking with a single spray.
- CBD vape oil delivers CBD into your system faster as it bypasses the first-pass effect that oral CBD products must go through. However, the dosing of CBD vape oil is lower.
If you are planning to take CBD oil orally, taste is one of the most important factors to consider when shopping for CBD. You will likely want to select the most palatable CBD oil available.
How a product tastes can vary from one person to another. If you dislike the like the taste of CBD oil, capsules are a good alternative.
The wide array of product choices can be overwhelming, especially if it is your first time looking for CBD products to purchase. Fortunately, the decision-making process should be much easier when you consider the factors discussed in this article and not relying on the myths of CBD.
It is vital that you only buy CBD products from a reputable company. CBD production is currently unregulated, and therefore you might unknowingly consume a product with high THC levels. All our CBD products are organically farmed, and independently third-party batch tested. Every package comes with a unique QR-Code to tell you everything you need to know about your CBD product.