CBD has taken the health supplement marketplace by storm over the past couple of years and for good reason, quality CBD products work. More people everyday are starting to add CBD into their health and wellness routines. CBD is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant family. Although CBD is part of the cannabis plant family, it does have some very unique attributes when compared to other more well known cannabinoids such as THC. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that users will not experience a “high” when using CBD products. This allows consumers to use CBD and get the medicinal value associated with cannabis without having to worry about the unwanted intoxicating side effects. This has also allowed a wider demographic of consumers to use CBD daily, throughout the day whether they are at school or at the office. With more and more people turning to CBD for everyday relief, there has also been an increase in the number of brand and products available to consumers in the marketplace. Unfortunately, not all CBD is created equal and this has lead to a wide variance in quality. In this article we will give you the best tips when searching for the right CBD product for your needs.
Is CBD Legal?
CBD is indeed legal on the federal level. The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill made CBD derived from hemp containing less than 0.3% THC by weight federally legal. This federal acceptance has allowed mainstream media sources to promote CBD products, letting more consumers know about the incredible powers of this plant. It is however important to also note that although CBD is made federally legal, it is up to various states to determine if they will adopt this new 2018 Farm Bill, some states such as South Dakota and Idaho are yet to adopt this new farm bill, meaning that CBD is technically still illegal in those specific states.
One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing CBD is where is the hemp grown and extracted. Soil conditions make all of the difference when searching for quality CBD products. We always urge consumers to go with brands that use hemp grown domestically in the USA to ensure that their products are both heavy metal and pesticide free. Oftentimes, when brands use hemp grown overseas the hemp is grown on soil that has been contaminated from over industrial use, this sometimes leads to pesticides, and heavy metals being present in finished products. These type of harmful substances do not belong anywhere near your CBD products.
Every CBD product in the industry should be third party laboratory tested for both potency and purity. If your CBD products are not third party lab tested we strongly urge you to look elsewhere. These lab results should also be full panel, meaning that they should have both the cannabinoid potency testing, as well as pesticide, heavy metal and microbial testing. This will help ensure that the CBD products you are purchasing are safe and effective. These test should be done by ISO accredited laboratories and should be up to date (within 18 months).
Seed To Sale
You also want to keep an eye out for brands that have full traceability from seed to sale. This type of traceability helps ensure “what is on the label, is what is in the bottle”. There have been issues in the industry where brands have claimed a certain amount of CBD but in reality the difference is astronomically off (sometimes 80-90% off).
Different Product Types for Different Results
The CBD is not a one-size fits all model and results can vary greatly for various reasons such as weight, sex, ailment and such. To find the right product for you, you first have to ask yourself what are you looking to get out of CBD. If you are trying to solve an internal issue such as anxiety, we would recommend going with a CBD tincture or CBD softgel. If you are looking to solve an external issue we would highly recommend a CBD topical such as a CBD stick or CBD massage oil. CBD topicals can help target the area of discomfort better than consumable product.
We hope this article is beneficial in your search for the right CBD product meant just for you!