CBD comes in many forms. It’s unregulated. And there are literally thousands of companies now selling products with CBD. You can buy everything from CBD water to a bath bomb. And the claims…apparently CBD is the miracle cure all we’ve all been waiting for. In fact, as I’m writing this blog post, I received an email from a CBD company that claimed it was “The proven pain relief miracle.” Except that CBD relieves symptoms, it doesn’t cure, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t qualify for “miracle” status.
However, CBD definitely can provide some pretty wonderful benefits for many.
These benefits include:
- Helps support a sense of calm for focus*
- Helps support the management of normal, everyday stresses*
- Helps support recovery from exercise-induced inflammation*
- Helps support healthy sleep cycles*
Personally, I’ve gained better digestion, better sleep, and a reduction in anxiety related symptoms. I take CBD at night before I go to bed and have been supplementing for more than two years.
I’ve tried some products that don’t work at all, and have found products that work really well. If you’re interested in trying CBD, please, please be a savvy consumer. Here are the things to look for before you buy a CBD Supplement.
#1 Tested by an Accredited 3rd Party Lab
If you buy a CBD product that hasn’t been tested, you could be ingesting anything. It’s unregulated. You can buy CBD at your local farmer’s market, made in your neighbor’s kitchen. There may be very little, if any, CBD in the product. OR you may buy a product that has been tainted or made from synthetic CBD. People have died from consuming products that were supposed to be CBD but weren’t. Please make sure the product has been tested by an accredited third party lab.
- Make sure the lab results, aka batch reports, are recent (you can put “lab tested” on the label even if the test was five years ago)
- Is the product free from contaminants? (Organic hemp free from pesticides is a must)
- Cannabinoid content – does it match the label?
#2 Does the product contain 0.3% THC or less?
This is important for many, especially those who may be drug tested at work. That being said, THC can still build up in your body over time and cause a positive drug test. Beyond the drug test, most states require 0.3% or less of THC to be legal and at this level most people will not experience any psychoactive effects.
#3 What Else is In the Product?
Is there added sugar? Coloring and flavors? Read the label and find out what is in the product before you buy it. Make sure there are no allergens or irritants.
#4 Where Was the Hemp Sourced From?
Hemp is grown in a number of places including Europe and China. They have different farming regulations and practices in different countries. Look for organic hemp grown in the US, preferably in Kentucky, Colorado, or North Carolina where the Hemp farming is part of a pilot program (http://www.ncsl.org/research/agriculture-and-rural-development/state-industrial-hemp-statutes.aspx)
#5 How Was the CBD Extracted?
There are a few terms to know first:
- CBD Isolate – CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, and then isolated from the other cannabinoids creating a 99% pure CBD extract.
- Full Spectrum CBD is CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant along with all the other cannabinoids that were present, including THC.
- Broad Spectrum CBD is Full Spectrum CBD, without the THC.
Now that you know the terms, you can delve deeper to find out how the CBD is extracted. CO2 extraction is the best. It preserves the purity of the CBD while not contaminating the end product.
Finally, I suggest you know why you’re buying the CBD. What benefits are you hoping to gain? This can give you direction to help you find the right product for your goals and the right amount of CBD for your needs.
I know this is a lot of information to review before you buy a product, but honestly we all should be doing a bit of research before we put anything, including pharmaceuticals, into our bodies. It’s YOUR body and you should know what you’re putting into it.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.