Navigating the CBD market can be confusing, below you’ll find the key things you should look out for to ensure you are buying safe and good quality products.
1) Laboratory Tested Products
Laboratory testing confirms the product is safe for human consumption, CBD content is as stated on the packaging, and verifies that the THC level complies with regulations.
Unless the company is vertically integrated (i.e. they take their products from ‘seed to shelf’) a re-seller will demonstrate their due diligence if they publish the manufacturer/farmer’s laboratory results as well as their own third-party laboratory tests.
Click here to view our batch specific test results.
2) Go Organic
Hemp is a dynamic accumulator, a term used to describe plants that gather minerals and nutrients from the surrounding soil and store them in their tissues.
If Hemp is farmed with petroleum-based pesticides in soil that contains agricultural toxins it will inevitably contain toxic substances.
As the presence of these toxins is not yet regulated they will end up in your CBD oil if you don’t purchase from the correct company.
See below for our organic certificates.
3) Avoid Harmful Contaminants
It is well known that Hemp obtained from unregulated sources or irresponsible farmers may be contaminated with harmful substances.
Contaminants include chemicals that were intentionally added in order to increase yield, weight, or potency (e.g. pesticides, metal particles, and synthetic cannabinoids) but also agents that entered the plant unintentionally (e.g. heavy metals, bacteria/mould, and aflatoxins).
Click here to find up-to-date certificates of analysis that demonstrate the absence of contaminants for all of our products.
4) CBD Isolate vs Broad-Spectrum
CBD is much more effective when used in conjunction with the other naturally occurring compounds of the Hemp plant, a phenomenon referred to as the entourage effect.
CBD isolate lacks critical aromatic terpenes and other cannabinoids which interact synergistically to support its therapeutic benefits. Single molecule cannabinoids are simply not as versatile or as efficacious as whole plant formulations.
For the large majority of users, a high-quality broad-spectrum CBD oil will be more effective than isolated CBD compounds.
Future Bright CBD oil is composed of broad-spectrum Hemp extract.
5) CBD Content
Studies have determined that an alarming number of CBD products contain inaccurate concentrations of the CBD, in conflict with what the label suggests.
The findings were disheartening and proved consumers are seldom getting their money’s worth and could be putting their health at risk.
Understanding how to read the contents of a bottle of CBD is important.
- We use milligrams (mg) to describe the weight of the active ingredient, in this case CBD.
- We use millilitres (mL) to describe the total volume of fluid in the bottle.
- We use percentages to describe the amount of CBD in the bottle relative to the volume of fluid.
Click here to view our batch specific third-party laboratory tests that verify the correct concentration of CBD as stated on the label.
6) How responsibly was the CBD extracted?
CBD oil is a Hemp extract dissolved in a carrier oil. The solvents used to extract the CBD can vary from relatively innocuous and organic (ethanol, isopropyl alcohol) to more harmful ones (petroleum-ether, naphtha), or even supercritical fluids (butane, hydro-carbons, CO2). The exact conditions and solvents applied have a great impact on the taste, colour, and viscosity of the final product. The solvents commonly used in extractions today all have pros and cons, and all can be operated safely as long as proper guidelines and regulations are followed.
Because different countries allow different activities with regards to the cultivation, processing, and extraction of Hemp, companies often set up production pipelines that span multiple countries. This can make it hard to determine exactly where a CBD product comes from, who is responsible for its final quality, and what standards were followed. For this reason, thorough analytical testing of the final products by certified third-party labs is an essential tool to guarantee the safety and composition of CBD oils.