Before buying CBD oil, there are a few important things to know. New brands are flooding the market. Which brands are trustworthy? Which products are quality? What type of CBD oil should you be using? Which brand’s formulas are right for you? We’ll answer all of these questions while helping you with a few things to know before buying CBD oil.
With hundreds of brands to choose from in today’s CBD market, it’s hard to know which brands are best, which formulas suit you and what your body really needs.
These are 10 things to know before buying CBD oil.
One Important Thing to Remember when Buying CBD Oil
One of the most important things to remember when buying CBD oil, either online or in-person is that not all CBD oil products are created equal. Part of finding a quality hemp CBD product is doing a little leg work on your own. Compare similar products from multiple companies.
Compare these things:
- Milligrams of hemp CBD extract per 1 fl. oz. bottle
- Compare carrier oils
- Bottle type
- 3rd party lab test results available
- Company contact information available
- Social media profiles available
- Additional ingredients
- 3% THC or less
- Type of hemp CBD extract used
- Where was the hemp grown?
- How was the hemp grown?
- Extraction method
- How much CBD is in each dose?
- Brand reputation
All of these elements are important. We’ll touch on each one of them in the sections below.
Check 3rd Party Lab Test Results Before Buying CBD Oil
We cannot stress how important it is to review 3rd party lab test results before you buy CBD oil – even if you plan to purchase the products in person. Canna Trading Co. offers a Lab Results page. This is where we display our most recent lab reports (Certificates of Analysis, CoA) for open viewing.
Things to look for on lab results:
- Lab name, address, phone number and website
- Lab’s license number
- CBD batch number
- Date the batch was received
- Type of sample received
- Cannabinoid profile
- Terpene profile (if the final product’s results are also published)
- <LOQ for heavy metals, contaminants, microbial testing, pesticides, solvents and all other chemicals
- Passing lab results in all sections
- Certification of the results
- Date the results were certified
What does <LOQ mean? LOQ refers to limit or level of quantification. This is the smallest amount of a chemical or compound that a lab is required to test for or is capable of testing for. The results should always be under this limit for contaminants, heavy metals, solvents and any other impurities.
Amount of CBD per Dose
CBD manufacturers vary the strengths of their CBD products. It is important to review the amount of CBD in the total product and how many doses are in each bottle. For example, Canna Trading Co. currently offers several tinctures that contain 400 mg of hemp CBD extract per 1 fl. oz. bottle. There are approximately 30 doses per bottle. This means that there is 13.33 mg of hemp CBD extract per dose.
One thing to keep in mind about dosing is that everyone has an individual ideal dose. While 13.3 mg of CBD once or twice a day might be perfect for one person, someone else may need double that or more. Some may need less. Start by using the manufacturer’s suggested dose and evaluate yourself after a week. If you think that this is a sufficient dose, stay on your current regimen. Adjust your doses in small increments until you find the dose that does the trick for you.
Pricing is a little tricky when you’re buying CBD oil because of the varying potencies available in today’s market. If you happen to come across a CBD product that is quite cheap, look deeper into that product. Scrutinize all of the ingredients as well as how much actual CBD is in the product. Some CBD products are a bit expensive, and again – examine the amount of CBD in the product as well as the additional ingredients in the product.
Compare similar products – such as CBD products that contain terpenes against those that don’t. Compare potencies among several companies. Compare the method of flavoring the different products.
Is it the best price for your budget and best value for what your body needs?
How Much THC is in the CBD Product?
By law, unless a state has a specific CBD law, hemp CBD products cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. If the product says it is THC-free, this is isolate – which means that all of the naturally-occurring cannabinoids other than CBD have been removed from the original oil. This is where you’ll want to review the 3rd party lab results to ensure that the CBD product contains 0.3% THC or less.
How was the hemp CBD extracted from the plant? There are several different methods. One of the preferred methods is supercritical CO2 extraction as it is considered to be one of the cleanest, safest methods.
If you see a different type of extraction method mentioned, it is best to do a quick search of that extraction method to see what processes are involved, as well as what chemicals are used in this method.
Where was the Hemp Grown?
Knowing where the hemp used to make your CBD product was grown is important. When you are buying CBD oil, it’s ideal to seek brands that use product that is grown right here in the U.S. Some companies do source their CBD from Europe, but the exact part of Europe is rarely listed. There are varying climates and soil types in Europe – as there are here, as well, but U.S. cultivated hemp is preferred.
How was the Hemp Grown?
Was the hemp grown with organic farming practices? At Canna Trading Co., we only work with American farmers that do have organic farming practices. Knowing how the hemp was grown is also important as keeping your CBD products clean and natural is important.
Type of Hemp CBD Extract Used
There are three types of hemp CBD extract – full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. Full spectrum hemp CBD extract leaves all of the naturally-occurring cannabinoids and terpenes intact. Broad spectrum is full spectrum hemp CBD extract with the THC removed (in some formulas a miniscule amount of THC may remain present simply to encourage the entourage effect). Isolate is just that, CBD that is isolated from all of the other cannabinoids and terpenes that were originally present in the plant.
Full spectrum hemp CBD extract contains 0.3% THC or less.
What are the other ingredients in the CBD product? If you see artificial ingredients listed, it is best to steer clear from these products. Are the ingredients organic? Canna Trading Co. uses only natural or organic ingredients in our products. Our terpenes are sourced from plants.
If you do not recognize the name of an ingredient, quickly search it to ensure that it is just the scientific name of a naturally-derived ingredient and not an actual chemical or artificial ingredient. Terpenes, for example, if they are listed individually may look like they are chemicals.
What are others saying about the brand? Keep in mind that there are a lot of restrictions on advertising for CBD companies. Several major social media platforms strictly ban CBD advertising and marketing. Consumers are limited as to what they can actually say in a review, so many CBD companies do not have reviews available on their actual websites. This isn’t because they have anything to hide, it’s just difficult to monitor what every consumer says – for example – reviews claiming a cure or treatment of a specific medical condition/symptom/ailment aren’t permitted since the FDA has not approved CBD for medicinal uses other than Epidiolex.
Look online for mentions of the brand as well as on their social media channels to see what others are saying.
Keep these 10 things in mind when you buy CBD oil. Taking the necessary steps to ensure that you’re buying clean CBD from a reputable company at an affordable price is important. The additional ingredients are also important. Comparison shopping is okay to do because it is important that you find the right CBD product for your body’s individual needs.