Millions of people are turning to CBD to help manage their physical pain, mental distress, and improve their overall wellbeing. And while people stand by CBD religiously, it is still a product that requires some vetting prior to purchase.
If you want to purchase CBD, you must know what to look for so that you know you’re getting the best quality and most effective option, regardless of which product you buy.
What to Look For When Buying CBD
Before you purchase CBD, you want to make sure that you are buying a quality product. There is a growing demand for CBD in the United States which means that people looking to make fast money are producing CBD products, too. Unfortunately, as a result, not all CBD products are of high quality. That is why when you decide to make a CBD purchase, you should be aware of what to look for. Consider the following:
- Check levels of THC — Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant. Unless CBD is derived from the hemp plant and all of its THC is sourced out, your average run-of-the-mill CBD is going to contain some THC. However, CBD products should not contain more than 0.3% THC by weight. To avoid the psychoactive effects of the substance, do not purchase a CBD product that contains more THC than 0.3%. It’s also important to note that any more THC than 0.3% in a CBD product is not legal at the federal level and may cause problems for you if you try to travel with such a product.
- View test results — All CBD products come with a certificate of analysis or a COA. While it may not be easily accessible online, you can ask to see the COA of the CBD product you are interested in before purchasing. You shouldn’t forgo this step or buy from a retailer that isn’t willing to share the certificate of analysis. The COA will tell you how the product was tested and what quality it is. The FDA still classes CBD as a supplement and not a medication. That means these products are not closely regulated for the quality and safety of their ingredients. Consumers need to take extra care to do their own research into products they are considering using. Some important pieces of information to look for on the COA are that the tests were carried out by an independent third-party lab, not the manufacturer or retailer, that the milligrams of CBD in the results match the advertised amount, and that the test date is recent.
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- Avoid oils containing propylene glycol — CBD oils are easily some of the most commonly sold CBD products in the country. Some CBD oils contain a chemical known as propylene glycol, which breaks down into formaldehyde when extremely hot. Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and is linked to causing both cancer and asthma. Therefore, when you buy CBD, double-check if it contains any solvents like this.
- Do not buy CBD products that claim to treat or cure a condition — There is great hype surrounding CBD and the many ways it can help people. However, CBD has only been scientifically proven to help treat certain kinds of seizures, not anything else. More research needs to be done to test the effectiveness of CBD on conditions like chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. It is illegal for any product to claim that it treats or cures a condition when that has not been scientifically proven. Buying a CBD product that makes claims like these is not a good idea, as it is usually being sold by individuals looking to make a quick buck (and who are not worried about the quality of the product).
Any brand that is not willing to be transparent about the ingredients in their products and the processes they use to make those products is one you shouldn’t buy from. Labels on CBD products should include the amount of CBD per serving, the net weight of the product, the manufacturer’s name, a batch or date code, and a panel of supplement facts that describes the other ingredients in the product. It may seem tedious but reading this information closely can save you a lot of potential hassle down the line.
If you do your due diligence, you should be able to feel confident about the CBD product you purchase and start to feel the benefit of it quickly. But even when you buy reputable, safe products it is still possible to have a negative reaction to CBD so it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor, too, before starting to use CBD.
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Spend time doing some research online and do not be shy about asking a salesperson the questions you have regarding their products. You have every right to know this information before buying CBD. At NeuroXPF, we are committed to the highest quality standards and only put out CBD products that we would be happy to use ourselves.