CBD...Making an informed decision
Ok, so you're hearing all the chatter about the healing properties of CBD oil and health products. You've done your homework on how CBD works in the body and you decide that you would like to give it a shot. Wouldn't it be great to get rid of some nagging issues you've been living with for a long time? You start shopping and find that there are several choices, with prices all over the board. The natural tendency is to find the lowest price out there because it's all CBD, right? Do you know that if you buy a product labeled "Hemp Oil," you're buying nothing more than salad dressing? That's right...hemp oil only does not contain any CBD, and while it does have nutritional value, it doesn't have the medicinal properties you probably want. If you want to buy salad oil, just pick up a big bottle of extra virgin, first cold pressed olive oil. It's a lot cheaper!
Here are some things to consider when buying hemp CBD oil.
Unfortunately, the CBD market is still unregulated which means that anyone can slap a CBD label on a bottle and start marketing it. This will change soon, but for now you need to be very cautious when buying products. There are different ways to extract CBD from the plants and they all affect the potency and quality of the product.
1) Some companies marketing CBD at rock bottom prices use cheap methods that entail using toxic solvents that can pose a health risk. This includes heating raw products using propane or butane (not that much different than a meth lab.) Some more reputable companies use an organic, pharmaceutical grade ethanol (corn based) to reduce the toxins and residue from the plants. This process typically yields the highest amount of CBD (cannabinoids) and is considered the safest process.
CBD oil can be extracted and manufactured through “supercritical CO2 extraction.” This process involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure in an extremely cold environment. Supercritical CO2 extraction requires expensive equipment, more complex refinement process and production expertise, but it ensures that CBD oil maintains its purity all through the process. Utilizing ethanol and Co2 extraction is by far the safest and most expensive process and all reputable companies with use one or both processes.
Conclusion- Always ask how the company processes it CBD! Do not buy the product If they won't willing provide the information or if it's not posted on their web site. You want a product that is processed using the Co2 or organic ethanol extraction process.
2) This is your body and you should only consider buying a high-quality CBD product. The hemp plant is classified as a "hyperaccumulator," which means that it absorbs anything that is in the ground, including metals, herbicides, pesticides, and mycotoxins. Not all farm land is created equal. Make sure that the product you are buying is free from all contaminants. Hemp, being a hyperaccumulator has its pros and cons. If grown in organic fertile soil, the hemp plant will absorb all the good soil nutrients. Grown in poor soil produces a plant high in everything you don't want to put in your body.
Conclusion- All reputable CBD companies have their products tested by an independent and certified 3rd party lab. The lab reports will tell you exactly what's in the CBD oil and guarantee the strength, potency, metal/toxin content and well as all cannabinoids. These lab reports should be published on the company's websites. DO NOT buy a CBD oil from any company that does not publish their reports.
3) Only buy CBD oil from a company that sources their hemp plants in the US. Hemp is now being imported from other countries that do adhere to the high standards that we have in the states.
Look into where the CBD brand sources their hemp from. All US farmers are required to get certified by state departments of agriculture. Such information can be found on the retailer’s or manufacturer’s websites as well as through their support center. Look for product that is made with the entire plant. When a formulator uses the whole plant, the CBD oil will contain other beneficial cannabinoids such as CBDA, CBDV, CBC, CBN This is referred to as a full spectrum oil and provides additional health benefits.
Conclusion- Check the label before you buy any CBD products. Never buy a product that does not offer a money back guarantee and a published return policy. Buy a bottle of "CBD" oil at a convenient store or gas station? You're throwing your money away! Do your homework and buy a product from a reputable company that stands behind their products.