How was the CBD Extracted?
CBD Isolate : This is pure CBD which was extracted from the hemp source and then isolated from other cannabinoids that were present, CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD extract.
As cannabidiol (CBD) continues to grow in popularity, so does the importance of ensuring the CBD you purchase is of high-quality and sourced responsibly. Despite product options being limited over a decade ago, nowadays, CBD is available in a variety of forms such as oral CBD spray, CBD oils, CBD capsules, transdermal CBD patches and CBD vape oils.
During testing, a credible laboratory will look for and confirm if there are any contaminants within the tested sample. Contaminants refer to any harmful component such as heavy metals – like zinc, copper, iron and manganese – which are present in many food and water products. Even the air we breathe contains certain heavy metals due to erosion and weathering. In small amounts, these metals pose no threat to human health, however, nowadays, increased industrial and agricultural pollution has led to a significant increase of pollutants entering crops which can be extremely harmful to animals and humans if consumed at elevated concentrations. Hemp strains hold many benefits, with one key function being that it can absorb most elements and compounds in the soil. For this reason, hemp is commonly used to detoxify areas of land polluted by oil, heavy metals, pesticides, and other contaminants. Once the hemp plant is harvested, the contaminants are no longer present in the soil. The contaminate absorption ability of the hemp plant poses a threat to individuals who consume cannabis-based products as extreme exposure to heavy metals can result in severe health risks, particularly for individuals already suffering from a medical condition. An independent laboratory should test for heavy metals and describe them in the published report.
Another key thing to look out for is the date in which the lab report was printed. At present, there is no law regarding how often a CBD product must undergo testing if at all. If the company is using lab reports that are several years old, it is cause for concern as it is a company’s duty to customers and the cannabis industry to frequently and methodically test their products to guarantee each batch is safe. Ideally, a lab report analysing a CBD product should not be older than 10 months.
It’s important to know that certain companies may prefer to provide their valid Certificate of Analysis once a customer has purchased the product. If this is the case, you can contact the company and submit a request to review their lab reports. If you don’t receive a response to your request and the lab report isn’t already published on the company website, it’s not recommended.
Another key thing to read before purchasing any CBD product is the ingredients list. If you are unsure of an ingredient listed on the packaging or label, always google it to determine if it is safe or not.
When a company does not publish a lab report on its CBD products it could mean that the laboratory found the CBD product did not, in fact, contain the claimed amount of cannabinoids, or possibly that harmful contaminants were detected. It’s highly unlikely that the company has simply forgotten to publish the lab report as any reputable company knows the importance of it.
What method of cultivation was used?
It is possible to find trustworthy CBD products, especially when the necessary precautions are taken. Here’s a quick beginner’s guide to buying CBD oil including terms to know, cost, and how to read a CBD oil label.
CBD oil labels should not make any medical claims. The FDA monitors and regulates claims of medical efficacy related to any unapproved substance. The agency has sent warning letters to several companies that sold CBD products with labels claiming the contents could prevent, treat, and cure serious diseases. Yet plenty of companies voluntarily follow FDA standards and prohibit unverified claims on their labels. Words such as “cure,” “prevent,” “reduce,” and “treat” can be red flags that a seller isn’t operating with integrity.
The term “CBD oil” is used to describe several formulas and products that are either concentrated or infused with CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Most commonly, quality CBD oil will refer to oil containing pure CBD and no other cannabis compounds. CBD hemp oil is extracted from hemp, which is legally defined as containing less than 0.3% THC. Full-spectrum or whole-plant CBD oil includes more than CBD, such as cannabis-derived terpenes as well as trace amounts of THC and other cannabinoids. Broad-spectrum contains a similar spectrum of cannabinoids but without any THC. CBD oil and other CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC, but it’s highly unlikely to produce an intoxicating effect or show up on a drug test.