CBD is everywhere. Here’s what to look for.
June 1, 2019
People are using CBD to treat insomnia, anxiety, the aches and pains of arthritis, and many other conditions, and here's why: CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and it does not get you high. So it’s no wonder that demand has exploded, and companies are popping up overnight to meet the growing need.
But before you buy some CBD at the gas station (or online) there are a few things you must know: Quality matters in this market. This isn’t a wax you’re putting on your car, it’s an herbal substance going into your body, so you want to make sure it’s as pure and potent as you can get. There is no regulatory oversight of the CBD industry. Quality control is up to the producers. It’s a buyer-beware scenario. Three things you want to know for sure about any form of CBD before you buy:
Where was the CBD grown?
Hemp is a bio-accumulator; it sucks up what’s in the ground. If it’s grown where there are toxins such as lead or other chemicals in the soil, those are going to end up in the hemp, and anything that’s extracted from it. You want CBD that’s derived from certified organic hemp. This can be found in the U.S., Europe, or other parts of the world. But stay away from hemp from places like China or Russia.
How was the CBD extracted?
The two most common methods of CBD oil extraction are using CO2, which produces a cleaner oil, and alcohol, which may leave trace amounts of ethanol in the extract. As detailed at Project CBD:
“The supercritical (or subcritical) CO2 method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the medicinal oil. This process requires expensive equipment and a steep operational learning curve. But, when done well the end product is safe, potent, and free of chlorophyll.”
Also from Project CBD:
“High-grade grain alcohol can be used to create high-quality cannabis oil appropriate for vape pen cartridges and other products. But this extraction method destroys the plant waxes, which may have health benefits that are favored by some product-makers.”
Are there CBD test results available?
Reputable brands know they must prove to customers that their product is clean and pure, and they will provide third-party test results with detailed information about:
- The spectrum of cannabinoids in the extract: Full-spectrum (other compounds and might contain a trace of THC), broad-spectrum (other compounds, no THC) or isolate (no other compounds, CBD only)
- Potency of the product, usually expressed as a percentage of weight, or as milligrams
- Terpene profile
- Absence of heavy metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury
- Absence of pesticides, mycotoxins (indicating mold) and solvent residue
It’s also prudent to choose a brand that has been in business for at least a few years, displays the address of an actual place place of business on their site, and has real reviews from real people.
Here are some top CBD brands
Elixinol Hemp Oil Drops (3600mg)
Certified by the U.S. Hemp Authority, Elixinol is a brand you can trust, and their CBD Hemp Oil Drops are ideal for high-potency dosages. It's easy to take up to 100 milligrams (or more) of CBD at a time with the dropper provided. Sublingual absorption means you are getting medicine into you instantly.
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DescriptionElixinol CBD Tincture Hemp Oil Drops are derived from organically grown hemp with a high CBD content. The C02 extracted oil is then put in a dropper bottle containing 3600mg of CBD. It is a whole-plant extract, not synthetic and not an isolate. Elixinol CBD tinctures contain all the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenoids, and other compounds of the original plant, and Elix
A high-strength tinctureThis is Elixinol's highest-strength tincture: A 120ml tincture contains 3,600 milligrams of cannabidiol extract or CBD hemp oil. A dose of 1/4 dropper (0.5ml) taken under the tongue three times daily will provide many valuable nutrients.
- Available in cinnamint and natural flavors
- Full-spectrum cannabinoid extract
- Organic hemp CO2 extract tincture
- Other natural molecules include: alkanes, nitrogenous compounds, amino acids, sugars, aldehydes, alcohols, ketones, flavanoids, glycosides, vitamins, Pigments, and water.
- You are assured of quality and purity; Elixinol publishes a Certificate of Analysis for every batch
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Charlotte's Web Original Formula CBD Oil
That’s a big claim, so let’s take a closer look: Among the first 14 companies to receive the high-quality seal from the U.S. Hemp Authority, Charlotte’s Web says their products are rigorously tested, as is the soil and water used in growing (all on family-owned farms in the U.S.) ensuring there are no heavy metals or pesticides present. All of their products are also gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and are stored in BPA-free containers.
The company actively supports nine charities. Today you can buy Charlotte's Web in two flavors, olive oil and mint chocolate:
CBD, plus naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and more in a formulation designed to help maintain:
- — Support for normal, everyday stresses*
- — Healthy recovery from exercise*
- — A sense of calm for focus*
Charlotte's Web uses select ingredients to ensure the best hemp extract CBD oil possible, with no fillers.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The original CBD oil product from Charlotte's Web, featuring the most hemp extract and cannabidiol (CBD) content per serving. Ideal for countering normal, everyday stress and supporting recovery from exercise.
- U.S.-grown hemp
- Approx. 43mg hemp extract per 0.5mL serving
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.