How To Make Sure You’re Using Good Quality CBD Oil
If you’ve only recently decided to start using CBD oil, or are currently on the hunt for what’s good, you might be wondering where to start. Given how young the CBD industry is, it can be difficult to make sure you’re sourcing good quality CBD oil. The claims of CBD production companies aren’t always trustworthy. And until now, there’s been no governing body that regulates the manufacture of CBD products.
It’s really easy to get your hands on low quality and even contaminated CBD oil. The best way to avoid this is to do your research before you shop. Before you buy anything, you should consider some key factors about what actually constitutes a good quality product. We’ve outlined some things for you in this article to keep in mind. If you ask all the right questions, you can end up with a top-shelf oil.
What are you using it for?
There is a lot of confusion for consumers stepping into the CBD industry - CBD vaping oil, hemp seed oil, CBD oil - what’s the difference? Even for am oil connoisseur, it can be overwhelming. CBD can be used in a number of different ways, and, believe it or not, derived from both the cannabis and hemp plants.
In pharmacies and health stores you can find products that are made out of hemp seeds, which can create the illusion that what you’re buying is CBD oil. These oils are great for nutrition, but if you’re looking for the best CBD oil for pain, you might be looking in the wrong place. So the best place to start is to ask yourself why you’re using it.
If you’re looking for the best CBD oil for vaping, that’s also a different story. Most CBD oils are made for oral ingestion, rather than for vaping. It has to be a specially made e-liquid if you want to use it in a vaporizer.
Where does it come from?
If you’ve sourced a brand of CBD, do some research on where the plants used to make it actually grow. You can usually find this kind of information on the website of the company or by doing some online research.
A lot of CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, which is highly susceptible to the soil that it grows in. In fact, hemp plants are often used by farmers for something called bioremediation. This process actually uses the hemp plant to extract toxins from the soil between seasons to regenerate. Now, this is an awesome way to use hemp. But if those same plants are then converted into CBD, you’re not in for a very good quality CBD oil.
It is important to know where the plants are grown to ensure that contaminants and toxins aren’t making it into the plant material that is finally being converted into the oil that you use. Which, by the way, will be even more concentrated in contaminants than the plants themselves.
It is tempting for companies to buy low quality hemp plants for making CBD because they are cheap. And unfortunately, that means the consumer suffers from ingesting heavy metals and the like. Finding something locally grown and made is a good way to know what goes into making the product.
How was it extracted?
The method by which CBD is extracted from the plant is extremely important. Extracting using toxic solvents, such as propane and butane, is the cheapest and probably the most common road that manufacturers go down. However, this also means that there is a likelihood of solvent particles ending up in the final product. You should always try to find out how the concentrate was extracted.
Some companies use pharmaceutical grade ethanol to refine their extractions. This method yields a lot and is safe for human consumption. If you find a CBD product that has been extracted using ethanol, you’re at least on the road to finding something that isn’t bad for your health.
A really good quality CBD oil is extracted using CO2. However, this process requires a lot of expensive equipment and a high level of expertise. This is the best extraction method but usually results in the most expensive product. If you find a CO2 extracted oil, it’s usually worth spending the extra money to get your hands on it.
How much THC is present?
Finally, the sign of a good quality CBD oil is that it contains as little THC as possible! This is the reason most people opt for CBD products rather than for whole plant material. Even the hemp plant contains traces of THC, so a good quality CBD oil will usually contain a little THC as possible.
Using whole plant medicine is great, and even preferable in some circumstances. But a good quality CBD oil should have virtually no THC content (less than 0.3%) so that it doesn’t give an undesired psychoactive effect. The purpose of CBD oil is for high doses of CBD, rather than for getting high.
The FDA doesn’t currently release any reports on CBD products, so the acquisition of information like this relies on the company having done tests with a third party. If it is a really good manufacturer, they will take care to test their final product for how much THC is present, and you should be able to find out. Some companies produce oil that is 99.9% CBD - virtually pure. And in most cases, that’s what you should be aiming for.
If you’re still unsure, don’t be afraid to ask your budtender. An experienced budtender should have a wealth of information about the products within the dispensary they work at and should be able to direct you to more information if they cannot provide it to you themselves. You can also contact the companies that manufacture the oils you are considering. You can even go so far as reading online CBD oil reviews. A good quality CBD oil is worth infinitely more than what you’re paying for it, especially if it’s for the treatment of a serious medical condition.
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