CBD, or cannabidiol is one of over 100 cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant family. Unlike its notorious cousin THC, CBD is non-intoxicating and fully legal on the federal level as long as the CBD is derived from industrial hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC by weight. More and more people every day are turning to CBD as their natural supplement of choice for a variety of ailments. With this increased demand, more brand and products have entered the marketplace. Unfortunately, not all CBD is created equal and this has created a large gap in quality. In this article we will equip you with some important attributes to look for when finding the right CBD product for you.
1)Source of Hemp
Location. Location. Location. The theory of location is everything, also can apply to CBD products. We always urge consumers to first check where the hemp is grown. We strongly encourage consumers to only use CBD products that are organically grown here in the USA. Hemp grown overseas oftentimes is done so on land that has been contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides.
2)Third Party Testing
Third Party Laboratory Testing is a must in the CBD industry. All CBD products should be tested for both purity and potency to ensure “what is on the label, is what is in the bottle”. These test should also be done by an ISO accredited laboratory and the test dates should be at least within an 18 month period.
Before purchasing any CBD product you first must figure out what you plan to use CBD for. If you are planning to use CBD for external issues related to pain and inflammation, we would recommend a CBD topical product such as a CBD Stick or CBD Massage Oil.
If you are planning to use CBD to help with internal issues related to anxiety, stress and such we would recommend going with a consumable product such as a CBD tincture or CBD softgel.
Did you know that our four legged friends can also benefit from CBD use? Yes, dogs, cats, and horses all have an endocannabinoid system as well that can process cannabinoids. We oftentimes recommend CBD treats for dogs or tinctures to help give your pets the relief they deserve.
Whichever type of product you choose, we would recommend trying a variety of options to see what product is best for you, as CBD is not a one-size fits all model.
You always want to ensure that your products comply with all federal laws pertaining to hemp. Third party laboratory results should show the CBD and THC potency. In order to comply with federal laws you should always make sure your CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC by weight.
The industry standards for extraction is a Co2 supercritical extraction. Other extraction processes such as butane and ethanol sometimes use harsh solvents that do not belong in any consumable products.
Education is key. There is still a large educational gap that must be filled in the CBD industry. We urge consumers to look for brands that put the time, effort and resources in educating the public and are not simply selling to make a quick buck. The brands who are putting in the time and effort to teach consumers oftentimes hold themselves to a higher standard and provide the marketplace with higher quality products.
If a brand is not dedicated to educating not only you, but the overall public, do you truly think that they take the extra steps in providing safe and effective products?
If you are worried about being drug tested, it is important that you keep an eye out for the type of CBD product your are using. If you are using a Full-Spectrum CBD product you can still fail a drug test, even though it may be legal by federal law standards. If you are drug tested we urge you to only use isolate or broad spectrum CBD products that should have no traces of THC.
Although these tips are a great start, we still urge you to do your research and educate yourself about the various terms and types of products that the CBD marketplace has to offer. We hope this article helps you find the right CBD product for your needs the first time around!