If you’re reading this then you have probably heard about CBD (cannabidiol) and its many potential health benefits by now. From pain and inflammation, to anxiety, stress, and insomnia, CBD has been making waves in the natural supplements and health & fitness industry. Whether you heard about it from a friend, family member, or coworker who has been using CBD products, or perhaps you stumbled across this article doing your own research, its popularity has been making more and more headlines every day. It is only going to gain more popularity as congress heads to the finish line with the 2018 Farm Bill which contains provisions that will lift the decades old federal ban on Industrial Hemp cultivation along with its extracts and derivatives such as CBD. This will open up many new doors and opportunities within the Hemp Industry and with that you will also see hemp-derived CBD products start to go mainstream. In this article we will explain 8 important tips that you must consider when you’re looking at buying hemp-derived CBD products.
Get familiar with the basics of CBD Oil
CBD is one of the major cannabinoids and non-psychoactive component found in the cannabis plant with enormous therapeutic potential and can be derived from either Hemp or Marijuana. Although Hemp and Marijuana both come from the same plant genus and species that is Cannabis Sativa L, their genetic profiles are very different. To keep things simple, Hemp has a naturally low amount of THC and high amount of CBD whereas Marijuana has high amounts of THC and a very low amount of CBD. In this article, we will only be discussing hemp-based products (0.3% THC or less) as its cannabinoid profile is ideal for people looking for the wellness benefits of cannabis without the high.
Know where is it grown and manufactured
Look for products that are made from Non-GMO, organically grown American Hemp under strict compliance with the 2014 farm bill and the upcoming 2018 farm bill. The growing and quality standards are much stricter in places like Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, etc., rather than foreign sources.
What extraction method is used
The most common types of hemp-derived CBD oil extraction are performed by using ethanol or CO2. While some companies use environmentally friendly alcohol to extract the hemp, the most preferred method of high-quality CBD extraction is performed by using CO2 Extraction. This is the most gentle and precise extraction method used in a solvent free, environmentally friendly way.
Always look for 3rd party lab test results
It is essential to have lab testing done to ensure the potency and purity of both the raw materials and the finished product. Testing from a reputable lab is done to check for potency, heavy metals, pesticides, and microbes to verify what is stated on the label is not only safe but is in fact what is in the product. Avoid companies who don’t openly post lab results or are hesitant to provide them. Transparency is a priority when it comes to any product that you are putting into your body.
Pay attention to the milligrams (mg) of CBD per serving
Make sure that you are paying attention to the milligrams (mg) of CBD per serving and not just the total cannabinoid content for the entire bottle. 1000mg of CBD in a 30ml bottle is not the equivalent of 1000mg of CBD in a 15ml bottle. This should be clearly indicated on the product labels and website you are purchasing from.
Full spectrum or Isolate
Go Full Spectrum if you truly want to get the most therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant. CBD working synergistically together with all components of the cannabis plant creates “the entourage effect” which enhances the medicinal properties of each individual component. Full Spectrum CBD products contain all of the naturally occurring terpenes and cannabinoids including CBG, CBN, less than 0.3% THC, and more.
CBD Isolate and Isolate based products are made from 99% pure CBD that has been isolated by itself from all other compounds. These products can be beneficial to someone who is concerned about a drug test as Isolate based products have zero THC.
Hemp Oil/Hempseed Oil vs CBD Oil/CBD Hemp Oil what’s the difference
This is one of the most confusing topics when it comes to CBD products. Hemp Oil is also known as Hemp Seed Oil. These are products that you will see at the grocery store or on sites like Amazon and contain virtually no CBD or other Cannabinoids, but they do contain omega fatty acids and many other nutritious ingredients. These products are manufactured from pressed hemp seeds and are great for a variety of uses: making soaps, beauty products, lubricants, base for plastics, eco-friendly paints, and cooking.
CBD Oil is also known as CBD Hemp Oil and Hemp Extract. These products are manufactured using an extraction method from the aerial parts of the hemp plant (flowers, leaves, stalks) and contain a high amount of CBD and other Cannabinoids. These products are used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes.
Another reason this can be so confusing is because a lot of CBD companies use Hemp Seed Oil as an ingredient and the carrier oil in their CBD Oil products.
What to avoid
Be skeptical of companies who make explicit health claims about their CBD products being a cure for certain diseases. This is strictly forbidden by the FDA.
Stay away from multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes and recurring subscription services that offer free trials. These companies are more often about profit first rather than the quality of their products and the customers who depend on them.
We hope these 8 tips give you some insight on what you should be looking for when you’re in the market to buy hemp-derived CBD products. As always, do your own research, but hopefully these tips will help you get started and make things a little easier when looking for quality products. Remember transparency is key.
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