New To CBD? Whether you’re simply toe dipping for relief of aches and pains or have a very serious condition to address, we’d like to invite you to read the following guide for purchasing the right CBD.
Quality suppliers are a dime a dozen. You’re looking for someone that crafts a product that most effectively meets your health needs.
There’s a lot at stake for the hemp and CBD industries in this country right now. But that hasn’t stopped snake oil salesman's from hawking poor products. Thus, it is wise for us to provide education on the key points in understanding hemp oil contents, the various product types available, how to select a good brand, and what to look out for along the way.
It is also possible that you've landed on this article and you don't have any understanding of what CBD oil is and the benefits it can provide. If that's you, then we suggest you we invite you to read over the rest of our blog and be able to make educated purchasing decisions on your own.
Extracts Made From HEMP OIL:What makes CBD products special is the inclusion of an extract derived from hemp that contains special chemical compounds that originates in the plant.
All hemp derived plants are not made or sourced under the same conditions.
This has led to a rather large degree of confusion in the marketplace. If a consumer is paying extra for the product they should understand what the product is that they’re getting. This is where the buyer must be scrutinous and read lab reports or understand if their supplier has gone through the certification or quality control steps.
These sorts of snake oil salespeople lead to poor experiences for the users.
The reality of a successful CBD use is a situation dependant on the entourage effect. This means that the hemp oil extractions that provides the cannabidiol (CBD) content of a product can also contain a wide range of additional cannabis compounds that provide unique and synergistic benefits that CBD alone does not. There are a plethora of other substances that give anti-inflammatory, chronic pain relief, anti-nausea, and other healing effects.
The content of a proper extraction is influenced by two primary factors:
The Full CBD Product SpectrumLuckily for the average cbd user, there are some standard labels used to describe the various types of hemp extractions used in products on the market today. These descriptions focus on the chemical makeup of the hemp extraction used in a product. The spectrum is used to describe the cannabinoid and terpene content of an extract.
Check out our article on terpenes for more information.
Full SpectrumThe best thing to lookout for is a full spectrum extract contains the full profile of cannabinoids and terpenes found in the source hemp material. These products offer the maximum potential therapeutic benefits as they contain a whole-plant chemical profile.
The only issue with this type of extract is that it can, often times,contains a trace amount of THC. The vast amount of CBD users are on the lookout for those products. It’s set off a sort of red flag since many people in this country are still at odds with drug testing. So it’s with great concern that buyers be aware of THC.
This again lends itself to the importance of reading CBD testings results and how.
While the levels are at non-psychoactive levels, this can still be an issue. This is because many people treat health issues with CBD and that requires regular use of a full spectrum product as a dietary supplement. This can put you at risk of failing a test even though you're not getting high.
If you're not at risk of being tested, then a full spectrum product is our number one recommended choice.
As an answer to the THC issue with full spectrum products, advances in hemp oil processing have resulted in something we call broad spectrum. These products contain the full spectrum of endocannabinoids and terpenes with only the THC removed. The result is a product with the maximum amount of therapeutic benefits preserved without the risk.
If you’re worried about drug testing and using CBD rich therapy that covers the wide range, we recommend a broad spectrum product.
Looking over isolate, a crystalline substance might be another way to go. These are ninety nine percent pure CBD products. Made with care. The history is simple:
Before broad-spectrum products were common place in the market, an isolate was the only way to consume CBD without also ingesting THC. Then, by stripping all the neighboring compounds, an isolate won't offer the same benefits when compared to a product containing a wider spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes.
Now that a superior THC-free alternative is widely available on the market, it’s probably recommend to use isolates as an additive to increase the CBD content of an existing product - otherwise look for a broad spectrum product.
Spectrums vs. Lab Testing
With all of these different sorts of extracts listed above, the key is not to rely on marketing claims but to actually confirm the classification and look for specific cannabinoid levels by verifying via 3rd party lab tests. This is above all the most important thing a distributor or manufacturer can do. There are even CBD Salves that require a bit of know how to use.
Method of Ingestion & Effectiveness With Various Spectrums Now that you understand the product spectrums available and have an idea of which one will suit you best, it's time to dive into the types of products available.
The type of product is important to consider because, like medical marijuana, the different methods of ingesting CBD have different therapeutic properties, for various kinds of patients. The main things to consider are onset times, and durations.
These factors vary due to each different method of ingestions effectiveness of carrying the cannabis compounds into your bloodstream. How fast do you need to treat the symptom? For issues like anxiety, it could be a matter of time. On the other hand, insomnia requires a different product.
Here’s a good reference chart to provides a quick overview of the varied product types, how they are ingested, how long the effects take to occur, and the duration of the effects:
Method of Ingestion
Up to 7 Hours
Up to 6 Hours
Up to 3 Hours
Lotions, Balms, Patches
Up to 6 Hours
Up to 8 Hours
Unless you're after a specialized product type not listed above, all the types we mention should be easy to find in any spectrum, from a variety of distributors. Before you order from someone it’s good to have a basic understanding of the chart above.
Many brands carry a wide selection of products making your life easier. The important thing is just to pick a great brand, but how does one go about that?
The Many Brands of CBDNow that you've selected the spectrum that is right for you and have an idea of the product type (or plural, if that suits you) that you'd like to try, it's time to start looking at CBD brands.
Today the market is more alive than ever before, and new companies are opening up shop every day.
You'll find everything from respectable brands selling high quality, high-value products to scammers selling synthetic, overpriced crap. It’s even been reported in the news. So watch out.
Company AppearanceOf course online distribution of CBD has become increasingly popular. So the only way you can really monitor these companies is through a few key aspects:
Be 100% sure that the company discloses information about where they source their CBD extracts from.
As we've discussed above, the hemp source is very important when it comes to creating an effective CBD product. The source plant material also needs to be free of harmful chemicals, pesticides, molds, and other contaminants so that the end product is clean.
Reputable companies will publicly provide the following information about their hemp source:
Luckily, industry-leading brands began the process of lab testing their products and providing the reports to the consumer. This is the only way to verify the contents of the hemp extraction that makes its way into these products.
A NUTRITION REPORT IS NOT A LAB REPORT
Make sure to understand the difference and look closely and you'll likely find an ingredient labeled something like 'hemp oil'.
The lab report provides a look into what that hemp oil contains - something that is not found on a nutrition facts label:
Reviews & Recommendations
In this day and age the way we buy products and review them is especially important. There might be a stigma around yelp but it’s still going to save you in this case. Although I don’t think there’s a yelp for tetrahydrocannabinol thc, cannabidiol oil or other cannabis derivative. Maybe there should be.
If you've found a brand which passes the above audit, then you're probably in luck.
You can take it a step further though, and look for validation from others that your choice is a good one. Look for product and brand reviews posted on independent, reputable sources that confirm your choice.
Things to Watch Out forIf you still haven’t found a trsuted brand and the market seems a bit thin, here’s a few issues that should act as red flags for your buying experience:
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