8 Things To Know About Choosing The Best CBD Oil
Now that you are convinced or at the very least curious about the paramount importance of CBD oil for your health, the question arises: how to choose the right CBD oil for your condition or improving general wellbeing.
It is not about choosing the right CBD oil to treat a specific condition. The oil works holistically on the whole body and can universally treat all conditions via the human endocannabinoid system. It is rather about choosing good quality CBD oil from a reputable manufacturer.
While all bottles in the industry may be labelled “CBD”, not all CBD oil is created equal. Here are the 8 most important things you need to consider to avoid disappointment and make an informed decision about the product you are going to select.
1. Independent Test Certificates
The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a study which revealed that nearly 70% of CBD oil products sold online were mislabeled. That leaves only 30 percent of CBD products purchased contained the actual CBD content that was stated. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported similar findings about the hemp CBD products in 2015.
Given the overwhelming degree of misinformation, look for independent third party test certificates to ensure that the CBD products contain what they claim to. Third-party lab test results are an indication that the manufacturer takes its quality standards seriously and guarantees that the product is free from contaminants.
2. Organic Hemp CBD Oil
Hemp is known to be one of the most highly-absorbent plants. It means that contaminants such as pesticides, chemicals, metals, etc. may ultimately end up in your hemp CBD oil.
The best course of action is to select a CBD oil that comes from therapeutic female hemp. Reputable manufacturers usually state clearly where their hemp CBD oil is sourced from.
3. CO2 Extraction
Often less expensive CBD oils may use harmful solvents such as butane or propane. This extraction process is cheaper and leads to cheaper prices for the consumer. The question is do you really want to compromise your health and reduce the health benefits of the CBD oil with products that may contain residuals of the toxic substances?
Supercritical CO2 extraction is proven to be the best method for creating CBD oil. This method involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate over 100 cannabinoids from the raw hemp botanical material. Reputable manufacturers employ CO2 extraction and are proud to mention it.
4. Full-spectrum CBD Oil
Raw hemp material can be put through a series of filtration and distillation processes to extract only one cannabinoid compound (out of over 100), namely CBD. This extract is then called CBD isolate. In its pure form at room temperature, it looks like solid crystals almost without any smell and color. CBD isolate is devoid of the benefits of other cannabinoids and active ingredients present in the plant.
Full-spectrum CBD is an extraction of all the active compounds present in the plant and contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp. The evidence is mounting that other cannabinoids naturally contained in the plant provide a host of additional benefits not seen in isolates, thus making full-spectrum CBD oil the best choice. These compounds seem to work in synergy with CBD, creating a powerful entourage effect.
Another type of oil is broad-spectrum hemp CBD. Broad spectrum is made by combining CBD isolate and other isolated cannabinoids and active ingredients. Oftentimes, broad-spectrum oils are less expensive to produce, but they lack the original nature intended synergistic balance.
And finally, there is synthetically-produced CBD. While it may be the cheapest type of CBD, it is also the least effective and can produce unwanted side-effects.
5. Concentration of CBD Oil
CBD oil is available in various concentrations, which are expressed in milligrams (mg) or percentage terms. While higher doses of CBD will have a more pronounced effect, it is best to start with a low entry-level concentration of 500-800mg’s.
Observe the effects over the course of several days and make adjustments if needed. If you do not see the desired effects after 5-7 days, start gradually working your dose up. CBD oil may not necessarily produce the desired effects immediately after taking. CBD oil works by mobilizing internal resources and gradually helping the body to heal. It is observed that it takes the body at least one week to start accumulating and using CBD active ingredients in an optimal manner.
6. Negligible THC
THC is one of the active compounds of cannabis, the one that gives a feeling of euphoria and a high. Only products with less than 0.3% THC are illegal. 0.3% is an extremely low dosage and does not generate any psychoactive effects.
7. Made with Hemp Seed Oil
CBD oil can be made with a number of oils as a base, including coconut oil, MCT oil, grapeseed oil or hemp seed oil. Studies have found that the hempseed oil is the by far best agent for CBD, as it increases its bio-availability by protecting it from being broken down by stomach acids. Furthermore, hemp seed oil has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs), Omega 3 and Omega 6 for long term human consumption.
8. Unnecessary ingredients
In its original form, CBD oil has a grassy, astringent taste, which some people may find unpleasant. Companies try to mask it with the use of artificial flavorings. These artificial flavorings are harmful ingredients and should never be consumed. Ask yourself, if you would like to get a dose of potentially harmful ingredients every time you use your hemp oil supplement to improve your health and wellbeing.
Bear in mind these 8 points and you will be able to make a good choice of your hemp CBD oil.
To conclude, let me leave you with this one thought. The research findings on CBD published in the past few years look nothing short of miraculous. With no significant side-effects reported, what can possibly hold you back from giving a go to the amazing power of nature to see what it can do to improve your wellbeing?