When it comes to CBD, not all products are created equally...
CBD is not regulated, so there any many brands purely looking to cash in...They take shortcuts and produce potentially dangerous, inferior-quality CBD.
It is crucial that we take care of what we put into our bodies - in the end we don't want to do more harm than good!
Here are a few things you can freely ask any reputable CBD brand about their products. In fact, this information should be on their website!
We for one are very proud our CBD products meet all the criteria below.
1. Is Your Hemp Organically Farmed?
CBD is derived from hemp, and hemp pulls toxins from the ground so you want to be sure that your supplier is growing it organically.
The use of natural growing methods is environmentally friendly and has been shown to replenish soil fertility while expanding biologically diverse agriculture.
Organic production systems completely prohibit the use synthetic toxic pesticides, fertilizers as well genetically engineered seed so it's a much healthier alternative than conventional farming practices!
2. Is It Locally Sourced?
Buy from brands that use locally sourced hemp as the growth of hemp is highly regulated within the U.S.
Often you will find batch-produced, imported CBD that are full of heavy metals and chemicals.
3. How Is Your CBD Extracted?
CBD oil can be extracted using a few different methods, but the two most popular are CO2 extraction and ethanol extraction.
CO2 extraction is considered the best method because it leaves no harmful residues and preserves more of the beneficial properties of the plant.
Ethanol extraction is less expensive than CO2 extraction, so some companies may choose this method to save money. However, we feel it is important to maintain the synergistic relationship between all of the cannabinoids and terpenes so that they can all work together in what is known as "the entourage effect".
4. Are Your Products Full-Spectrum CBD?
There are three main types of CBD extract:
1. CBD Isolates
CBD Isolates are made by taking cannabidiol (CBD) and refining it until what's left is a pure CBD that doesn't contain THC, terpenes, flavonoids, or any of the other cannabis plant compounds.
3. Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Full spectrum CBD oil contains CBD along with all of the other cannabinoids, including THC, terpenes and fatty acids that naturally occur in the cannabis plant. Full spectrum CBD is often referred to as a full or whole plant extract.
Here is why you will want to go with Full-Spectrum CBD Oil:
If you go online and do some research you will find a term called "The Entourage Effect" this term describes the synergistic benefit derived from all compounds found in the hemp plant.
CBD is just one beneficial cannabinoid, but paired with THC, terpenes and other hemp compounds found in full-spectrum CBD, studies have shown that a greater therapeutic benefit is achieved than with any one compound in isolation.
5. Do You Lab Test All Your CBD Products?
A reputable company will have its products tested by an independent third-party lab to ensure quality and safety. These results should be available on their website or upon request and they should be happy to provide them. If they don't have them readily available, be wary.
These tests will not only tell you the percentages of CBD and THC their products contain, but they will also help you see that there are no heavy metals or contaminants in the oil.
6. How Many mg's Of CBD Per Bottle/Dose?
Be careful with companies who focus on the percentage of their CBD oil vs actual CBD mg per dose and/or bottle.
A higher percentage does not necessarily mean a stronger product.
Because the quality of CBD is paramount as mentioned before, a higher percentage of low-quality CBD will be less effective than a lower percentage of high-quality CBD.
7. Who Are The People Behind The Brand?
Lastly, is it also important to get an idea of the people behind the company you are purchasing from? Look at the about us pages and see if the people running the business truly care about your health and not just what's in your wallet.
Now that you know what to look for, you can make an informed decision when buying your CBD.
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