With all the attention CBD products are getting it can be confusing to know where to turn and what to buy. There are 100’s of different companies and 100’s of different types of products. More is not always better. All these choices can be very confusing and to compound things not all CBD products are created equal. Just as in other industries, there are high-quality and low-quality products and in this young and growing industry it can be difficult to know the difference. Consumers are making purchases, blindly, based on who has the best marketing strategy. Needless to say, this can lead to big problems.
The great news is the solution is simple. Education and Awareness. Some things to look for in good products.
Is there, current 3rd party lab testing which should be from a lab with ISO or ILAC accreditation. This type of report will confirm the products contain no more then 0.3% of THC(the hallucinate compound) and that it has no heavy metals or other containments.
Where is the Hemp being farmed? Some CBD brands maintain close relationships with hemp suppliers in order to ensure they use top quality hemp, others are more concerned with getting the lowest price possible and may use a distributor. Ideally, it is preferred that the hemp harvested was organically grown here in the US in one of the State pilot programs. These support superior cultivation standards, and are located by far in the best geographical locations to cultivate hemp.
Next, how was the CBD extracted? There are several ways of extraction however, CO2 is the most widely used and has the safest and delivers the purest product without risk of contaminates.
What’s the amount of CBD dosage that you’re buying? If you’re purchasing a drop or tincture it’s important to understand the dose per dropper. Most CBDs in these forms come in ml’s(milliliters) 15ml, 30ml, and 60ml are the most common. Most droppers are 1ml. So, if you take a 30ml that has 250mg of CBD you would divide the 250mg by 30 equaling 8.33 per serving/ml. This example shows is a low amount of CBD and may not hit the dosage “sweet spot” so a number of doses per day maybe needed. Knowing this information you may opt for a higher dose of CBD based on your condition. For those who do not want to take the time to calculate a dose per dropper there are CBD capsules which make CBD dosing much more convenient in 10mg, 15mg, 20mg and 25mg. Knowing your dose and adjust it slowing, “start low go slow” it the best way to avoid side effects and wasting money on a higher dose that may not be needed.
The last thing you should know, does the company your buying from have a good reputation? Have you checked to see if there are consumer reviews, what are customers saying about their products, is there support for your inquiries and questions. In the days of technology, it is simple to see if this company is operating within best practices. A little leg work could save you money.