Factors you should consider when buying CBD oil
You’ve heard wonderful things about CBD oil, and now you’re thinking of getting some for yourself or for a loved one. But there is more to buying CBD oil than meets the eye at a glance. Find out why you should look before you leap and why the buyer should beware!
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‘It’s a plant extract so it can’t be bad for me’
If you think that any old cannabis extract can’t possibly be bad for you, it’s time you thought again. It’s true that a well-produced cannabis extract from marijuana or hem can’t actually kill you or make your ill, but the emphasis should be on ‘well-produced’. Do you know how your prospective supplier is making CBD oil?
You need to know the whole supply chain
Ask yourself whether you know the entire supply chain for your CBD oil. It all starts with the plant. The material that’s chosen to make a CBD oil needs to contain CBD, and the more it contains, the less you’re actually paying for the ingredient you’re after. The FDA recently tested a range of so-called CBD oils only to discover that they contained little or no CBD – despite manufacturer claims.
You also need to ask yourself whether the material that was used to produce the oil contained any pesticide residues. If a plant isn’t actually grown as a food, producers are allowed to use much stronger pesticides. They can also harvest when residues are at a higher level. After all, no-one’s going to eat that crop. Although hemp is often touted as a ‘superfood’ most hemp is grown for fiber production rather than eating.
How was the plant material handled after harvest? If the wet material was packed too closely in a place with minimal air circulation, you have another problem to worry about: mycotoxin. Molds produce metabolic byproducts that aren’t good for us. In fact, they’re toxic. That’s why they’re called ‘toxins’!
What about extraction processes?
We’ve discussed this several times in the past, but it’s so important that it bears repeating. “Not all extraction processes are safe, and not all of them yield the full benefits of the plant-based ingredients.” Choose supercritical CO2 extractions above any other kind of extract. It’s the best way to extract an essential oil that contains all the plant ingredients without any form of contamination.
Marijuana oil hasn’t got enough CBD to matter
Apart from the fact that you’ll feel high and won’t be good for much other than sleeping, marijuana oils contain a lot of THC. In most states in the US, that will mean you’re breaking anti-drug laws, but even if you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, you need to understand that marijuana contains a lot of THC and very little CBD while hemp oil contains a lot of CBD and so little THC that it won’t affect you in any way. When buying CBD oil, you need to be sure you’re getting what you asked for.
Is your CBD oil certified in any way?
You will find a lot of producers of CBD oil in the US. But how do you know if you’re actually getting what the product says on its label? There is no certification for this product in the US. If it’s not certified, you don’t know if manufacturer’s claims are true.