How To Shop For High-Quality CBD Products
No matter who you are, we all share this commonality––we appreciate quality. It’s the worst when you go out on a limb and try a new company to find out you’ve been duped. This can happen in any industry, and it can also happen in the CBD market.
The thing about CBD is that it’s been legitimized by The Farm Bill of 2018, but it still has some hurdles to jump with the FDA. There’s just so much grey area, and companies make millions of dollars fiddling around in that grey area.
If you know what to look for (red flags), you can avoid harmful, ineffective, or mediocre products. There are so many different types of products on the market these days–– we’ve come a long way from your average CBD Tincture Oil.
However, tinctures are still a crowd favorite, and that’s probably because CBDfx tinctures taste fantastic. Companies like this make it easy to fall in love with our favorites all over again, especially with their new innovations.
No matter what product you prefer, you’ll be able to purchase with comfort and ease by asking yourself a few questions during the shopping process.
Where Does The Hemp Come From?
This is more important than you realize. It’s the starting point for that company’s whole line-up! The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized the agricultural cultivation of hemp, which opened the door for farmers all over the country. Most hemp farms are located in the South or Midwest, but there are some outliers.
Overall, you want to make sure your hemp is being grown in the US, and it doesn’t hurt if they’re taking the time and doing it right––organically!
If you see that the hemp is being grown outside of the country, you should steer clear of that company because they don’t have the same growing regulations, etc.
It’s just more of a risk, honestly.
How Is The Oil Extracted?
Extraction methods have come a long way, as anything does after it’s been done for a while. We used to have extraction processes that involved alcohol, but that left tons of solvents, chemicals, toxins, etc.
Present-day, the preferred method of extraction is the supercritical CO2 extraction process. This process uses pressurized carbon dioxide to basically pull what’s needed out of the plant.
Most of the time, you’ll see two different types of oils: broad-spectrum oil and full-spectrum oil. Full-spectrum oil contains the “full-spectrum” of the plant’s compounds––terpenes, cannabinoids, etc. However, when you see broad-spectrum oil, know that all traces of THC have been removed from the oil, along with some of the other compounds.
Some people prefer full-spectrum oil because having those trace amounts of THC enable the “entourage effect”. This allows for more intense therapeutic effects that provide the relief people seek.
You’ll still get relief from broad-spectrum effects, but you don’t have to worry about the chance of a false-positive drug test (very rare, but possible).
Are The Products Tested By A Third Party Laboratory?
Remember how we talked about that grey area earlier? Well, companies that try to operate in the grey area use less than acceptable ingredients. This is where third-party lab testing comes in handy. With these tests, you’re able to confirm the product’s purity and potency.
The purity of your product needs to be confirmed because some companies try to slide in the addition of heavy metals, harmful toxins, and other things that are harmful to your health.
The potency of the product needs to be confirmed because some companies try to use minuscule amounts of CBD and pass it off as more––sneaky!
These reports should be easy to find. Most companies have them right on the product page or even have a QR code to pull it up at your convenience. If you can’t find this information and customer service cannot provide you with it, don’t purchase from them.
Amazon Does NOT Sell CBD!
I know, it’s hard to believe that Amazon doesn’t have something, but they actually have a firm policy against CBD. You might type it in and see hundreds of products listed, but those of “ grey area” companies looking to scam you.
If Amazon prohibits CBD, you’re definitely not going to get what you pay for––who knows what you’re going to get!
The same applies to those CBD products you encounter at the grocery store or gas station. These types of products might have 1% CBD in them, and that means you won’t feel anything!
Things To Remember While Shopping
Once you start clicking around, you’ll begin to get a general idea of which products are more reputable. You can even take advantage of the product reviews because they’ve proven to be a great way to gauge product effectiveness and overall quality!
Keep these questions in mind when you shop, and you’ll have nothing to worry about!