Guide to buy CBD or Hemp online

CBD has entered 2019 as one of the fastest growing industries of the year and the market is skyrocketing as new brands flood the market everyday.

Consumers can go online and choose from hundreds of different brands and  product options such as hemp flowers, vape cartridges, oils, beverages, topicals, and more.

How Can I Safely Buy CBD Online?

Education, Education and Education

As the market becomes saturated with new products, it is essencial for consumers to understand what to look for in a quality CBD product.

We have compiled our recommendations for you to have a good experience and value for the money when choosing your CBD product online.

Is the CBD Product Tested by a Laboratory?

Before buying any product, verify if it has been tested by a third party laboratory. If it has been tested, then lab reports for that product should be available at the seller website or the manufacturer of the product

Was the report analysis performed by an accredited lab?

The way you identify and accredited lab is to check if the are certified by  International Organization for Standardization (ISO). By being accredited by the ISO, this means that the lab meets certain standards and operates under certain guidelines that are approved and monitored by a governing body.

ISO accreditation is typically the standard for Cannabis analysis reporting.

Does the lab report confirm that the product is free of contaminants?
During the analysis process, a laboratory will determine if the sample contains any contaminants such as heavy metals or microbial contaminants, mold and bacterias.
Is the cannabinoid content listed on the product consistent with the analysis report?
The primary component of a product’s analysis report is to summarize the cannabinoid profile and concentration within the sample. In simpler terms, it means listing each cannabinoid detected in the sample, along with its concentration within that sample.

While it’s normal for the cannabinoid content to deviate a little, a big difference is definitely something you should be concerned with.

Does the Product Contain 0.3% THC or Less?

Any hemp of CBD product should contain no more than 0.3 percent of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.

What ingredients are used in the product?

Positive highlights to look for in a good product include if the product uses organic and all-natural ingredients or if the product contains premium ingredients that were added to enhance the benefits of the product.

Where was the hemp sourced from and how was it cultivated?

Hemp is the primary source that CBD is extracted from, and the quality of the  crop plays a big factor in the quality of the end product.

It is important to confirm the quality of the hemp that the CBD was extracted from. Hemp can be sourced from many different places, including Europe, China, and the United States.

Because the US has nutrient-rich soil and superior cultivation standards, it is by far the best geographical location to cultivate hemp.

What cultivation practices were used?

Another important factor is the cultivation practices that were used to produce the hemp.

Using the best cultivation practices such as maintaining the proper ph-balance in the soil, sourcing hemp seeds from accredited collectives, and abstaining from pesticides, GMOs, and other unnatural practices should be the foundation for all CBD products.

While it may be difficult to extract this information fully, it’s a good sign if a company is knowledgeable and readily discloses their beliefs and standards when sourcing hemp for the products.

The best case is when a company owns their own farms, and is able to oversee the entire manufacturing process from seed-to-shelf. 

What type of CBD is being used in the product?

Usually consumers are faced with products that contain “Full Spectrum CBD,” “Broad Spectrum CBD,” or “CBD Isolate.”

CBD Isolate is pure CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant, and then isolated from the other cannabinoids that were present.

Full Spectrum CBD is CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant along with all other cannabinoids that were present, including THC.

Broad Spectrum CBD is a mix between both CBD isolate and Full Spectrum CBD. Essentially, Broad Spectrum CBD is Full Spectrum CBD, without the THC.

How was the CBD extracted?

CO2 extraction is the standard for any quality CBD products because it is safe and delivers a pure end product. This method uses pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) to extract CBD from the plant, then compresses it into a supercritical cold liquid state, while preserving the trichomes and terpenes.

Amount of CBD in Each Dosage

Before buying any products, it’s important to first understand how much CBD is in the product. Depending on the type of product, the dosage method can vary.

Usually, the bottles contain either 15ml, 30ml, or 60ml of liquid content, and each filled dropper contains 1ml of liquid content.

To determine the amount of CBD that would be administered in a single serving, you can use a simple formula:

Total CBD Content in Bottle ÷ Number of Servings in Bottle

For example, if you have a 30ml bottle with a total CBD content of 250mg, you can determine the amount of CBD in each dosage:

250mg ÷ 30 = 8.33mg per serving

Does the brand have a good reputation? 

A great way to check a quality of a product or brand is by reading its reviews.

While it doesn’t guarantee the quality of a product, it does provide information into how other felt about the product and any potential products.

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