Well known for its many benefits on our body, CBD is sold legally in the US. Relaxing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, it seduces consumers for its positive effects. It is found in various forms (flower, oils, isolate, e-liquids, resins, etc.) to meet everyone’s needs and desires.
Faced with the assortment of CBD online shops, it is sometimes difficult to recognize the quality of a pure natural CBD product.
To make sure you choose correctly, we have made a list of criteria to follow.
1. THE ORIGIN OF THE PRODUCT
The first thing to check when choosing CBD products is the origin of the plants. Industrial hemp plants must be grown with the best genetics and sustainable farming practices to produce the best quality oil.
While organic farming is never a bad thing, it is more of a buzzword with hemp farming and is unnecessary to produce high-quality CBD oil. The hemp biomass and oil go through so much processing anyway; the final product is always a clean product.
These Cannabis Sativa plants must contain less than 0.3% of THC to be considered legal hemp in the United States. Finished CBD products must also have a tetrahydrocannabinol level of less than 0.3%.
Remember that cannabidiol does not have the psychoactive effects of THC. It does not alter the state of consciousness and sensations. It affects the endocannabinoid system (SEC), regulating imbalances in the human body, which are sought in this molecule.
In addition, we recommend choosing CBD products made with natural plants. Certified organic or not, they should be grown without pesticides and other chemical substances that alter their purity/quality (and sometimes harmful to your health). All farms like ours should get a full panel lab test to ensure there are none of these toxic substances in the plants before going on to the extraction.
2. THE EXTRACTION METHOD
There are different methods for extracting the active ingredients of CBD from the cannabis plant. Knowing about the extraction process is essential, as it plays a role in the quality of the final product.
- Supercritical CO2 extraction: the CBD is extracted using specific equipment and is relatively expensive for CBD producers. It preserves cannabinoids by separating them from CO2, resulting in high-quality, pure natural CBD with no traces of chemicals or residues.
- Ethanol extraction: This is the process our extractor uses and is superior for extracting CBD and producing a high-quality isolate. Hemp biomass is washed several times with ethanol and then goes through a process of removing the ethanol, so you are left with a high-quality crude oil. We take the crude oil and send it through our distillation skid resulting in a golden oil that is very pure.
3. THE PRICE
CBD products tend to be quite expensive. Their prices differ depending on the origin, the concentration of cannabidiol, and, of course, the quality. Since the extraction process chosen is not the same for everyone, it also greatly influences the cost. So be careful if you notice CBD products at bargain prices. If they are well below market prices, it might not be CBD at all. Some cheaper brands advertise as ‘hemp oil’ and are made with hemp seed oil. These bottles don’t have any CBD oil in them and are much cheaper to purchase. You get what you pay for!
A high price is not necessarily a guarantee of quality either. Many leading brands offer quality CBD oil but are 3-times the retail price of others with the same quality. Take Green Method Farms for example. We really want to get our pure natural CBD oil in the hands of people that need it. Because our operation is very lean, we have decided to charge lower prices, so anyone can afford it.
4. THE SPECTRUM
A distinction is made on the market between full-spectrum CBD products, isolated CBD oils (CBD isolate), and broad-spectrum CBD oils. What is the difference?
- Isolate: The CBD molecule is isolated during the plant’s extraction. This is commonly referred to as a CBD isolate. Many benefits are still there, but you are not getting the ‘entourage effect’ using all the cannabinoids together like in full-spectrum oil. The trade-off is that you may have small legal amounts of THC in the full spectrum oil.
- Broad-spectrum: the terpenes and cannabinoids (CBG CBN, etc.) present in hemp, except for THC, are preserved in the final product. This is how you benefit from the entourage effect.
- Full-spectrum: You will get all the cannabinoids present in the plant including THC. It is necessary to check that the THC in the product offered does not exceed 0.3%. CBD brands should provide lab test results to show their oil is below the legal limit of THC.
We, therefore, recommend that you turn to full-spectrum or broad-spectrum products to consume CBD and receive all the natural benefits.
5. BRAND TRANSPARENCY
A CBD retailer who does not want to say too much about its products is never very reassuring. Each oil, isolate, cosmetic or CBD flower should be accompanied by a label showing all the elements that make it up and indicating the source of the CBD. If you can’t find lab test results, do not buy that CBD! You don’t want to be dealing with any traces of heavy metals, pesticides, microbial, or other harmful elements.
Before you start, take the time to discover the brand, find out about the composition of the products, the origin of the plants, the cannabinoid extraction method used, and the potency of CBD. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to ask the brand for additional information. If they are transparent, they will answer you without any problem, unlike those who wish to conceal the origin of their products.