Selecting the Best CBD Oil ~ by Molly Leier
CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil has been proven successful for many patients and is currently legal in the United States under the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, as long as it contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This makes it an excellent choice for those patients who live in states that have not passed medical marijuana laws as of yet. There are a few important items to consider when selecting CBD oil, which will ensure that one is buying a high quality product and not what is referred to as “snake oil” – one with questionable or unverifiable benefit.
Ask the manufacturer the following questions:
• Where and how is your hemp grown?
• What strain do you grow?
• How much CBD is in your hemp?
• What part of the plant is your company using for your extract?
• What extraction method do you use?
• Is your product a whole-plant extract or a CBD isolate?
Because hemp is capable of pulling toxins from the ground you want to be sure that the supplier is growing hemp organically in low pollution environments. Inferior extraction methods using butane and/or heat can reduce the actual amount of the beneficial compounds and some of the solvents used are potentially toxic. Avoid CBD isolates, which are cheaper to produce but have been proven to be less effective and in some cases even harmful. A whole-plant extract, which will provide a synergy of all the beneficial nutrients called the “entourage-effect”, is the best option.
It is extremely important that the CBD is purchased from a reputable company that discloses lab test results. Look for products from companies that test for the following:
• Cannabinoid Profile
• Terpene Profile
• Heavy Metals
• Residual Solvents*
Companies that are reputable will have clear labeling on their products and website. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples when looking at pricing as well.
It is helpful if the amount of CBD (mg per dose and/or bottle) is specified. Because the quality of CBD is so important, a higher percentage of low quality CBD will be less effective than a lower percentage of high quality CBD. Be careful with companies who focus on percentage of their CBD oil instead of listing how many milligrams per dose.