CBD is not regulated by the FDA, which means there aren’t necessarily strict or clear guidelines for buyers to determine exactly what goes into each product. Therefore, depending on the CBD manufacturer, two seemingly similar products might actually be very different.
Although CBD is showing a lot of promised for potentially providing relief for a variety of issues, it still affects brain function and some companies are not straightforward with what exactly is in their CBD products.
Regardless of CBD’s relatively short list of risks and potential side effects, it is still important to know exactly what you’re getting so you have a clear understanding of how it will affect you.
Buying the Right Way: Finding the Right CBD Products From Trusted Manufacturers
Because CBD is not FDA regulated, the information that is available on the internet can vary by source and manufacturer. This can be confusing, if not downright frustrating at times.
If you’re considering purchasing CBD, it is vital that you choose a CBD manufacturer that is completely transparent about all of the ingredients that are put in their products.
That being said, determining who you can trust is sometimes easier said than done.
Here are some tips to help you make smart, safe choices when choosing which CBD manufacturers and products are right for you.
Buy from Trustworthy Sources
Every manufacturer should provide extensive lab reports. Take a look at this lab reports page from CBD American Shaman. If the company selling CBD to you cannot provide something similar to this, that should be your first indication that more than likely, they are not a reputable brand.
The more official name for these reports are Certificates of Analysis (COAs). You can think of this as a report which contains test results about what a specific product contains and the true amounts of CBD in the product.
This sounds simple enough, but if you’re not hip to reading COAs, they can be hard to decipher. Here are some tips to help you understand what you’re looking at (and use that information to make informed purchasing decisions).
1. Make sure the test results are for a specific batch of your hemp product (not just a sample)
The contents of different hemp plants vary, so make sure you’re looking at a batch rather than just a sample. This will give you a good idea of what the product you’re interested in purchasing actually contains. Take a look at the example below of a batch number on a product sold by Charlotte’s Web (see right).
American Shaman does not provide batch numbers on their products, but you can refer to the lab reports linked above to check your product quality.
2. Check the potency of THC
Federal guidelines require the THC potency to be no higher than 0.3%. At this level, users aren’t likely to experience the psychoactive effects that usually accompany THC. For anyone concerned about anxiety or adverse effects, this part of the lab results is extremely important.
3. Look for any potential harmful substances and understand serving sizes
Some CBD products may contains substances that are potentially harmful in larger doses like pesticides, heavy metals, and mycotoxins.
Many of these can be found in small amounts in our drinking water and even in some fruits and vegetables. At low levels, they are usually not harmful. At higher levels, that may not be the case.
Be aware of how much (if any) of these substances can be found in one serving size of the product in question. If the amount is safe, be sure to follow the suggested serving sizes to protect yourself from any adverse effects.
4. Packaging is Important
Packaging is an important thing to pay attention to when you buy your CBD products and goes beyond just looking nice on your kitchen or bathroom counter. high-quality CBD manufacturers package their extracts in dark colored bottles to prevent the CBD oil from being exposed to light and losing its effectiveness. The brands below all use innovative packaging to help prohibit light exposure:
Dark Brown Bottles
American Shaman ships products in a cobalt blue bottle and have even used frosted the glass to ensure further protection.
Click here to learn more about how light exposure and storage effects your CBD products.
Know What Exactly is in Your Product
We know we are starting to sound like a broken record, but we believe it is extremely important for you to make informed buying decisions. It’s still important to know exactly what each hemp-derived CBD product contains. This is especially true if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.
When researching a specific CBD product, be sure the product is clearly labelled. Is it organic, gluten-free, or vegan? If so, are the ingredients consistent with those claims?
In addition to verifying THC potency, you should also check to verify that the lab results are consistent with the rest of its claims. If a CBD manufacturer claims their products contain a certain amount of CBD, they should be able to back that information up with a COA.
The general rule of thumb? Transparency is key. If a manufacturer makes it difficult for you to find out what their products contain; odds are, they’re not a trustworthy place to buy.
Know Type of Product Will Work for You
There are a number of different CBD products to choose from. Surprisingly, they are not all created equal.
As you search the market, it’s important to understand the differences between the various CBD products that are available so you can determine which kind of product will work best for you.
Here are a few of the different products you may come across and some things you should know about them:
This is one of the of the most common forms of CBD on the market. Tinctures come in liquid form and are administered through a dropper bottle, they are taken by ingesting a few drops of the product by mouth. You can place a few drops on or under your tongue, or even on the insides of your cheeks – it normally takes around 20 minutes for results to start taking effect on an empty stomach, but that time frame will vary depending on multiple factors.
Of course, depending on the manufacturer, tinctures can can come in a varying doses (100-1000mg) and sometimes, even flavors. Make sure to do your research and check the label for potency.
If you’re concerned about how CBD will affect you, consult your doctor before taking CBD and start out with lower doses. In time, you’ll begin to understand which dose will work best for you.
Topical forms of CBD include products such as lotions, salves, ointments and lip balms.
For some, these products can provide potential relief for issues like inflammation, psoriasis and joint pain. If you’re looking to possibly relieve your skin or joint related issues, topical products may make the most sense. We suggest trying our topical products from Charlotte’s Web or Plus +CBD.
These types of CBD products, otherwise known as edibles, are growing in popularity. This is a discrete (and enjoyable) way to consume CBD, although it’s important to keep in mind that it may be harder to consistently measure your intake and adjust dosage with gummies and consumables.
Much like the way many of us take supplements with various herbs and vitamins, CBD can also be taken as a capsule.
This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to start incorporating it into your daily routine. If you’re looking for more moderate doses (10-35mg) or you want to track your daily dosage, capsules might be a great option for you.
One of our goals at More Than Hemp is to make it possible to buy hemp derived CBD oil – and other CBD products easily and with confidence. We strive to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision and start your journey towards mental balance and physical relief.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information presented on this website is not advice and is not a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. Information provided does not constitute a professional relationship with Dr. Leigh Randa, PhD. Always consult with your doctor before combining CBD with your current treatments or medications. CBD should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment.