While CBD oils have been popular with marijuana wellness advocates for a long time now, more and more casual marijuana users are turning to CBD oil as a relaxing (and legal) way to wind down at the end of the evening. However, as the demand for CBD oil increases, so does the need for education. This week we discuss how to differentiate between good and bad CBD oil, how to find it, and the right questions to ask.
The first step to finding high-quality CBD oil is to see if it comes from a superior, industrial-grade hemp. Hemp has a tendency to absorb what’s in the surrounding soil, so ensuring quality would involve making sure the plant is grown in fertile, usually non-GMO, nutrient-rich soil. These plants are then harvested and dried under optimal conditions.
When CBD oil is legally produced from an industrial-grade hemp plant, it should contain less than 0.03% THC. THC at this level is small enough to keep away the “buzz” or the psychoactive reactions that THC-focused marijuana can give.
It’s also important to make sure your CBD oil comes from a natural and non-synthetic source. We’ve discussed at length the potentially life-threatening qualities of synthetic marijuana. So, confirming that your CBD oil is free of synthetics ensures you’re getting a safe (and legal) product.
How do you know your CBD oil is THC and synthetic free? A good rule of thumb is if your product isn’t labeled as having had independent third-party lab testing, then stay away.
If the oil your choosing makes wild and outlandish medical claims that seem too good to be true, it’s probably is. So what you should be looking for is a company that is vocal and prominently discusses its involvement in clinical trials.
These clinical trials should be large-scale and done by a reputable and independent facility. During this study, their claims should be tested and verified. And if you need more information regarding the validity of your oil, the company should be ready and willing to provide its customers with research papers discussing their findings. If not, go with a different company.
In recent years, some CBD oils have been found to include high levels of THC and sometimes illegally processes synthetic cannabinoids. So, with the influx of cheap (and sometimes toxic) products to the market, it’s more important than ever to make sure your oil has been tested and proven safe. We’ve talked about “independent, third-party lab tested” throughout, but what does that really mean?
An independent third-party is a person, company, or organization that does not directly, or indirectly, benefit from the sale or ownership of a product or service – meaning they have absolutely nothing to gain by falsifying their reports. Once the company has had an independent trial completed, they should be able to provide lab reports for all consumers. These reports should also be up-to-date and performed at a certified and reputable lab.
If you’re still having trouble finding a safe CBD oil on your own, discuss your concerns with your local dispensary. Many times a clerk will have what you need to know so you can make an informed decision.
What is your favorite (and reputable!) CBD oil? @mmdotcom would love to hear about it!