Here is a simple infographic that looks at 7 of the top things you will want to know before buying CBD oil. It includes things like knowing where the hemp cam from, actual CBD concentration, independent 3rd party lab test results and more.
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The Top 7 Things to Know Before Ordering CBD Oil
1. Know Where the Hemp Came From
Some companies use low-quality hemp paste sourced from China, or that was grown on farms that use chemical pesticides or other non-natural ingredients.
Seek out only hemp oil processed from U.S. or Denmark hemp plants, as they have the highest purity standards, and are much more likely to follow organic procedures in their planting and harvesting process.
2. Look at Actual CBD Concentration
Many CBD sellers play “hide and seek” with the true amount of CBD in their products, quoting only the local content of hemp oil, but not the actual CBD amount (which will always be lower). A product being sold as being high in CBD should always say exactly how much cannabidiol is in each bottle or serving, and should clearly display that on the Supplement Facts panel too. CBD is measured in milligrams, not ounces, and is just one constituent of hemp oil, so be wary of any product trying to state their CBD content in ounces, tablets of rations.
3. Look for Full-Spectrum Oil, Not Isolate
Some CBD sellers promise high levels of CBD content that is “THC-free” in their products. Be aware that no product that is promised as completely free of THC is actually full-spectrum CBD oil. CDB isolate is a white powder that is chemically processed in a laboratory, and no longer retains many of the natural aspects of the hemp plant.
Using full-spectrum oil is critical, because it retains all of the natural cannabinoids, in the proper ratio. To realize the full benefits of the “entourage effect”, the tendency of all the full-spectrum cannabinoids to work synergistically together for enhanced health benefits, you must use only full-spectrum CBD oils.
4. Look For Independent 3rd Party Lab Test Results
Anyone can say their CBD oil is pure or that they test it thoroughly, but you should only test results from independent labs, not just a seller’s internal reports. While different labs may test for different things, a few measurements are always relevant.
Total CBD and other cannabinoid content, residual solvent testing, and heavy metals screening should all be included in any comprehensive CBD lab test. Most importantly, make sure that the CBD seller makes their independent test results publicly available on their website for everyone to see and review.
5. Look for CO2 as the Extraction Method
Pulling the cannabidiol out of harvested hemp plants is an intensive process, and there are different ways to extract it. The cheapest way is to soak the dried hemp in alcohol or another chemical solvent, then attempt to remove that solvent from the mixture afterwards. This almost always leaves some level of solvent in the finished CBD oil, and should be avoided.
CO2 extraction uses only harmless carbon dioxide under high pressure to extract the CBD, and evaporates leaving no chemical residue. This is the gold standard for CBD oil extraction with no chemicals left behind.
6. Make Sure THC is Less Than 0.3%
In the United States, to comply with federal law, even full-spectrum hemp oil must be tested to ensure there is only minimal amounts of THC, below the level that would cause any intoxicating effects.
While full-spectrum oil that contains all cannabinoids is critical for getting the best results for your health, any CBD supplement must still keep THC levels below this federal threshold to avoid legal risks, and prevent an unwanted “high” from usage.
7. Look for Contact Information
Any legitimate CBD seller will provide their company contact information in a clear and conspicuous manner. If you are buying CBD online, make sure the website has a physical address, customer service contact information, and preferable a phone number clearly available to visitors. If buying a CBD product in a store, make sure the manufacturer or seller is clearly identified on the product label.