How to Check the Quality of CBD Products

  • by Lourdes Staff
How to Check the Quality of CBD Products

Shopping for CBD products can be hard and confusing to know whether you're getting what you pay for. You might see "CBD" on a label and assume that the product is legitimate, but that's not always the case. There are many factors at play in determining the quality of any given CBD product, including how much active CBD it contains, what type of extraction process has been used, where it’s from and how pure it is.   As consumers become more aware of these issues, more companies have started offering more of this information; those who haven't should likely be avoided.

Look for full-spectrum

Firstly, consider looking for products that are full-spectrum. Full-spectrum means that the product contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids of the plant.

Full-spectrum products are better than broad spectrum and CBD isolate because it contains more compounds than just CBD. This can be good for your health, but it's to note that isolates have also been shown to work well in certain cases. In general, purchasing full spectrum products over isolate is better, but if you're looking for something specific like high concentrations of CBG or CBC, it might be worth giving an isolate a try.

Make sure the product contains less than 0.3% THC

The THC content in a CBD product must legally be less than 0.3%.  The other important thing to check for when buying CBD oil is whether or not its manufactured from industrial hemp and not marijuana. Industrial hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (less than .03%) and has been cultivated for thousands of years as an agricultural crop used primarily for its seeds and stalks; it is Federally legal because o the Farm Bill of 2018.

Read the label

The labels of CBD products should cover three main areas:

  • The source of the CBD.
  • The ingredients of the product.
  • The amount of CBD in each serving size.

There should be third-party testing

CBD products are not covered by the FDA and third-party label testing is a way to provide proof of the ingredients and potency of the CBD products being offered. The cost of doing third-party testing can be very expensive and is not required by law or the FDA, but should be done for any product being consumed.

Third-party testing means that an independent lab had tested the CBD for purity, contaminants and potency before selling it to you. The results will be documented the company’s website or packaging so you can see exactly what was found and how much CBD was in each batch being sold.

CBD is a natural product with many health benefits. It is important to know what you are buying and to check the quality of your CBD products before purchasing them. Utilizing the above recommendations can help you find the best quality products available on the market.


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