As demand for high quality CBD grows and its benefits are more widely understood, hemp-derived CBD products are becoming the go-to for many consumers. While CBD is on the FDA’s radar and most, in this exciting and emerging industry, believe that the FDA will eventually regulate CBD, as of now CBD is a largely unregulated. Essentially, it’s up to CBD brands to set the standard for providing consumers with access to high quality CBD and for information to make informed choices when buying CBD online. In our own search for the highest quality phytocannabinoid-rich hemp for VALO’s CBD line, we learned that all CBD is not created equal! So to help you we want to give you some tips on how to identify high quality CBD derived products.
5 Most Important Things to Look for to Identify High Quality CBD and Buying CBD Online
Choose CBD Created from Organically-Grown Hemp
For some plants, growing organically is more critical than for others. In the case of hemp, it is often used for phytoremediation – or cleaning up toxic soil. Hemp was the plant of choice to clean up the toxins from the soil after the Ukraine Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Naturally, if what’s in the soil ends up in the roots, stalk, leaves and flowers of a plant, you’ll want to make sure that plant is grown organically in clean soil. Much of what’s in the soil hemp is grown in will end up in all parts of the plant and in CBD products made from it. High quality CBD will always be manufactured from organically-grown hemp!
Choose CBD from U.S. Grown Hemp
The passage of the Farm Bill in 2014 allowed for industrial hemp to be grown again in the U.S. provided no part of the plant (including the leave and flowers) exceed a THC concentration of “more than .03 percent on a dry weight basis.”
However, some states like Colorado, were VALO sources our phytocannabinoid-rich hemp from, passed legislation at the state level to legally grow hemp years before the passage of the Farm Bill. States like Colorado are considered the “gold standard” for hemp farming. However, as growers crop up in new states where hemp was previously illegal to farm, we will likely see other states gain a reputation like Colorado for producing high quality phytocannabinoid-rich hemp.
Finally, and the most important reason for choosing CBD products manufactured from U.S.-grown hemp, is that hemp grown abroad is often contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals, molds or microbes. Albeit, this hemp is cheaper, and it is used extensively in low-cost CBD products. However, the lab results are rarely available, so it’s impossible to know what’s in it. High quality CBD will almost always be found in U.S. grown hemp.
Choose CBD Companies Who Publish Their Lab Results
Be wary of any company that does not make its CBD lab results public to you, ideally on their website. But, at minimum, available to see if you contact them. Lab results will show several important things:
– Levels of heavy metals in the CBD oil
– Levels of residual solvents in the CBD oil
– The microbial analysis in the CBD oil for microbes like salmonella or E. coli or mold
Lab results should report negative for all factors noted above. If a company does not make its lab results available, it likely means they don’t test their products. In an unregulated industry like CBD, it’s important that CBD brands take the ownership for testing their products and making CBD lab results available to consumers.
Know the CBD Extraction Process
Poorly performed CBD extraction processes can leave behind toxic solvent residues in the final CBD products. As an example, ethanol is used during the distillation process of manufacturing CBD from hemp. There are very few companies that use food grade ethanol for this step. At VALO, our partner’s manufacturing facility is one of the very few facilities in the world that uses food grade ethanol, demonstrating our commitment to safety and quality.
In addition, our hemp goes through a process to transform the hemp particles into nano-sized emulsions – particles between 25 to 60 nanometers, as compared to 150-5,000 nanometers, which is the industry average. This final step, results in a highly bioavailable product.
Accurate and Complete CBD Labeling
As we’ve written about before in our blog “Why You Should Not Buy CBD on Amazon,” many CBD companies mislabel their products as CBD when in fact, the product is hemp seed extract. Hemp oil from the hemp seeds will have little to no CBD in it as the seeds are not where the highest concentration of CBD lives – CBD is most highly concentrated in the flowers. Look for the words “phytocannabinoid-rich hemp extract” on labels as this will provide a clue as to whether you are purchasing high quality CBD.
A proper label will also list all ingredients – both active and inactive. Additionally, the CBD label will clearly state in milligrams (mg) how much phytocannabinoid-rich hemp is in the product. Typical standard dose amounts will be between 10mg to up to 60mg per serving. Reputable CBD products, as is the case with VALO Living’s organically-grown CBD products, will list both the total milligrams and the amount per serving of phytocannabinoid-rich hemp.
We wish you good health and hope you found this information valuable as you explore the world of CBD!