5 Tips for Purchasing Cannabidiol Oil (CBD)
The health benefits of cannabidiol oil are clear, and more people are looking to it as a therapeutic supplement to prevent cancer, treat psychoses, and reduce pain and inflammation. Due to increasing demand, there are now various manufacturers of CBD hemp oil selling product on the market.
However, CBD hemp oil products are largely unregulated, which has both positive and negative implications. On the positive end, a lack of regulations means a low barrier to market entry and therefore more competition. In theory, the competition would pressure manufacturers to focus on producing a great and effective product. A lack of regulation also means less administrative and overhead costs, which then means less passover costs to the consumer.
In practice, there have been manufacturers of CBD hemp oil products that have taken advantage of the lack of regulations by producing a subpar product. For instance, an independent investigation by the FDA found some CBD oil retailers falsely advertised their product as containing “high CBD” when in fact they contained no detectable cannabinoids whatsoever. While the FDA did issue warning letters to these companies, these do little to ensure that all CBD hemp oil manufacturers continue to push out a quality product, let alone one that does not also contain other harmful compounds or allergens.
In light of the potential negative consequences consumers face in purchasing CBD hemp oil, we’ve provided 5 tips for consumers to use when shopping for CBD oil products.
Tip #1: Buy a Product that Has Been Independently Lab Tested
All reputable cannabidiol oil companies and dispensaries will send their product to unaffiliated laboratories for independent testing. Testing can reveal the amount and type of cannabinoids, as well as the presence of other toxins (e.g., pesticides, herbicides, fecal matter, etc.).
The cost of independent lab testing is not relatively expensive, so there should be no reason why a manufacturer can’t get their product tested.
Tip #2: A Manufacturer Has Identified Where the Hemp Was Grown
For those of us looking to CBD hemp oil for its therapeutic effects, there is a huge incentive to also buy a product that is free of chemical pesticides and herbicides. This can be confirmed with independent testing (see above).
In addition to no added chemicals, hemp would also ideally be grown in a field that was not a prior industrial waste dump. Plants can absorb industrial waste from soil, and those contaminants would then make their way into our bodies through consumption.
A little research at the county office, online aerial photos, or a visit to a local farm can serve to verify prior land use.
Tip #3: The Method of Extraction Matters
Oil extraction methods have the potential to produce traces of harmful solvents. Good CBD manufacturers would be mindful of that fact and opt to use an extraction method that will result in the purest botanical extract possible. Currently, a reputable extraction method uses CO2 technology, aka Supercritical Fluid Extraction using Carbon Dioxide.
Tip #4: Opt for a Non-GMO Product
GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) have had their genetic makeup modified through gene splicing, gene modification, or transgenic technology. Because they are relatively new technology, the long-term impact of GMOs on human health is unknown. However, as reported by an evidence-based study by Earth Open Source, scientists have found GMOs:
- contain toxins and can be allergenic;
- are less nutritious;
- harm soil and biodiversity;
- increase disease susceptibility; and
- are bred to require an increase pesticide use.
Tip #5: A Customer Service Representative Should be Available and Responsive
If you have any concerns about a product, you should be able to ask about them. Any reputable company, particularly one selling a health product like CBD hemp oil, would have a customer service representative readily available to answer customers’ questions. In addition to being able to answer very basic questions like how long shipping will take, companies who care can answer basics about shelf life, storage, allergens, and dosing.
When buying CBD hemp oil products, keep in mind that you’re trying to buy the purest product possible. It should be free of contaminants and any potentially harmful compounds, which companies can verify through independent testing. By following the above tips, consumers can ensure they’re getting the maximum health benefits out of CBD hemp oil products.
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