CBD is a buzzword that is finding its way into mainstream media. You have probably heard about it from your neighbors, friends or family. But like many, you may be wondering, “Is it legal?” and, “how do you go about buying it?” Let us help you through this endeavor, because not all CBD oil is created equal!
CBD oil comes from both the hemp and marijuana plant, and is a natural extract. CBD extracted from hemp plants won’t get you “high” due to little to none of the THC compound produced in hemp, however, CBD derived from marijuana plants will contain high levels of THC when extracted, which will produce psychoactive affect referred to as a “high”. For the purposes of this article we will be referring to CBD derived from the hemp plant only, which must contain 0.3% or less in THC when the crop is harvested. With Freedom CBD you can ensure that our products are low in THC and meet all federal guidelines.
Where can you buy CBD?
CBD oil is available everywhere! You can even purchase this product through Amazon. CBD products, as you probably already know, are showing up in coffee drive-thrus as well as in bottled water that you can purchase in grocery stores.
And while it’s great to see CBD become more mainstream, it doesn’t mean that all products are created equal. In fact, there have been several studies done where products that claim to have CBD in them, either didn’t have the amounts of CBD in them as stated, or in some cases… didn’t have CBD at all!
Based on feedback we have received from prior users, we believe that CBD oil can have a positive impact on your life, and for that reason alone, let’s dive into some things to look at before you purchase CBD products.
How are the hemp plants grown?
Not all hemp strains will contain the same amount of CBD. The quality of the soil and use of pesticides and herbicides in cultivating hemp can impact the quality of the end product. Toxins in the growing process will show up in the final CBD product, so pay close attention to lab results.
Organically grown plants are preferred, especially when taking into consideration, possible beneficial health purposes. At Freedom CBD, we are passionate about ensuring the product we deliver is tested from soil to oil. If you visit our website, you’ll see transparency in our testing along the way. Whether you choose to purchase from us or not, make sure that you can see test results of the product you do buy and remember, we are always here to help educate so feel free to contact us for help.
The cannabis strain of hemp that was used to make the CBD oil, should be a high quality strain and contain greater than 10% CBD. The less CBD the plants contain, the more plants must be used to extract higher amounts of CBD, which in turn increases the likelihood of a costly CBD product, or dilution and mislabeling by some CBD brands. We ensure a quality product by batch testing and placing label contents as well as a “born on” date so you know exactly what you are buying.
How can you understand the quality of CBD Product?
Let’s break this down in 3 simple factors:
- Source of the plants
- How it was made
- What the processing looks like
Ideally, CBD should be going through several tests before it can be sold to the consumer. These tests determine the levels of CBD, THC and secondary cannabinoids. Until nationwide regulations are in place, you as the consumer must determine whether your CBD source is reliable, such as, does the producer have longevity in extraction and know how to process a consistent product on scale? Rest assured, here at Freedom CBD we have over 20 years of extracting oils.
These tests will also show what potential toxic substances might be present. We show the test results for each batch on our website, so you can see for yourself what is in it, and more importantly what is not.
But don’t just trust us. These tests are done at a third-party lab. So whatever product you buy, ensure you can see results from them as well as from the company itself.
Understand how much CBD your product contains.
Getting to know your CBD product is just like getting to know any supplement, vitamin, or medicine you may take. It’s important to know how much CBD is in the product you’re consuming. This is extremely important when it comes to dosing.
Understanding the nutrition labels on food products along with the portions and nutritional value in them is very important and as you start to shop for CBD products, be sure to do the same so that you are aware of what you are putting into your body.
Depending on the label, you’ll see CBD concentration in a couple of different ways.
- CBD concentration in percentages.
- CBD content in mg (milligrams)
To help you with your calculations:
1 gram is 1000 MG. 20% of 1000 MG are 200 MG
5 gram is 5000 MG. 20% of 5000 MG are 1000 MG
Note that the higher the CBD concentration, the more CBD the product contains in relation to the weight.
We measure our CBD oil in milligrams.
