It’s scary to think about, especially since the practices of deriving CBDfrom both hemp and cannabis plants are currently unregulated, leaving buyers open to the consumption of low end products. Fear not, there are many ways to decipher what’s good and what isn’t, which will allow you to identify what is the best CBD for you.
First, understand why some oils are not safe. With no regulations in place, we are left with minimal information about the plants that are farmed. Were pesticides used on the plants, is bacteria present, molds? How was the oil pulled from the plant? Were dangerous metals included in the process? There are a number of facts we often don’t know, and while that’s a risk we take even with consuming everyday produce, it’s far riskier when consuming a newly introduced product on the market like CBD.
Were pesticides used on the plants, is bacteria present, molds? How was the oil pulled from the plant? Were dangerous metals included in the process?
The solution here is that if you are located in a state where dispensaries are legal, you’re able to speak with the shop owners and often learn more about the farmers. If you have no access to that, opt for labels that state “Whole Plant” or “Full Spectrum” on the packaging. That way you know the plant played an actual role in the creation of this product and you’re striving for the purest CBD. They are a simple few words that say a lot.
Go beyond those words to check the labels, too. Don’t be blinded by the fancy and fun packaging we often see now with CBD, but focus on the information on the bottles. Sometimes they list the farms, as well as the strains of the plant from which the CBD came. There may also be a list of the additives, so you’re aware if any additional chemicals were introduced to the mix. If you read more than an agent (like an MCT oil or coconut oil) and a simple flavor on the label, you may want to put the bottle down. While color of the oil and viscosity can be misleading in identifying the quality of CBD, you can take a visual gander to see if any residue is in the bottle, such as dirt or other particles. This displays a carelessness in the process of removing the oil, proving it to be of lesser quality. Price isn’t always the best teller, since it’s widely understood that CBD can be pricey so even the lowest quality of retailers may slap a high price tag to suggest a greater substance. It’s not. Even the marketing of high levels of THC in cannabis-derived CBD is no real indication that it’s good. Many will say it’s great, but few will mean it.
In short, do your homework on your CBD of choice. Many CBD companies have been in practice for years and have established track records of considerable quality, while others are merely fly by night sellers looking to jump in on the craze. An educated consumer is a safe consumer, and your choice of CBD should reflect that.