CBD oil is one of the few fantastic supplements, however, it is also a thriving industry which means there are countless dubious dealers out there trying to swindle innocent customers.
Unfortunately, it is difficult for consumers to tell which brands can be trusted. As CBD’s popularity grows, shelves are filling up with new CBD products claiming to offer consumers the best experience. Besides, very few guidelines regulate and monitor such claims. For that reason, we have listed essential factors on how to choose and order the right CBD oil.
How CBD is manufactured makes all the difference
Sadly, because the CBD industry is still young, no laws or guidelines are available to regulate the manufacturing process. Consequently, manufacturers have different methods of extracting CBD from its source. Most companies, particularly those selling their CBD products at an unusually low price, extract CBD using low-cost methods. Usually, this involves harmful solvents, some of which are used in your gas burner or stove.
Some other companies use pharmaceutical-grade organic ethanol when processing CBD oil. Ethanol helps to get rid of residues and toxins that might be in the hemp base. This method yields a more considerable amount of Cannabidiol compared to others. Also, the products are safe and beneficial to your health.
Before you settle on a particular brand, ensure you check the method used to extract CBD oil. The best place to find this information is on their official website. Alternatively, you could give the vendor a call and find out more about their products. For a good experience, go for CBD oil processed using supercritical CO2 or ethanol extraction method.
Getting High-Quality CBD In Canada
If you are just starting out using CBD, then you need to first determine the best type of product for you.
There are tinctures(for sublingual administration), capsules(for oral ingestion), vape oils, and even transdermal forms(creams and patches).
Most people opt to go with the liquid tinctures because they are convenient and cheap.
Many online stores in Canada stock these and they often have discount coupons and special promotions so you can save money on your purchase.
When ordering online, make sure you do your research and go with a brand that offers a money-back guarantee to ensure your satisfaction(choosing a product that has great customer support is highly recommended as well).
This is really a great things to keep in mind.
Fortunately for Canada’s CBD consumers, many of the world’s largest “green rush” customers are located right here at home.
Large industrial facilities grow, extract, bottle, and sell CBD for great prices(large facilities are located near Calgary and Toronto).
The raw sources of CBD are also really important because they determine the final product- and this is where most people go wrong.
There is “full-spectrum” CBD as well “isolate” and other forms (which are explained more below).
Find out where the raw CBD sources come from
Most Canadians know that there are great CBD farms right here at home.
If you live near Toronto or Montreal this is obvious, but even people in Vancouver and Winnipeg are now seeing great increases in the workforce of this industry.
Like every other product, the easiest way to guarantee quality when buying CBD is to choose a reputable brand. A common source of CBD is the hemp plant, which is also a hyperaccumulator. Plants like hemp are used to rid the soil of toxins(especially if PRODUCED in Canada in the first place), and that means most of these toxins can find their way into your CBD oil. If hemp grows on fertile soils, the result is a CBD oil of high quality.
Unfortunately, most manufacturers prefer to take a shortcut. Some of the hemp used to extract CBD oil was grown on soils with heavy metals. Unscrupulous manufacturers buy this kind of hemp at a low price and use it to extract CBD oil. The goal here is to make a substantial profit at the expense of your health.
If you have a favorite brand in mind, research and find out where their hemp comes from before you make a purchase. Where possible, look for Canadian grown hemp because the law requires CA farmers to be cleared by the agricultural department. This information is available on the manufacturer’s website, or you can also find it on their customer support platform.
Percentage of THC
THC is a type of cannabinoid found in agricultural hemp and marijuana. This compound gives marijuana users a high. Hemp is preferred over marijuana because the latter is psychoactive and the former has low levels of THC. CBD users don’t end up developing dependence or tolerance, so it is the best source of CBD oil.
That said, the quantity of THC in hemp oil could still create psychoactive effects if the manufacturer does not process hemp correctly. Bare in mind that CBD comes from many different varieties of hemp, and regardless of the percentage of THC, the final product is likely to have poorly processed CBD oil.
The recommended percentage of THC should be below 0.3 percent. Before you purchase a bottle of CBD oil, check for the percentage of THC and ensure that it does not exceed the recommended level. If it’s not indicated on the label, request the seller to provide you with lab results.
Full spectrum or whole-plant CBD
Another way to confirm quality is to check whether your preferred brand of CBD oil is made from an entire plant. Most vendors stock isolates, however, these products are made from cheaper materials compared to brands that use whole plants. Products from whole plants contain not only CBD oil, but also other essential primary as well as secondary ingredients from hemp including Cannabidiol, flavonoids, and terpenes. These ingredients work hand in hand with the main component, CBD, which is much more beneficial to you than taking CBD on its own.
To enjoy the full benefit of CBD oil, check the label and find out whether the manufacturer has used whole plant or just isolates. The best place to find such information, if it’s not listed on the label, is on the manufacturer’s website.
Third party lab test results
Quality brands always list results from accredited third-party labs for the benefit of their consumers. Most provide promising results, but in some other cases, you may find products that failed lab tests. Independent labs have a significant role in product quality assurance. Their job is to ensure that CBD oil sold by vendors has all the qualities they claim it has, including low levels of THC. Independent labs also check CBD oil to ensure there are no impurities that can harm you.
As you look around at different brands, check if your brand of choice has up to date lab results. Most manufacturers post results on their business website, while others prefer to post them on the packaging. Also, check for quality of service. Often, the kind of service offered by your vendor says a lot about the quality of CBD oil they provide. If you have trouble finding results, ask your vendor for help. Genuine vendors will source results for you because they have their customers’ interest at heart.
From the look of things, we can only assume CBD is here for the long haul. Although many brands are genuine and want the best for their customers, some claim to offer high-quality products when in fact they are out to swindle innocent customers.
Stricter regulations on CBD will be instituted with time, especially after hemp is fully legalized. Until then, you need to take caution and choose brands that can be trusted. This article has listed ideas on how to select and order the best CBD oil to get you started. Be sure to do a little research before settling on a particular brand.
Richard is a lifelong health enthusiast who has been studying supplements, nutrition, and exercise for over 20 years. He loves to try out new products and report his experience with them.