Do You Know What You’re Buying?

August 8 is National CBD Day. CBD lovers can celebrate the all-natural supplement on this holiday by indulging in some of the best CBD products available on the market (From Gummies to Gum and Essentials Oils to Lotions)!

Before you make a product selection, it’s important to know you are selecting a high-quality product that is as pure and potent as the manufacturer claims. The following tips will help you identify the products, and product manufacturers, worthy of your trust:

  • #1 Extraction Processes – The hemp oil that contains your CBD is extracted from the stems and stalks of industrial hemp. Since CBD is swallowed or applied to your skin, it’s important to know how your CBD oil was extracted. The two most commonly used food-safe extraction methods include the use of CO2 or Ethanol. The extraction method used by a CBD company can tell you a lot about corporate values and integrity. Unsafe extraction methods put consumers at risk.
  • #2 Plant Type – CBD is one of the many potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. There are two potential sources of CBD oil, marijuana and industrial hemp. The two plants are classified by their THC content.3 Marijuana can contain 5-30 percent THC, the cannabinoid that causes marijuana’s psychoactive properties. To be classified as hemp, your full-spectrum CBD must contain 0.3 percent THC or less. This trace amount of THC in full-spectrum hemp oil is not enough to cause intoxication. If you want the health and wellness potential of cannabis without the high, its important to make sure your CBD is sourced from industrial hemp.
  • #3 Third-Party Testing – When purchasing CBD, it’s important to select products from companies who have their hemp oil tested by a third-party lab. Third-party testing ensures your products don’t contain harmful chemicals or microbial contaminants and verify that products are as potent as the manufacturer claims. Since any company could claim their products are tested, it’s best to purchase your products from a company that lets you see the test results.
  • #4 THC Levels – You can also use viewable third-party test results to confirm that the CBD product you select meets regulatory requirements. If your product contains more than 0.3 percent THC, it is no longer classified as hemp. While not a common concern, it’s something to consider. If you want to avoid THC entirely, use the third-party test results to confirm that your CBD isolate products have 0% THC.