How to Choose Safe and Reliable CBD Products
It is difficult to know which hemp-derived CBD products actually contain CBD and are safe to consume, as there is currently no federal regulation of CBD products.
Many hemp-derived CBD products are mislabeled. A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that 69% of 85 products surveyed had an incorrect amount of CBD and/or THC on the product label.
Another survey found significant discrepancies among some of the leading hemp-derived CBD brands that falsely claim full-spectrum CBD-rich oil is in their products; lab tests of several samples revealed only one cannabinoid – CBD – was present, indicating that these products were made with a CBD isolate rather than a more efficacious whole plant CBD-rich extract.
Another problem: Some overly processed hemp-derived CBD products are tainted with toxic solvent residues, corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors, and other contaminants.
But good quality CBD-rich products are also available. Which products deserve our trust?
Here are some tips when shopping for hemp-derived CBD:
- Choose CBD products made with American-grown hemp (from Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, Vermont, Tennessee, etc.) rather than foreign sources. Consumer Reports suggests looking for companies in states that have legalized the recreational and medical use of cannabis “since they tend to have stricter standards.” KNOW your source – seed to shelf.
- Choose “full spectrum” CBD-rich hemp extracts, not isolate, distillate or products labeled “pure CBD” or “no THC.” Full spectrum means it includes numerous cannabis compounds, including a small amount of THC (0.3% or less) in keeping with the legal definition of hemp. If THC is completely illegal in your state, opt for so-called “broad spectrum” CBD oil products that include other cannabis components but no THC.
- Look for product labels that indicate the amount of CBD and THC per serving – not just the total cannabinoid content for the entire bottle.
- Beware of companies that make explicit health claims about CBD products (this is not allowed by the FDA).
- Seek out CBD-rich hemp-derived products grown sustainably in accordance with certified regenerative organic standards.
- Avoid CBD hemp oil vape cartridge products with toxic thinning agents (such as propylene glycol and ethylene glycol), flavor additives, and other harmful ingredients.
- Avoid poor quality CBD gummies made with corn syrup and artificial colors.
- Think twice about brands that claim their CBD is derived from the seed and stalk of the hemp plant. CBD is not present in hempseed and barely any CBD is present on the stalk of the hemp plant.
- Beware of multilevel marketing schemes and companies that seek to sign you up right away for recurring purchases.
- Don’t be afraid to contact CBD hemp oil companies directly and ask questions. And if you cannot reach them directly, try another brand.