Written by Ivan Green Is your CBD oil pure? Cannabidiol (CBD) is an amazing compound derived from the cannabis plant. Hemp-derived CBD oil contains a very little amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so it won’t make you feel “high.” There are a lot of CBD brands out there that aren’t good, so it is vital to find a qua Cannabidiol (CBD) is a molecule found in hemp and marijuana that can be used to treat pain, anxiety, and seizures without getting you high. However, CBD oil isn't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so the quality of products…
How to Know if Your CBD Oil Is Pure
Cannabidiol (CBD) is an amazing compound derived from the cannabis plant.
Hemp-derived CBD oil contains a very little amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so it won’t make you feel “high.”
There are a lot of CBD brands out there that aren’t good, so it is vital to find a quality product from a brand you can trust and rely upon.
Unfortunately, it isn’t easy for consumers to determine which CBD brands and products are trustworthy and will be beneficial for their well-being.
The following guide can help you identify high-quality CBD oil versus its low-quality counterparts while purchasing online, over the counter and at cannabis-specific dispensaries throughout most of the country.
Above all, it is recommended that you carry out individual research before buying CBD online or offline.
1. Check Third-Party Lab Reports
A high-quality CBD oil brand will always provide third-party lab results to the end users. Every batch provided to the customers undergoes meticulous and rigorous laboratory testing so that it is free of all contaminants. Some laboratories find favorable results, but there are products that fail these tests.
These independent labs carry out the testing to ensure that CBD oil has everything it claims to have — this means a low level of THC, low level of impurities and a high level of CBD. These results also determine whether a product is effective, safe and healthy to use.
A reputable brand of CBD oil always has recent lab test results available. While some brands display lab results on their website, others may include them in their packing.
Good customer service is yet another sign that a company provides the best quality CBD oil. Check in and get help if you’re having trouble finding the lab results.
2. Look at the Ingredients Used in the Product
Both marijuana and agricultural hemp contain THC. This substance is responsible for psychoactive effects. However, hemp has negligible amounts of this compound, so check to make sure that hemp is used in the creation of the CBD oil.
The level of THC present should not exceed 0.3% — you can find this information on the product labels or in the lab results of the CBD oil you are purchasing.
Look for the ingredients used in the product to know whether or not the product is safe and effective.
It’s also important to know whether your CBD is USDA certified organic or not. We are happy to report that Joy Organics tinctures and jarred salves are now USDA certified organic.
3. How Was the CBD Oil Manufactured?
As the CBD industry is still in its young days, there aren’t many regulations that control the manufacturing process. This means, to process CBD from hemp, different CBD brands have adopted different extraction methods.
While some companies adopt cheap methods for extracting CBD oil, other companies use food-grade ethanol to process CBD.
The method is one of the extraction processes that yields the highest number of cannabinoids. Another extraction process that results in a high number of cannabinoids is supercritical CO2 extraction.
It’s strongly advised that you know your vendors’ production methods. This information should be available on their respective websites.
It is highly recommended to go for CBD that has been processed through ethanol or supercritical CO2 extraction.
4. Where Was the Hemp Cultivated?
The best way to ensure the quality of the product is to know where the hemp has been cultivated. This is especially important in the case of CBD oil because of the hemp plant’s characteristic as a “hyperaccumulator.”
Also, know whether the manufacturer has adopted solventless CO2 extraction methods to ensure they deliver the highest quality products.
If the hemp has been cultivated in a land rich in heavy metals, the resulting oils will also reflect the number of heavy metals absorbed by the plant, making it unsafe for humans to consume. This is one of the primary reasons why CBD oils receive negative feedback.
You will have to carry out thorough research to know where the CBD company has cultivated its hemp. Such information can be accessed on the retailer’s or manufacturer’s website, or you can get in touch with a customer support representative.
5. Does the Company Have a Good Reputation Online?
Another quality to take into consideration is the reputation of the company online.
To check if a company is genuine or not, read online reviews from other customers and clients to see what people are saying. They’ll often let you know whether the company is a scam or trustworthy. Reading the customer reviews for all the products listed on the website will help you determine whether the company and its products have the respect of their users.
You can also try checking the company’s website to see if it has a legitimate phone number and address listed.
The above mentioned five important factors need to be kept in mind while purchasing CBD oil. The suggestions will help you determine which brand you should choose, but it’s recommended you do your own research before making your choice. Buying CBD for the very first time might seem daunting, but even a little knowledge will help you make the right purchase.
In 2017, cannabinoid researcher Marcel Bonn-Miller tested 84 cannabinoid products. His research showed that 70% of extracts sold online are mislabeled — 26% contained less than claimed, while 42% had more.
With each passing day, the CBD oil industry is growing in popularity. All the manufacturers say they want to deliver high-quality products to the end consumer, but not everyone stays true to that goal.
Many companies fail to maintain a high level of integrity. As time progresses, CBD regulations are likely to increase, but until this happens, the consumer needs to be cautious about which CBD brands they trust.
