CBD products have become very popular in recent years. Unfortunately, many people are still hesitant to purchase them, because they don’t know whether they should trust the suppliers. One study by Single Care found that 22% of people shy away from CBD products due to concerns about manufacturers.
Many of these concerns are understandable. The quality of CBD products varies tremendously among suppliers. Fortunately, you can make more informed decisions by thoroughly researching your options.
The best place to start is by questioning your suppliers. According to CBDStudy, you will want to start by asking the following questions.
How much THC is in your products?
One of the most important things that you need to find out about any CBD product is the amount of THC that it contains.THC is a psychoactive compound that is present in both marijuana and hemp. Although hemp has much less THC than marijuana, it is still present to some degree. Since CBD products are produced from hemp, they can contain small traces of THC as well.
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Federal law allows CBD manufacturers to produce products with THC levels as high as 0.3%. Some CBD manufacturers might have products with higher levels that have escaped the scrutiny of federal regulators. These products are likely sold in states that have legalized marijuana.
The majority of CBD products will be federally compliant and have THC levels under the 0.3% threshold. However, it is still prudent to find out the exact level. Even trace amounts of THC can show up on drug tests, particularly for people consuming higher doses.
You should ask the supplier how much THC is in their products. They might have some products made with CBD isolate, which shouldn’t have any THC at all. If you prefer to use full-spectrum CBD products and need to undergo regular drug screenings, then you should look for the lowest THC option.
Are the products tested by independent labs?
Whenever you are making any purchase, it is advisable to look at independent reviews. Publishers such as Consumer Reports regularly study different products and give unbiased ratings. There are independent review sites that specialize in studying CBD products. However, it is more important to look for products that have been independently tested.
You should find out if independent sources have analyzed CBD products that you intend to purchase as well. Many CBD manufacturers commission third-party laboratories to analyse various properties of their products, such as CBD strength, THC levels, therapeutic effects and the presence of any toxic compounds.
You should never purchase CBD products without finding out if they have been independently tested first. Manufacturer claims tend to be very inaccurate when they haven’t been independently authenticated. One study of 82 of the most popular CBD products found that only 31% of them had CBD levels that matched the supplier’s claims.
You should ask the manufacturer whether their products are independently tested. They should be able to provide third-party lab reports upon request. You can also ask the company that performed the tests for a COA or lab results as well.
Where was the hemp grown?
Most people that are purchasing CBD products for the first time look purely at the CBD and THC levels. They don’t recognize that many other compounds might influence the effects of the products.
Some of these properties are difficult to identify and test for. The good news is that you will be in good hands if you purchase CBD products that were made from quality hemp.
You should find out where the hemp was grown. Most of the world’s hemp is produced in countries with lax or nonexistent safety regulations. Around 70% of hemp is grown in China. Chile and North Korea are also major hemp producing countries.
The problem with hemp grown in these countries is that it can absorb harmful toxins in the soil. China, Chile and North Korea aren’t very transparent about their agricultural regulations. Hemp grown in these countries might not be very safe. Even if it doesn’t contain harmful toxins, it might lack beneficial compounds that should be present in CBD products.
You should ask the supplier what country the help was produced from. You should try to buy CBD products that were made from hemp that was grown in the United States or Canada.
Does the product contain hempseed oil?
As its name clearly indicates, hempseed oil is an oil that is derived from the seeds of hemp plants. Since it does not contain any THC, hempseed oil was not previously banned under federal law. It has been available on the market long before Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill.
According to a survey done by CBDGrade, many people confuse hempseed oil with CBD oil. The two products are very different, despite the fact that they both come from hemp plants.
Hempseed oil is very beneficial and does provide a number of therapeutic properties. However, it does not contain any cannabinoids. It is also much cheaper to produce.
You need to be wary of companies misrepresenting hempseed oil as a CBD product. You also need to make sure they are not using excess hempseed oil as a filler ingredient to produce CBD products more cheaply. You should ask the supplier if the products contain any hemp seed oil in them.
Is there a certificate of analysis available?
Every CBD product is supposed to have a Certificate of Analysis (COA)associated with it. This is documentation of the properties of the product.
You should ask the supplier for a COA before making any purchase. This document should be available, regardless of whether or not the product was independently tested.
How was the CBD harvested and extracted?
You need to learn as much as possible about the cultivation and extraction processes. You should ask the supplier what steps were made to harvest the hemp and remove the cannabinoids. They should provide satisfying answers about the fertilization process. They should also tell you whether heat or butane was used to extract the cannabinoids. This information will be very important since these processes can influence the safety and quality of any CBD products that were made with it.