Every industry is eventually plagued by watered down versions of its products. You can either treat your stomach at a fine dining restaurant, or destroy it with fast food. You can either invest in a merino wool sweater that’ll last for quite a few years, or buy a new blend of cotton and polyester every few months after the last one shrinks or falls to pieces.
Being the booming industry that it is, it should come as no surprise that a similar effect can be seen for CBD products. After all, Cannabidiol is the substance in cannabis that makes the plant so beneficial and promising for relieving and treating a wide range of illnesses, including cancer. A growing number of businesses are striving to cash in on the market, but not all of them are worth your hard-earned money. That said, it’s nothing you should be worried about.
Just like you can still go out and eat something that’s great for your health, finding high-quality CBD products is as simple as knowing what makes them high-quality in the first place. Here are 5 tips to help you identify them.
If you’re buying your CBD online, take a look at the company’s website. Are they transparent about where they obtain their hemp and how they check for the quality of their products? Do they follow regulations and industry standards? Are they part of any organizations or associations in the cannabis industry?
Find out whether they strive to provide any value with their products. For instance, check whether they offer educational material to help their customers learn more about what they’re buying, so choose a company, which has a blog, video and FAQ section for visitors to read.
Poppy seeds and heroin come from the same plant, but eating a ton of bagels won’t get you high. This is because there aren’t nearly as many opiates in a poppy seed bagel. The same applies to CBD products. High-quality CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC, which is the legal limit in the U.S.
Third Party Lab Results
Independent lab tests are performed to determine whether a company’s products are everything they claim to be. This includes determining compound levels and checking for any harmful impurities. No good CBD oil company will avoid having third party lab results on their website.
Use this as a means of determining whether their products are of good quality. Most companies will include the results on their website or in the packaging of their products, if not both. Since good customer service is another way to determine whether a company is trustworthy, check in with them if you have trouble finding the results.
It’s believed that the flavonoids, terpenes, sugars and secondary cannabinoids that are found in other parts of the hemp plant contribute to the quality and potency of CBD oil. This includes the seeds, stems and stalks of the plant, as opposed to only one part that otherwise lacks the other natural constituents. Look out for whole-plant CBD extract.
The genetic makeup of the final product is impacted by how the CBD oil was extracted from the hemp plant. The process can be done in a number of ways. Some companies use heat extraction, which involves the use of butane. This results in a chemical reaction that alters the genetic profile of the compounds.
Since butane is hazardous, the quality of the final product is much lower. Even if the CBD oil is distilled, the immediate reaction that butane has will have already diluted the quality. Opt for companies that use extraction methods like food-grade ethanol or CO2 and avoid those that use butane.
By paying attention to these key factors, you’ll be able to easily determine the quality of a CBD company’s products. Be sure to keep them in mind when you’re shopping around.