This article is going to explain everything you will need, so you do not end up wasting your hard earned cash on something that offers little to no health benefit or -in a worst case scenario- is hazardous to your health.
A lot of questions will be tackled like: “difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate CBD”, “How to identify a genuine brand”, “how is CBD extracted” and more. The first thing to ask:
1) Is the product 3rd Party tested?
Before you begin shuffling through a brand’s catalogue of CBD product, first check their lab test result. Anybody can claim their product is 100% CBD, but without a lab result, there is no way you can confirm if this is true or not.
A lab report will clearly show the quantity and quality of CBD in the test sample as well as enumerate any metals or contaminants present. So, what should you expect to see in order to trust a lab result?
The saying “Birds of a feather flock together” couldn’t be more true. Dubious companies will definitely use reports from dubious laboratories.
The only lab results you should trust are those from accredited labs: Labs that operate in accordance with the standards and guidelines set by a governing body like the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) or ILAC.
ISO or ILAC accredited laboratories are renowned for upholding a standard that is safe for human health.
When was the last test?
The CBD product market is a really young one and there are no regulation that stipulates how often a product should be tested –yet.
That doesn’t mean you should go along with any lab result. Always check when the test was carried out. For your own safety, you should only purchase from a brand that has been tested within the past three years.
The aim of putting CBD oil to the test is to determine the quantity and quality of CBD in the product. From the lab result, you should be able to tell if the product contains the percentage of CBD listed; how many cannabinoids were detected; what about impurities; does the lab result status say “Pass” or “Fail”?
2) What extraction method was used?
The process of extracting CBD oil from hemp plant is not a cut, squeeze and collect like that of fruit juice. No, the process is much more complicated, but one that assures quality and potency.
The cheap and easy method of extracting CBD from the plant involves the use of harsh solvents that can leave residues which end up hurting you. The standard extraction method, uses pressurised carbon dioxide (CO2) at very low temperatures to get as much CBD as possible from the plant without introducing contaminants. Once the extraction process is complete, the CO2 is simply allowed to escape, leaving no trace of the extraction material in the CBD oil.
3) Exact ingredients used
A quick look at a product’s list of contents should present ingredients you are already familiar with. If the ingredients listed are new to you, a quick search on the web will reveal more information concerning its safety and side-effects.
Bonus points if the ingredient or the whole manufacturing process involves only organically sourced material.
4) What is the percentage of THC?
For those looking to avoid the psychotic effects of THC, it is important to choose a product that contains less than 5% THC. This is the minimum amount a product can contain without affecting your ability to operate heavy machineries or pass a drug test at work.
So, if you absolutely need nothing to do with THC then go for a product that contains low to zero THC.
5) Type of CBD in the product
While sorting through CBD oil brands, you’ll be pressed to choose between products that contain “Broad Spectrum CBD”, “Full Spectrum CBD” or “CBD Isolate”.
What really separates one from the other is the extraction process: Full Spectrum CBD products contain all the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant, including THC; Broad Spectrum CBD oil contains all the cannabinoids except THC; while CBD Isolate contains the purest form of CBD without THC at 99%.
6) Amount of CBD per dosage
In order to reap the health benefits of CBD oil you should be able to calculate your optimal dosage from the total amount of CBD in the product. Most CBD oil come with a dropper, calculating how much you should take per dose is really simple.
For a bottle like this one that is labelled 500 mg 30ml, a single dropper dose will contain 16.6mg of CBD using this simple formula:
Total CBD in bottle / Volume of bottle = Serving size;
From the serving size above you can quickly tell which product will provide enough CBD to treat insomnia.
7) Hemp source and cultivation method
The Hemp plant is capable of accumulating materials from the environment –both good and bad. The last thing you want in your CBD oil are remnants from the cultivation method such as pesticide, herbicides or heavy metals. Because of the potential danger these chemicals pose to humans like leukaemia, cancer, tissue sarcoma and more, there is a global push to go organic.
The purpose of CBD oil is to aid in the treatment and management of health problems like anxiety, insomnia and inflammations. Bioaccumulation of impurities defeat that purpose.
8) Company reputation
CBD products market is the rave of the moment. There are numerous companies springing up every day from different corners of the world, all claiming different things.
Before you buy a product reach out to the company’s customer care, ask for assistance and judge for yourself how invested they are in helping you with your query. Better still, talk to people you know that have used their products and get them to tell you their experience with said company.
9) Online Presence
Every customer-oriented brand will put in the effort to ensure their website provides users with a smooth online experience.
Look at the website for the product you want to buy, does it offer useful information when and where necessary? Are they trying too hard to compel you to make a purchase without first educating you on how to use the product? Do you get tons of email the moment you sign up urging you to buy?
A good brand will know when to back-off and give you space to come to a decision.
10) Is cheaper always better
Producing CBD oil is neither cheap nor easy. Though a product extracted using CO2 will come with a higher price tag it does ensure quality, potency and purity. But you still need to make sure you are not being ripped off. How?
Check the manufacturing process, do you think it justifies the price tag?
Where was the Hemp grown?
How high is the quality of CBD present? For instance, CBD Isolate cost more than Full Spectrum CBD
Concentration of CBD in the product
These are simple but effective steps to quickly access a brand’s reputation and authenticity. Now that you have an idea on how to identify quality products, check out our healthy CBD oil range for more information.