The reputation of the seemingly wonder drug, CBD, has taken the world by storm in the past decade, and for good reason. The spike in awareness and popularity has brought about a massive change in the way we view cannabinoids. Unfortunately, this exposure has also brought about opportunistic businesses that sell low-quality and consequently, ineffective CBD, unbeknown to customers.
When you’re buying CBD, it’s important to understand what you’re buying. There are several different checks you should make before you commit to purchasing CBD. These include the source of CBD, its concentration, the form it comes in and many other things.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you hand over your money.
How has the CBD been extracted?
As you’ll probably be looking for the purest form of CBD, it is important to opt for a manufacturer that extracts CBD using safe and unharmful methods. Some of the most common and purest methods to extract CBD safely is doing it by hand, using olive oil, using basic solvents or with supercritical CO2. These methods ensure you get a pure and clean product that is not contaminated by chemicals such as butane, pentane, or propane.
Has the CBD been produced from natural hemp?
CBD is extracted not from a cannabis plant, as many people falsely believe, but from its botanical cousin, the hemp plant. As the hemp crop so readily absorbs everything from the soil in which it is grown, its crucial that this soil is free from toxic chemicals. It is important to ensure your CBD supplier uses government-certified farms. These are farms that will check their soil for toxins such as lead or petroleum.
How does the price tag stack up?
This one may seem a little obvious, but it's an important one to point out. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. High-quality CBD is not cheap to produce, so a shockingly low price tag is a redlight indicator to a poor quality CBD. Although you don’t need to go for the most expensive CBD retailer, the cheapest may contain suspect ingredients and even cause you harm in the long run.
Is the labelling clear?
A quality CBD manufacturer will always explain how much CBD is in their products, down to the nearest milligram. Clear labelling and measurements are important things to look for when buying CBD, as you can find out exactly what you’re putting into your body. High-quality CBD should measure at least 250-1000mg per 10ml containers to make a real difference to the user.
How much THC does the CBD contain?
As we have noted above, high-quality CBD is taken from commercially grown hemp, not cannabis. This being said, hemp will naturally contain a fraction of a per cent of THC. This is nowhere enough to have any psychoactive side effects on the user and is barely enough to be traceable. However, poor quality sourced CBD may contain high levels of THC, which can lead to adverse effects and may even lead a user to fail a drugs test. Of course, this is not something a healthy user wants. You should ensure the CBD you buy contains less than 0.2% THC.
Taking all of these points into consideration will allow you to be confident in the CBD you purchase. If your CBD supplier matches up to these requirements, then you know your product is both safe, matches up to legal guidelines, and will provide you with all the health benefits that are so famously championed.