Considering CBD but looking to see what determines a quality CBD product. Here are some questions to ask and things to look out for.
Knowing Whether CBD Quality is Good
We are going to have a look at things you need to look out for in high-quality CBD in the market, and also some warnings that you need to keep in mind.
Third-Party Lab Testing
This is one of the most important things you need to look out for. Lab results will show what makes up the product – whether it is free from THC, CBD strength, and the full cannabinoid profile. This is going to give you peace of mind and it is also a good way of ensuring transparency. You get to know whether the brand has invested in the quality and safety of its products. If a CBD brand doesn’t have easily accessible reports, then you should see it as a red flag and you should be careful dealing with them.
There are some who will claim third-party lab testing, but you won’t find the published results. Avoid such companies because they can’t be trusted. Why should a company get lab tests done and not share the results? If they are confident in the quality of their products, then it is a red flag.
When creating a CBD extract, you have to separate hemp or cannabis plant. There are two main ways of doing this, CO2 extraction and ethanol extraction.
Ethanol extraction involves the use of ethanol as a solvent to remove cannabinoids from the plant. There are a few variations of CO2 extraction, but the most common is using pressurized CO2. The cheaper option is ethanol extraction and this is why most companies choose this. CO2 extraction is seen as the more environmental option because it is safer and cleaner while still resulting in high-quality CBD products. You should look at this when you are choosing CBD products. Many brands that want to invest in safer and higher quality end products are choosing CO2 extraction.
It is important for the company to indicate the extraction method so it is clear to consumers. This is going to play an important role when you want to choose the best product for you.
When you find a product whether on the shelf or online, it should clearly display the strength of the product. If this information is not on the packaging or bottle, then there is a good chance that the product is ineffective; there are some that don’t have any CBD content. You will notice such products marketed as hempseed oil, although it is extracted from the same plant as CBD, it is a different component. You can easily see this by going on Amazon and searching “CBD Oil”. Amazon has employed strict restrictions on Cannabidiol, and when you closely look at the products, they are just hemp seed oil that is slyly marketed.
The strength you need is going to vary because it depends on the application, the form that it is coming in (topical cream, tincture, etc.), and your requirements. The strength is defined in mg (milligrams) and in some cases percentage. Below are some examples showing the relationships between mg and percentages:
- 10ml of 10% CBD has 1000mg
- 30ml of 5% CBD has 1500mg
- 30ml oil with 1% CBD has 300mg
If you want to do it yourself, use the formula (Milliliters ml x Percentage %) x 10 = mg (Milligrams)
Without too much complication; the percentage is going to tell you the strength of the oil per volume while mg is going to give you the amount of CBD in the bottle. Most of the products on the market usually have a strength of between 1 and 10%.
This point is less obvious when compared to the other one; a plant is the same no matter where it is grown, right? Wrong. This doesn’t apply to hemp. It is known to be bioaccumulator, and this means it absorbs all it can from the air and ground where it is planted. There are nutrients found in the soil. But in the process, it absorbs unwanted substances, pesticides, and heavy metals. This makes it important to know the source of the CBD you are buying. It is best to choose hemp grown organically in the US because it is known to be of high quality.
You might be tempted to choose the cheapest option when looking at the products in the market, but this is very wrong. You have to pay a little more for the products because as mentioned above, some extraction methods are better than others but cost more. The company is going to charge more because they have to pass the manufacturing costs to the consumer. But you don’t have to worry about paying more because the product is high quality and safe. You can trust the CBD product you are buying. Choosing the cheap option is not a good idea because the company uses cheap manufacturing processes. Give your body the safest and cleanest product. The quality of the product is going to determine the benefits you get.
Looking out for clear labeling
CBD products come in different sizes, shapes, and packaging. The layout and design can vary, but there is important information that you need to look out for, and also some red flags.
It is important for a CBD product to show the amount of CBD it contains. This is represented using mg, which represents the milligrams of CBD in the bottle. The percentage can also be used, like 6% oil tincture. When these values are not available on the packaging, it becomes very hard to know the amount of CBD you are consuming. It is also hard to know if the product even has CBD.
You will notice that most products on the market are full of marketing terms and buzzwords that sound great, but don’t mean that much. One common area that has been exploited is when they advertise hempseed/hemp oil products as CBD oil. They do this by copying popular designs of CBD products, but there isn’t CBD in the tincture. It is common to find hempseed oil inside CBD tinctures because it is a practical ingredient, but you need to make sure that the product contains CBD. There is no need to spend your money on something that doesn’t have what you are looking for.
The labeling on the product can indicate the standards and quality. When a company provides extra information like full ingredients, THC content, dosage advice, a website, etc., it shows that they are transparent. Check out their presentation and design of the label – the more effort and time they put into their branding, the higher the chance of being a good company.
Be careful about medical claims
One sign to look out for is a brand making a lot of health claims. There are many people out there who have experienced great benefits by using CBD, but there is a lot of research still being done about cannabinoids. This means companies cannot make any bold medical claims. Be careful when you see a company claiming that the product is going to help in reversing a serious condition or performing miracle cures.
Checking where you can find the product
This doesn’t mean that products on shop shelves are bad. It is important to check whether they have their products online or at the very least make sure that there are lab reports on the labelling. When the product is exclusively on the shelf, it is hard to get enough information on the label. This makes it hard to have enough information to determine whether the product is quality or not.
Online products usually provide details, lab result documentation, image, and reviews. Companies selling their products online tend to be open to scrutiny compared to those being sold in third-party stores. This is why they are careful and follow the regulations, rules, and honest testing. Most of the CBD oils sold off-the-shelf have been found to have little to no traces of CBD and can contain illegal levels of other chemicals you don’t need like ethanol and THC. It is important to know what is in the product you are consuming because you will have peace of mind. You don’t have to worry because you know it has the right amount of CBD you need and no harmful ingredients.
Finding out the flavor
This might sound obvious, but there are some who don’t know that not all CBD oils out there taste good – many of them have an unpleasant and bitter taste. This can have a negative impact on a person’s experience with CBD, especially when using it before going to bed. No one wants to go to bed and fall asleep when they have a bitter taste in their mouth. There are a lot of products with flavors out there, which makes it easier to use CBD products. With a lot of flavors to choose from, you will most likely find one that you like.
An important aspect of a high-quality product is ensuring every aspect of its formulation is the best possible, and this includes the flavor. The taste of the CBD itself is not good, and it will take a process to make the product taste good. Some manufacturers sell their products without this process because they want to cut down on their costs. There are some highly established brands that do this. Most of them are looking for the cheapest way to create products.
Visit their website and see whether they mention the taste or there are some testimonials talking about it.
Checking for real reviews
Reviews provide a good way of knowing about genuine customer experience or benefits they have experienced after using the product. They are good because they build confidence in a given product. It provides a good way of knowing whether a company is legit or not. You will uncover those that look good on the surface but don’t have a good reputation from the customers.
There have been some issues with the review section, especially when it comes to CBD. Many CBD brands have started to manipulate this tool so they can use it in misrepresenting their products so they can seem more popular than they actually are. This method is used by some of the most trusted CBD brands on the market. There are some which claim to have thousands of 5-start reviews, but when you look closely you will realize they are far fewer. When you properly inspect the reviews, you will be surprised. There was one that had more than 3000 positive reviews for their product, but only 3 seem to be legit.
Many of the reviews on products are real, but if you notice that the reviews of a product are too good to be true, then that is the case. You should invest some time and effort to check out the reviews and confirm whether they are real or not.