CBD has quickly gained popularity over the past couple of years, and for good reason this natural compound has endless potential. More and more people are turning to CBD before their prescription drugs and other resources. This increase in demand has lead to more types of products and brands in the industry. Unfortunately, not all CBD is created equal, so consumers should do their research prior to purchasing any CBD products both online and in-person.
In this article we will provide the top 10 tips when searching for the right CBD product.
1. Source of Hemp
First and foremost you want to check where the hemp sourced for the products produced comes from. We strongly urge you to go with products that use hemp grown domestically here in the USA. Oftentimes, hemp grown overseas has contaminated soil which leads to finished products being contaminated with harsh pesticides and heavy metals. These harmful substances do not belong anywhere near your CBD products.
2. Extraction Method
Extraction is the second most important portion of the production process, second only to the raw material used. We encourage consumers to look for products that use Co2 extraction, as other types of extraction such as ethanol and butane can be harmful and might use harsh solvents which are not approved for use in food products.
3. Third Party Testing
Every product you purchase should have third party full panel laboratory results showing both purity and potency. This helps ensure that you are using CBD that is both safe and effective. It also helps you ensure that you are getting the right amount of CBD you paid for.
4. Product Types
Before purchasing any CBD product you first must figure out what you want to get out of CBD. If you are planning to use CBD for external issues we would highly recommend a CBD topical such as a CBD stick or CBD Massage Oil. If you are planning to use CBD to help with internal issues related to anxiety, stress and such we would recommend going with a consumable product such as CBD edibles, CBD oil tinctures or CBD softgels.
5. THC Levels
To comply with federal regulation you must make sure that your CBD products contain less than .3% THC by weight. It is also important to note that even when a product is compliant federally, you can still fail a drug test with any traces of THC. If you are concerned with failing a drug test we would recommend either a Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum CBD product.
Your CBD products should have traceability from seed to sale to help you ensure what is on the label is what is in the bottle. To see if your products are traceable you should look for a batch number on the product which can be linked to a number on the third party laboratory results.
7. Customer Service
We encourage you to go with brands that are known to have great customer service. The CBD industry is too competitive to settle so if you cannot reach a customer service representative that is knowledgeable and polite, go elsewhere.
Education is key in the CBD industry. If a brand isn’t putting forth effort to educating consumers, go elsewhere. They are clearly just trying to make a profit in the industry and are not concerned with your well-being. A good way to see if a company is putting effort to educating is by taking a browse through their blog section.
Ingredients go above and beyond just the CBD used. You should make sure the ingredients used in your CBD products are natural and beneficial for your health as well.
We urge consumers to google brands they are interested in and see how their reputation stacks up against the competition. There are brands in the industry that are great and others that are known to put harmful substances in their products to increase profits. Researching neutral reviews are always a good way to learn more about a brand and its products.
Before you purchase any CBD product it pays dividends to do your research and educate yourself about the various terms and types of products available. Take the time to learn about the types of CBD, the various products to help figure out what CBD product would be best for you. We hope this article has been beneficial in your search for the perfect CBD product for your needs!