How To Buy The Best Quality CBD Oil – 5 Things To Consider

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How To Choose The Best CBD Oil

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How To Choose The Best CBD Oil

It’s quite bewildering how many CBD products have been released over the last few years. Variety may indeed be the spice of life, but as with any supplement, there’s a very real difference when it comes to quality.

One thing even total newbies to this scene will notice right away is how every company on the market claims to offer the ‘purest’, ‘finest’ or most ‘natural’ choices going. But what do these labels actually mean?

Due to the CBD market being practically unregulated, there’s nothing to prevent these supplements being marketed however the manufacturer chooses.

Even those truly dodgy operations flogging knock-off extracts can claim their snake oil is the highest quality possible. Naturally, this can make it very awkward identifying the real deal from the chaff.

That being said, there are sensible precautions to take when considering purchasing a CBD oil – so here’s the lowdown on how to avoid being ripped off.

1) Manufacturing Methods Are An Essential Indicator Of Quality

Manufacturing CBD

How CBD oils are manufactured can make all the difference.

Ever wondered why one 10ml bottle of CBD oil costs maybe a third the price of another yet boasts the same strength and size? By far the greatest reason for this differential comes down to the production and extraction methods used to refine the oil from the hemp.

All ‘value’ manufacturers use extraction processes which are heavily depended upon toxic chemicals. These may be anything from butane through to ethanol and pretty much everything in between.

When performed with care these methods can indeed provide a cheap and effective means to produce oil – but very few companies are so exacting. 99% of the time these isolates will have destroyed all the other cannabinoids (as well as psychoactive THC) which are increasingly thought to be essential for making CBD effective.

Top tier companies use far more expensive and time-consuming CO2-based extraction methods. These can either produce an isolate or a more complex end product retaining much more of the goodness.

So look for those which use either this or high-quality ethanol based processing should you be searching for a truly legit and great quality oil.

2) Not All Hemp Is Grown Equally!

Growing Hemp

Where and how hemp is grown can also be an indicator of quality.

Hemp is renowned for being able to grow pretty much anywhere. This is all fine and great for industrial purposes, but don’t forget that the quality of the soil plays a huge part in the resulting health of the plant. When looking to use these plants for supplemental purposes, this makes the quality of the hemp absolutely paramount.

Cheap hemp is almost certainly going to be grown on soil that is dense in heavy metals and other pollutants. Sure, these may be filtered during processing but it’s still going to undermine the actual quality of the plant.

Reliable manufacturers will use only organically grown plants with no artificial chemicals, growth agents, pesticides or similar nasties employed at any stage. Love CBD are a great example of such a highly reputable company.

In the European market look for manufacturers who stress the origins of their hemp grown under license for explicitly human consumption.

CBD manufacturers in the U.S. are at an advantage because of strict licensing rules that all but ensure only high-grade hemp can be grown.

So check the provenance of the hemp and be wary of any manufacturer who is shy to reveal their sources.

3) Isolate Or Full-Spectrum?

CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum

CBD Isolate vs. Full-spectrum: Which is better?

When it comes to ‘pure’ CBD this term has usually been used to describe isolates which all but totally eliminate any residual cannabinoids – especially THC.

Logic would suggest that this means isolates are the best because after all, they’re strictly speaking delivering exactly what they claim.

Yet plenty of research suggests that full-spectrum CBD is more beneficial. It retains far more of the dozens of other cannabinoids found within the plant, as well as terpenes, minerals, and secondary vitamins.

It’s believed that these play a vital role in helping the body effectively use and absorb the CBD goodness – at the cost of retaining a slightly higher (yet still legal) amount of THC.

Be careful when it comes to terminology because there’s no industry standard on what manufacturers may use to label their products.

Look especially for those companies who openly publish independent testing results to prove that their oils retain additional cannabinoids – as almost always these will be far higher quality extracts. Isolate isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

4) Does THC Content Matter?

THC In CBD Oil

In order to buy CBD oil legally in the UK, it must not contain more than 0.3% THC.

Providing it falls below the legal threshold (which every commercially available extract in the UK will) then there’s no harm in having a little residual THC.

We’re talking levels so small that there’s not the slightest chance of becoming ‘high’ or failing a drugs test. Remember that the body produces small quantities of THC anyway!

Plenty of lower quality manufacturers make a great song and dance over their product containing ‘zero’ THC. As outlined above, that’s not necessarily a good thing and should not be taken as a hallmark for quality. It’s also neigh on impossible to create an oil without a trace amount of THC retained.

Good producers will acknowledge this and be open about it, even if they specialise in isolates.

5) Factor In Marketing Methods

We’ve already touched on this but it’s worth making it perfectly clear that inappropriate labelling usually indicates a substandard product.

Any CBD oil marketed as ‘marijuana’ or cannabis oil is likely very low grade, and quality vendors will always shy away from trying to market their wares as such.

Look instead for operations which maintain a consistent eco-friendly and ‘right-on’ emphasis on the quality of their products.

There’s a growing number of companies who understand that people don’t want to pump themselves full of contaminated oils from substandard plants. Their products are the ones to look towards, and while they will most certainly be more expensive, quality goes a long way.

To an extent, this can also be applied to strengths. Not many people will really need the benefit of the superstrong concentrates that have been launched in recent times.

A good quality CBD oil will be naturally produced with great care, and will likely be far more beneficial than a high strength product.

Final Thoughts

If you follow these five guidelines then it should be quite clear how to source the best quality CBD oil without much risk of being fleeced.

If you’re ever in any doubt, then the best policy is to check directly with the manufacturer and ask them questions about the production of their extracts.

It’s a buyer’s market right now and competition between the best and biggest names is fierce – meaning they also have very good customer service teams in place to answer questions from prospective customers.

Shop around and simply do not settle on second best for a small discount in price.

Thomas Jones MSc

I’m Thomas Jones. I graduated from The University of Aberdeen in 2016 with an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology. I’m currently reading for a PhD at The University of Glasgow. I started using CBD in 2017 as a result of finding it in my local vape shop. My experiences in using these products inspired me to undertake my current doctoral research. You can find out more about me and this site here.