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.