What to look for when buying CBD?
CBD is an amazing medicine that will help change the lives of millions of lives. unfowauntyl some company decide to use this miracle compound to try and push fake products. So we have written this blog with a list of things to look for to make sure you are actually getting high quality cbd.
Until federal agencies determine final and enforceable regulations, the potential for mislabeled and poor-quality products is high. Knowing what to watch out for on a CBD oil label can improve the odds of finding a high-quality CBD oil and other related products.
CBD oil labels should not make any medical claims. The FDA monitors and regulates claims of medical efficacy related to any unapproved substance. The agency has sent warning letters to several companies that sold CBD products with labels claiming the contents could prevent, treat, and cure serious diseases. Yet plenty of companies voluntarily follow FDA standards and prohibit unverified claims on their labels. Words such as “cure,” “prevent,” “reduce,” and “treat” can be red flags that a seller isn't operating with integrity.
Some CBD oil labels are fraught with marketing terms and buzzwords that appear to signify medicinal value. Terms such as “organic,” “all-natural,” and even “pure” have no scientific meaning, and shouldn't be considered a sign of a trustworthy CBD oil. Products claiming to contain hemp or hemp seed oil aren't the same as hemp-derived CBD oil, and won't necessarily contain any CBD. Cannabis-derived CBD oil is produced from cannabis plants that contain THC above 0.3%. To meet federal legal criteria, CBD oil must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC.
Key indicators of quality CBD oil
Most reputable CBD oils include the following information on their labels:
- Amount of CBD as an active ingredient per serving
- Supplement Fact Panel, including other ingredients
- Net weight
- Manufacturer or distributor name
- Suggested use
- Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate
- Batch or date code
Company Reviews/Social Media
Make sure to thoroughly vet the cbd provider you chose to go with to do so you can go on review sites like trust pilot yelp and the company's review section. Make sure to keep in mind that not even this isn't 100% accurate because companies have the ability to remove negative reviews and add good ones at will. So alternatively check their social media presence and try to get a feel for the company to see if they seem inauthentic at all and use your gut instinct.
3rd Party Lab Reports
Make sure to check and review the company's 3rd party lab report to verify their authenticity. This is the safest way to vet a company. To learn more about reading lab reports check out our blog on reading lab reports.
5 things to avoid when buying cbd oil
1. Choosing affordability over quality
It is truly fantastic how popular CBD oil has become in recent years. In fact, it is in such demand that a lot of reputable medical dispensaries have been routinely selling out of it (much to the consternation of their customers).
Of course, while popularity skyrockets, many dishonest (and unqualified) businesses have taken the opportunity to cash in on the industry. We understand that this is only natural in a free and unregulated market, but as a customer concerned about your general health and well-being, it definitely pays to know what you’re buying.
With so many options on the market now and so many places online to purchase CBD oil, the industry can present a minefield of pitfalls.
If you were to go online and do a simple search for ‘CBD oil,’ hundreds of thousands of results would pop up at the click of a button. Sounds fantastic, right?
Looks can be decieving…
Well, the fact of the matter is that the majority of these products are likely to be cheap, low-quality oils that probably won’t offer much more therapeutic benefit than the cold-pressed olive oil sitting in your kitchen cabinet.
So what do you need to look out for? Any reputable vendor of CBD oil should have the following information clearly displayed on either their website or on their product packaging (or preferably both).
By simply doing a bit of background research on the vendor and their products, you can save yourself loads of money, time, and frustration. And when in doubt, always consider quality over affordability when choosing the best CBD oil product for you.
2. Assuming CBD Oil Can’t Get You High
One of the main appeals of CBD oil (along with its health benefits) is the simple fact that it will not get you high. The famous “buzz” associated with cannabis is attributable to THC, and this is so often where less knowledgeable people get confused.
But is there any possibility at all of CBD oil getting you high? Well, CBD oil comes from the extracts of hemp plants, which do in fact contain very low levels of THC. If the extraction method used to get the CBD oil cuts corners, or is done incorrectly, there is a minute chance that THC levels will be great enough to produce a very subtle high. This is where we can refer back to point number one – affordability vs quality!
CBD oil on its own should not provide any high to the user, and this is why it is such a popular choice for the treatment of so many conditions.
A genuine vendor will use safe, proper extraction methods to ensure that levels of THC remain BELOW 0.3%, meaning that the user will not feel high from using it. Extraction at this level is a costly process, which is the first thing that separates the professionals from sellers who are putting quantity before quality!
Also, to ensure that the CBD oil you are buying isn’t going to lead to any unwanted effects, double check the seller’s website and their product information. The THC levels should always be displayed clearly on product labels, but if you are still unsure you should contact them directly before making any purchases.
3. Not Doing Your Research
While CBD is capable of aiding with so many conditions, there are limits to its abilities. It is therefore vital that you know what CBD is and what it can do before you go shopping for some yourself. Many of the less trustworthy vendors of CBD oil will claim that it can do just about anything, but if you’ve done your research, you will know that this is not exactly true – and you can save yourself a whole lot of time and money.
Even here on our website, for example, you can find just about anything you’d ever want to know about CBD oil – what it does, how it works within the body, what conditions it treats best, and so on. Of course, there are also plenty of other reputable sources out there that will go into the scientific depths of the real qualities and abilities of CBD oil.
Simply put, it is our recommendation that you are fully in the know about CBD oil before you purchase any. This way, when you come across a website claiming that their CBD oil will make your hair grow overnight or cause a fifty-pound weight loss in a week, you’ll know that it’s misleading and unreliable!
Think of it this way, you wouldn’t start taking a prescription drug with no clue about what it did to you, would you? CBD Oil should be treated with the same level of respect. Research, and know what you’re taking — and why!
4. Having Unrealistic Expectations
Point number three leads us nicely to this: what exactly are you expecting to get out of using CBD oil? While CBD is known for promoting general health (much like a daily supplement), it has also been suggested that it may be able to help with more serious medical conditions.
That said, CBD oil is certainly not a magic potion. While some sources may claim that CBD oil can do anything from curing a common cold to treating cancer overnight, this is of course not the case and it’s important that any current or future users of CBD oil are aware of what their expectations should be.
Some of the things that CBD oil may be able to do:
- Help with inflammatory conditions
- Promote a positive mindset
- Relieve symptoms of anxiety
- Help relieve pain symptoms
While this is just a short example of CBD oil’s long list of benefits, the key things to note are the words “can” and “help.” CBD oil will not instantly rid you of depression or out-and-out cure your debilitating condition. The sooner you understand this, the better your expectations will be. For some potential CBD oil users, the promise of something that will fix all their long-term sufferings can mean everything, so it is vital that all users know the limits of CBD oil.
5. Not Doing A Quality Check
Finally, we would simply recommend that you do a quality check on the background of the CBD oil seller and their methods! Following the other four guidelines above, we hope that anyone thinking about purchasing CBD oil will feel confident in knowing what to look for, and how to go about picking out the best product. The final point really to drive home, though, is the overall message of research and quality.
One of the biggest things separating high and low-quality CBD oil is the extraction method. Ensuring you know about the most common extraction methods can save you so much money — and trouble!
Written by Alex Li
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