Cannabidiol products (CBD) are not all created equal. The more popularity these products gain, the more critical it becomes to understand the difference between a high-quality cannabidiol product and a low-quality one. Here are some of the key things to look for when purchasing a CBD product.
Where Does the CBD Come From?
Knowing the source of the CBD in the product you are purchasing is essential. Hemp plants are grown all over the world in places like Canada, China, Romania, Germany, and the United States, to name a few. The regulations surrounding cannabis farming and CBD production in other countries may not be up to the same standard as in the United States. The FDA regulates hemp plants grown on U.S. soil and requires them to contain no more than 0.3% THC. So, when you purchase CBD from the U.S. you can feel confident that it doesn’t contain THC, which some CBD consumers want to avoid.
Is the CBD Organic?
Cannabidiol products that are made with organic CBD are going to be higher quality than non-organic CBD. Organic CBD is grown without the use of pesticides, GMOs, toxins, and synthetic chemicals. For something to be certified organic, that means it has to meet very strict criteria from the FDA. Hemp plants are known for absorbing toxins from whatever soil they are growing in, so if the soil is not clean, it can result in a compromised end product.
How is the CBD Extracted?
There are a few different ways to extract CBD from a hemp plant. Cannabidiol products that are extracted using C02 extraction methods are often superior to other methods. Other methods include the use of butane, propane, or ethanol and often traces of these solvents are left in the final product. With C02 extraction, only CBD remains, resulting in a more pure, clean product.
Are the Cannabidiol Products Tested?
Consuming a cannabidiol product that has been tested is the best way to ensure you have a high quality product. During the testing process, laboratories look for contaminants such as butane, mold, pesticides, and heavy metals. Look for CBD companies that offer a COA (certificate of analysis) for each product you intend to purchase and read it over before you make your purchase. A company that uses independent third-party testing will not be able to hide anything with it comes to contaminants in their products. Some trustworthy companies take it one step further and use 4th party lab testing, so they have ample proof that their CBD products are clean and safe.
Does the CBD Product Contain Other Quality Ingredients?
Once you know the CBD in your product is high quality, you will also want to inspect the other ingredients listed. For example, if you are purchasing a CBD lotion, you will want to make sure the moisturizers and oils used are going to be healthy for the skin and not cause an adverse reaction. The same goes for CBD products you will consume, such as CBD capsules. CBD capsules should be made with an organic carrier oil for easy absorption and digestion.
Read Any Certificate of Analysis from Color Up Products
Color Up is proud to have some of the highest standards of quality in the CBD industry. Each batch of Pure or Full Spectrum CBD that we use comes with a 3rd party COA. Our laboratory goes the extra mile and periodically does a 4th party verification to ensure everything checks out when compared to the 3rd party tests. Take a look at our Lab Tests to learn more about our testing process and see COAs for our products.