CBD is EVERYWHERE. Gas stations, grocery stores, pop up stores, online, and even vending machines. But how do you know which brands you can trust? Many news agencies have performed random tests of products purchase at various locations, only to find that many bottles are mislabeled. Some have less CBD than stated, while others have more. Some state no THC, but test positive for TCH. The list goes on, but you get the picture. With no regulation, you may just be buying a bottle of sunflower seed oil.
We've put together a few tips to help you decide on the brand you can trust. Right now, CBD Expert lists three, but we are evaluating many products so that we can widen the choices for both consumers and sellers who want a reliable brand. Want us to consider adding your brand? Contact us and we will take a look!
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-Choose CBD products made with American-grown hemp (from Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, Vermont, Tennessee, etc.) rather than foreign sources. Consumer Reports suggests looking for companies in states that have legalized the recreational and medical use of cannabis “since they tend to have stricter standards.” (Our Trusted Brand, Elixinol is grown in Australia, and processed in the United States. While we strive to support US Agriculture, this products quality meet our standards and is recommended by many doctors)
-Adults that want to the benefit of the Entourage Effect should use full spectrum products, which means it includes numerous cannabis compounds, including a small amount of THC (0.3% or less) in keeping with the legal definition of hemp. If THC is completely illegal in your state, if your job tests you for THC, or using in children, you should opt for so-called “broad spectrum” CBD oil products that include other cannabis components but no THC. There would still be a slight risk (less than 0.2%) of testing positive with a THC free product. To be completely safe, you may want to stick with an isolate, which contains only CBD.
-Look for product labels that indicate the amount of CBD and THC per serving – not just the total cannabinoid content or hemp extract for the entire bottle.
-Beware of companies that make explicit health claims about CBD products (this is not allowed by the FDA).
-Avoid CBD hemp oil vape cartridge products with toxic thinning agents (such as propylene glycol and ethylene glycol), flavor additives, and other harmful ingredients.
-Avoid poor quality CBD gummies made with corn syrup and artificial colors.
-Think twice about brands that claim their CBD is derived from the seed and stalk of the hemp plant. CBD is not present in hempseed and barely any CBD is present on the stalk of the hemp plant. CBD seed oil, however, is great as a carrier oil.
-Chose a product that does third party testing and lists their results for each batch online.
-Don’t be afraid to contact CBD hemp oil companies directly and ask questions. And if you cannot reach them directly, try another brand.
What other tips do you have that we can add to our page?