Does it seem like CBD is popping up every where now a days? That’s because it is! More and more people every day are turning to this natural alternative to help with a variety of ailments from anxiety to external joint pain and inflammation. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD derived from hemp was made federally legal as long as it is derived from industrial hemp and contains less than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol or better known as THC by weight. With the increase in demand of CBD products, the number of CBD brands and products has also exponentially increased. Unfortunately, not all CBD is created equal and quality varies greatly based on a variety of factors. In this article we will walk you through the different attributes you have to keep an eye out for when searching for the right CBD product for your needs.
1. Hemp Source
Every quality CBD product starts at the source. The location where the hemp is grown can play a vital role in the quality of the finished CBD products. We always urge consumers to go with CBD products that are made with hemp grown here domestically in the USA. Oftentimes we have seen that brands which use hemp grown overseas in regions like Southeast Asia or Eastern Europe they are almost always grown on land that has been contaminated by pesticides and heavy metals. These type of harmful substances do not belong in your CBD products, let alone in your body. If your hemp is not grown in the USA we strongly urge you to look elsewhere.
2. Seed To Sale Traceability
You want to look for brands that have full traceability from seed to sale to ensure you know exactly what raw hemp plants are being used in your finished products. This traceability will also help ensure “what is on the label, is what is on the bottle”. One way to see if your CBD products have traceability is by seeing it the third party lab results batch number, matches a batch number on the product.
3. Third Party Laboratory Testing
Third Party Laboratory testing is a bare minimal requirement when it comes to brands providing transparency. These laboratory test results can help ensure purity and potency of the products being used. The lab results should show both potency and purity with a full panel test showing pesticide analysis and microbial testing. These test should also be done by an ISO accredited laboratory and done so within 24 months to ensure that the tests are up-to-date.
4. Product Types
There are an endless amount of CBD products to choose from and it may be tough to know where to start. To know which product is right for you, you must first ask yourself what are you looking to get out of your CBD products. If you are dealing with internal issues related to auto-immune deficiencies or anxiety we highly recommend using CBD softgels, or CBD oil tinctures. If you are dealing with external issues related to inflammation we would recommend using a CBD stick or CBD massage oil. Using a topical product for external issues helps target the exact area of discomfort, so you can eliminate the pain at its source.
Did you know that there are also CBD products made for your pets? Yes your four legged friends can also benefit from CBD because they are naturally born with an endocannabinoid system.
Transparency is a must in the CBD industry. As you may know the CBD industry at this time is not regulated by a government agency and there are no set quality standards. This means you have to trust the company you are purchasing products from. You want to look for brands that outline each and every step of their manufacturing process and are committed to providing transparency in a unregulated marketplace.
Educating yourself prior to purchasing any CBD products is a must. The CBD industry can be a little overwhelming with all of the different types of CBD and extensive verbiage. It pays to do your research and having an overall understanding prior to making any purchase will simply help you in the long-run. After-all they do say that knowledge is power.
We hope this article is beneficial in your search for the right CBD product for you!