With so many products only one click away, it can be tempting to choose the most affordable CBD oil you can find; but it’s important to remember cheaper is not necessarily better. Lower quality CBD have shown to cause a higher chance of side effects than higher quality CBD. There are a few factors to consider when comparing the quality of different CBD oil manufacturers. Below are some of the factors to consider when looking for a reputable CBD brand:
The best CBD products use hemp oil sourced by farmers in the United States. The others use imported hemp oil that comes from China or Eastern Europe. These products lack any transparency when it comes to how the hemp is farmed or processed. Hemp plants absorb any bad chemicals (like pesticides or lead) in the soil when they grow. That means if hemp is grown on “bad” soil, the hemp oil will contain all these toxic chemicals. In contrast, in the United States, hemp farmers in the US are all licensed farmers. The seeds they use also are inspected.
Organic versus Non-Organic
High quality CBD products come from organically grown hemp. Non-organic CBD products may contain heavy metals and other toxins from the soil or may have been treated with pesticides in the growing process. Low quality CBD products also come from low-dose THC marijuana strains which in order to extract CBD use harsh chemical solvents to isolate CBD and thus remove all other naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and other essential nutrients and compounds. These molecules play a crucial role in the efficiency of CBD, which is also known as the “entourage effect”. This synergistic effect has shown to magnify the therapeutic effect of CBD hemp oil.
The best CBD companies use supercritical CO2 extraction. It maintains the purity of the CBD oil throughout the entire eco-friendly and non-toxic process. Also, supercritical CO2 extraction retains all of the naturally occurring beneficial molecules found in the hemp plant.
Cost-saving companies use the cheaper Rick Simpson extraction method, which uses petroleum solvents to extract the active compounds from the cannabis plant. These solvents leave petroleum-based residues, which end up in the CBD oil and have been shown to produces products with a lower concentration of CBD.
Full Spectrum versus Isolate
Another quality of a good CBD is that it is manufactured using the whole plant, also known as “Full Spectrum”. CBD Isolates are becoming increasingly popular, but in reality, it is a cheaper material than whole plant extracts. Using the whole plant, rather than using only one part, ensures that the oil contains not just CBD, but also the full range of primary and secondary constituents of the hemp plant. These include terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids that are generally believed to work synergistically with CBD, making the benefits exponentially higher than CBD alone.