What to Look for When Buying CBD

 

 

CBD (Cannabidiol) has exploded within recent years. As market forecasts predict, this isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. As a company that is invested in its readers, we don’t want you to be taken advantage of in this crowded CBD industry. So, Hemp Bombs has prepared a list for to help make consumers make more informed decisions when they buy CBD products for themselves or their loved ones. Here is what you need to look for when buying CBD products.

Sourcing

This is one of the most important factors to determine the quality of CBD products and it starts in the soil. Where a company “sources” its CBD from has a huge impact on the readiness of a product for the consumer. The conspicuous nature of Hemp, including “hyperaccumulation,"place even more of an importance on the conditions the plant was raised in.

Our recommendation is that you look for CBD products sourced from the highest quality Industrial Hemp. It's important the Hemp is free of harmful toxins and pesticides. Choose a brand that works with highly experienced Hemp farmers who grow their Hemp plants with sustainable, environmentally-friendly methods.

Extraction

When buying CBD, it’s important to be aware of the extraction methods used to separate the CBD itself. Here are a few of the methods that are used.

Ethanol/Alcohol

This method, also known as the “Rick Simpson” method, involves separation through the use of a solvent like alcohol. In this extraction process, you soak Cannabis Sativa in a solvent to yield CBD-rich mixture, then evaporate the solvent out for CBD extract. The only negative about this process is that it destroys vital plant waxes, limiting the full health benefits of the CBD. 

Vegetable/Olive Oil

Yes, vegetable oils can be used as solvents for CBD extraction. Plant fats and oils are effective at extracting the resin, a highly concentrated part of Cannabis Sativa, for its CBD. What’s left over is a natural CBD oil product that can be consumed. While this method has low risk and cost, it is perishable and needs to be stored properly for use.

CO2

CO2 Extraction is the preferred extraction method and the one that Hemp Bombs uses for its product. While you can read about a more in-depth analysis of CO2 extraction, understand that it is a complex process that involves industrial machinery and professional expertise.

In CO2 Extraction, you transform Carbon Dioxide into what is know as a “Supercritical” state, artificially changing temperature and pressure. In its Supercritical form, Carbon Dioxide adopts both liquid and gas properties. The Carbon Dioxide is then pushed through machines with the Cannabis Sativa for high precision extraction.

If the option is there, CO2 Extraction is considered the best extraction method. However, it does require lab professionals and machinery. As a consumer, you should always look for CO2 extracted products.

Potency/Serving Size

CBD products can be confusing when it comes to their potency. Serving size may be equally confusing. Many CBD products list the total amount of CBD rather than by serving size on the product label. Especially for consumers who are taking CBD medically, you need to be sure of the doses you are working with. Also, because CBD is not regulated by the FDA, recommended serving sizes may not have scientific grounding. Hemp Bombs recommends that you start by microdosing until you find your dosing sweet spot. Your body knows best.

Also, because CBD does not have FDA status, watch out for claims about its effectiveness. “CBD cures cancer” is not something a company or product can lawfully claim. While there are many reasons to believe in CBD’s therapeutic use, laws are binding on the claims that can be made.

Lab Tests

When you’re buying CBD, you want to get CBD, right? One of the surest ways you can evaluate a product is by lab testing. At Hemp Bombs, our lab tests are readily available. They provide a full picture of all the chemicals that are included in our product and are performed by third parties.

In an upstart industry like CBD, especially where most Hemp is imported from other places, you need to be sure of your purchasing decision. Even if a company does not post their lab tests online, you can still request them. Be sure to look for expiration dates on any lab tests. A company should refresh its lab testing every few months to be sure of the product they are presenting to the consumer.

Choosing the Right CBD

Ultimately, it’s your choice. If you are in the market for CBD, you should have have expectations of the product you buy. Make sure the company you buy from:

  • Sources quality Hemp
  • Performs CO2 Extraction
  • Has verifiable lab tests

Hemp Bombs is one such company. While there are a number of companies that make “claims,” Hemp Bombs produces. Rather than trying to trick the consumer, we want to empower them to make good decisions. We hope you use this information to your benefit as you look for CBD products.