CBD oils constitute a considerable part of the fast-growing cannabis industry right now. There are so many oils to choose from that each customer, especially a beginner, may get overwhelmed.
What’s more, the cannabis industry is so new that many things within it are still not regulated. Unfortunately, many companies try to use this lack of rules and their customers’ inexperience by offering low-quality products. That’s why it’s you who should know what to look for.
To help you check the quality of your chosen product yourself, we have gathered some of the most useful ways to identify the best CBD oils.
Know Where It Comes From
The source of your chosen CBD oil is crucial to its quality. If there isn’t a good plant in the very beginning, there’s no chance that the oil will be of high quality. As it happens, the hemp is extremely absorbing when it’s growing and accumulates everything in the ground around it. Therefore, a high-quality plant will be the one grown in soil rich in beneficial nutrients.
However, it’s not uncommon for growing companies to plant their seeds in soils rich in heavy metals. This results in the final products, like CBD oils, also being rich in mercury or lead, which can even be poisonous to people.
What can you do? Always check the source of a product. Make sure you know where the company takes its hemp from and try to do some research (you should be able to find this information on their website or through a support center). Also, it’s good to opt for US grown hemp, because in the USA, there are already some regulations that require hemp farmers to be checked and certified.
Know How It’s Made
Due to the lack of state or federal regulations, the manufacturing process is still not controlled enough.
The main problem is the extraction process, which is processing oil from a plant. Good companies use pharmaceutical-grade ethanol, which is safe and efficient, but not too cheap – the same for the supercritical CO2 extraction.
If you see a CBD oil that’s unusually cheap, you should get suspicious. In order to make the whole process quicker and less expensive, many companies use toxic solvents, such as propane, butane, pentane, or hexane, which are dangerous to our health.
What can you do? Before you decide on any product, research the company’s extraction and manufacturing methods. The information should be available on their website or by customer service.
Check for lab results
If you are able to find third-party lab results for your chosen oil, it means that it’s of high quality. Certificate of Analysis (COAs) means that everything the company says about its product is true. Therefore, such oil is safe for people, high in CBD, and low in THC. To go further, try finding a brand that offers a detailed description of their lab results. It’s not uncommon for decent companies to share them, proving that their products lack pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
What can you do? Buy only from companies that have very recent test results available. You should be able to find them on their website or inside a package.
Look for full-spectrum products
High-quality products are extracted from the whole hemp, and they contain as many natural benefits of the plant as possible. It’s essential to pay attention because more and more companies use something called CBD Isolates, which is not harmful, but significantly less beneficial.
Full-spectrum CBD (or hemp extract) holds more of the benefits of the hemp. These products are usually very low in THC, and they boost the CBD qualities.
Broad-spectrum CBD also retains some of these properties but includes no THC. Here, you will have to decide which one works best for you.
What can you do? Make sure always to read the labels carefully and look for products whose manufacturers use whole plants to produce their oils. You will also find this information on their websites.
Learn and stay cautious
CBD oils can be highly beneficial to your overall well-being, but only if you know how to choose the right product. It’s crucial to identify trustworthy brands, even if it means spending some time reading and paying a little more. While cheaper products can help you save money right now, they will undoubtedly result in more health problems (therefore higher medical bills) later on. Plus, a group of aware customers may eventually drive dishonest companies out of business or at least encourage them to change their harmful methods.