Choosing the right cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a very personal decision. Everyone is different, and there are many CBD oil options to choose from. To make things simple, we boiled it down to these 7 tips to help you choose the highest quality CBD oil.
The health benefits associated with cannabis plants helped make hemp derived CBD oil an enormous new industry. The Farm Bill of 2018 changed hemp cannabis laws to allow CBD oil to be sold throughout the US across state lines. As a result, there are many new companies forming across the country.
However, this new legal cannabis industry has 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 CBD products. This post will teach you how to choose a CBD oil.
CBD oil can have many different positive effects, according to anecdotal reports. Most people take a CBD oil or a CBD 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. Side effects associated with CBD use are mild, if any side effects are experienced at all, making it a popular new supplement option for many different people.
Whichever form of CBD product 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 oil brand you want to take.
Tip 1) Research Where the Hemp Source Comes From
According to recent news reports, as much as 70% of CBD products sold in American retail stores and online are made from hemp sourced from farms in 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. Some countries use hemp to suck all of the pesticides and toxins from the ground so they can plant food crops. If CBD products are made with hemp grown in these conditions, then contamination with heavy metals could be a real potential health risk.
Consumers should look for a CBD oil brand that is close to home for the freshest and safest hemp oil. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, farmers can grow hemp plants 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 industrial hemp since 1775. The cannabis 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.
Hemp grown in western states can drain natural resources and contribute to drought crisis. But with its climate and abundant limestone-filtered water supply, Kentucky grown hemp can be cultivated in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. Choose products made from Kentucky grown hemp for the best CBD oils and hemp products.
Tip 2) Learn About Full Spectrum CBD or THC-free
Not all CBD oils are created equal. There are different levels of purity when it comes to CBD oil products. Full spectrum CBD oil has the complete cannabinoid profile of the cannabis plant present, and a CBD purity level between 50% of a raw hemp extract to 75% of a full spectrum distillate. After 75%, the full spectrum range starts to fade away.
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, the isolate product 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. Broad spectrum and CBD isolates do not perform as well in clinical trials.
CBD products derived from legal hemp plants are far different from medical marijuana products. Legal CBD oil only contains trace amounts of less than 0.3 percent THC. This is not nearly enough to get you high. It is just enough to work with the CBD to achieve the greatest healing potential of the hemp plant.
As long as you don’t have a drug test hanging over your head, we recommend that you choose full spectrum hemp CBD products. (But be advised: even though a CBD product may not contain THC, it may still test positive on a drug test!)
Tip 3) Find Out the CBD Extraction Method
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 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 hemp plant. CO2 extraction requires more expensive equipment, but the CBD retains its purity throughout the process.
Our experience is that cannabis extract made from CO2 extraction process yields a product with a bitter taste, while the ethanol extraction allows for a smoother product because it’s a gentler method. We recommend that you choose CBD products extracted with organic ethanol.
Tip 4) No Third Party Lab Reports, No Purchase
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 they have proof that they third-party lab tested their products, and that they provide all of the results.
Full lab reports should have a potency profile, proving that the product contains the legal amount of THC. It should also verify the potency by showing the actual amount of CBD in each bottle of CBD oil, and the amount of CBD is per serving. Showing how much CBD is actually in their products is important to a brand's trustworthiness.
They should also test for harmful contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, and microbials. You should only choose CBD products that have a third party conduct safety tests for contaminants. Why third party? To ensure that the test results will be non biased, and that they have not been tampered with or altered by the CBD manufacturer.
Tip 5) QR Codes on CBD Packaging
A reliable CBD company will allow easy access to the third party laboratory results of all of their products. Otherwise, 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 lab results, sometimes called certificates of authenticity (COA). A QR barcode on the product label demonstrates that the CBD brand has nothing to hide.
Tip 6) Only Shop for Organic CBD Oil
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. Organic products are grown with non GMO seeds, and cultivated with organic practices and without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
While you are shopping, find the USDA organic seal on the CBD oil label. That’s the best guarantee that you are looking at a high quality CBD oil product from a company that is going above and beyond for their customers.
Tip 7) Try Cornbread Hemp
Cornbread Hemp makes the process of buying CBD oils easier by constantly striving to produce the best in high quality products made from hemp oil. We do this by choosing the best option in every step of the CBD oil making process, from seed to shelf.
We work with farmers in Kentucky to cultivate the best strains of organically grwon hemp for CBD wellness needs. Some companies use the whole plant in their hemp extract. This may sound good, but actually the stems and leaves of the hemp plant don't contain a lot of CBD. Including them in the source material for hemp extract makes a grassy, bitter end product. We only use the flowers from the hemp plant for our extract material. This ensures full potency and great natural flavor.
Our organic CBD tinctures have been extracted from our organic hemp flower source using organic sugarcane ethanol, and then blended with an organic coconut oil. (MCT coconut oil to be precise, for its bioavailability benefits.) This allows us to carry the USDA organic seal. We make our products in small batches for optimum quality control.
Every Cornbread Hemp product has QRs code on all packaging to allow easy access to each product’s third party lab results that test for safety in addition to potency. We only use high quality full spectrum hemp extract for our CBD products to provide maximum relief.
The CBD oil industry is vast and untamed, and it can be difficult to choose a safe and reliable CBD oil product. When choosing the best quality CBD oil for you from a company you can trust, choose the full spectrum health benefits of Cornbread Hemp’s USDA certified organic CBD oil.
The statements made regarding these products are not health claims and have not been evaluated by the FDA. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.
Cornbread Hemp works with suppliers who guarantee a less than or equal to 0.3 percent THC content. With these low THC levels, it is possible that users may fail a drug test using CBD oils. Cornbread Hemp does not take any responsibility in the instance a customer fails a drug test while using these products.