Overwhelmed with all the CBD products in the market?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is everywhere these days. From coffee shops to grocery stores to vitamin stores, it's popularity has led to intensive research being conducted to explore the potential benefits from taking CBD.

Most CBD in the market are derived from the Marijuana plant or the Hemp plant. The hemp plant does not contain the enough THC to make you high and hemp was made legal in the U.S. with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% percent THC are legal to purchase and consume under the Federal law, but laws vary for each state and are still illegal in some states. If you are traveling, due your due-diligence to check the state laws. 

Most hemp CBD dietary supplements come in liquid, capsule, or powder form. When surfing the internet or walking the store isles browsing for CBD supplements, it can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate to determine which CBD product best suits you.

In this article, we will focus on hemp derived CBD oil which is one of the most effective CBD products in the market. Here are some guidelines to help you sift through:

6 things to consider before buying CBD products

#1 CBD derived from hemp plants grown in USA

Quality CBD oil comes from quality hemp plants. Choose CBD products that are grown in states that have legalized the recreational and medical use of cannabis as suggester by Consumer Report. These states - Colorado, Oregon, Kentucky, Vermont, Tennessee to name a few they have stricter standards.  

Also, ensure that the CBD is derived or extracted from the "whole-plant" not hemp seeds. CBD from whole-plant is typically seen as “aerial parts” on the supplement facts on the label. On the other hand, hemp oil derived from hemp seeds do not contain any CBD.

#2 CBD-rich hemp extract

For better CBD quality, choose CBD-rich hemp extract. When purchasing hemp extract, be sure to look for the CBD content on the product label. 250 mg of hemp extract does not mean 250 mg of CBD. CBD-rich hemp extract or CBD oil is derived from hemp plants that are bred for their high CBD, terpenes, flavanoids and other cannabinoids with 0.3% or less THC.

#3 Full Spectrum CBD

The CBD spectrum determines the types of cannabinoids. If you want the full benefits of CBD, choose full-spectrum CBD instead of CBD isolates, distillates or products labeled "pure CBD" or "no THC".

Full Spectrum extraction means not removing or isolating any of the naturally occurring cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes including THC.

The legal limit for THC that can be present in any legal product has been set by the U.S. Federal Government at 0.3%. The small amount of THC enhances the effectiveness of cannabinoids known as the entourage effect without the "High". Select "broad-spectrum" CBD oil if you're looking for all the cannabinoid components but without the THC.

#4 MCT oil as a carrier oil

For quicker absorption into the bloodstream, select CBD in a liquid extract form that uses MCT (medium-chain-triglycerides) oil as the carrier oil. MCT oil bypasses the normal fat digestion and delivers the CBD into the bloodstream for quicker absorption.

#5 CBD content is listed on the product

CBD content should be listed in the supplement facts or product label. It's not a good idea to buy a CBD product if the CBD content is not listed.  

#6 Certificate of analysis

If you can't find the CBD content on the product label, the easiest way is to ask your supplier for a Certificate of Analysis (COA) which is a 3rd party certification to ensure that the product contains the appropriate amount of CBD and THC as disclosed or advertised.