The popularity of CBD oil has exploded in recent years with people looking to treat their various ailments naturally. CBD is one of the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plants that offers relief from multiple symptoms without having the psychoactive effect of THC. One of the most popular forms of consuming CBD is using CBD oil. When taken sublingually, CBD oil can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to take effect, offering fast-acting relief to users.
Not all CBD oils are made the same. It is important that while
shopping for oils you look out for these 5 properties that show you are buying
a quality product. Make sure you shop around and look for reputable retailers
that have experience in making your product. Because there are so many products
on the market today, it is important that you take your time and do sufficient
research. Better quality oils may cost more, but it will be worth it to get a
safe, natural, and effective oil.
The first quality property you should look for is the number of terpenes in the product. The terpenes will be responsible for boosting the therapeutic properties of your CBD oil. Terpenes also give CBD good aromatic and flavor profiles, making your oil more pleasant to smell and taste. The number of terpenes in the oil will also contribute to how fast your body is able to absorb it, because of their ability to quickly cross the blood-brain barrier. The terpenes present during the growing process also help to naturally repel pests, reducing the need for artificial pesticides.
Where Was the Flower Grown
It is also important to research where the hemp flower used to
make the CBD oil was grown. Smaller companies that produce their own flowers
and products will be able to tell you more about where the hemp was cultivated
compared to large retailers that sell an abundance of products from different
growers. Hemp is known to easily absorb the materials in the soil around it, a
plant that was cultivated in an area with rich soil will be much better for you
to consume. Some farms have soil rife with heavy metals and those should be
avoided because it may show up in the hemp flower, making it more dangerous for
you to consume. It will always be better to stick to more natural products
while you are shopping.
How Was the Oil Manufactured
Looking at how the oil was manufactured will also tell you a
great deal about the quality of your product. One of the initial things to look
for is the price point of the oil. Some companies may be selling CBD oil at a
seemingly impossibly low rate and this is a red flag. Oil that is much cheaper
than other products has a larger chance of being produced using methods that
are dangerous to your health. Some companies will use toxic solvents such as
propane or butane that are harmful to ingest. Instead, you should seek out
companies that use organic and pharmaceutical grade ethanol to do their
extractions. Using ethanol is known to be the safest and most effective way of
extracting CBD from the hemp plant. Another option when looking at
manufacturers is to seek out companies that use a new method that involves
using carbon dioxide under high pressure in frigid temperatures to extract the
CBD. This process takes longer and may come with a higher price tag but it
ensures that the CBD oil maintains its purity without the addition of
potentially harmful chemicals.
Third Party Testing
A company can create any results they want in regards to purity,
THC content, and CBD content. It is important that you seek out reputable
companies that allow for random testing of their products through an unbiased
third party. A good company that creates quality products will welcome
third-party testing so their customers can verify the integrity of the products
themselves. A reputable company will have a steady stream of recent results to
show that their products contain what they say it does. Companies that have
good customer service will also be more likely to have a quality product. Make
sure to also look at reviews for the third-party labs, some will be better and
more trustworthy than others.
Good quality oil will be free from CBD crystals. These crystals
will contain nearly pure concentrations of CBD but they do not contain any of
the therapeutic qualities of the plants. What is important to have in the oil
in order to feel the therapeutic effects are terpenes and cannabinoids. These
crystals may cause the user a relaxing effect but they offer none of the other
health benefits other forms of the plant contains. Seeking out products that
have the “whole plant” or “full-spectrum” label will make it more likely that
you are choosing a quality product because it offers all the good benefits that
the hemp plant can give.
Seeking out the best product for you will take time, but if you
follow these 5 steps, you will be much more likely to purchase a product that
is safe and effective. Not all CBD oils are made the same, your diligence in
seeking the best one will pay off in the end.