NAVIGATING SAFELY IN THE CDB INDUSTRY
As the CDB has become a real phenomenon, the range of products offered to customers is enormous. More importantly, in many places, CBD products are unregulated, making it difficult to assess their quality and to choose between them. The production of a controlled and reliable CBD-based oil, free of undesirable additives, vegetable matter and THC, is a complicated process that requires high-tech equipment and a great deal of skill. An unregulated market allows retailers who want to make quick profits to reduce production and quality costs. It is therefore essential to know what to look for when buying CBD.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN CBD QUALITY PRODUCTS
Although there are many CBD products, it is actually easy to distinguish them once you know how to do so. This practical guide highlights some of the most important things to consider in finding a good quality CBD oil.
DOES THE OIL COME FROM HEMP OR CANNABIS?
You can extract CBD from hemp or cannabis, but it is essential to determine its origin. Both hemp and cannabis contain THC, but the amount present in hemp is negligible. Since many CBD oil users prefer not to get high, choosing an oil derived from hemp is the best decision in this case. However, anything above this value indicates that the product is unlikely to be made from hemp and will be illegal wherever cannabis is not allowed.
CHECK WHERE AND HOW THE HEMP WAS OBTAINED
Once you have determined that the CBD oil is made from hemp, you will want to learn a few more details, for example: where does hemp come from? For-profit companies sometimes buy hemp that has not been well grown or use additives or chemicals that may be used in the final product. Any CBD company should be able to tell you about the hemp it has used to make the CBD oil it sells and provide you with proof of this. This will allow you to see if your CBD comes from hemp, which can be used as a food product.
THE EXTRACTION METHOD IS ALSO IMPORTANT
The extraction method is a typical indicator of the CBD oil quality and will tell you how well the product has been cared for. There are currently two industry standards: treatment with food grade ethanol and supercritical extraction CO₂. If your product does not clearly indicate how the oil was extracted, it is generally very likely that neither method was used. This in turn suggests that the product’s manufacturer was not involved in the extraction and cannot be trusted.
THE LABEL TELLS YOU THE INGREDIENTS
As with all foods, it is important to check the ingredients. You must first check that the ingredients are listed correctly. If a product claims to be pure CBD oil but does not list the ingredients, you should not trust it. Assuming you find a list of ingredients, the next step is to make sure that everything listed is useful.
You can do your own research for this purpose, but we also recommend that you contact the company if possible. Once you have made contact, ask why certain ingredients are present if you are unsure. If the manufacturer provides clear and transparent answers that can be verified by research, you are safe. On the other hand, if the manufacturer gives only a vague answer and hides certain ingredients’ purpose, you’d be better off staying away from the brand.
THE COLOR OF THE OIL IS A USEFUL NOTE
We hope you now understand that not all CBD oils are manufactured in the same way. But you may not yet know that they also differ in color. In addition to the aesthetic aspects, the color of your oil will also give an indication of how it was made, how orderly it is with its purity, and what it contains.
For example, the raw oil is very dark green because it is no longer processed after being extracted from hemp. This means that it contains chlorophyll, waxes, terpenes and other plant matter. Crude oil is by no means ideal, as it can have a terrible taste and can even make some people nauseous. This also means that it has undergone only minimal filtering and CBD testing (if applicable) and is full of unnecessary burdens.
Filtered CBD oil is what most people think of when they think of these products. It is matt gold rather than dark green in color because it has been filtered to remove plant matter and has probably been checked for cannabinoid levels. This is where most high-quality CBD oils fall into this category.
THIRD-PARTY ANALYSIS IS ESSENTIAL
As everyone in the industry will tell you, it’s not worth trying an untested product at all. This is a young industry. You never know when a hemp grower will try a new pesticide to secure his crop and unintentionally contaminate his product. Furthermore, you never know if foreign substances have entered the oil at any point in the extraction and filling process – i.e. if it has not been verifiably tested.
Honest CBD producers will have their CBD tested by third parties and publish the test results online or provide them on request. If a test does not seem available or the seller refuses to show the results, it is better to find another product and another distributor.
DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK THE SELLER FOR MORE INFORMATION.
After this last point, you should never hesitate to ask the seller everything you need to know about the product. If he is happy to answer all your questions, it is a clear sign that he is convinced of his product. Be sure to follow all the other steps listed here as well, but having an honest conversation with the salesperson is an important indicator. On the other hand, if you notice a hesitation or defensiveness in his voice, or if he is too vague, he is probably hiding something from you.
WHAT DO CUSTOMER COMMENTS SAY ABOUT THE MANUFACTURER?
The old saying goes: the customer is king! If you’ve done all kinds of research and are still not convinced, see who else has tried the product. You may have made observations that can only be learned through prolonged use. Also, since the company does not pay them, customers have no reason to lie. Anyone online knows that people have no problem criticizing products with which they are not satisfied. All power to the people!