How to identify good quality CBD oil
In recent years, even months, the amount of companies, both online and in-store, that stock and sell CBD oil products has rocketed. In one sense, this is great – it shows that thousands of people are enjoying the benefits CBD can offer.On the other hand, as with any product line, there are also companies selling low-quality CBD oil and even fakes. And with so many options out there, it can be hard to know which companies and products to trust.To make sure you spend your money wisely, we give you the low down what to look for.
Check the source
It’s currently recommended that you only buy CBD oil that’s been manufactured in Canada, Europe or the US. These areas have strict regulations and guidelines around manufacturing hemp and will help ensure you purchase a high-quality product. US farmers are required by law to get certified by state departments of agriculture.Also, many environmental aspects, such as soil pH and climate, come into play with the quality of CBD products. Those coming from a US hemp source are usually higher quality. Montana, Colorado, Kentucky and Tennessee are among some of the top hemp growing states and therefore have regulations and processes well in place.
Check how the products are extracted
To extract CBD oil, pressure is applied to the plant. How this pressure is applied has a huge impact on the quality of the oil. Look for companies that use extraction methods such as CO2 or food-grade ethanol, and use ‘cold and closed processes’. This ensures that all the cannabinoids and terpenes remain intact throughout the extraction process, without the need of foreign substances or solvents. Avoid any CBD products that are extracted by heat – this means butane was used in the process and this greatly affects the quality of the oil.
Check that the CBD product is ‘broad’ or ‘full spectrum’
As you scan the market, you’ll notice two CBD varieties: one is broad-spectrum CBD, the other is CBD isolate. There are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Isolated CBD products that contain just one of those cannabinoids (CBD) is an isolated oil. While not completely inefficient, isolates aren’t the highest quality as CBD works better in unison with other cannabinoids. Look for products that have a full-spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes and other ingredients such as amino acids and medium chain triglycerides.
Avoid cheap CBD oil
It’s tempting to ‘shop around’ and look for the cheapest products available. But like many things in life, you have to pay more for higher quality. CBD oil is something you ingest, for the good of your health – nothing is more important than your body, so don’t be tempted to go for cheaper options.
Avoid products containing unnatural ingredients
Your CBD oil should be free from additives, solvents, genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides – essentially anything unnatural. If your product is flavoured or scented, make sure the added ingredients are natural. For example, essential oils or herb abstracts.
Check the level of THC
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a cannabinoid found in both marijuana and agricultural hemp, and is the substance responsible for giving a psychoactive effect (getting ‘high’). The reason that hemp is used over marijuana to create CBD oil is because hemp has lower levels of THC.Although low, THC levels in hemp can still cause psychoactive effects if it’s not processed correctly. Unfortunately, a large percentage of oils are poorly processed and therefore may still have a high concentration of THC.The optimal level of THC present in CBD oils shouldn’t exceed more than 0.3 percent. The best option is to look for products that contain no THC or only trace amounts. Look for statements like ‘Zero THC’ and ‘THC free’. Always check the label again once you receive your product.
Speak to the company
Anyone can write anything on a website. Sometimes it’s best to gauge the knowledge and quality of the CBD oil by going direct to the company. Call them or email, and ask for information about their CBD source or the farm where their hemp is grown. If they’re open to questions and can confidently talk about where their oil has come from, as well as its extraction and purification process, the products are much more likely to be high quality.