CBD oil is everywhere nowadays. With so many people sharing their stories of relief from it, it’s no surprise that others are on the hunt for it as well. Unfortunately, CBD oil is not regulated yet, and what this means is that companies can pretty much say anything they want about their products, and stick any label on it, regardless if it is a quality product or not.
This is where this guide on how to shop for CBD oil comes in. Get the facts and crucial information that you need- before you make a purchase you’ll regret.
This was my first experience buying CBD, and I want to make sure it’s not yours as well.
Third Party Testing and Lab Reports
This one is listed at the top, and is the number one thing to watch out for when learning how to shop for CBD oil. Make sure that the company has these results freely available for you to see on their site, with easy access to it. Companies that are shifty with their lab reports, or do the testing themselves, should be avoided at all costs. The only reason they’re hiding it is because they have something to hide!
Where the Hemp is Sourced. Solvents, Toxins, and Pesticides, Oh My!
The hemp plant is a bio accumulator. What does this mean? It has the ability to suck up anything that it comes into contact with. Soil, water, pesticides…. you name it, if its around the hemp while it’s growing, it’s going to be in your oil. This is another big thing to be watching for in the lab reports, you definitely don’t want to end up with any heavy metals or toxins in your system.
Choosing a CBD oil that is made with organically sourced hemp is the ONLY way to go.
How is it Extracted? CO2 Extraction For the Win
There are a few different ways that CBD can be extracted from hemp. Here’s a breakdown of the most popular ways:
- Subcritical CO2 Extraction. This process involves using pressurized carbon dioxide to extract everything from the plant. Acting as a solvent, but without any of the risks or dangers of actual solvents. By far one of the best ways to extract CBD, and leaves the crucial parts of the plant intact in the end product. Also, one of the most expensive ways to extract. Companies that use this method will have more expensive products in general, but you get what you pay for.
- Ethanol Extraction. While this method extracts all the beneficial parts from the plant as well, it also extracts chlorophyll, which can definitely have some unwanted side effects. This can be removed after extraction, but the end product is much less potent
- Olive oil Extraction. This one is completely safe, not expensive, and can be done at home if you choose to. The end product needs to be stored in a cool, dark place though, as it is perishable when carried in olive oil
Amount of THC – Yes, it Matters!
Depending on where you are in the world, THC may not be legal, or may only be legal in very small amounts. The industry standard for THC content is 0.3%, and you’re going to want an oil that is at or below this level. At this amount, there is absolutely no way that it will cause a “high”.
Full Spectrum – The Whole Plant Makes a BIG Difference
Scientists have coined the term “Entourage Effect”. This is when all parts of something come together and work as a whole to provide greater relief than just any one part by itself. Full spectrum oil contains absolutely everything that the plant has to offer, and has been shown to provide greater relief than Broad spectrum or Isolate.
Ultimately it is up to you to decide on, and be aware that full spectrum oil does contain trace amounts of THC. While a very minuscule amount, this can still cause a drug test fail.
Amazon for Everything Else… Just Not This
Amazon has a policy that prohibits the sale of CBD oil. So why are there so many on there claiming that they have CBD oil for sale? Sellers are marketing their CBD oils under the label’s hemp seed oil, or hemp extract. While hemp seed oil does provide benefits, it contains no CBD whatsoever.
Read the post on the differences between the two if you would like more clarity here. Always read your label’s and check out those lab reports!
Concentration of CBD Oil
The actual amount of CBD in your product matters as well. If I have a 500mg bottle of CBD oil, that means I have 500mg total in the bottle. In a one ounce bottle size, each drop will contain approximately 1/2 a mg of actual CBD.
So say i have a two ounce bottle of 500mg oil. This now means that I’m getting only 1/4mg of CBD oil per drop! At these levels you are going to have to take a lot more of it as compared to a higher concentration CBD oil.
All or Nothing…
It is extremely important that you follow these guidelines on how to shop for CBD oil. A company that covers all of these points is going to be a fantastic choice to go with.
Shop around, do your research, and I can guarantee by the end of it you’ll be almost as much of an expert on the subject that I am.
Take this knowledge and make sure to educate others in your life if they have questions about it as well. Having a poor quality oil can ruin CBD for people, and make them totally unwilling to try a product that could have life changing effects for them.