Medicinal hemp oil has become a term synonymous with natural, attainable, wellness. However, just because CBD itself has many reputable benefits being backed by more and more evidence, this doesn’t mean that all CBD products are the same or will have the same benefits. Like many overnight success products, CBD has grown a shadow – the black market. Cheaper production and extraction methods, lack of 3rd party lab tests, and even harmful additives can all be a result. But it isn’t always easy to separate the good products from the bad. The effects of this could range from simply not feeling the benefits of your CBD to ingesting harmful substances such as pesticides or mould. We’ve compiled the most important questions to ask, the ten most important pieces of CBD oil information that you need to know before you take the plunge and buy. Read on for the the questions you need to ask in order to really know your product, the things that Purity make easily available to all prospective customers.
Has it been tested by a 3rd party lab and is there proof?
A 3rd party lab test report is one of the most important pieces of CBD oil information that you need to have access to… Something that responsible CBD companies have taken upon themselves to do since there is yet no regulation to. A 3rd party lab test result independently tests CBD for a number of different substances that could be in your CBD, including the percentage of CBD itself. Besides the things you actually want in your CBD, though, are an array of unwanted guests:
- Pesticides – Cheap pesticides that contain potentially harmful chemicals are one way in which companies may be trying to cut costs.
- Heavy Metals – These could come from pesticides, but also from sub-standard growing environments which contain high amounts of air and soil pollution.
- Mold – Companies may be storing their hemp in un-ideal and cheaper ways. If this hemp has to contend with the elements, it may become damp and moldy.
- Dilutors – Non-natural chemical dilutors are easier to obtain and much cheaper than organic ones.
- THC – Sound CBD extraction methods are also expensive – this means that a CBD product may contain more THC than advertised because it’s cheaper to use a less robust method.
If the CBD has been tested, then lab reports for that product should be readily available somewhere on the CBD company’s website. Without the CBD oil information available in a 3rd party lab test report that has been performed recently by an accredited company, there is nothing to prove what is in the product and if it’s safe to use. If a company does not provide one, beware.
Does the Product Contain 0.3% THC or Less?
In order for medicinal hemp oil or any other CBD product to maintain its legality, it can only contain a certain amount of THC (0.3%). If the product contains more THC than it should, it could make the difference between a legal and an illegal product depending on where you are.
You can easily access the THC amount in your prospective product on the 3rd party lab test report, and it should match the amount on the label.
Where is the CBD sourced from? How is the hemp cultivated?
Do you have a clear picture of where the medicinal hemp oil, or other CBD product you’re interested in buying comes from? This might not be something we consider before buying many products, but then, many products have strict regulatory standards that are doing the research and quality checks for us in the background. And, this information is easily available for many of the products we use daily.
Because CBD does not yet have these standards, it’s up to the consumer to gather their own CBD oil information as regards provenance, and ensure that their CBD products are reputable. So for those buying these products, it’s important to remember that the quality of the hemp is very important.
Many CBD companies, like Purity, have close relationships with suppliers to make sure the hemp that ends up in their products is high quality, but many don’t. This could be for the simple reason that it’s cheaper to use hemp from wholesale suppliers who themselves may not know where the hemp has come from or how it was cultivated.
So check that CBD oil information – is there a clear indication of where and how the hemp in your product is grown and can the company prove it?
What kind of CBD is it? Does the CBD Oil Information in the 3rd Party Lab Report back this up?
One of the key pieces of CBD oil information that we want to give you, is the knowledge that there are three main kinds of CBD oil, which all have to do with the amount of CBD and other compounds found within the final CBD product:
Full spectrum means that an oil contains all the cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant in nature, rather than just CBD. This includes trace amounts of THC as well as the other many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. This kind of CBD is associated with the ‘entourage effect’ – the idea that all of these cannabinoids work better together and are more effective if left intact.
Broad spectrum oil, then, contains many of these cannabinoids but not all of them (such as 0% THC products).
Products that are isolate derived will only contain the isolated CBD molecule and none of the other cannabinoids from the plant. It is thought that CBD on its own is not as effective as broad or full spectrum.
Although the benefits may be more apparent with full or broad spectrum CBD due to the Entourage Effect, it is important to consider if they are the best choice for you. THC may be apparent on a drug test, say, if you are using a full spectrum oil. This is why CBD isolate may be an attractive option, and this is why it’s so important to be able to trust this information.
Again, this will be detectable on a 3rd party lab test report for verification, but should of course be on the label as well. If the company you are buying from is dedicated to transparency, like Purity, this information will always be easily available.
What is the CBD percentage of the product?
