In the industry of CBD, 69% of products are mislabeled. From containing unlawful levels of THC to being devoid of CBD content entirely, the responsibility falls on the consumer to research accordingly.
As an unregulated market often sprinkled with legal uncertainty, product labels may be confusing to navigate as they are not usually subject to FDA guidelines. Most manufacturers of oral CBD products choose to follow FDA guidelines required of vitamins and other dietary supplements for readability, but this may not be enough.
There are still more factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right CBD product. Doing research into the manufacturers themselves, their practices, farming methods, and testing policies is essential. As a bioaccumulator, cannabis plants easily absorb pollutants in the environment such as herbicides and pesticides. Organic farming methods help to limit this exposure especially in USA grown hemp, which is subject to strict guidelines. Indoor growing is also preferable to outdoor growing.
Extraction methods also have a lot to do with the quality of the finished product. CO2 extracted CBD is much cleaner than CBD extracted with alcohol or other solvents. Following safe extraction methods, reliable manufacturers will participate in third-party lab testing of their products and make those results available to customers either online or upon request.
Asking questions and only purchasing from those willing to provide you with answers is the only way to ensure that what you are getting is what you should be getting. CBD can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments, but it won’t be effective if there’s no actual CBD in your CBD.
Ready to add CBD products into your medicine cabinet? A little research can go a long way when it comes to finding the best and most high quality CBD for your needs. Let this infographic be your guide to all things CBD, what to look for, and what to avoid.