For anyone considering buying CBD oil for the first time, where to buy the best products can be a confusing question. And what do we even mean by ‘the best’ CBD oil anyway? In this article, we’re going to personally guide you through the tricky process of choosing a CBD oil product, so that by then end, you will feel equipped to make an informed decision about buying the best CBD oil for you.
What is CBD oil?
CBD, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, is a type of compound known as a cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike the other well-known cannabinoid THC, CBD is not psychoactive. However, that does not mean it has no effect on the body. Right now, scientists are studying CBD’s anti-inflammatory, antiepileptic, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, and anti-tumoral activity, although most of the research has been at a preclinical level on cell cultures or animals models.
The majority of CBD oils on the market are full spectrum hemp oils, meaning that as well as the cannabinoid CBD, they also contain other minor cannabinoids as well as terpenes and flavonoids. While it may be tempting to choose an oil containing just CBD, a whole plant extract is usually considered preferable because of what’s known as the entourage effect. This relates to the synergistic relationship between all the compounds in the plant, whereby the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.
Most CBD oils have been decarboxylated, meaning they have been through a gentle heat process in order to turn CBDa - the cannabinoid’s acidic precursor - into CBD. However, there are some Raw Hemp Oil products on the market that contain both CBD and CBDa, which many customers prefer.
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Why Do People Buy CBD Oil?
Everyone has their own unique reasons for buying CBD oil. Many use it as a nutritional supplement in order to maintain balanced health. Others have found conventional medicine ineffective at treating their health condition and believe CBD might be of benefit. Increasingly, as more information becomes known about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) - the complex cell communication network that brings homeostasis to the body - more people are taking CBD in the hope that it will strengthen their ECS.
But whatever their reason, each and every person is faced with the same question: “How to buy the best CBD oil?”
How To Buy the Best CBD Oil?
Step 1 - Look for the Cleanest, Safest CBD oil
Before looking at the myriad of CBD oil products on the market, it’s important to narrow down your search by choosing a company that offers organic certified CBD oil that is made using the cleanest possible extraction methods.
Why go organic?
Did you know that after environmental disasters where areas of land have been polluted, hemp is often grown to clean the contaminated soil? That’s because hemp literally absorbs pollutants from the soil, leaving it chemical free. Why does this matter when it comes to choosing your CBD oil? Well, imagine the hemp plant material used was grown in China next to a contaminated river. You would then be pumping chemical nasties into your body instead of CBD goodness. The only way to ensure your CBD oil comes from a pure source is to choose a brand that has organic certification.
Next is the extraction process. Some of the more artisan CBD oils are made using ethanol, and it’s not always possible to ensure that all the alcohol has been removed. The current best practice method is supercritical CO2 extraction, using carbon dioxide to obtain pure plant extracts free from solvents or hazardous chemicals.
Endoca CBD oil meets these industry standards and more, as we control the whole production process from seed to shelf. Not only do our oils have organic certification, but we also have Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificates, showing that we ensure our products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.
Step 2 - Find out Exactly What Your CBD Oil Contains
Ok, so you’ve found a company that has organic certification and uses the best extraction methods. Next step is to make sure that they can verify what’s in their CBD oils. What we’re talking here is the cannabinoid content, i.e. CBD and other minor cannabinoids, the different terpenes, flavonoids, etc. We’re also interested in ensuring that the CBD oil does not contain any unwanted chemicals, moulds or heavy metals.
Any company worth its salt will offer lab test results for their CBD oils on sale. Many will do this per CBD oil batch. So it’s simply a matter of cross-referencing your batch number with the numbers provided on the website.
Endoca CBD products are third party lab tested, meaning we hire an independent lab to do the tests for us, which are then published online for our customers to see. See here for more information about our third party lab testing.