Ivan Green works as senior journalist at thecannabisradar.com and he constantly promotes the usage of cannabis products. When he’s not working, he loves to read books and play catch with his son.
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How to Determine CBD Oil Quality
This article was co-authored by Liana Georgoulis, PsyD and by wikiHow staff writer, Hunter Rising. Dr. Liana Georgoulis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience, and is now the Clinical Director at Coast Psychological Services in Los Angeles, California. She received her Doctor of Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2009. Her practice provides cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based therapies for adolescents, adults, and couples.
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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a molecule found in hemp and marijuana that can be used to treat pain, anxiety, and seizures without getting you high. However, CBD oil isn’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so the quality of products vary depending on their source and extraction methods. If you want to ensure you’re getting a high-quality product, first look at the label to find general information about the CBD oil you want to try. If everything on the label looks okay, then you start researching the manufacturing process to make sure it’s done safely. With a little bit of work, you’ll find a CBD oil that works for you!
- Full-spectrum oils usually have a yellow, green, or brown color.
- Search the CBD oil online to see if the product website lists any additional information.
Warning: Full-spectrum oils may contain trace amounts of THC and may show up on drug tests.
- Isolate oils work well if you’re frequently drug-tested since they don’t contain THC.
- Isolate CBD oils may not be as effective as full-spectrum oil since they don’t contain the other chemicals from hemp.
- THC levels below 0.03% will not give you a high, so oils are still safe to use.
- If your CBD oil has higher than 0.3% THC content, then you could be charged for possession of marijuana if it’s illegal in your area.
- You can also try searching for the CBD oil online to see if the ingredients are broken down there.
- If the CBD oil doesn’t have any nutritional information, then avoid the product entirely.
- For example, if you have a 1,000 mg container of CBD oil that costs $65 USD, then the equation would be 65/1,000 = $0.07 USD per milligram.
- The price may vary more depending on the concentration of the CBD oil as well.
- If you can’t find hemp grown in the United States, then make sure it’s non-GMO and pesticide-free from an industrial grower.
- Some other countries also have processes for certifying CBD oil, such as the United Kingdom. You may buy from them if it would be easier than importing it from the United States.
Warning: Hemp easily absorbs chemicals and molecules from the soil, so the hemp and CBD oil could contain harmful chemicals if they’re already present in the growing medium.
- Low-quality oils will use toxic chemicals like butane for extracting CBD, which can affect the purity of the oil and make it unsafe.
- You can usually find the results of the lab’s tests so you can look at a more detailed breakdown of any chemicals or additives found in the oil.
- If the representative can’t answer your questions about basic information, such as the manufacturing process or ingredients, then the oil may be low-quality.
Dr. Liana Georgoulis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience, and is now the Clinical Director at Coast Psychological Services in Los Angeles, California. She received her Doctor of Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2009. Her practice provides cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based therapies for adolescents, adults, and couples.
Choose products from well-established companies. Read customer reviews and choose a product with a respectable following, rather than a new brand no one has heard of before. Also, research the product online to learn more about it. Choose a brand of CBD that makes it easy to access their third-party lab results, which will show the purity and potency of the CBD product you’re using, as well as information like the amount of THC in the product. You can even call the company to ask them about their practices if you can’t find the information online. Finally, talk to the store owners and ask them about the company. For instance, you might ask them if they’ve heard anything about the brand, whether they’ve used that brand themselves, or if other customers have given them any feedback on the products.
Talk to your doctor before starting CBD oil since it could cause harmful interactions with other medications you take.  X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world’s leading hospitals Go to source
Common symptoms of CBD oil include dry mouth, upset stomach, diarrhea, reduced appetite, and fatigue.  X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world’s leading hospitals Go to source
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This article was co-authored by Liana Georgoulis, PsyD and by wikiHow staff writer, Hunter Rising. Dr. Liana Georgoulis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience, and is now the Clinical Director at Coast Psychological Services in Los Angeles, California. She received her Doctor of Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2009. Her practice provides cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based therapies for adolescents, adults, and couples. This article has been viewed 7,653 times.
Since CBD oil isn’t regulated, there are a lot of low-quality CBD products on the market. When you’re shopping for CBD oil, there are a few things you can look out for to make sure you’re getting high-quality CBD. Always check to see if the ingredients are listed on the packaging. If they’re not, the CBD oil could contain unknown additives, and the manufacturer probably isn’t reputable. Only buy CBD oil that has been tested by a third-party lab so you know exactly what’s in it and how much CBD you’re actually getting. You should also check the label or manufacturer’s website to see how the CBD oil was extracted. Both CO2 and ethanol extraction produce the purest CBD oil, and other extraction methods may leave contaminants in the oil. In general, high-quality CBD oil will cost at least $0.5 per milligram. Anything less than that is a sign that the CBD oil is low-quality. You can calculate the price per milligram by dividing the price of the CBD oil by the total number of milligrams in the bottle.