CBD oil and other hemp-based CBD products were legalized by the Farm Bill in 2017. There has been a high demand for CBD oil due to the multiple anecdotal wellness benefits. Many people rush to purchase CBD oil on online product sites and local supplement stores.
CBD oil is a widely varied and complicated product that needs thorough background research before purchasing. There are countless products masquerading on online websites as CBD oil. Many manufacturers taking advantage of the high demand for CBD oil are offering much cheaper alternatives to the high-value commodity. In addition, Hazekamp (2018) noted that CBD oils may still have adverse effects on you. Knowing the right product to suit your needs can be a difficult task. This article offers a detailed guide to consider when choosing CBD oil.
CBD oil is split into three main types. CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD oil. CBD isolate oil has cannabidiol as the sole cannabis compound. It is a highly processed product that uses the most refined CBD extract. CBD isolate oils exclusively offer the benefits attributed to CBD. Some manufacturers may add in some beneficial vitamin or protein supplements. Jacques (2020) noted that Broad-spectrum CBD oil contains a collection of whole plant hemp compounds, including CBN and CBG. Terpenes from the hemp plant are also contained in broad-spectrum CBD oil. Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is typically absent from broad-spectrum CBD oil. Solowji, Nadiaet al. (2019) suggested that THC is the psychedelic compound of cannabis or hemp that causes the intoxicating effect of recreational cannabis products such as marijuana. Technically, you can obtain all the hemp-related wellness benefits from broad-spectrum CBD oil without experiencing any unnecessary 'high' effects.
Full-spectrum CBD oil contains every natural chemical plant compound, cannabinoid, and terpene in the cannabis or hemp plant, including some delicate natural compounds absent in other CBD oil types. Unlike broad-spectrum CBD oil, full-spectrum oils contain tetrahydrocannabinol. The legal limit for THC content in CBD products is 0.3%. Full-spectrum CBD oil is subjected to the least processing compared to the other two types, making it closer to the natural hemp plant extract.
Broad-spectrum CBD oil is always the best-recommended option when shopping for CBD oil. It offers more potential wellness benefits than CBD isolate oil, without the unnecessary intoxicating effect of THC. THC, present in full-spectrum oil, poses the long-term risk of drug dependency and addiction. CBD isolate oils, despite containing pure, clean, and maybe potent CBD lacks the entourage advantage of collective beneficial compounds offered by the other two CBD oil types. The high processing CBD isolate compromises many delicate beneficial plant compounds. However, full-spectrum CBD oil offers the most natural, multi-beneficial CBD experience for people who do not mind THC. You can choose the type of CBD oil that suits you better according to your preference.
Flavor and Potency
Plain CBD oil has a strong, earthy taste that you may find unbearable. Fortunately, various brands manufacture flavored CBD oil, and there are multiple natural flavors to choose from, including lemon, which is a versatile flavor perfect for cooking with CBD oil. Like strawberry, other flavors can be perfect for a CBD-infused smoothie. CBD oil is sold in varying potencies, from 10mg to 50mg and even more per serving. Therefore have to do proper background research to find out the right dosage for your body to handle comfortably. This will ensure efficient CBD intake while also preventing an overdose.
Good quality CBD oil is always highly-priced, not only due to the high demand but also due to the time and expenses incurred in manufacturing it. Most reputed CBD oils are extracted and processed using the CO2 method, which uses quite expensive equipment to facilitate. Much time is also spent on carefully separating clean, uncontaminated CBD extracts. Most brands offering cheaper products are mostly poor quality, cheaply extracted CBD oil that may have little or no wellness benefits. On the other hand, you risk experiencing several adverse short and long-term side effects by buying cheap CBD products. Always go for well-priced, certified CBD oils, as they are worth it.
Quality and Safety Verification
Many CBD products contain false quality and safety assurance information on their product labels. The FDA does not regulate supplements like CBD oil; hence, some manufacturers are bound to lie about their products' potency and THC content. Authentic CBD oil will always have proof of third-party testing for safety and quality by a certified independent lab. The Certificate Of Analysis should be provided with a detailed phytocannabinoid chart listing compounds and the accurate amount contained in the product. Always look for the COA before purchasing CBD oil to know what you are getting.
A study by Yang et al. (2017) emphasized that the best CBD oil brands should disclose the source of the hemp or cannabis used to extract CBD used in the processing. The most popular brands use hemp sourced from Colorado, USA. Colorado is the ideally established home of the best quality hemp grown organically with no chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Always look for the source of hemp displayed in the product description.
You can opt to learn from the experience of other users and try out reputed brands. Look for the brands that feature prominently in product reviews and those with popular positive feedback from impressed clients on product website reviews. This will give you a lead on the most trusted CBD oils you can try out and see if they work for you.
CBD oil is a complex product with plenty of assorted options available in the market. Choosing the right product for your needs can be a difficult task. There are three types of CBD oil, CBD isolate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum CBD oil. You can choose any type depending on your needs and preferences. Broad-spectrum CBD oil is the most recommended CBD oil type as it has more potential benefits with no THC effects. You have to choose well-priced CBD oil with certified proof of quality and safety verification for effective CBD oil. The source of hemp should also be disclosed on the product label. CBD oil can offer multiple wellness benefits if chosen right. If you have any doubts about CBD oil, consult your medical specialist.
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