How to Identify High-Quality CBD Products (and Not Get Ripped Off)

High-grade CBD hemp oil was made legal in 2014. As long as the product contains no more than 0.5% of the psychoactive element known as THC (0.3% in some states), then users can use this product legally and safely without any of the psychoactive effects that are associated with the cannabis plant, which is where the oil originates from.

Just a handful of years ago, the CBD oil industry was classed as worthless. Just one year after it was made legal, the industry earned millions of pounds and it continues to go. It has been estimated that it will be worth $3 billion by 2021.

While this is great news for this field, the market surrounding the cannabis industry has been left fairly unregulated. This means that it isn’t unusual to find CBD products that don’t contain the amount of CBD stated, that don’t contain the legal amount of THC, and that are contaminated with other potentially harmful ingredients in products with a high price tag.

To ensure you aren’t a victim of this, here is a guide to identifying high-quality CBD products without getting ripped off.

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Check the Color

Many of us are unaware that there is a huge variation in the quality and strength of CBD oil. A supercritical method of extraction is used alongside or instead of the method of subcritical carbon dioxide extraction to obtain this oil.

Subsequently, this means that the oil obtained isn’t pure. There are three types of CBD oil, which are classed as raw (least pure, almost black or dark green), decarboxylated (acid is dropped, similar to raw in appearance), and filtered (light golden, purest form of CBD).

Compare Prices

When you buy anything online, you need to make sure that you aren’t overpaying. To do so, you need to do your research instead of buying the first thing you come across. The first thing you should do is check whether the price being stated is what you are actually paying, such as, will you be hit with a massive shipping cost or is the product on offer in a different form.

Once you know exactly how much you will be paying, have a look at what other companies are charging for similar products that are almost the same in type and quality. In most cases, you pay for what you get, so if something is extremely cheap, there is usually a reason for that. However, don’t make the mistake that if it’s more expensive, it’s better because this could be a cunning tactic implemented by scammers.

Understand What You’re Buying

If you are planning to develop your own private label brand, then you need to make sure you fully understand what you are buying before you sell it on. It is a confusing industry. You can get oil made from whole-plant hemp and you can get oils that are created from isolated Hemp. Whole plant hemp tends to be associated with high-quality CBD oil. It is extracted from the stalk, stem, and seeds of the plant.

A number of natural cannabis compounds, like terpenes, flavonoids, and a handful of ‘secondary’ cannabinoids can be found within the oil, which is good. Research has shown that if CBD oil contains all of these products, then it will be more effective compared to the isolated Hemp. Isolated hemp products only contain the stock of the hemp plant, so all of the other beneficial components of the cannabis spectrum are removed.

Identify the Source

There are a number of locations that create and distribute high-quality CBD hemp oil. The main place it comes from is Colorado or Denmark, but if the oil comes from Kentucky, the Netherlands, Germany, and other Scandinavian countries, then you should be getting some great high-grade CBD.

The most important factors that need to be considered include the location in which the plant was grown, the way it was grown, and the species of the cannabis the oil was extracted from. The soil, climate, and even the types of plants being grown nearby can all affect the quality of the oil.

Third-Party Testing

Cannabis is not classed as an FDA-approved drug or food, which means third-party laboratory-based testing is not mandatory. As you can imagine, sellers who are trying to rip you off won’t want to pay thousands of dollars to an independent third-party laboratory for testing.

To ensure you are getting a high-quality product, just do some research to check whether or not this testing has been carried out on the oil you plan to buy. Reputable companies will have the reports available to you on their website. If they don’t and they won’t provide them upon request, then don’t purchase CBD from them.

Check the Ingredients

Buying anything online can be risky and when it comes to buying something that you are going to consume or sell to others to consume, you need to know what’s in the product. In general, you should go for CDB products that state they are organic or contain all-natural ingredients. These will be the safest products with the highest quality. The next step would be to research the farms the oil came from, to see whether or not the label they have given themselves is correct and reputable.

You also need to check the list of ingredients on the label of the product. If there is anything you are unfamiliar with, then you need to research it to ensure it is nothing harmful. If there isn’t a list of ingredients, then avoid the product at all costs.

When it comes to researching a product before you buy, it can be hard to know what is right and wrong because most of the time, the advice on the internet can contradict itself. The main rule you should follow is that if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Also, if you are unsure about anything or something raises suspicions when you look into it, then it is best to avoid it. When you do your research, you’re patient and put the time into it, then the best quality CBD for the best prices will be awarded to you in return.




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