We’ve all bought a product on impulse, only to receive it, research it and then discover that it may not be the best or safest product available. But when it comes to products intended for your health and wellness, this method can cause more harm than good. That’s why it is important to do your research before purchasing to ensure you’re getting a safe CBD product.
Your Safe CBD Product Checklist
While the FDA continues building comprehensive CBD regulations, industry-leading brands have stepped up and set the precedent for quality CBD products. As such, premium CBD is actually easy to come by if you know where to look and what to look for. Here are the five non-negotiables for a compliant, quality and safe CBD product.
✅ Premium Hemp Grown in the U.S.
When CBD first became popular in the states, many manufacturers were importing their Hemp from European or Asian countries due to the lax regulations and favorable price points. Unfortunately, this common practice left shoppers vulnerable, as these foreign crops were not held to the same standards.
However, the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill allowed U.S. farmers to legally grow Hemp under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These new regulations outlined processes for testing the land, verifying THC concentrations and disposing of faulty crops to establish consistency and safety for consumers.
Now, sustainably sourced, premium Industrial Hemp is the industry standard for creating safe CBD products. These crops are grown free of harmful pesticides and contain less than 0.3% THC – the federal legal limit. Rest assured that all Hemp Bombs® raw CBD comes with a full-panel Certificate of Analysis (COA) verifying it meets these standards — because we believe good CBD starts with good Hemp.
✅ In-House Manufacturing with Strict Standards
Not all companies have the capacity to complete each step of the manufacturing process in-house, so they have to outsource to several different companies, leaving room for error and less-than-safe CBD products. Instead, find a company that takes a hands-on approach and controls exactly what happens during each step of production.
Manufacturing products in-house is not enough though; these companies should also adhere to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), which are strict standards established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect the end consumer. In this largely unregulated industry, cGMPs provide standardized guidance for handling raw materials, machinery and employees.
For instance, at Hemp Bombs, we handle production from seed to sale in our 100,000-square-foot manufacturing space, giving us the ability to implement these strict standards and enact an extensive quality control (QC) process, including raw material verification, in-process checks, finished goods testing and stability studies. We take pride in our in-house process and ensure quality and consistency through companywide standard operating procedures.
Watch our video to go behind the scenes of our facility and see this QC process in action.
✅ High-Quality Ingredients
In the same way you check the label when shopping for food, you should also check it while browsing for CBD. Look for these two essential labeling requirements: the accurate CBD concentration and comprehensive ingredients list.
By checking the ingredients list, you can verify that your potential purchase is not filled with any unnecessary or harmful ingredients. Additionally, you can make sure that any supplemental ingredients will enhance the CBD benefits.
At Hemp Bombs, we have a team of expert formulators that crafts each product for maximum efficiency. For example, we include the sleep aid melatonin in our CBD Sleep Gummies to fully support a healthy sleep cycle. And our CBD Pain Freeze features cooling menthol to deliver quick relief for deep muscle aches and pains. We strive to use only the highest-quality ingredients, so you can feel confident with our safe CBD products in hand.
✅ Full-Panel Third-Party Lab Tests
Perhaps the most important step to certify you are purchasing a safe CBD product is checking the lab test. This document not only reveals what is in your product but also what is not in it.
While your first thought may be to just verify the correct CBD concentration, there are several other aspects you should look for on a full-panel COA. These include:
• CBD concentration
• THC concentration
• Residual solvents
• Heavy metals
• Filth and foreign materials
Each of these should have its own section on the COA and an analysis of several forms of each element. They should register as N/D (non-detectable) or well below the action level for the item to be considered a safe CBD product. If one area does not pass the test, then start shopping around with other brands, as these elements can be harmful to your health when ingested or topically applied.
Not only does Hemp Bombs conduct in-house lab testing throughout the production process, we also partner with ISO-certified independent laboratories to verify these results for each batch of products. Plus, we store our inventory in a quarantine area while we await confirmation.
Reputable CBD companies will make these results easily accessible to you on the product page, a dedicated lab test area on the website or through the QR code on the back of the label— so you shouldn’t have to search very hard. You can find lab tests for all our products here.
✅ A Trustworthy Company
Although there are over 3,000 CBD companies to choose from, they certainly don’t all adhere to the standards put in place by the top-tier companies – and even some of those deemed reputable won’t meet every item on this checklist.
Be sure to read customer reviews to gain more insight on a company before you choose to make a purchase. Also, look for a brand with longevity that has grown with the industry and learned what it takes to produce quality CBD, like Hemp Bombs - your trusted CBD retailer.
We’ve been around since 2016 – before CBD entered into the mainstream – and have always aimed to make safe CBD products affordable and accessible for those who need them most. Over the years, we have constantly improved our product line to meet consumer demands and provide more value to you. We exceed the confines of this checklist when it comes to producing CBD Edibles like our CBD Capsules and CBD Gummies, our CBD Oil and other premium CBD products, and we have experts in every field, including compliance, research and development, quality control, formulation and manufacturing, to ensure we deliver the best CBD experience possible.
It can take some time to find all the details on a company, but with the right research, you should be able to find a quality and reputable company, like Hemp Bombs. We thrive on transparency, so we outline our processes and even take you behind the scenes to see how we operate. Because when a company is confident about its processes and safe CBD products, it will readily prove just how it’s done.
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