CBD has been used for its medical benefits for thousands of years, long before it registered on our contemporary radar. It can affect an abundance of our body’s receptors and systems, making the list of potential therapeutic uses of CBD so long. The word “potential” should be taken seriously; however, more research needs to be done before any of the health benefits of CBD can be confirmed.
When it comes to choosing a CBD product, there are many brands out there. The market isn’t regulated, so you need to know how to find trustworthy products. Here’s a list of important aspects to consider when shopping for CBD oil:
Is it clean? You’ll want to know that your product has been handled with care to avoid contamination, like microbial growth. Examine the packaging of any CBD product you buy to ensure it’s legitimate. Look for seals and logos from third-party testers.
How strong is it? CBD can be formulated at different strengths. It’s important to start with a low dose and work your way up to your needed dosage. Some brands may label dosages incorrectly, as the field is unregulated.
Is it pure? Is the product a pure extract from a hemp plant? If it’s from a full-spectrum cannabis plant, it could contain the federally controlled substance THC and may or may not be illegal in your state. You want to ensure the product you buy isn’t synthesized and does not contain pesticides either.
Is it third-party tested? Reputable companies have their products tested by a party unconnected to their business. Customers who can see verified test results feel confident in the products they buy. Various test results a company may choose to display include cannabinoid profile and potency, terpenes profile, presence of residual solvents, pesticides, microbial contamination. When buying CBD products, look for a Certificate of Analysis (COA). Performing a chemical and microbial analysis is not a requirement but a best-practice used by reputable companies. If a company doesn’t have a COA or refuses to share it, it’s best to shop somewhere else. It’s always best to have the assurance that what you’re consuming is pure.
Is the company reputable? Do a little research on a company before you buy. Check out customer reviews. Don’t just settle for the cheapest product, but rather shop around until you find a brand you trust.
The information above should never replace a physician’s order. CBD users should consult their physician before taking it.
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