Before you purchase medicinal hemp oil or any other CBD product, it’s important to know how much CBD is in the product. There are a few reasons why this is a good idea:
- If you can verify the amount of CBD in a product with a 3rd party lab report, chances are you’ve found a reputable and trustworthy company.
- Dubious companies aside, this will inform you of how much CBD is contained in a single dose. This can help you determine how much you’ll have to take in a day and how the product will incorporate into your lifestyle.
- Depending on the type of product, the dosage method can vary as well. Topicals and edibles absorb more slowly into the system and have a longer-lasting, subtle effect. CBD vape products or sublinguals, rather, absorb quickly and have a more pronounced but shorter effect.
What ingredients are in the product?
This is super important – there isn’t just CBD within a CBD product. For exzmple, medicinal hemp oil will have a carrier oil ingredient. So, a good place to start is seeing if the ingredients are listed at all. If not, the product definitely shouldn’t be trusted.
How many ingredients does the product contain? Are there a dubiously large amount of unpronounceable and unknown ingredients, or a worryingly few that could signal an untrue label? Trustworthy CBD companies are concerned about all of the ingredients in their products, not just the CBD. Are the products certified organic or all natural? Do they contain other beneficial ingredients or supplements? And, indeed, do the other products have any adverse side effects?
How was the CBD extracted?
There are a few ways that CBD can be extracted from hemp and/or the other cannabinoids contained therein, and these can say a lot about the quality of the company you’re buying from:
- CO2 extraction is by far the best option for safe, sustainable extraction, and this is the method Purity adheres to. This method uses pressurized carbon dioxide to take cannabinoids from marijuana or hemp plants. It involves taking out the plant’s essential waxes, cannabinoids, and terpenes.
CO2 is a versatile solvent. It acts as a solvent at a specific temperature and pressure range but it doesn’t have the dangers associated with solvents. So, basically, you’re left with no toxic byproducts.
- Solvent extraction is faster and cheaper, and requires the use of chemicals like butane, propane, ethanol, or alcohol for extraction. Not only is it more dangerous that CO2 extraction, it leaves the potential for these chemicals ending up in your product, and it’s worse for the environment.
- Olive oil extraction is another option. It’s safe and cheap to do, but it’s perishable so it isn’t the most convenient and therefore not widely practiced.
We would suggest always choosing a product that has been CO2 extracted. And, if you’re unsure whether a company’s claims of CO2 extraction are true, you can always look on the lab test report for dangerous chemicals that would allude to unsafe methods.
What does the label say? Is it making unfounded medical claims? Is it fully describing the product?
There are other things to look at on the label besides the ingredients. As we’ve seen, the label should tell you how much CBD is in a product, what kind of CBD is used, if it contains THC, what other cannabinoids it contains, etc.
Products can also be misleading in other ways. Be cautious of labels that don’t explicitly mention cannabidiol or hemp extract. If instead you’re confronted with things like hempseed oil or cannabis sativa oil, these aren’t the same as CBD.
Also, does the label claim anything that seems a bit far-fetched? Does it make unfounded claims or promise outrageous results? If a product is everything it says it is, especially in CBD’s case, the label will reflect its excellent qualities rather than making generalizing claims for a quick sale.
Is the Product Priced Fairly?
It’s worth doing some research to see what kind of median price the type of CBD product you’re buying usually sells for. Whether the product seems too expensive or excessively cheap, there could be red flags on either end.
Overly Expensive CBD
The process of extracting CBD, packaging it, and distributing it to customers can be expensive, there’s no denying that. But, a good, respectable company will still try to keep their prices competitive and fair.
If you feel a brand is overly expensive, try another one that looks respectable in other regards but still strives for affordable products, like Purity.
Overly Cheap CBD
If a product is claiming all kinds of things but the price makes it seem too good to be true, chances are it is. This is especially true with CBD considering the lack of airtight regulations. Cheaper cultivation and extraction processes, and even supplementing the product with something that isn’t CBD could bring down the price, but at what cost?
Is the CBD Company Reputable?
This, more than anything, is an excellent indication of whether you can trust the CBD product you’re looking to purchase. There are several easy ways to check the respectability of a CBD company:
- How does their website look? Is there easy access to 3rd party lab test results?
- Do they have available and prompt customer service?
- Do they have customer reviews? Are there any alarming accusations?
- Check independent customer reviews outside of their website
- Do they have an internet presence on social media platforms like Facebook?
Luckily for the reputation of medicinal hemp oil and CBD as a whole, many companies are making it their dedicated mission to getting their products independent lab tested, to growing, harvesting, and extracting their CBD in environmentally friendly and safe ways. Purity Hemp Company is leading the way in this pursuit. Companies know that people will buy from brands they trust, and so they’re taking this gap in the market into their own hands, and are also doing so for the sake of the CBD industry as a whole.