In the wellness world, CBD products is the new gem in town. In fact, it has been described as the ‘green boom’ that is available in a variety of forms ranging from oils to tinctures, edibles, creams, capsules, ointments and concentrates. Everyone wants to have a slice of this golden cake but as with anything new, you need to test the depth of the waters with one leg and not both. In other words, the cannabis industry is not yet regulated and you can be sold anything from powdered sugar to vegetable oil in the name of CBD hemp oil.
So, how do you ensure that you get to buy the best quality CBD only?
Get it from reputable brands
Now that every Tom, Dick and Harry is claiming to sell the best CBD, you will have to do your research and find a brand that is known and has a good reputation. In order to make quick sales out of the boom, many brands will just mix a random isolate into a product. Therefore, you need to take your time and find a brand that uses a transparent and trustworthy process from the farm to the shelf.
Make sure it has been lab tested by an independent third party
Since the cannabis drug is not approved by the FDA, third party testing is not a mandatory process. This leaves consumers vulnerable to scammers who do not want to be exposed or incur any testing expenses. A good quality brand however, will not hesitate to test its products.
The source of the hemp oil
Which part of the world is the CBD oil sourced from and from which species of Cannabis? The answer to this question will give you a picture of the quality of your cannabis product since the hemp plant is a strong bioaccumulator. Locally sourced hemp as well as those from regions like Scandinavia, Germany and Netherlands are usually of good quality.
Is it full- or broad-spectrum or just an isolate?
Whole plant extracts will give you a good value compared to just a CBD isolate mainly because of the entourage effect. Pure CBD extracts are devoid of cannabinoids that are of great health value. Go for a full-or broad-spectrum CBD oil.
The appearance of the CBD oil
Just a quick look at the color the CBD oil will give you a clue of what it contains. Raw and decarboxylated CBD oils are almost black to dark green in appearance while filtered ones have a light golden color. A good grade CBD oil looks like a triple distilled vodka!
Read the label
Before you buy any CBD product, know the ingredients that are contained therein. This is because legal CBD should have less than 0.3 % THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Above this, you risk negative consequences like failing a drug test or experiencing the side effects of cannabis.
Identifying a good quality CBD brand is not about who markets it best, a good price or a professional looking website. You will need to get your hands dirty and play the detective in order to get the right information about the brand, source location, ingredients, proper testing and even the appearance. Don’t fall for the wrong CBD product!