Consumers, not so long ago, were limited to only a few options of CBD products from a handful of brands. But now, they can immediately jump over the internet and pick from thousands of various brands and hundreds of product choices. Nevertheless, ‘more’ has opened doors to challenges, particularly to first-time users.
Here are 8 things you need to know to before buying CBD oil so you’d be sure you’re not buying the fake ones:
1. Third Party Laboratory report
There must be readily available laboratory reports for the product if it has been truly tested. You can find it somewhere else in the manufacturer’s site or you may request a copy from them. There is no way to validate what is in the product or whether it is safe to use without it.
2. THC content
Legal CBD product can only contain a particular amount of THC that is largely considered safe and will not induce the euphoric feeling. The allowable amount of THC in most states is no more than 0.3%.
Ingredients must be clearly listed if not, this must raise a red flag. If you find a ton of ingredients you are not aware of or cannot even pronounce, perform a quick search on Google to find out what they are and what their possible negative side effects are.
4. Source of the hemp
There are various places to obtain hemp, such as China, Europe, and the U.S. But the best geographical location to grow hemp by far is the U.S. given its nutrient-rich soil and its top-notch cultivation standards. It is even far better if it is grown in one of the pilot programs in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Colorado.
5. Type of CBD
CBD products are classified under ‘CBD isolate’, ‘Broad Spectrum CBD’ and ‘Full Spectrum CBD’.
The purest form of CBD is the CBD isolate which was isolated from the other compounds of cannabis after it was extracted from the hemp plant.
Full Spectrum CBD is extracted CBD together with THC and all the other compounds of the cannabis plant.
Broad Spectrum CBD is a mixture of Full Spectrum CBD and CBD isolate minus THC.
A Full Spectrum CBD product may not be the best option for you, depending on the legal status of THC in your state and on your needs. That leaves you to choose between a Broad Spectrum CBD or a CBD isolate.
6. Extraction Method
There are various means to extract CBD, but the standard procedure is through carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction since it delivers a pure end product and is generally safe.
To extract CBD from the hemp plant, the process involves the use of pressurized CO2 which is afterward compressed into a supercritical cold liquid state. Nutrient-rich terpenes and trichomes are preserved in the process.
7. CBD Amount per dose
You need to determine whether the product fits into your lifestyle by checking the amount of CBD there is in every dosage. Similarly, you may likewise need to see to it that you are not spending unnecessarily by buying a CBD product with a dosage that exceeds your requirement.
8. Company reputation
Find out what others have to say about the brand and the product. Evaluating the experience others have had with the brand and the product is an excellent way to determine their legitimacy. It is quite simple and could be immediately done through a couple of quick searches into the website of the brand, into their social media accounts such as Facebook, and Instagram.
With those 8 things in mind, make sure to use them to also help others learn how they can safely purchase CBD products over the internet.