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  • August 24, 2022 5 min read


    How do you ensure that a CBD Topical is safe? You may wonder, how will you know which type to buy and get value for your money?

    You will come across Topicals being sold from grocery to online stores.  To ensure the safety of the topical you buy, research deeply about the brand you buy. It is easy to be misled into buying a poor quality product because, for selfish reasons, people can sell harmful products. As a new user of the product, it may be difficult for you to know what to choose or where to buy from. You will need a little knowledge of the product you want to purchase. This article discusses ways to choose the best topical to use that will have no harmful effects on your body based on quality and Certification, hemp source and processing, third-party testing, company Reputation, and ingredients.

    What is a Topical?

    According to Casiraghi et al. (2020), CBD Topical is one way through which CBD is consumed. It involves application on a particular spot on the skin to be absorbed inside the body. Consider the following aspects when selecting the best CBD topical

    Quality and Certification

    CBD products are mainly sourced from the hemp plant.  For the best quality, choose topicals made from the hemp review if the brand you are choosing violates the FDA rules listed by Lindblom (2019). The food and Drug Administration is a body that controls the quality of brand products before being released to the market. If a brand violates the FDA rules, the body sends a warning letter. This is a key factor to consider in choosing a Topical. If a brand has not received any warning letter from the FDA concerning their Topical product, you should go for it.

    Source of Hemp and Processing

    CBD Topicals are obtained from hemp and extracted using Carbon dioxide (CO2) alongside liquid chromatography to remove THC. In the review of the topical product bought, check the source of the hemp plant used in making the product and, whether it’s grown organically, processed to remove all traces of harmful substances, whether the product has an entire review of the growth and processing of the hemp plant used in manufacturing it and if the product is CGMP certified. According to Zhu et al. (2018), CGMPs is an abbreviation of Current Good Manufacturing Practices; it has guidelines and rules to be strictly followed by manufacturing companies before their product is let out in the market. If the topical product is not certified by the CGMPs, do not go for that product under the FDA.

    Third-Party Testing

    Many manufacturing companies prefer to do third-party testing on their products.  A third-party ISO-compliant lab tests every batch of CBD products.  Raw CBD is tested for microbial potency, solvents, and heavy metals at the lab. CBD final products are also passed through thorough testing for cannabidiol and potency. If the products pass the test for third-party testing, they are let out in the market. If you want to check for more information on CBD Topical that you intend to buy, scan the QR codes found on the packaging. You can also look at the certificate of Analysis online. If the Topical product has third-party testing, it is definitely what you go for.

    Company Reputation

    Many companies manufacture CBD Topical. A company that has a good reputation guarantees good quality Products. A company gains a good reputation over time depending on the quality of the product to the market. If it has not received any warning letter from the FDA, the ingredients may be listed in the product photo. In contrast, others may be listed in the product description Drug Administration; then it has a good reputation. You can trust CBD Topicals manufactured by such kind of company.

    Customer Service Reviews

    Spindle et al. (2020) noted that reviews from customers about a product convince new buyers, and their confidence is heightened. They may review product efficacy, good pricing, fast shipping, and customer service. If customers positively review a product and recommend a company to people, you can trust their products. This is a factor that you also need to consider when buying CBD Topicals.

    Product Range and Pricing

    CBD manufacturing companies are numerous, and so there is so much competition. For this matter, they try to produce a different range of different CBD products. With variety, customers get to have many choices of what suits them better. Pricing is also a valuable part when it comes to products. Brands that offer pocket-friendly and reasonable prices for quality items sell more.  When buying CBD Topicals, go for brands that have a range. With this, you choose from a variety that you want. Also, consider the price. Is it pocket friendly? Will you get value for your money?


    The ingredients may be listed on the product photo, while others may be listed in the description. However, some products list the amount of CBD without indicating the type of CBD. A list of ingredients makes it easier for you when making a review of the Topical CBD that you want. By this, you will know which flavor and other ingredients have been used, how to use the Topical, and possibly any effects the ingredients used may have on your skin. It is thus wise to go for a Topical that has its ingredients listed for easier review.


    When buying a Topical, some factors to consider, like going through the customer service reviews to get other users’ opinions on what you want. It is also important to factor in the product range and pricing, ingredients, third-party testing, company reputation, certification and quality, and the source of the hemp plant used for manufacturing the topical. If you consider such factors, you will be in a better place and confident when Choosing and buying the Topical.


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