(This sponsored article originally appeared in AskCBD! and is republished with permission)
CBD oil has grown in popularity due to the simple fact that it works. As noted in a recent article in High Times, CBD oil is proven through both research and anecdotal evidence to aid in everything from sleep regulation to anxiety to joint pain and inflammation. “Hemp-produced CBD oil transformed the way consumers think about wellness, offering a legal, cannabinoid-based alternative to medical marijuana,” noted the High Times article.
But as the industry becomes oversaturated with fly-by-night companies looking to cash-in on the CBD oil renaissance, questions abound from consumers new to the market. Chief among those questions is “How do I find top-quality CBD oil from a reputable company?”
High Times explored that very question recently, putting together an excellent primer on how to choose the best CBD oil on the market today. Here are the top questions everyone should ask before purchasing CBD oil:
Is your CBD oil made from high-quality, all-natural industrial-grade hemp?
According to High Times, the best CBD oil comes from globally-sourced hemp grown on soil-rich farms. Since hemp absorbs everything in the surrounding soil, fertile soil makes for high-quality CBD oils. It’s an important question to ask regardless, but especially for consumers interested in full-spectrum CBD which includes everything found in the hemp plant, from terpenes to flavonoids, to additional cannabinoids.
So, what does High Times recommend? Companies like Diamond CBD are at the top of their list. “Diamond CBD treks the globe, sourcing their CBD from non-GMO, organically grown hemp plants cultivated on soil-rich farms in Kentucky, Colorado, and Scandinavia,” writes the website.
Do you extract your CBD oil using supercritical CO2 extraction?
It may sound overly-technical at first, but supercritical CO2 extraction is better than the alternatives when it comes to extracting CBD oil. As High Times writes, some companies use toxic solvents like propane, hexane, or butane in their extraction process. “Such poisonous solvents can be hazardous to the human body,” writes High Times.
On the other hand supercritical CO2 extraction “is a gentle approach that ensures the product maintains its purity throughout the entire process.” Again, they recommend Diamond CBD, who uses the process in everything, such as their flavored CBD oil collections.
Do independent lab tests guarantee your CBD oil is free from synthetics and illegal substances?
Independent, third-party lab tests ensure the safety of both customers and the CBD oil industry as a whole. As High Times noted in their report, a few bad actors in the industry have put out some low-quality products into the market, some that have even been found to have synthetic cannabinoids or illegal substances in them. “Legally produced CBD oil from industrial-grade hemp contains less than 0.03 percent THC, hardly enough to create a buzz or cause a psychoactive high similar to medical marijuana,” notes High Times.
To their credit, companies like Diamond CBD, which High Times uses as an example, provides customers with lab reports right on their website —from multiple labs—ensuring the safety of all of their CBD oils.
Is your CBD oil clearly labeled?
Believe it or not, according to High Times, some companies put out products with no information on the label. Consumers are buying CBD oil without dosage information, or without knowing how many milligrams of CBD are in the bottle. As High Times notes, “A clearly-labeled package helps customers to make informed decisions about the products that they purchase.”
Not to sound repetitive, but they do use the example of Diamond CBD again, which does clearly label all of their CBD, making them a top choice in the industry.
CBD oil: Asking the right questions
Armed with the right information, customers can make better, more informed decisions about their CBD oil. To sum it up, in the words of High Times, “Sure, Strawberry Flavored Hemp Oil may be a top-selling product, but as any quality product should, it gives customers peace of mind that they know exactly what they are buying, where it comes from, and what is in the bottle.”