The 101 On CBD Quality—They Are Not Created Equal
Let’s face it, CBD is finding its way into a lot of different types of industries— from beauty to pain supplements to even pet care. Basically, if you haven’t heard of CBD, you may want to double-check that you’re not living under a rock.
Just a little recap for anyone who needs a refresher about what exactly CBD is: CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a compound found in cannabis that may lend itself to easing various problems, such as anxious times and menstrual discomfort.
The big question that remains to be answered however, is: Are all CBD products created equal?
Our short answer? No. The long answer? Read below to find out.
What To Look For When Buying CBD Products
Here’s the thing— even though the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived CBD, there are technically no regulations to ensure that all CBD being sold on the market goes through the same process of cultivation, extraction, etc.
What does this mean? Well, no blueprint for CBD production equals a general lack of accountability in the industry. Again— not all CBD products are created equal.
So what should you, the consumer, be looking for when perusing various CBD product catalogs online or in-store? Let’s go ahead and dive in.
What Are the Origins of the Hemp?
The same energy that we put into knowing where our food comes from should be transferred into figuring out where the hemp your CBD is derived from was once located.
Hemp can absorb pesticides, metals, and other toxins from the water and soil it’s rooted in. If these substances end up in the CBD end product, they can have a negative effect on one’s health and wellness. Because of this, it’s imperative that you ensure that the hemp used for your chosen CBD products is planted and cultivated in toxin-free soil and grown with organic farming methods.
Your best bet is to buy CBD products that are derived from locally-grown hemp plants here in the United States. Even though it’s generally hard to regulate hemp and CBD practices, at least hemp farmers in the US are licensed.
This is in contrast to the companies that import hemp oil from regions like Eastern Europe or China because of the cheaper price point. Unfortunately, these countries could lack transparency regarding how their hemp is grown and processed.
Make Sure To Check Labels
Reputable and legitimate CBD companies publish their COA to verify the quality of the products that they sell. The COA is the Certificate of Analysis, which informs you of the CBD source’s quality— i.e. through listing information that includes its microbial analysis, potency, solvents, and all testing done for pesticides and heavy metals.
The product’s label should include a batch number that can be referred to on the company’s website for further information. The COA will list all the compounds and chemicals that may be found in the hemp they used, which can give you an idea of the quality of the plant.
Now if there is no COA to be found, the COA seems to be very sparse with information, or if it seems like it’s been meddled with; then you should definitely pass on the product and company as a whole. Without a legitimate COA, there’s a big likelihood that you’re risking buying a fraudulent or toxic CBD product. Going for a product with a cheaper price tag is not worth the increased health risks.
Understand the Different Levels of Potency
It’s not only in the quality department where different CBD products aren’t equal. The other major category that needs to be observed and researched is the differences in potencies across various CBD products on the market.
There isn’t an official standard “serving size” for CBD products, so it’s essential that you know how strong (or mild) you want your product to be. Products such as edibles, creams, and salves typically have this information displayed on the packaging— labeled in milligrams (mg).
On the other hand, if you’re purchasing a CBD concentrate, flower, or other inhalable types of product; the potency information should be on its COA, listed in weight-based percentages as opposed to milligrams.
Another thing you should be aware of regarding the potency of different CBD is the different terms used in reference to the way in which companies categorize their products:
- CBD isolate, as its name states, is a form of CBD in which all other compounds have been taken out of the product.
- Full-spectrum CBD is a product that includes a dominance of CBD along with all of the other compounds (entourage) found in the hemp plant it was derived from. This may or may not include other cannabinoids such as THC and terpenes, among other compounds. However, even if full spectrum CBD includes traces of THC, it is in the lowest concentration (less than 0.3%), which has no intoxicating effect.
- Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum regarding the inclusion of other compounds in the product, with the main difference (usually) being the exclusion of THC.
All in all, with the stratospheric jump that CBD is making in society with its potential to aid in the soothing of various ailments, it’s important to do your research on the various products on the market before taking that dive.
Fortunately for consumers, MyJane does all this research work for the consumer, making the COA clearly accessible on each product page, having done the research for the origin and the purity of the plant, and having tested the product for its efficacy.
Here at MyJane, we’re passionate about helping women make informed choices about CBD products. We stand by every product we sell. We only offer you the highest quality CBD products, and whether you’re looking for CBD gummies to help you sleep or for skincare products to aid with inflammation, we have it.