Many people are discovering the health-boosting benefits of CBD, and CBD oil is one of the most popular methods of ingesting this product. But with so many CBD companies on the market, how do you know you’re purchasing safe and effective CBD oil?
Here are a few questions to ask before purchasing CBD oil:
Where was the CBD sourced?
CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in plants like hemp and cannabis. While state laws vary, CBD sourced from hemp is legal under federal law.
The hemp plant is what is known as a bioaccumulator, meaning it pulls nutrients from soil, air, and water. Unfortunately, this also means it absorbs contaminants at a greater rate as well. This is why it’s ideal to source CBD oil from organically grown hemp that is free of toxic substances like pesticides or herbicides.
What is the concentration of CBD?
CBD oil can be pricey, which might lead consumers to seek out cheaper CBD oil options. However, these oils might not contain the same concentration of CBD, which means you are not really purchasing the same amount of actual CBD.
Concentration of CBD varies across products and your own concentration needs may vary as well. Ideally, you should look for products that contain between 250mg to 1,000mg of CBD per ounce. Avoid products that do not reveal their concentration of CBD. Again, there is no perfect concentration of CBD, and ultimately, the amount required varies from consumer to consumer. Still, it’s important to make sure you are buying the potency you need.
Does the CBD oil contain any THC?
Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is found in higher concentration in the marijuana plant, and it is this compound that is responsible for producing the “high” or euphoric feeling associated with cannabis. However, hemp does still contain trace amounts of THC, and likewise, some CBD products may still contain trace amounts of this compound as well. This is not a problem for many consumers, as this trace amount is not enough to produce psychotropic effects. In order to be sold as a legal hemp product, CBD oil must contain less than 0.03% THC.
However, if you operate heavy machinery, perform in athletic competitions, or are drug tested at work, you may want to seek out CBD oil that contains zero THC. Many sellers produce CBD oil with no trace amounts of THC, so it’s up to you to determine which type of CBD oil is right for you.
How is the CBD extracted?
Extracting CBD from hemp is a somewhat complicated process, and the cheapest methods often involve using chemical solvents than can leave residue in the CBD. The most reliable method involves using CO2, which is considered safe by the FDA. This method is more expensive and requires skill and expertise, but pulls out as much CBD as possible without using any harsh contaminants.
As with any supplement, it’s best to find a company that offers clear contact information and does not make claims about CBD’s ability to magically cure a particular disease or ailment.
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