What to look for when deciding which CBD brand is right for you
The health benefits of the cannabis plant helped make hemp-derived CBD oil an enormous new industry. So many new companies forming across the country in an industry with no federal regulations from the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, choosing a safe and reliable CBD oil brand can be difficult. There are many factors to consider when looking for hemp oil products. This post will teach you how to choose a CBD oil.
CBD oil can decrease inflammation in the body in addition to many other different health benefits, according to anecdotal reports. Most people take a CBD oil tincture under the tongue for a full body effect; others choose CBD capsules. Still others prefer CBD topicals to target muscles and joints or to treat skin conditions.
Whichever form of CBD you use, it is important to choose a reputable and trustworthy CBD oil manufacturer to purchase from. These questions below are a great guide to give you a framework for understanding the choices that CBD manufacturers make before arriving at a finished product.
By understanding these steps, you can make better choices about which CBD brand is right for you.
Hemp sourcing: Where is this hemp grown?
According to recent news reports, as much as 70% of CBD products sold in America are made from hemp sourced from China. China has very low standards for environmental protection and agricultural pollution. The two regions in China that produce hemp also have recent histories of heavy metal pollution.
Hemp is a bio-accumulator. That means it draws out toxins from the soil and the surrounding environment. CBD products contaminated with heavy metals is a real potential health risk.
Consumers should look for a brand that is close to home for the freshest and safest hemp oil. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, farmers can grow hemp anywhere in the US. The three best hemp-growing states in America are Colorado, Oregon, and Kentucky.
Of those three states, Kentucky has historically been the prime locale to grow the best hemp in America. Kentucky farmers have been growing hemp since 1775. The hemp plant loves Kentucky because its rich agricultural base lies along the 37th parallel. At this latitude, the light cycles are ideal for cultivating high quality hemp because this is the same line of latitude as the Hindu Kush, where indica cannabis strains originated.
If you’re an American looking for CBD products, you want them made from hemp grown in America. The three best states for hemp are Colorado, Oregon, and Kentucky.
And of these three, Kentucky has the richest hemp-growing history, and for good reason. So when choosing a CBD oil, choose one grown in Kentucky.
Cannabinoid content: choosing between full spectrum or THC free
There are different levels of purity when it comes to CBD oil products. Full spectrum oil has the complete cannabinoid profile of the plant present and a CBD purity level between 50% of a whole plant formulation to 75% of a full spectrum distillate. After 75%, the full spectrum starts to fade.
Broad spectrum oil has a purity level between 80% and 95% with non-detectible levels of THC. This is sometimes called “THC-free.” CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD, and contains just the single CBD compound.
Which is the best level of purity to seek in a CBD product? Studies show that having all of the cannabinoids working together causes them to have a greater effect on the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This is the network overlaying your nervous system controlling inflammation and other functions throughout the body.
Each compound has a different effect on different receptors in the system. When these cannabinoids all work together, that is known as the “entourage effect.” Research confirms that full spectrum oil, with its complete range of cannabinoid compounds, does the most for the ECS and provides the best health results.
The legal amount of THC to have in a CBD product is 0.3%. This is not nearly enough to produce an intoxicating psychoactive effect. It is just enough to work with the CBD to achieve the greatest healing potential.
As long as you don’t have a drug test hanging over your head, we recommend that you choose full spectrum CBD products.
Extraction method: How was the CBD oil made?
Some companies use cheap methods of extraction that could be dangerous to your health. They may use toxic solvents like butane and propane, more commonly used in lighter fluid and cooking ranges, to extract their CBD. The companies that consumers should seek out are those that use cleaner extraction methods.
One of the safest extraction processes involves using organic ethanol. It is considered to yield the highest amount of cannabinoids. Another extraction method involves using carbon dioxide (CO2) under high pressure to refine cannabis oil from the plant. CO2 extraction requires more expensive equipment, but the CBD retains its purity throughout the process.
Our experience is that the CO2 extraction process yields an oil with a bitter taste, while the ethanol extraction makes a smoother product because it’s a more gentle extraction method. We recommend that you choose CBD products extracted with organic ethanol.
Lab reports: Do you test for CBD safety?
Be aware: there are no federal regulations to assure that every CBD product is safe. Before purchasing CBD oil from any company you should be sure the company has proof that they third-party lab test their products, and that they provide all of the results.
Full lab reports should have a potency profile, proving that the product has the legal limit of 0.3% THC. They should also test for harmful contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, and microbials. You should only choose CBD products that conduct safety tests for contaminants.
Lab report accessibility: Is there a QR code?
Even if you’re not the type of person who uses QR codes, you should look to make sure a CBD product has a QR code on the label. The QR code links directly to lab reports. And a reliable CBD company will allow easy access to those lab reports. Without a QR code, it could be fake CBD.
Many companies will have links on their websites leading to the different reports and certifications. Top tier brands will have a scannable QR code on each one of their products that lead their consumers straight to their third party lab reports.
A QR code demonstrates that the CBD brand has nothing to hide. Only choose a CBD brand with QR codes on the packaging.
Quality control: Is it USDA certified organic?
When standing in the aisle of the health food store, scanning QR codes to read reports beforehand may not always be plausible. Due to the lack of FDA regulation, there are no requirements for CBD manufacturers to adhere to any standard during the process.
The only certification a CBD oil can acquire from the federal government to prove that every step of the manufacturing process is clean and safe for human consumption, is the USDA organic seal.
While you are shopping, find the USDA organic seal on the label of a CBD oil. That’s the best guarantee that you are looking at a high quality product from a company that is going above and beyond for their customers. Make sure you choose a CBD brand that is USDA certified organic.
Best choice: Cornbread Hemp
Cornbread Hemp makes the CBD buying process easier by constantly striving to produce the highest quality hemp oil possible. They work with organic farmers in Kentucky to cultivate the best strains of hemp for CBD wellness needs. Their organic CBD tinctures have been extracted from organic hemp using organic sugarcane ethanol, and then blended with an organic coconut oil. This allows them to carry the USDA organic seal.
Every Cornbread Hemp product has a QR code on their packaging to allow easy access to each product’s third party lab reports that test for safety in addition to potency. We only use full spectrum oil in our CBD products to provide maximum relief.
When choosing CBD, we hope you will choose the full spectrum health benefits of Cornbread Hemp’s USDA certified organic CBD oil.
— by Megan Tankersley