Helpful Hints When Buying CBD and Hemp Products
Buying a quality CBD product at a fair price can be very difficult given the large number of brands and products available. There are hundreds or even thousands of different brands and each one has several products. Be careful not to purchase low quality products based on a pretty bottle or good marketing strategies. Here is a simple guide to buying CBD that should be helpful.
Has the product been 3rd party tested?
First and foremost…has the product been 3rd party tested by an accredited lab and are those reports available to you.
Does the product contain the stated amount of CBD?
- Without a lab report from an independent 3rd party laboratory you have no way of knowing. If a product states 500 mg CBD then it should be confirmed by the report. It is normal for a products CBD content to deviate a little but a large difference is definitely not a good product.
Does the product contain any harmful contaminants?
- This lab will confirm whether or not contaminants such as heavy metals, mold or bacteria are not in the product.
Does the product contain 0.3% THC or less?
- THC is legal in only a few states but in most it is still illegal. Less than 0.3% is legal and should be safe without any psychoactive effects. 3rd party testing will also confirm the THC content.
It is important to note that the laboratory should be accredited in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Additionally, the lab report should be not older than 8-10 months.
What ingredients are used in the product
Are the ingredients listed on the bottle…they should be. You want to see that the product uses organic and all natural ingredients.
Is high quality hemp used to make the product.
It is important to know if the CBD came from quality hemp and how it was cultivated. Hemp can be grown all over the world including China, Europe and South America. Some CBD companies look for the lowest priced CBD they can find. Other companies have established relationships with growers in the United States with the best farming practices possible.
The United States has nutrient rich soil and the best cultivation standards anywhere. The 2018 Farm Bill passed by Congress removed hemp from the Controlled Substance Act and considered hemp an agricultural product. This has allowed large universities and the Departments of Agriculture of a few states including Kentucky, Colorado and North Carolina to grow and produce hemp as part of research or pilot programs. They are growing hemp under the strictest standards and quality control to guarantee the best product possible. They are sourcing the best hemp seeds from collectives here in the U.S., they are using proper ph-balanced soil and do not use pesticides or GMO’s.
Select between CBD Isolate, Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum
You must choose between CBD isolate, Broad Spectrum CBD or Full Spectrum CBD. CBD isolate is 99+% pure CBD. Full Spectrum is CBD along with other cannabinoids present in the plant, including the legal limit of .3%THC. Broad Spectrum is essentially full spectrum without the THC.
How was the CBD extracted from the hemp plant
- How the CBD was extracted from the hemp plant is also important to selecting a quality product.
- CO2 extraction is the standard and preserves the purity of the CBD while not contaminating the product.
Is the CBD product being sold at a fair price
- Is the CBD product you are considering fairly priced?
- You should make sure you are not paying too much for your CBD product.
- Make sure you are comparing apples to apples and research the price of similar items.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.