What To Avoid When Purchasing CBD Products
As CBD becomes increasingly popular for health, consumers have a plethora of options to choose from online. While this provides a wide range of relief options, it also leaves room for a minefield of misinformation, untrustworthy vendors, and unreliability.
It can be an overwhelming process for first-time CBD buyers to wade through this sea of dishonesty. We at TruCure have already published a blog focusing on the specifics of what to look for when purchasing CBD products online, but here are some red flags you should avoid when purchasing CBD products, no matter where you’re purchasing them from.
Vague Product Descriptions
A CBD vendors reliability can typically be defined by five crucial points: CBD/THC content, whether the product is full spectrum or isolate, where the hemp was sourced from, which extraction process was used, and whether or not the CBD was third-party lab tested for quality.
If a company is open and transparent about each one of the above details of their product, it can be a great signifier for that they’re truly getting what they’re paying for.
Additionally, third-party quality testing can be a great seal of approval, an outside endorsement that isn’t controlled by company interest or bias.
However, if the vendor is being shifty, cagey, or ambiguous at all about any of the above details, then that could be a red flag that they aren’t being fully honest about the contents of their product.
For instance, in one San Francisco study on 75 edible CBD products, only 17% of those products had labeled their percentage of CBD content accurately.
Not only does this pose a far-reaching issue of false advertising, but one of public health and safety as well. Hemp plants are highly absorbent of material particles surrounding them, making it vital to ensure that they weren’t grown using tainted soil, impure water, or carcinogenic chemical pesticides, herbicides, and solvents.
The cheapest extraction methods are often the riskiest: improperly extracting could risk retaining more THC than legally permitted in certain areas. Also, the less expensive extraction methods often utilize more unsafe solvents.
Shoddy Extraction Methods
CBD manufacturers need to synthesize over 80 different cannabinoid chemical compounds to distill the namesake cannabinoid in question. It is all the more important that they extract carefully, reliably, and safely to derive the CBD to its full potential.
In spite of its high costs, CO2 extraction is currently the safest, most environmentally friendly, and most effective method of producing CBD. Olive oil and dry ice are other non-toxic methods of CBD extraction, but while more cost effective for the producer, they can often weaken the yield and quality of the CBD.
The one method consumers should strictly avoid is extraction by other solvents. CO2 is a universally trusted and popular solvent in agricultural production, but butane and hexane can leave harsh, unhealthy, and potentially neurotoxic chemical remnants. Always avoid these forms of solvents no matter what, and if the distributor doesn’t specify their exact extraction method, even after they’ve been contacted directly, then don’t take any chances.
Another important factor is which carrier oils to look for and which to avoid. Despite it’s name, hemp seed oil is actually one of the least effective CBD carrier oils on the market: for the strongest CBD concentrate, consumers should choose a highly fat-soluble carrier oil, such as coconut MCT oil. Palm oil is another effective MCT carrier, but its associations with animal cruelty and deforestation should make it a hard pass for any environmentally-conscious buyers interested in CBD.
Cheap Deals Aren’t Always Better Deals
Consumers may need to shell out a few more dollars for more effective, superior relief. CBD oil tinctures are often cheaper than standard CBD oil, for instance, but their alcohol distillation process makes their concentrates weaker and unsafe to be consumed through vaping. Make sure to do your research before you buy.
Incorporating CBD into your Routine
CBD has immense potential to improve the lives of those suffering from a wide array of maladies, but it is something you'll need to use consistently to receive the desired effects.
We recommend using oils and topicals daily to treat conditions and for overall wellness, as CBD takes time to become part of your system.
If you need assistance in choosing a product that is right for you or discovering the right dose, contact us here and we'd be happy to help you.