Here at Freedom CBD, the content of CBD is given either in mg for the entire product, such as tinctures… or per unit, such as in capsules.
For example, CBD content of 500 mg is given in a CBD tincture bottle but with a total fill of 30 ml. In this case, the entire contents should not be confused with the CBD content. A tincture is a diluted CBD extract to which, in our case, coconut oil has been added which acts as a “carrier”. This allows for the CBD to be carried through the body at a faster rate and delivering it to your CB1 and CB2 receptors so it can do its job.
Will hemp CBD get me high?
Hemp CBD does not contain high levels of THC so the easy answer is… no.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound within the marijuana plant that gives off psychoactive effects; The reason why marijuana is classified by the DEA as a Schedule 1 drug. In order for businesses like us to sell CBD in states where marijuana is not legal, it has to contain a THC level of 0.3% or below prior to being harvested. The DEA is no longer involved with the production of hemp. Now it is regulated by the Department of Agriculture (DOA) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
Back to transparency…our lab results will prove the level of THC in our products by batch. So before purchasing, be sure to take a look at those and ask questions!
How is the CBD produced?
In general, there are three commons ways to produce CBD or extract it.
- Alcohol (Ethanol)
- CO2 extraction
At Freedom CBD, we use only food-grade ethanol in our processing.
Determine if the company is trustworthy
How can you do this and avoid potential scammers?
- Check out the website for legitimacy. Does it look like they have a secure method for you to purchase the product? Are they creating regular content that is educational and informative?
- Send them a note! Most websites have a contact form. If you send them a question and no one responds, that might be a red flag.
- Do they share their test results?
- Check the reviews. See what the reputation is for the brand. Use your common sense to get an idea of the reputation.
- You can always call the contact number, if provided, to speak with a live representative.
Determine if the website is making claims
CBD is regulated by the FDA. And while many people use CBD to alleviate symptoms for things like anxiety, pain, and cancer, these claims have not yet been validated by the FDA.
If you’re looking to buy from a website/company that makes claims that their products cure, treat or eliminate symptoms, that is a red flag.
Results from CBD vary from person to person, and its use is not a reason to ignore the advice from your medical professional.
Transparency is important
The part about transparency has been said several times, but is definitely important to reiterate. If a company is not willing to share their test results, or be transparent in their process, they might not be the best place to go.
High Quality isn’t going to be the Cheapest.
As with anything, quality usually has a higher price tag. Remember, this is something you are putting in your body and you want to ensure that you are treating your body right.
CBD popularity is increasing, and with that people will find an opportunity to cut corners, get the product to market faster and play on the buzzwords that people in the industry are using.
Do your research and make sure that the product(s) you are purchasing are what you believe them to be; don’t just go with the cheapest product.
The flip side is also true – just because it is the most expensive does not make it the best. Remember to do your due diligence when researching products.
So how do you know if it’s a high-quality CBD product?
First of all, make sure you know what you are buying. Are you looking for hemp CBD or CBD oil containing higher levels of THC? More than likely, if you are buying it online, it will be low in THC, but this is definitely something to clarify.
Keeping an eye out for test results and transparency in the brand. Also, you want to take a look at customer reviews to make sure that you are buying reliable and high-quality products.
At Freedom CBD, Brian Smalley brings with him over 20 years of industry experience with vast knowledge and a consistent track record of producing nothing less than high quality CBD oil. Over the years he has developed a significant following of loyal customers who have, and are willing to provide testimonials in regards to the oil he has produced in the past, and continues to do here at Freedom CBD!
To Sum it Up
- Learn about where the plants are grown and how.
- Ask for third-party certificates of analysis for purity, quality, CBD and THC content.
- Understand the amount of CBD in the product you are purchasing for correct dosing.
- Determine the way the CBD was extracted.
- Shy away from companies making big medical claims.
- Understand that there are many different ways to consumer CBD products, so do the research for those that best fit your needs.
At Freedom CBD we are here to help answer any questions you have regarding CBD. Remember that providing transparency to our customers in how we go from soil to oil is important to us. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you have.