Discovering the benefits of CBD is exciting, and you are probably itching to get started. After all, who doesn’t want to relieve their anxiety and pain and other medical conditions? Of course, while CBD may be able to do these things, there are things to keep in mind before you buy CBD oil or another product.
You want to make sure you are investing in something worthwhile, something that will do what you need it to do. Whether you are a first time buyer or have been struggling to find something that works for you, we have assembled tips to help you decode packaging and select top-quality CBD products.
What To Consider When Buying CBD
Here are some points to keep in mind while shopping for CBD:
Where Was The Hemp Grown?
Knowing the source of the hemp is going to tell you a lot about the quality. If you cannot get CBD sourced from the UK, then you should at least aim for products from France, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, or Germany, since all these places know how to cultivate organic hemp.
What Is The Concentration of CBD?
Concentration refers to the amount of CBD present in an item. It is an important factor, because it can determine the strength (potency) of the product and also the price. Products should always tell you how much CBD is present in the entire container or bottle or serving size.
This is crucial. Without any idea how much CBD you are ingesting, you could go over the recommended amount of CBD and will have difficulties gauging how much to take.
Be skeptical of products that do not have the amount of CBD listed on the labels. Some products might list the cannabinoids present in the formula but not the amount to confuse you. Don’t buy it, in that case.
How Was The CBD Extracted?
Knowing how CBD is extracted is just as important as knowing from where it was sourced. Both are integral to the quality of the product. There are three kinds of extraction methods: CO2 extraction, solvent extraction, and olive oil extraction.
Here is a quick explanation of each extraction method:
CO2 extraction is the best method and is considered to be the golden standard. There are three-types of CO2 extraction: mid-critical, sub-critical, and supercritical. The latter is the most popular, because it results in the purest CBD. In a supercritical state, CO2 acts as both a liquid and gas and can easily extract things like CBD without damaging or denaturing it.
Solvent extraction uses substances like butane, ethanol, and low-grade alcohol to complete the process. With this method, the solvent is added to the plant and used to release cannabinoids into a liquid form. From there, it is heated, turning the materials into an oil. However, this can also result in the formation of harmful chemicals, such as chlorophyll.
Olive oil extraction is the least productive and results in CBD-infused olive oil. Since it takes a long time to make, most companies do not use it. Also CBD-infused olive oil is very perishable and will quickly go rancid unless stored somewhere dark and cool.
In short, you want products made from CBD extracted with CO2.
Is The Brand Reliable?
When you are buying CBD oil online or at a store, another thing to keep in mind is the brand. Are they transparent? Do they have the necessary information printed on the label?
Check everything over. Ask yourself about the concentration, the third party testing, and even about how CBD is listed in the ingredients. Do they call it “full spectrum” or “whole plant”? Is there hemp seed oil (which is not the same as CBD oil)?
Also, if the brand makes any outrageous health claims about CBD being some kind of elixir, do not trust it. There is plenty of evidence that CBD can assist with many things, but it is by no means a cure.
Has The Product Been Tested?
One of the most important details about buying CBD is the third party lab test. If products have been tested, you will be able to find the information posted on a company’s website. Look for a certificate of analysis (COA). A COA means that the product has been checked thoroughly for CBD and verifies the products free of any dangerous contaminants.
If a brand doesn’t have a certificate of analysis, it could mean that there are impurities in the product. Or, it could be that the company forget to post the results. Either way, without certification, you cannot confirm that using the product is safe.
Also, make sure that the tests have been done according to the standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) .
What To Avoid
Knowing how to select CBD is important, which is also why we have to look at some common mistakes people make:
Don’t Buy Cheap Products
Because CBD has become more and more popular these past few years, the number of available products has also expanded. Sadly, this also has given rise to a number of unqualified and dishonest businesses. CBD is still a largely unregulated market, even in the UK, and so you need to make sure that your first focus is your well-being—not your wallet.
Avoid buying cheap or deeply discounted products, because they are probably filled with additives or extra ingredients. Sometimes, they may have harmful chemicals too.
Always choose the highest quality products with clean extraction methods that are locally sourced from industrial hemp—like those offered by Farmula.
Don’t Set Expectations Too High
Yes, CBD can promote better health and well-being, which is why it is seen as a dietary supplement, but it is not going to work the same way for everyone. Yes, CBD can help with inflammation, relieve anxiety, lessen chronic pain, and even promote more positivity. Yet, there is always going to be a disclaimer that the product “may help.”
Therefore, it is important to not let expectations get the better of you.
Shopping for CBD can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for, but this article should hopefully give you the knowledge you need to navigate stores with more confidence! Look at the concentrations of CBD, how the CBD was extracted, and whether or not the brand is reliable. And remember, CBD works differently for everyone. You may have to do some experimentation before you find something that works for you.
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