By Ellen Phillips, Owner of believeRX
CBD (cannabidiol oil) is one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis. Cannabis is the genus name for both marijuana and hemp. Today’s CBD comes from the hemp plant, which is rich in CBD while having negligible THC.
» Full Spectrum (Whole Plant) – Contains all hemp cannabinoids, as well as terpenes (essential oil with healing properties) plus trace amounts of THC. CBD and terpenes produce the entourage effect, which results in a variety of health and wellness benefits. Third party labs include a terpene profile, which shows the levels of each terpene in the product. Do not use full spectrum if drug testing is a concern.
» Broad Spectrum – Cannabinoids plus terpenes but no THC. These products have been processed to the isolate form, then have additional cannabinoids and terpenes added in.
When CBD has a strength, it’s the amount in the entire bottle. For example, 100mg has 100mg CBD per container, not per piece.
» Isolate – Pure CBD that has been isolated from the rest of the hemp plant up to 99.8%. The crystalline isolate CBD powder is usually in a carrier oil like MCT oil.
» Regular – Traditional oil good as an oral drop or mixed with food.
» MCT Oil – Extracted from coconut oil and mixed with honey. Good when cooked, as an oral drop, or mixed with food.
» CBD Honey Tincture – Mixed with honey and good when cooked, mixed with food, and as an oral drop.
» Hemp Seed Oil – Hemp seed is a natural source of protein that contains polyunsaturated and omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants.
» Olive Oil – Can be added to salads or foods.
The source of CBD is extremely important. Know where the product comes from. CBD from China is low potency and sometimes contaminated. Pick products grown in the United States
The best extraction method is CO2 Extraction, which preserves all of the naturally occurring benefits found in the hemp plant. There are some cheap CBD companies that extract CBD with toxic solvents like propane, hexane, or butane, which is extremely hazardous.
CBD should never make someone high. Even though hemp contains small amounts of THC (the chemical in marijuana that makes someone feel high), hemp and marijuana are two different plants altogether.
How can people make sure they are buying the best CBD oil?
1. Read the label and make sure you know what is in the bottle.
2. Find a company that provides independent lab testing on their products and that makes it readily available to their customers.
3. Some companies have a customer experience team available to answer questions.
4. Third party lab testing-the lab checks for potency and for residual solvents and heavy metals. You can call the lab to verify if the report is real.
5. Do they have a current website? More important, does the brand have a website? Look for an address, email, and phone number. Search the address online to make sure it matches the company’s location.
6. Public feedback – A company’s reputation is very important. Don’t just believe ratings on their website; check other sites for negative information. Seek out news articles of police raids where the product might be mentioned.
7. Sourcing – Who is producing the hemp? Hemp from China tends to be low quality and high in heavy metals
8. Transparency – If a brand has their own farm, are they willing to discuss harvesting and processing practices? Would they be willing to let you visit the corporate office? You don’t have to go that far, but transparency and being willing to communicate with customers is very important.
9. Synthetics – If you see a report that a product has even a hint of synthetic cannabinoids, steer clear. If a product gets someone high, there is a big chance that it contains synthetics.
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