One of the most sought-after natural remedies in the world, CBD continues to grow in popularity primarily because of its association with a host of therapeutic benefits that are to-die for. Of course, there are lots of researches still going on to find out more about this wonder compound and the amazing host of benefits it still has unlocked within.
However, it has proven to a large extent and dare I say, beyond a shadow of doubt that it can be relied upon in the treatment of pain, inflammation and symptoms of a number of conditions like arthritis, asthma, epilepsy, etc..
With hordes of people on the CBD bandwagon and with many people bearing testimony to how beneficial this compound is to their health, you’d think everyone would be happy or satisfied with the magnificent effects that CBD produces.
Apparently, not all users feel the same way about CBD. Some people say the effects of the compound on their bodies are very minimal or at times they feel nothing at all. If one group can vouch on the effectiveness of CBD with their lives and others are just dismal because CBD didn’t meet their expectations, the only reasonable explanation would be that the latter group of people simply used products which weren’t authentic.
True, the effectiveness of CBD may vary from person A to person B but as long as the product being used is authentic, there’s little doubt that it’d work to the last drop or last capsule or last iota of the product you’re using. If you however find that despite your best efforts in upping the dosage level, nothing seems to be happening, then chances are you’ve been hoodwinked with a fake product.
It is important to understand that the production, buying and selling isn’t being regulated by the FDA as of yet and so anyone can do anything in the name of CBD and put it out there. This creates an influx of inferior-quality CBD products into the market by companies who want to make some quick money without putting in effort to create value.
It behooves consumers therefore to be circumspect when shopping for CBD products. Let’s take a look at how to determine the authenticity of your CBD product or any other CBD product for that matter.
1.Check for third-party lab reports of the product
Whiles many users will be willing to let details of this nature fly when purchasing any product, it is vital to diligently check for it. The lab report divulges important information like whether or not your product is free from toxins, moulds, pesticides, etc.
As well as letting you in on how much CBD extract was used in making the product, the lab report will also signify the level of THC in the product. In some cases, substantial levels of THC in the product may mean the product is marijuana oil and not CBD oil. Also, scour around for the manufacturing date and batch number to satisfy yourself enough with the product details.
2.Know from what part of the plant the oil was made
Just like oil can be extracted from the hemp plant material (leaves and flowers), it can also be extracted from hemp seeds by cold pressing them. Low in saturated fats and high in fatty acids, hemp oil can serve you with your day-to-day requirements of fatty acids. However hemp seed oil doesn’t contain CBD, and even though it may benefit you nutritionally, if it is CBD you are looking fir, then you won’t reap CBD-benefits from hemp seed oil. Do well to check the label and ingredient information when purchasing to make the product you are buying contains CBD.
3.You should ensure that the CBD product you are willing to purchase was produced via the CO2 extraction method. There are two major ways by which CBD can be extracted. The first way is by the use of ethanol – a very cheap method which doesn’t produce very potent CBD oil.
The second method is the CO2 extraction method where pressurized carbon dioxide is used in the extraction process – a more expensive method that creates a high-quality product. By making sure that the manufacturer of your product used the latter means, you can rest assured that the value of cannabinoids and terpenoids within the product have been preserved rather than destroyed.
4.How much information does the label divulge?
In the general terms, the more information on the label, the more trust-worthy the product can be. In addition to information about ingredients used, cannabinoid content, name of manufacturer etc., it should also let you in on the strength of CBD content per dosage to guide you in using the oil as accurately as possible.
When buying CBD, keep your ears open. If the seller is a reputable one, in most cases, he/she wouldn’t utter any word about what diseases of yours CBD can treat. Reputable sellers don’t offer unsolicited medical advice. In any case, they are not health practitioners. CBD after all, is supposed to be taken as a supplement. A seller who means well for you would rather ask you to confer with your doctor regarding the product’s immediate impact on your health condition.