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How to spot a high-quality CBD product
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have heard CBD or cannabidiol mentioned thousands of times. There are some good reasons for that. Over the past few years a number of studies have come out showing incredible benefits associated with the usage of CBD. This natural non-psychoactive substance that can give you relief from a wide range of ailments minus side-effects has caught a lot of attention from producers and customers alike. So, what can be wrong with that?
Such popularity comes at a price. After the initial euphoria, the legalization of CBD was quickly overshadowed by the lack of regulations during the production process. As time went on, this problem grew until it reached truly epic proportions. With the laws dictating that all citizens of all 50 states can keep, sell and manufacture CBD, the difference in quality with some brands is truly alarming.
In order to prevent you from getting bamboozled by various manufacturers, knowledge is required. As a buyer of CBD oil, you deserve the very best without compromising in this situation whatsoever. A crucial part of this knowledge knows how to recognize a good CBD product.
People can surely recommend something to you, but it’s always best to be able to see good CBD oil with your own eyes. Such knowledge may turn out to be invaluable at one point. Let’s take a look at what sets apart the good from the bad.
The manufacturing process – how it’s made
Due to the youth of the CBD oil industry, there aren’t many regulations concerning the manufacturing process. Different brands have only a handful of rules to obey and their manufacturing processes go mostly unmonitored. Think about it – companies that sell ridiculously cheap CBD oil are most likely using cheap extraction methods. Do you really want to save money at the expense of your own health?
What sounds too good to be true is too good to be true, most likely. Manufacturers use one of three methods – butane, ethanol or CO2 extraction. Butane is highly toxic and is mostly used in home laboratories for CBD extraction. Needless to say, that is something that you want to avoid.
Upon deciding which product to purchase, take a look at the extraction process part of the manufacturer’s website. When it comes to health, there is no amount of money that should be spared. CO2 or ethanol-extracted CBD oil is the best options by far.
The growing source – where do you get your hemp
Like with every manufactured product, the most important thing is the quality of materials that make up the end project. With hemp, this is even more important. Hemp, unlike most plants, can play the role of a hyperaccumulator. This means that it absorbs anything from the ground in a matter of hours. Because of this property, it’s important to know where the hemp grows.
Like any characteristic, hyperaccumulator has its drawbacks as well. If the plant grows in a patch of ground that is filled with lead and mercury, for example, the resulting CBD oil will also be filled with these heavy metals.
If you’re looking for premium hemp, make sure that the website states that the hemp is US-grown. This isn’t because of some patriotic outlook; it’s for your health mostly. The US FDA has the strictest rules on hemp growing and therefore, it’s impossible to cheat the system. Hemp from other countries isn’t so regulated and you can easily fall victim to lead poisoning.
The THC level – Can it get you high and how will drug tests respond to it
THC or tetrahydrocannabinoil is one of the most notable compounds found in the cannabis plant. Contrary to popular belief, it is, in fact, present in hemp, not just marijuana. It’s just there in much smaller amounts. The optimal level of THC in your CBD oil should not exceed 0.3%. If it’s more abundant than that, there are certain problems that may arise.
For starters – you might feel high if the amount is abundant enough. Many people don’t smoke medical marijuana because of the feeling of high. Not everyone is comfortable with the sensation and some people tend to avoid it. CBD oil with too much THC can cause an uncomfortable episode. Be sure to check the label before administering the oil.
Another reason why you should pay attention to the THC content is drug tests. We’ve had people asking whether CBD oil can cause you to fail a drug test. The answer is usually no, because CBD oil contains CBD and not THC. Every drug test in the world test for THC only, not CBD. However, this can change if the company that produces the oil gets too liberal with the THC placement.
You wouldn’t want to risk your education and career just because you’re too lazy to read a label or spend more money.
Do research on third-party lab results
Every manufacturer claims that their CBD oil is absolutely the best. Who can blame them? Such a phenomenon is normal and presents the very foundation of every marketing campaign. Being confident in your own product is the first step to actually selling that product. Like with every other industry, the CBD also contains manifestations of one pronounced problem – dishonesty.
The problem with promoting your own products is that even low-quality brands can present their product as something miraculous. Who to trust then? The answer is independent laboratories. They get sent results from average Joes on a daily basis and post the true chemical composition of the oil online. It’s the only way of knowing for sure.
So, if you have your eyes on a brand, do some extra research. By snooping around, you may find third-party lab results. The best brands are proud of their excellent results and post them, whereas the less successful ones are reluctant to share. Keep an eye out for this.
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