Not All CBD Products Are Created Equal

CBD, cannabidiol, is sweeping the nation with all sorts of products. These items are helping consumers handle various mental and physical challenges. CBD’s effects are based no every person’s individual experience. That said, when choosing a CBD product for your own consumption, there are a few aspects with regards to purity, effectiveness and Quality that we think are important to consider before you make that purchase. 

4 Factors to Verify Before Buying CBD

1. Dosage

Like any product, the amount affects the result. CBD dosage is expressed in milligrams (mg) and depends entirely on the form of the product. Forms range from oils, tinctures, topicals, capsules, edibles, and more. Its important to note that after prolonged use the body naturally builds a tolerance to most things introduced over time,so is best to consult your doctor before taking extremely high doses of CBD.   

2. THC Compound

It’s important to understand that because CBD is derived from the hemp plant, trace amounts of THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, will naturally be found in CBD. However, CBD products derived properly and in accordance of the law will have 0.3% or less THC in them. If the plant has more than 0.3% THC, it is considered marijuana and can leave the user with a ‘high’ effect.   Unfortunately, the difference of this plant isn’t as simple as using a different seed. Natural factors like weather and cross-pollination can cause hemp and marijuana plants to adjust to their surroundings and change their genetic makeup so it is important to verify the THC compound through labels and official lab tests.

3. Origin of Harvest

Knowing where your CBD products were harvested is key to verifying purity and quality. CBD products in the United States come primarily from hemp grown in Colorado, Oregon, Kentucky or California and in some cases, imported from overseas. So, if you’re concerned with purity and quality, which goes without saying, it’s best to only consume CBD products that have been derived from hemp grown in the United States. since the U.S. has some of the strictest farming and commerce laws in the world.  

4. COA (Certificate of Analysis)

Last but most important is the COA. The Certificate of Analysis (COA) is a document that provides a product’s test results for levels of purity in CBD and THC, as well as any contaminant or toxin that may be present. But not all manufacturers take this extra step to monitor their products. This is because CBD is not regulated by the FDA. However, online stores are required by the payment processing banks they partner with to make COAs readily available for each CBD product being sold. Thus, your chances of getting a CBD product of top quality and purity is highest when purchased from an online store.  

The Blessed Bud is proud to host this photo by Kelly Sikkema

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