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 amount 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.
Important Considerations When Buying CBD
With the rising popularity of CBD, many websites and companies have started to offer different premium CBD products and the vast array of choices has made it difficult for consumers to choose which is the best fit for them. With that in mind, below are some of the factors to consider when shopping for CBD:
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. This is because the hemp plant tends to absorb the substances—both the good and the bad—from the air, water, and soil in the area where it is growing.
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.. According to experts, some of the places that produce the best hemp are Colorado, Vermont, Kentucky, Oregon, Tennessee, New York, and California.
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.
First, there are solvent-based extraction methods, which use hydrocarbons like acetone, butane, hexane, pentane, and propane. Such a method is considered non-ideal because, among other reasons, the solvents are highly flammable. This technique can also destroy plant waxes and can leave behind harmful residues.
A second method is 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.
Third, there is 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.
Finally, there is 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?
THC is the mind-altering substance found in the same plant from which CBD is derived. 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. If you would prefer to avoid THC altogether, we recommend choosing CBD isolate products that contain 0% 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.
The first is full spectrum CBD, which 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.
Second, there is broad spectrum CBD; it contains all of the naturally occurring substances in the hemp plant, except for THC.
Last but not the least, 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. It is also wise to consult with your physician about appropriate dosing for you. Whatever your dosage is, we suggest buying a product that comes in a form that is easy to dose out.
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.
If you wish to ensure that a CBD product is purely extracted and contains high levels of CBD and low levels of THC, satisfactory test results will help give you peace of mind. Often, a brand lists its third-party results on their website. If you can't find it, you can try asking a customer service representative for it.
Additionally, you may also want to view the product's COA (Certificate of Analysis). Once you know the batch number of the CBD product that you plan to purchase you can ask for the COA since the products are made in batches. The batch number of the product you have must match the batch number indicated in the COA.
Method of Consumption
With the emergence of new CBD products, there are now plenty of ways to take CBD.
One of the most common methods is to take it orally, which is the easiest way to intake the product. Because of this, it can be easier to adhere to a dosing regimen when you choose this ingestion method. You can also take CBD products sublingually, which means the CBD product is placed under the tongue or by the capillaries of your cheeks or gums. The best thing about this method is that you can feel possible effects very quickly. You can even apply the products topically for ingestion through the skin.
The next thing to decide is the dosage form of the CBD product. There are plenty of options to choose from.
First, there are CBD capsules, CBD gummies or CBD lozenges, which 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.
Second, you can choose a CBD tincture that is applied under the tongue. The dosage of tincture ranges from 100 mg to 1000 mg, so a few drops can make a difference. This method can be a bit messy and awkward to employ.
Third, you can use CBD lotions, creams, lip balms, patches, and salves. These products use nanotechnology that encapsulates the CBD substances and deliver them through your skin. This is used for applications related to joints and skin.
Fourth, there are CBD sprays, which are easy to take when you are on the road 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.
Fifth, you can also choose CBD vape oil, which 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. Because of this, you may have to rely on trial and error before finding the one that tastes the best for you.
To narrow down the choices, you may wish to know what other people are saying about a particular product's taste. You can do this by asking your family and friends who have tried the product or by reading the customer reviews posted on the manufacturer's website.
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 and facts of CBD.
In addition to following the tips discussed above, we highly recommend seeking medical advice from a professional and not taking CBD products without the consent of your physician.