It seems like everywhere you go—Shows, Farmers Markets, Malls—everyone’s into selling CBD Oil. But how can you tell the good products from the bad?
CBD oil is gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety. More and more people in the wellness world are turning to CBD for its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects, but just as many remain confused about its nature.
If you’re unfamiliar with it, CBD oil (cannabidiol) is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. CBD offers many of the health benefits of medical marijuana but without the high aspect, making it more versatile and less controversial to both, users and the community.
CBD oil is considered an amazing supplement in the eyes of many, but because it is a growing industry there are scam-artists trying to rip off consumers, too.
Here are three ways to help avoid scammers and identify true, high quality CBD oil for your enjoyment.
All CBD Oils Are NOT Created Equal
Did you know there are no regulations when it comes to the manufacturing of CBD oil? This means there are several extraction methods being used by CBD brands to process CBD oil from hemp. Don’t get too excited when you find CBD oil for a cheap price. It most likely means that the company has used a cheap and dangerous method; one that consists of toxic solvents like propane and butane. These are commonly used in gas stoves and ranges!
Other companies, however use pharmaceutical-grade ethanol to process CBD oil. The ethanol is used to remove toxins and residues from the base hemp plant that are not needed. This method of extraction is considered to be the safest and best option for human consumption.
To sum it all up, make sure to check out the vendor’s production methods on their website or by calling their customer service. Avoid the CBD-selling companies in China and Eastern Europe. Many of their products have been found to contain toxins, heavy metals, and chemicals. Purchase from companies with great reputations; companies that take their products through extensive purification processes and quality checks.
Check the Amount of THC Present in CBD Oil
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the cannabinoids present in marijuana and agricultural hemp. It is also the substance responsible for giving a psychoactive effect on the body;it is what gives a user a “high.”
The optimal level of THC present in CBD oils should not exceed more than 0.3 percent, so make sure that you check the labels or ask for lab results for the CBD oils before purchasing them.
Check For Third-Party Lab Results
A high quality and reputable CBD brand will always provide third-party lab results to their customers. These third-party lab are around to ensure that CBD oil is everything it claims to be; a high level of CBD, a low amount of THC and lacking in toxic solvents that can be harmful to consumers. Check the vendor’s website, product label or call customer service for more information.
Other Things to Consider Before Purchasing CBD Oil
- Look for a full-spectrum CBD product instead of an isolate. Full spectrum means the product contains CBD plus trace amounts of other cannabinoids and terpenes for better healing and performance. An isolate only contains CBD.
- Start with a low to moderate concentration of hemp oil…such as a 250mg or 500mg tincture or 10mg or 25mg capsules. If you’d like to adjust your dosage, make sure you wait until after you become familiar with its effects.
- Beware of health claims. The FDA prohibits companies from making health claims about CBD products. Never purchase from companies that make promises about their CBD oil they can’t keep (like their product can cure cancer, rid you completely of anxiety, or fully heal your pain).
- Ask questions! Don’t be afraid to call or email companies to inquire about their growing and refining methods. Reputable companies should be more than happy to inform you of these things.
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