It seems like everywhere you look these days you can find CBD oil - from gas stations to wellness centers to restaurants. But in this new and highly unregulated market, you need to be smart about what you buy and put in your body. Here are a few things we think are important when choosing the right product for you when you buy CBD oil.
1. Look for lab tests - every time
Its not easy to tell what's in a CBD product just by looking at it - especially hemp oil. Reputable companies will post the results of third-party lab tests for their products on their website. If a company doesn't supply current labs tests with their products, then you should look elsewhere. There have been reports of some companies marketing products as CBD oil that actually contain no CBD at all. Getting the lab tests will make sure you know what you are getting when you buy CBD oil.
Make sure that the potency levels shown on the lab results are at least as much as shown on the bottle and that the overall THC level is below 0.3% - that is the level set by the federal government to discern hemp from marijuana. If your products are above 0.3% THC, then they are not legal and can get you into trouble if you are caught with them.
2. Beware of misleading health claims
The fact is, when there is money to be made, some people will say anything to get you to buy their product. While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support all sorts of claims to the plant's many benefits, the research is limited and the FDA and USDA have not setup regulations around the marketing of many hemp products - CBD oil is no exception.
CBD is not magic, but man people find it beneficial. If a brand is making claims that sound too good to be true, they very well may be.
3. Take note of the potency
Any reputable CBD brand will list the potency of their products on the packaging. With hemp oil, this is generally on the bottle and represents the total potency of the entire bottle, not a single dose. Take note of this. Many times, similar products can vary widely in potency but cost about the same amount. The more potent a product is, the less you will need to use at a time. So you could stand to save a lot of money by ensuring you are getting the most bang for your buck.
Its important to note that with almost all CBD brands, the potency on the label will vary slightly from what you see in the lab results. Always check the lab results for the batch you are purchasing as potency levels can vary from batch to batch.
With the landscape of the CBD industry changing every day, the most important thing is to find a brand you trust. At Cannesis, we provide our lab results directly on our product page for our hemp oil, take extra care in our messaging and educate our customers about the potency and usefulness of our products.