CBD Business, Part 1: Safety

What was once a niche alternative treatment is booming into a multimillion-dollar market. Whether for personal use or just prospecting business opportunities, the CBD industry is a fantastic market.

Understanding CBD Products & Safety

As the cannabidiol (CBD) realm continues to grow, the information behind it will too. With this being said, it is inevitable that people are taking advantage of the opportunity and selling CBD products. Most companies claim that their CBD is different from the rest, theirs is the “best” or “purest,” but this is not always the case.

When browsing for CBD products, it is important to look for companies that produce safe and quality oils, as the industry is not regulated by the FDA. This results in businesses not required to follow guidelines regarding how they manufacture or advertise their CBD. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has a lot of excellent properties and has the potential to help many people with a vast array of conditions, but the safe quality CBD oils need to be used. 

What should I look for when browsing for oils?

There are a few things that should be considered before buying CBD:

  • The Creditability of the Company:

Just like buying anything else, it is valuable to know who you are buying CBD oil from and what their reputation is. You would not go to a doctor who is known for putting their patients in harm’s way? So, why would you do the same with your CBD oil? 

When examining companies, it is essential to review previous customers experience and what the company is claiming about their product. Although CBD is known for alleviating symptoms for many individuals, it is by no means a cure-all, and you should be very cautious of companies that claim so. 

  • Where is the Cannabis Plant Sourced From?

Where the cannabis plant is grown dictates the potency of the CBD oil’s therapeutic proprieties. Similar to many other plants, the environment in which it is grown impacts the end product. “This is especially important in CBD oil because of the hemp plant’s characteristic as a “hyperaccumulator.” This means that the hemp plant easily absorbs anything that is present in the ground that it was cultivated and farmed,” including heavy metals and toxins. 

Famers in the United States are required to obtain a license to grow cannabis plants from the department of agriculture. As a result of this, it is recommended that one looks for companies that source their plants from within the United States.

With the popularity of CBD products growing, there are so many options available to the consumers within all price ranges. Although it might seem like a good idea to go for lower-priced CBD when testing the product out for the first time, it may not be. Typically, the price of the CBD is in direct correlation with the quality of the CBD. Thus cheap CBD products are going to be lower in quality.  “The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in November 2017, found that about 26 percent of the CBD products they tested contained significantly less CBD per milliliter than the label advertised, which “could negate any potent.”

Different methods that can be used to extract CBD form the cannabis plant. Each technique has its benefits and pitfalls; it is left up to the discretion of the company to decide what best suits them. The most commonly used methods are CO2 extraction, solvents extraction, and olive oil extraction. It is important to know what way is used to achieve the product, as some can be toxic if not done correctly, such as solvent extraction. Personally, I prefer using CBD oil that has gone under CO2 extraction due to the processes resulting in a pure CBD oil. 

  • Third Party Testing:

Third party testing is when a company sends its CBD oil to a third party to undergo screening. “A reputable brand of CBD oil should always have recent lab results available. Some provide them on their website, while others include them in the packaging or both.” 

Navigating the CBD market can be challenging itself, let alone searching for a company that provides safe, qualities products. Examining the different aspects mentions above can help sift through all the different products available.