Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying CBD
What questions should you ask before you buy CBD?
Now there’s a great question. Buying CBD can be a real challenge these days.
Some consumers have experienced the worst-case scenario when buying CBD and that is ending up sick. Consumers in Utah, Texas, and North Carolina have faced this very issue thanks to fake CBD. Consumers in these states weren’t getting sick from CBD. They were getting sick from mislabeled CBD products being sold in an unregulated market. The products in question in these states were found to have banned chemicals in them. Chemicals like JWH-200, CP-47, Flora-5, JWH-018, and others. These are all synthetic cannabinoids.
These so-called synthetic cannabinoids are in no way at all similar to phytocannabinoids and have very serious consequences when consumed. Sadly, the market for CBD outside of states with legal licensed dispensaries is a scary one. Labels rarely match the ingredients that are in the products.
What’s in the CBD You’re Considering Purchasing?
Ask yourself what is in the CBD you are looking at buying. To find this information out simply start reading the labeling first. Make sure everything adds up like the servings per container. If this information says 6 servings and you get 30, then the dosage info and other information might not correct either.
Any CBD product that you’re considering purchasing should have lab results for that product posted on their website. Make sure the lab results are clear and up-to-date. It’s also not a bad idea to make sure the lab the testing is coming from is a legitimate source. A simple Google search of the lab that is doing the testing can help inform you about their accreditations.
Industrial hemp derived CBD contains virtually no THC. This doesn’t mean that all hemp CBD products are created equally. If you don’t check to find out what’s in your CBD, you could be consuming pesticides, mold, banned chemicals, or excrement.
Where Did the CBD You’re Considering Purchasing Come From?
Do you know where the CBD in that bottle or tube you’re thinking about buying comes from? The leading producer of industrial hemp is France according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. France is responsible for producing an estimated 70% of the world’s hemp followed by China. North Korea, Europe, and Chili also have small hemp productions.
America is catching up slowly. Hemp cultivation is finally starting to take place once again in a nation that at one time, greatly depended on this hempsational plant. It was even unlawful for early colonial farmers to not cultivate hemp in America. Colorado, California, Oregon and Washington State are the leading producers of hemp in the U.S.
Asking where the hemp the CBD is sourced from is important. After all, if you’re going to put it in your body, know what’s in it and where it comes from.
Is this CBD Certified through Lab Testing?
The packaging is nice, and it has an ingredient label, so this means its lab certified and tested right? Wrong. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and you shouldn’t pick a CBD product by the design of the packaging. When buying a product containing CBD it’s always recommended to go with ones that have certified lab tests.
Just what is a certified lab test and why is it important though? This a test of ingredients and potency that comes from an accredited testing facility like Evio Labs. Without one of these tests, you don’t know what you might be putting into your body.
If information about testing isn’t present on the packaging, then check the website. If you can’t find certified lab testing results, then you may want to opt for a different product. Some CBD companies go the distance to do their own test on top of the testing received from hemp farms. Unfortunately, these tests often expose differences in results.
Is the CBD You’re Considering Full Spectrum or Isolate?
After you have answered the questions above the next thing you may want to consider is if your CBD product is a full spectrum product or an isolate? Up until recently, CBD isolate was top of the line. Anecdotal consumer reports and a study in Israel offer a different point of view.
Currently, the only way to really know which one is better is to try them both. Consumers must depend on their own judgment and research to find what’s right for them. Full spectrum CBD offers vitamins, minerals, terpenes, and other phytocannabinoids not found in CBD isolate.
For this reason, speculation points to the entourage effect attributing to more effectiveness from full spectrum CBD. As legalization with cannabis happens more in America, hemp and CBD will start to have the needed studies conducted to solidify its place in medicine. Keep in mind there is an insurmountable difference in natural phytocannabinoids and lab created cannabinoids.
Research, Research, Research
Do your homework and research any CBD product you’re considering purchasing. Look at the reviews posted on products. Check their sourcing and testing. If something doesn’t add up, move on to another product. CBD can be a most beneficial addition to the building blocks of good health. From the potential of helping to strengthen bones to fighting anxiety, stress, and depression, CBD may be just what your body needs.
There are many different ways to consume CBD these days. You can smoke CBD in the form of concentrates, vape pens, and even CBD rich medical cannabis in states with legal adult medical or recreational laws that permit flower sales. There are candies, cookies, and all different types of CBD infused treats you can eat. There’s also lotions, creams, balms, and salves that you can apply topically and transdermally.
There are also sublingual CBD tinctures, CBD capsules, and transdermal CBD patches too! As you can see, there are many different ways for you to get your CBD. No matter how you choose to try CBD, be sure to do your homework and know what you’re putting into your body.