Where and How Do I Find Quality CBD Oil?
One fact that CBD consumers know is that not all CBD is created equally. With the market still largely unregulated, there’s a varying degree of products ranging from high-quality to barely even legal. Some of these products should frankly be banned forever, but we’ll take the fact that these products exist as a good sign that people are interested in CBD and are regarding it as a viable treatment option and/or dietary supplement. As the industry is growing faster than the regulations surrounding it, there are some ways that consumers can protect themselves against the bad in order to fully benefit from good CBD.
Source and Manufacturing
First, consumers will want to research how the product was made. There are some forms of CBD, such as synthetic, that are downright dangerous for human consumption. Generally, CBD will be sourced from industrial hemp plants grown in the United States or Europe. Hemp will incorporate anything from the soil into its growth, so soil saturated with heavy metals will create plants with toxic levels of heavy metals. Certain brands will only grow in nutrient-rich and safe soils, so it’s important for consumers to research this when choosing a product.
Extracting CBD from hemp plants also allows producers to extract CBD in large quantities without having to filter out the THC since hemp only contains, at most, 0.3% THC. The source of the CBD, however, is only the beginning to finding quality CBD oil. The next factor in creating quality CBD is the extraction method. Ethanol and CO2 based extraction methods are the safest for consumers because they leave little to no residue behind. Toxic solvents such as butane, propane, pentane, and hexane are considered unsuitable for CBD extractions, and consumers should be wary of products marked at extraordinarily low prices because it could be a sign that the CBD was extracted in these ways.
Full Spectrum/Whole Plant
Another quality that consumers will want to look for when looking to buy CBD oil is whole plant use during manufacturing. Some producers may use the term “full spectrum” instead. This means that the full plant was used in producing the CBD, and not that just the CBD was extracted. The additional components of the plant, like the terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids, aid in the effectiveness of CBD. If these aren’t present in the oil, then the user may not experience the full benefits that CBD can offer.
Even if a company claims to have pure whole-plant CBD oil and only extracts using ethanol or CO2, it’s still important to look for third-party testing of the oil to ensure the statements are true. Some FDA studies have found products to be grossly off from their claims, while others were more accurate. Checking reviews on products can also be a good sign that a product includes what it claims and works as it promises.
Not all CBD products are toxic or will be harmful to your health. However, it’s important to do your due diligence before purchasing a product such as this in an unregulated market. Nevertheless, a few bad products on the shelves shouldn’t deter users from pursuing CBD for the benefits it can provide.