Learn about what to look for in a product with our top tips & advice for navigating the CBD industry to your best ability.
Choosing A CBD Product
When it comes to choosing a CBD product, the most important thing to consider is that you listen to your own body. What effects are you hoping to feel from using a CBD product? How important is the THC level to you? If you are not concerned about THC, then a full spectrum product would be best for you. This will give you the full magic effect of cannabis as it’s designed for your body’s endocannabinoid system to recieve.
About CBD in the UK
CBD is one of the major active compound found within Cannabis & Hemp, it is otherwise known as; Cannabidiol. CBD is non-psychoactive, this allows you to take advantage if the therapeutic benefits without leaving you with the “stoned” or “high” feeling, which people will often associate with any cannabis-based product.
In the UK, CBD products must be devired from Hemp, although Cannabis & Hemp both produce CBD. CBD can also have a small THC content, as long as it is below 0.2% then it is legal in the UK. Although there seems to be some grey areas with THC in a finished product, things seem to be accepted if they have a THC level under the 0.2%. When importing CBD products from the US, it is important to take note of the THC content in the product as their legal level of THC is 0.3%. Don’t end up importing an illegal product by accident.
Important Things to Consider
It is important to make sure the Hemp used to produce the CBD oil has been grown in an organic way with no GMO’s & pesticides. Meaning that the CBD oil will not contain any nasty unexpected chemicals & the Hemp is the best quality it possibly can be, making the CBD the best quality it possibly can be too.
There are many ways to extract CBD from Hemp, but the cleanest, healthiest way is to use Co2 extraction method. It’s always best to look for a product that has been extracted in this way, rather than ethanol or oil. We will go into more detail about how Co2 extract works in a later post.
There are so many different CBD companies to choose from with amazing products that can make it difficult to choose which product is right for you. Be careful & don’t be fulled in by the word ‘Hemp’ or ‘Cannabis Sativa’. Hemp seeds, hemp seed oil & hemp milk are all rich in nutrients, fatty acids & are great for adding to food & skincare. But, they do not contain CBD or THC.
Labels & Lab Tests
From a study by the Institute for Research on Cannabinoids carried out in a 2018. It was found that eighty-four different CBD products were analyzed & 70% of the products didn’t contain the amount of CBD they claimed on the label. This is a prime example of why companies need to help to educate their customers with posts like ‘What To Look Out For In A CBD Product’. When choosing a CBD product, asking the company for a lab test is the best way to really know what’s in the product. If the company you’re purchasing from doesn’t have a lab test or ‘certificate of analysis’ available on their webiste, get in touch & ask them for one.
Products should be tested for purity, quality & strength. The contents should match exactly what it says on the label. If a company refuses to provide a lab test, then that is a red flag & you do not make a purchase.
What to look for on the label:-
- Product name.
- ‘Food Supplement’.
- ‘CBD or Cannabidiol’.
- Must have recommended daily dose.
- ‘Do NOT exceed recommended daily dose.’
- ‘This food supplement should be taken as part of a varied diet & healthy lifestyle.’
- ‘Keep out of reach of children.’
- List of ingredients by weight from most ot least.
- ‘Allergens are listed in bold’, even if there are none.
- Amount of CBD in Milligrams or mg.
- Best before date (12 months is recommended, but 30 days after opening).
- Name, address of manufacturer/packer or seller.
- Instructions for use.
- Place of origin.
What to look for on lab tests:-
- The amount of CBD in the whole product & each serving. Does the lab test match what the label claims?
- The amount of THC in the product & in each serving. Is it under the legal limit?
- The other cannabinoids & terpenes present.
- Verify that the product has tested negative for pesticides, heavy metals & residual solvents. Cannabis is a bioaccimulator, meaning it absorbs whatever is in the soil & certain extraction methods can leave residual solvents in the product – you want to make sure the cannabis product you’re using is free of these chemicals. It will state this clearly on the lab test.
Our top tips are:-
- Find out where it comes from.
- Ask to see a 3rd party lab report.
- How has the CBD been extracted from the plant?
- Look into the companies ethos, are they thinking about the bigger picture like the environment?
- Ask the company for advise to work out which product is the best for you.
- Make sure the product is organic & natural, DO NOT consume synthetic cannabis products.
Thank-you for reading, if you have any questions or have anything to add to our ‘What To Look Out For In A Product’ post, please leave a comment below & we will get back to you ASAP.
All of our Hannabis branded CBD oils are full spectrum, organic, GMO, pesticide & solvent free, as well as being produced from hemp in Colorado & independently lab tested by a 3rd party.
- The MHRA have not evaluated any of these statements.
- We do not intend to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Do not use this information to replace the advice of your doctor.
- ‘The Conscious Cannabis Club’ approve all recommended products.