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Recent legislation has improved access for CBD to be sold in stores in our region. This is great news for those that have been using CBD for relief. Almost overnight, companies have been popping up taking advantage of these new rulings. While we are thrilled CBD is becoming readily available, it is very important to research companies and make sure you are getting a high-quality CBD you expect.
To recap, Cannabidiol or CBD is a phytocannabinoid. Specifically, cannabinoids are 21-carbon molecules that influence the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. Everything from brain function to the immune system to mental health is influenced by the endocannabinoid system. There are at least a dozen different health conditions under research with cannabidiol. Products reportedly containing this ingredient are popping up in beauty salons and cash advance stores, but buyers need to be careful. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, they found 26% of CBD products tested contained significantly less CBD than the label advertised.
Check for third-party lab results
A high-quality brand of CBD will always provide third-party lab results to their consumers. Ask for COA or certificate of analysis. You should be able to check the following:
• Potency Look for total cannabinoids (total CBD)
• Contaminants Check for heavy metals, toxins,
• Acceptable Levels of THC
Method of Extraction
Some companies cut costs by using solvents or hexane. These products are usually petroleum based. Better companies employ C02 extraction, which helps ensure CBD oil maintains its purity through the process.
Source of Hemp
The hemp plant is considered a “hyperaccumulator,” which means that the hemp plant easily absorbs anything that is present in the ground where it was cultivated and farmed. If a hemp plant grew on rich soil, the resulting plant will be of high quality that can produce CBD oil in the same high-quality as well. Likewise, if it is grown in conditions where heavy metals are present, it will also absorb those.
Check for whole plant,” or “full spectrum.”
CBD Isolates are becoming increasingly popular, but in reality, they are a cheaper material than whole plant extracts. Using the whole plant, rather than using only one part, ensures that the oil contains not just CBD, but also the full range of primary and secondary constituents of the hemp plant.
Hemp Seed Oil
While Hemp Seed oil is composed of nearly 85 percent essential fatty acids and is rich in antioxidants, it does not contain CBD.
To learn more about CBD, stop by our stores and talk with one of oureducated team members.