The nascent CBD consumer market is full of numerous CBD oil products, so how can you choose quality products?
CBD oil is a popular supplement but it is still unregulated by the authorities. Like any other industry, bad players are also looking for an opportunity here and trying to rip off the consumers. Furthermore, while purchasing CBD products, hesitation regarding quality remains inevitable.
Are there any signs that you can use to determine the quality of the CBD oil product you are purchasing?
Unfortunately, it is a difficult task for the customers to determine which CBD oil brand is reliable. Moreover, the increasing popularity is contributing to a massive influx of entrepreneurs into this market. New brands and merchants are landing here everyday. Nevertheless, until the Food and Drug Administration releases its ultimate regulations, CBD products remain in a regulatory gray area. This is why consumers may end up buying poor quality CBD oil products.
Here we are going to share some information on how you can identify high-quality CBD from its low-quality counterparts when deciding to purchase CBD products.
Cannabidiol or CBD is extracted from cannabis plant. Most of the CBD oil is extracted from agricultural hemp which was taken out of the control of the Drug Enforcement Administration by Farm bill 2018.
These hemp-based CBD oil products or supplements are very low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is a psychoactive compound. CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t make you “high”. This is why CBD has become a popular drug that is more versatile and less controversial to both its users and the community.
However, quality is an important factor you should focus on. Low-quality products can not offer you the same levels of benefits as of high-quality products. In addition, low-quality CBD products may contain harmful substances and different types of toxins. According to a study, most of the CBD products available online are mislabeled. So you must avoid purchasing CBD products from online platforms like amazon.
The most important factors you should assess while identifying a high-quality CBD product are the Manufacturing Process, the origin of hemp and how it was grown, third-party lab test results, whether the product is a full-spectrum extract, etc.
The CBD industry is still at its infancy and unfortunately, there are not any regulations that control the manufacturing process. As a result, the extraction method varies from brands to brands. Companies that sell their products at a very low price follow the cheap extraction methods. This requires toxic solvents like propane, butane, pentane, and hexane.
Top-quality CBD companies use pharmaceutical-grade ethanol to process CBD which is essentially grain alcohol. It removes the harmful substances and residues from the hemp plant. The ethanol extraction method is said to be one of the most efficient extraction methods. Among other refinement processes, the ethanol method retains the highest amount of natural cannabinoids and it is considered the safest for human consumption.
Some companies use the supercritical carbon dioxide extraction method. This process is done using carbon dioxide in an extremely cold environment. This process requires expensive equipment, highly experienced expertise, and a complex refinement process. This method ensures the quality and purity of CBD oil all through the process.
Research the vendor’s production methods before buying any CBD product. This information can be found on their website or by talking to the customer representative. Top-quality CBD brands mostly use the ethanol or CO2 extraction method.
Like any other manufactured product, one of the best ways to ensure quality is by using high-quality materials. This is very important for CBD oil products. Hemp plant acts as hyperaccumulator which is that it easily absorbs any toxins or heavy metals in the soil. So hemp grown in rich soil produces better quality CBD.
Being hyperaccumulator also has some drawbacks. If the hemp is grown in soil with heavy metals, toxins and in pollution, those toxins can find their way into the CBD oil finally. Sadly, some manufacturers use those low-quality hemp plants for the process of manufacturing CBD. Cannabidiol produced from these plants are of very low quality and may contain potentially harmful toxins.
Look into the origin of hemp and try to purchase CBD oil made from US grown hemp plants. Such information can be found on their website, you can call the support center or you can also ask the supplier about it. Remember, it is very important to know prior to buying a CBD oil product since the quality of your product mostly depends on the origin of the hemp plant.
A high-quality brand will always provide its customers with third-party lab test results. These are also known as the Certificate of Analysis or COAs.
These labs exist to ensure the promised quality of CBD products. They make sure the product you are buying contains the right amount of CBD and THC under 0.3%. They also test for finding out if the product contains any toxin that is harmful to the consumers. However, many brands offer detailed lab test results that show the levels of terpenes and verify the lack of pesticides, fungus, and other unwanted chemicals.
A reputable brand will always provide you with a recent lab test result. You can get it on their website. Some companies include them in the packaging. You might also be able to look up a product by using the QR code on the packaging. If in doubt, call the customer service center for more detailed information.
Another fact about a quality CBD product is that it is manufactured using the whole plant and more of the natural compounds are found in it. CBD isolate products are increasingly popular but these are said to be less effective than the full-spectrum CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD retains a higher amount of natural compounds that include terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids that make it more efficient than CBD alone. These products contain a very low amount of THC and by contrast, broad-spectrum CBD retains some of these compounds but lacks THC.
One common thing you might have noticed in this article that we have frequently encouraged you to reach out to brands directly for more information.
This is because the brands know their products best and the plain-spoken companies prioritize transparency and good communication with the consumers. It should always be easy for the customers to know the information about the CBD products, including how they were made.
Consumers should be able to reach out to customer service through email, phone, or social media. High-quality brands always have an easy browsing website and an active, friendly presence on social media.
Popularity of CBD oil is growing everyday. While most CBD companies want to deliver the best product possible, some companies can not maintain this same level of integrity. CBD regulations and enforcement will improve with time and consumers must be cautious about which CBD brands to trust.
We have gone through five important facts you should look into prior to buying a CBD product. Companies which are able to provide you with all those information illustrated above can be trustworthy. Buying CBD products might seem intimidating first, with a little knowledge and research on your own you will be ready to make a good purchase.