How do I choose the best CBD?

A common cause of confusion for beginners in the CBD industry is in deciphering good quality CBD. Apart from being on the lookout for contamination or harmful substances, the novice eye has to check if it has any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content in it.

For a new user, these terms and variations may not make much sense. Let us break it down for you! Any CBD containing less than 0.3% THC content is considered industrial hemp under the Farm Bill of 2018. For an excess above 0.3%, the government deems it marijuana, which may be illegal in many states. As far as products come under this bar, producers can create and sell CBD into various tinctures, oils, topicals, capsules.

The reason a fear of contaminated products looms large in the industry is because of two overarching reasons. The first one is that cannabis plants promptly absorb heavy metals and pesticides. When left unchecked, it increases the risk of smoking these harmful substances. On the other hand, many profit-making cannabis companies have repeatedly resorted to unfair production practices, putting the health of their consumers at risk. To avoid such hassles and many more, here are steps that you can use to equip yourself with answers about how to buy the best CBD.

Deciding purpose and form

This primary step is fundamental in your journey of buying CBD for yourself. Although its immense health benefits have remained popular for the last decade, the lack of research still leaves a lot of loopholes in blanket reliability. One good way to approach it is to test if the product is beneficial by administering a smaller quantity. The form is hugely influential in this process because some may be more beneficial in treating the particular condition than others. For example, for those seeking anxiety-alleviating features from CBD, a vape pen or tincture may provide the immediate relief one needs. Unlike these forms, any edible infused CBD product takes a minimum of thirty minutes.

Checking for THC constituents

Go for CBD isolates if you wish to avoid the high that one experiences with THC. Knowing THC content in the product also helps understand the effectiveness of the products. Martin Lee, from Project CBD, postulates that CBD may perform better when combined with some THC. He also authored a book called Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational, and Scientific (Scribner, 2012), in which he explains the "entourage effect," suggesting that the sum of chemicals is greater than their various parts. However, only a tiny quantity of THC is used to enhance its therapeutic effects. As you steer clear of any illegal purchases, trying out CBD with minute THC content is acceptable.

Verify the source of Hemp products

Since many CBD products sold online or in retail stores come from hemp, knowing the source becomes vital. Most hemp in the U.S. is sourced from Colorado, Kentucky, or Oregon or imported overseas. Since the source reveals information about spot tests that keep production in check, overseas grown hemp does not undergo federal or state testing. Checking for sources on the product labels is one way to stay on the lookout for testing and avoid getting scammed with contaminated CBD products.

Ask for Lab Test Results

Asking for a product's certificate of analysis or COA is always advisable. This document reveals information about a product's performance through various CBD and THC tests. It also reflects if any contaminants were present. Since this step is not legal in many states, not all companies will take the trouble of going through rigorous testing. But the companies that do wish to offer this added assurance to their customers. You may avoid products or retailers that do not have test results or refuse to share them. In Indiana, producers are required to add a QR code on the label, so customers can conveniently access the product's COA on their smartphones. These initiatives ensure that users are well aware of the contents of their purchases.

Be on the lookout for CBD content

Since CBD products come in variations, it is necessary to know how much is present in each product. You will find this dosage expressed in mg, milligram, etc. that varies depending on the form of the product. For tinctures, you can opt for something with 10 mg per dose. Some companies may also cheat their customers, dodge the FDA by mentioning the cannabinoid content instead. Do not let this information confuse you, as cannabinoids include CBD, THC, and other compounds. Opting for such a labeling strategy is only misleading and dishonest. If you are conscious of such labelling strategies, you can keep yourself from getting cheated.

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Avoid products with sweeping health promises

Companies that claim to treat chronic illnesses like heart disease or cancer are predominantly dramatic. Remain conscious, skeptical, and doubtful before approaching such products. To make minor claims such as healing migraines, products undergo extensive long-drawn testing procedures to ensure product safety and efficiency. Since 2015, the FDA has been cracking down on many companies for selling products with unallowed, unreliable health claims and promises.

Stay away from vaping products that have Propylene Glycol

Vape pens that leave out little smoke, are pocket-friendly, and can conveniently go undetected. The concentrated oils in CBD vape pens may contain propylene glycol. At high temperatures, this solvent degrades to formaldehyde, a chemical that irritates the nose and eyes. Further, this interaction may increase the risk of cancer and asthma. You may opt for solvent-free oils when you are about to purchase your vapes.

Conclusion

There is no specific one way about approaching CBD purchases! Begin by having a clear purpose of administering CBD, after which you may decide upon the form of consumption, check for labels, reviews, compositions, tests, and so on. Lastly, ensure that you consult your doctor before administering it. It will help you gauge dosage requirements according to your situation. You must also make sure that it does not react negatively while interacting with your other medications, if any. The steps above help you develop a fine eye for the best CBD products and make informed choices while you purchase CBD.

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Phillipe Jeune

Phillipe Jeune

Phillipe Jeune is a Paris-based freelance journalist, and an occasional contributor to EU Today. He has a background in intelligence gathering, and he specialises in business and political matters, with a particular interest in Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.

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