CBD was legalized in 2018 when the farm bill allowed the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp and its derivatives. Soon after, the hemp extract was enjoying growing popularity as people flocked to buy products such as CBD oil and gummies, partly due to its purported medical benefits. However, the industry is barely regulated by the federal government, and this has allowed some dishonest sellers to slip in and sell subpar and even contaminated CBD oil. The next time you want to buy CBD oil, keep the following tips in mind to ensure you do not end up with a subpar product that could compromise your health.
Request a Certificate of Analysis (“COA”). A COA is a document that outlines the CBD oil’s ingredients and provides the results of extensive tests for any contaminants. A COA is proof of transparency and shows that a company has confidence in the quality and safety of its products. Any CBD company that refuses to provide a Certificate of Analysis should have your alarm bells ringing: either they haven’t had their products tested to see if they meet safety standards or they have received negative feedback but would rather sell their products as is.
Once you get your hands on a product’s COA, make sure it has these three panels:
- A cannabinoid analysis that indicates the concentration and weight of the cannabinoids in the CBD oil. Trace levels of THC can build up in your system and lead to a failed drug test
- A heavy metal analysis panel indicating the levels of heavy metals such as mercury and lead. Extended exposure to these metals can severely disrupt your health. Any CBD oil product that has more than 0.001 mg/mL of cadmium, 0.0001 mg/mL of mercury, or 0.003 mg/mL of lead is a big no.
- A pesticides analysis panel. Hemp will absorb any chemical agents that are introduced as it develops including herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers. Continued exposure to these chemicals can disrupt your hormones, weaken your immunity and even cause liver toxicity.
Check that the testing was done by a third-party laboratory as it is proof of accurate and unbiased testing. A dishonest company is likely to fudge its internal tests if those tests produce unfavorable results.
Furthermore, you should also do a quick search on the lab to make sure it is qualified and trustworthy. If you have allergies, have a look at the ingredients as well and ensure the CBD oil is organic. Full-spectrum CBD oil will have every other cannabinoid except THC, and most CBD oils use either MCT oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, olive oil or vegetable oil as a carrier oil. Some companies also offer vegan CBD oil and gluten-free CBD oil, which will most likely be indicated in the list of ingredients or labels.
Finally, ask plenty of questions. Look at product reviews and talk to people who have used specific CBD products. Make sure you speak to your doctor too, especially if you are pregnant or on other medication.
Companies that make medicinal CBD products, such as Simply Sonoma Inc., appear to hold themselves to an even higher standard. Users would be well advised to do their due diligence in order to identify reputable companies that are committed to manufacturing high-quality products.
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