If you are like millions of others in America, in the past year or two you have been hearing a lot about CBD and the benefits of other cannabinoids that you often find in products marketed around CBD. Also, if you are like millions of Americans you have been confused by the never-ending sea of products that are flooding the market. You may have settled on a brand due to a recommendation or you may have said, “Oh, I like the name of that company and their packaging looks cool.” Make no mistake, there is danger in not knowing what you are purchasing as you enter the CBD market.
Always Read the Product Label
First and foremost, any reputable brand is going to be upfront and list the contents of the product on the label. There are several things to look for:
- Company Name – One can ascertain a lot of information by doing a simple Google search. Look for reputable companies that do reviews, such as Hemp Helps. Unfortunately, there is more garbage out there than quality products so this is a crucial first step to take. Additionally, you can usually find out information about the quality of a brand on reddit. Be weary of brands that make outlandish health statements such as ‘cures…’ or ‘proven to…’
- What type of CBD is in the product? For this demonstration, let’s focus on the most popular vessel of CBD; a standard oil tincture
- Isolate – A pure, crystalline powder that contains 99%+ pure CBD. CBD isolate contains no other phytocannabinoids. All the plant matter contained in the hemp plant, including oils, waxes and chlorophyll, are removed. This means isolate offers a finished product that’s CBD and nothing more. These products are great for those looking for a pure CBD experience. However, you do miss out on the entourage effect.
- Broad Spectrum – Contains all phytocannabinoids in the cannabis-derived plant but does not contain any detectable amount of THC. With this type of CBD product you can still get the benefits of other cannabinoids and avoid the small amounts of THC that accompany Full Spectrum products. Many claim that there’s not a difference between Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum. It’s often not easily detectable but it’s there.
- Full Spectrum – Refers to cannabis-derived from the entire plant that contains CBD and other phytocannabinoids (any cannabinoid that is naturally occurring within the cannabis family of plants) such as THC, CBN, CBG, and CBC. This type of CBD provides the aforementioned ‘entourage effect’ as you getting all of the compounds together. Important to ensure that the CBD products you try have less than the legal Federal limit of 0.3% THC.
- Hemp Oil – Unlike the other CBD oils mentioned above which use parts of or the entire cannabis plan, Hemp Oil is 100% derived from hemp seeds. Hemp oil is usually more nutritious for us, but it is missing the phytocannabinoids needed to interact with our Endocannabinoid System.
- Content – The next thing to look at is how many milligrams (MGs) of CBD is in your product along with the net weight of the product. Depending on the type of product, the MGs could either refer to the CBD per serving or the entire product in the package. This can be tricky as items come in all different sizes and vessels. We created an easy cheat sheet you can look at here.
- THC content – If you are looking to purchase an item that is pure CBD isolate the THC value should be 0%. If broad or full spectrum you are looking for the item to say <0.3% THC, which is the federal legal limit. Sometimes, this is not included on the label, but you still should be able to find on the manufacturer’s website.
- Ingredients – With anything you are going to ingest or put on your body you want to read the rest of the ingredients on the package label. With a lot of products they are going to include ingredients that you nor I know how to announce or what they even are. Google to the rescue again.
- Certificates of Analysis (Lab Results) – More and more companies are moving towards using QR codes on their products. You just open your phone camera and point towards the QR code. Immediately, you will be directed to a web page with the Certificate of Analysis for the product you are researching. Here is a helpful piece of educational material we put in some of our subscription boxes:
So there you have it. If you follow these 5 basic things to look for you should feel much better about the CBD items you are purchasing. This can be time-consuming and often confusing due to the different packaging, lack of uniform wording, sizing variations, and lack of transparency.
This is why you should partner with Hemp Crate Co. We know exactly what to look for when it comes to CBD products. We test and research every brand very extensively. There are brands we often turn down due to bogus health statements or lack of transparency. Every month that you receive a subscription box you can rest knowing you are receiving premium CBD products that have been vetted. Simply put — Hemp Crate Co makes CBD easy. So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t tried one of our subscriptions yet or an item from our store you are missing out on the best the industry has to offer. Please reach out to us direct at firstname.lastname@example.org with any product or service questions, even if you are not purchasing directly from us we are here to help!