As I am sure anyone reading this article knows, CBD and Hemp have been a lot more prevalent in the news over the last year or so, with tons of new CBD companies flooding the market. With this level of market saturation it can be hard to distinguish the good from the bad. Which products are legit and who is just selling snake oil? To help you answer that question we here at Jade Harvest Hemp put together our top 4 things to look for when choosing a CBD brand and product.
- Third Party Lab Results: This is one of the most important rules to follow before moving forward with the purchase of any CBD brand. Companies should be able to produce lab results at the request of the consumer. If the company balks or has any hesitation that is a big red flag and you should keep it moving.
- Social Media Transparency: Make sure any company you are looking to buy from has a website - we know that sounds silly, but you’ll be surprised how many don’t have one! You should also check out their social media accounts to make sure things look legit. Make sure to go on their Instagram account and direct message them to see if anyone responds, if no one get back to you with in 24 hours it might be to look elsewhere. If they are not working to earn your business on an initial encounter how can you expect them to be attentive when they already have your money and something goes wrong?
- Sourcing: Make sure find out what state and if possible what farm the hemp is coming from. You should also make sure to find out how the CBD is extracted from the product, as this process is very important when it comes to product quality.
- Do your research: With how popular CBD is in the news right now it is easy to get confused and not know exactly which type of CBD product to purchase (Full Spectrum, Isolate, Broad Spectrum). Below is a little cheat sheet to help you determine which option is best for you:
Full Spectrum: We call this the most robust CBD because it embodies all aspects of the hemp plant. That means that the CBD contains all other cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant including CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), and THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin), to name a few. And yes, along with these cannabinoids, Full Spectrum CBD also contains trace amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but in very low concentrations (up to .3%), resulting in very minimal psychoactive stimulation.
Isolate: This is exactly what it sounds like, isolated CBD. This is CBD in its purist form, no other photocanabinoids other than CBD and this usually comes in powder form. Isolated CBD also can cause the body to upregulate when using this frequently. This means that your body gets used to this compound and it will need more and more of it overtime in order to achieve the same result.
Broad Spectrum:This category of CBD contains not only CBD, but also many of the other photocanabinoids mixed in at different ratios. Ie: CBD, CBG, CBD, CBC etc. This is almost exactly the same as full spectrum, just no THC.
In any event make sure you do your research when looking to add any new supplements to your diet. Also please consult your healthcare provider to see if CBD is right for you.