The CBD business has evolved into a multi-billion-dollar free-for-all, attracting a lot of different companies, which means that not all CBD is created equal.
These days, most people do some research before taking something they don’t know anything about, and the same should go for CBD. This article will help you navigate the market and find the best CBD for your health and performance.
1 – Check the label
The first thing to look out for is whether or not there is a disclosure on the COA, or Certificate of Analysis. The COA tells you the quality of the CBD source, listing key information such as potency, microbial analysis, solvents, and any testing done for heavy metals, solvents and pesticides.
All reputable CBD companies have COAs to verify the quality of their product. The product label should display a batch number which can be researched on the company’s website for more information. The hemp plant absorbs everything that’s in the soil, which means the good and the bad. The COA will show what chemicals/compounds may be found in the hemp used, giving you the information that you need from seed to sale.
If there’s no COA or if the COA seems bare bones or tampered with pass on the product. Without the complete COA information, you may be buying a product that’s toxic or fraudulent. Given the health risks—not to mention that true CBD can be pricey—it’s just not worth it.
CBD products should not contain extra or artificial ingredients. CBD Oil ingredients should include only three ingredients: Pressed Hemp (Seed) Oil, CBD Rich Whole Hemp Extract (aka the whole plant) including all cannabinoids, not just CBD and an optional flavoring that is natural from the earth.
3 – Know the difference | Hemp vs. Marijuana
There’s a difference, and it’s critical: Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, but hemp (typically called industrial hemp) has higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC (the chemical compound that gets you high) than a marijuana plant. In fact, the federally legal definition of hemp requires the plant to contain no more than 0.3% of THC. Marijuana does contain some CBD, which means you’ll get its effects when you use it, but of course marijuana is highly regulated and can only be purchased through dispensaries where legal depending on the state. CBD derived from hemp with no more than 0.3% of THC is federally legal, and can be delivered to all 50 states, however its legal status of being sold in stores in individual states is evolving on a state-by-state basis.
4 – Know what you’re looking for
Depending on your needs, you may prefer to get your CBD from either a hemp-derived product or one derived from marijuana. You may want to stay completely away from marijuana-derived CBD because of the potential psychoactive effects of THC. It’s very important to note that if you use a CBD product derived from marijuana, THC may show up on a drug test; you may prefer hemp-based CBD or THC-Free CBD.
5 –Stay away from international imposters
International CBD has a lot of problems. As I mentioned before, hemp is essentially a weed and will suck everything out of the soil. Make sure you know where your CBD is grown, and then do your research to make sure that region isn’t known for questionable agricultural practices or heavy metals and toxins in the soil. Until the international market is better regulated, I’d suggest staying local: Some of the best distributors based in Kentucky, Colorado, and Oregon.