by Michal Tomankiewicz
As research continues to reveal CBD as a treatment for a variety of ailments, CBD products have been legalized in numerous countries around the world. And as demand for the substance soars, more and more people are seeing it as a business opportunity to venture into. But, this growing industry leaves room for scam-artists to slip through and rip off customers with poor quality products that may even be harmful. So how exactly does one tell the difference between a trustworthy manufacturer and one that is not? Fortunately, there are ways to differentiate between high-quality CBD and low-quality CBD when making an online purchase.
What to consider when buying CBD
Certificate of Analysis
Although federal law states that domestic farming of hemp in 2014 is legal, hemp farming is still largely prohibited in the United States. This is because only a few states have actually issued licenses to farmers allowing them to cultivate hemp for commercial purposes. This has led to a limited supply and exorbitant prices. Hence, businesses still import most of their CBD products from outside the US. This has resulted in a lack of transparency regarding the origin of these CBD imports, which is problematic for the consumer. Understanding the cultivation environment of hemp is necessary because the cannabis plant is “hyperaccumulator”. This means the plant easily absorbs the contaminant in the soil as it grows. If the soil is unclean, the plant may contain high mercury or lead levels. If a company does not carry out the appropriate tests on the CBD products it sells, they could be putting the lives of their consumers in danger.
Thus, you should only order CBD from a company that is able to defend their source with documentation. One such documentation is a certificate of analysis (CoA). A CoA usually contains the results obtained from the tests performed as part of a quality control of an individual batch of product. A reputable manufacturer will make the certificate of analysis for each of their products available to consumers. A CoA of a CBD product should provide its cannabinoids profile, terpenoids profile, microbial profile, heavy metals profile, as well as a pesticide and residual solvents analysis, amongst other things. It is also essential that independent third party results analyze CBD products. It is an automatic red flag if a company is reluctant to share third-party findings with the public.
Pay close attention to the labeling
It is not difficult for companies to mislead buyers when it comes to how much CBD their products contain. They do this through the labeling of their products. An authentic company’s listed milligram (mg) strength of cannabidiol will be reflective of that particular product’s actual active amount of cannabidiol. Meaning, if a packaging label reads 50mg of CBD, then that product contains 50mg of active CBD. But, a lot of companies on the CBD market are listing the dosage of the CBD oil without revealing the potency of their actual active CBD.
For instance, a company might label their CBD oil as being 100mg, when in fact; the amount of CBD contained in the product is only 20% CBD by weight. Buyers might assume that they are buying 100mg of CBD when they are buying the only 20mg. For this reason, you should pay particular attention to the labeling of CBD products. Is the mg dosage listed the amount of actual active CBD in that product, or is it the mg dosage of the CBD oil in general? This is an important question to ask, as these measurements are entirely different and have a strong influence on the product’s potency and benefits. In some US states, the law regarding the use of CBD requires the product to contain a certain amount of CBD for it to be legal.
And while state law requires CBD content to be high, it also involves THC content to be low. This is where it gets complicated. The truth is that not every manufacturer creates CBD oil the same way. Some companies may produce CBD products free of THC, while others may use slight amounts of THC to enhance the therapeutic benefits of their products. Such products, however, typically contain 0.5% THC or less. Anything more than this quantity might cause you to experience a high, and also face prosecution. A reputable company will make information regarding the CBD and THC content of their products, available to customers.
No far-fetched promises
There is no doubt that CBD oil is a potent antioxidant. In fact, the strength of CBD oil is higher than that of Vitamin C, D, and E. Because of these properties, amongst others, and many research evidence, CBD is considered to alleviate the symptoms of multiple conditions. However, there is yet to be strong results obtained from studies that claim CBD oil can miraculously cure any disease. An authentic supplier of CBD oil understands the capabilities of CBD and the benefits of the products they offer. To spot a supplier that is being far-fetched and dishonest, customers should first learn the real properties and benefits of cannabidiol.
Quality over price
It’s true that low rates don’t necessarily mean low quality, but it’s still important to be wary of them, especially when online shopping. If you feel the price is too reasonable to be true, then do a bit of research on other more established sites, and compare the prices. If other companies are charging more for a similar product, then it is possible that the cheaper CBD product may be of low quality. To be sure that the cheaper CBD product is a scam, take into consideration the other factors mentioned in this article.
Read through customer reviews
The great thing about online stores is that they provide a platform on which clients can review their experiences with the store’s products. By skimming through the reviews, you will get an idea of how reliable the service is. Reviews should inform you of the supplier’s average delivery time, and the quality of the CBD oil is put on sale. Avoid buying from sources that are chaotic with more negative reviews than positive reviews. An authentic manufacturer will ensure their customer’s reviews are easy for the public to access.