Lots of people are selling CBD products. Here is what you need to ask before you buy.
There are a lot of people selling CBD oil. And we mean a lot. You can buy it in gas stations, you can buy it from your cousin who sells it’s it through their MLM company, and you can often find it at a local health and wellness store. We think that having CBD so available to everyone is great, but there are some things that consumers will want to look out for.
In this article, we’ll cover just a few of the most important things someone looking for CBD products should know. Keep in mind that CBD is a highly unregulated supplement, so consumers need to be well-informed and well-educated before buying anything they might ingest or consume. We are also not medical professionals and we cannot give medical advice. The information in this article is from our extensive research and should be taken as our opinion as opposed to scientific fact. Okay, let’s dive in.
When looking for CBD products, one of the first things to look for is a reputable place to buy from. In most cases, businesses or people who are selling CBD are resellers of another brand. Meaning, they buy it at wholesale costs and resell it to you at a suggested retail value. There is nothing with this. But more often than not, the people who are reselling often know nothing of the products they are selling. While it’s always a good idea to research the company/brand of product you are considering to buy, you can start with the person or company who is offering to sell it to you.
Here some questions to ask, and some good expected answers:
Is this CBD derived from Hemp or Marijuana? And where is it grown?
Yes. While it’s not common, CBD can be derived from the marijuana version of the cannabis plant. While this is unlikely, it’s an important question to ask, you’ll see why later.
While you don’t need to understand what the best growing regions for hemp are, it’s important that whoever is selling your CBD is aware. Hemp is grown all over the world with all different kinds of quality. Hemp from Asia and India are typically the highest quality hemp. They have been growing hemp for thousands of years, they pretty well have it figured it out. Hemp from South America and Africa can be tricky. They grow a lot of other plants including hemp. Commonly, hemp fields in these areas can become tainted, diluting the quality of the harvest. Finally, hemp from the US is usually pretty good, but we are still figuring out what works best and what produces the best yield of hemp with the lowest THC concentration (more on THC later). Colorado and Oregon are among the leading states for quality hemp production.
Does it contain any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)? If yes, how much?
THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive component found in the cannabis plant. Both Marijuana and Hemp are from the cannabis family but are very different. Both plants do contain THC, but it’s often found that marijuana contains a much higher concentration, depending on the strain, how it’s grown, and a variety of other factors. To remain federally legal, all CBD products must contain less than .3% THC. This is not enough THC to ever induce the psychoactive effects of marijuana or make a person feel ‘high’, but many find they don’t want any trace of THC in their system. Here is the word of caution: many CBD companies make claims their product is THC-free when it’s not. THC-free means 0.0%. Whoever is selling CBD should know the THC content of their product and be able to provide adequate resources to prove it. We’ll cover this in the next question.
How do I know this is actually CBD and not something else?
In our opinion, this is the MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION anyone can ask when looking for CBD. The above questions are good to test the seller if they truly know their product, but this is where you, the consumer, get to check to make sure you are getting what you are paying for. So the answer: 3rd party lab testing. Third-party lab testing is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a non-biased, 3rd-party company who takes samples of the CBD product (preferably from each batch), and analyzes the contents of the product. A good 3rd party lab test will show the CBD quantity contained in each bottle. If the bottle says 500mg/bottle, the lab report will show something close to 500mg/bottle. It’s typically a little lower than the label listing, but shouldn’t be by much. (15mg +/- is average). It will also show you if there are any additives and most importantly, it will show the THC concentration, if any. This is where you get to verify if the seller truly knows if their product contains THC and if so, by how much. Finding 3rd-party lab results should be as easy as finding the company name on the label. If you can’t find the third party lab results in 5 minutes, walk away from the purchase. Seriously, don’t even consider it. It’s that important. One quick note on 3rd-party lab testing, do a quick Google search on the reporting lab. It’s not beyond some companies to set up their own lab testing company to falsify the reports. This isn’t common, but it’s worthwhile to double-check it’s truly a 3rd-party lab doing the testing.
What is the carrier oil used?
CBD is almost always put into some sort of carrier oil to help with absorption and bioavailability (our body’s ability to use the substance). Most often, the carrier oil used is MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) or coconut oil. Some brands, however, will use other carrier oils, like Grapeseed oil or Avocado oil. While these aren’t bad oils, it’s important to know if you are allergic to any of these oil derivatives. It should also be listed as the first or second ingredient on the box, with CBD the next ingredient. Many times, CBD isn’t labeled CBD on the ingredients. CBD is formally known as cannabidiol and even more formally phytocannabinoid. Make sure the place you are buying your CBD products from knows the differences in carrier oils that are used and the value of the ingredients.
Our CBD products have the 3rd-party lab results readily available on the packaging via this QR code. Scan the code or visit their website and see the lab results instantly.
There are a ton more questions you could ask, like how the oil is processed, with Co2 extraction or Solvent extraction, if the oil is a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum, and more. We covered a ton of information in this article, but the point is to get informed about the products you are buying. Make sure whoever you decided to buy from has a firm grasp of the company and the products they are selling.
If you have more questions about CBD, how to use it, what to get, or anything under the sun involving CBD, stop down and see us, give us a call, or message on Facebook. We sell CBD from two companies that we’ve built a great relationship with. We’ve seen their processing from inside out and we know all the details about the oils we sell. Come in and quiz us, we’re happy to make sure you get the CBD products that will work for you. 🙂