On some occasions we have heard cases of CBD oil producers mislabelling their products. In fact, one study
Estimated that almost 70% of all CBD products sold online are mislabelled. This is a major problem since, with incorrect labelling, we cannot know what the true percentage of CBD is and this can lead to different effects of the oil, which could also impact on the possible medicinal and therapeutic benefits of CBD.
The aim of this article is to clarify what to consider when buying CBD products. Incorrect labelling can range from misspellings, errors in ingredients and nutritional value to over-promotion of what the product can actually do and the medical legitimacy of the products.
Has the CBD oil been tested in laboratories?
The first thing you should find out about the product you want to buy is whether it undergoes any kind of quality control, especially if you are buying CBD as part of a treatment for a disease.
Most producers will have a section on their website explaining the quality and testing process that the product goes through in the laboratory. Each batch of oil can differ greatly, so it is important that all are tested for quality and purity. This phase in the production of the product is best left to an external group to avoid a conflict of interest.
What is the percentage of CBD?
Any product in which CBD is indicated among its components is assumed to contain cannabidiol. However, this is not always the case.
By 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested 24 products containing CBD. They found only two contained the percentage written on the bottle, the rest were either free of CBD or had none.
One way to find out if the oil you have chosen contains CBD is to request the results of the lab test. Any producer who is sure of their product will happily post this information on their website or provide it to anyone who requests it.
Where does it come from?
Each producer will have his own source for extracting CBD. Some extract it from hemp flowers and others from the Cannabis plant. Whatever the source, it’s important to know that it’s organic and not transgenic. In addition, the plant must be grown without pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilizers or any other artificial or harmful chemicals. If the product claims to be 100% organic, it must come out clean, i.e. free of any toxins, in the purity and quality test.
How has it been extracted?
The extraction of CBD can be done in several ways, for example with butane (BHO), hexane, propane or other hydrocarbons. The problem with using these harmful chemicals is that if the extracted CBD is not cleaned, it leaves traces of the chemicals in the oil that can be harmful to the body.
The cleanest extractions are done with ethanol or organic ethanol. Pay attention to this information on the website where you buy the CBD oil or in the product description and always choose the cleanest option.
Don’t believe everything they say
Many producers of CBD make outrageous claims about the effects of their oils. It is a great marketing technique to talk about CBD oil as a “miracle cure” because it attracts customers who are looking for a cure.
There is no scientific evidence that CBD cures any disease, but most of the research done so far shows that it has the potential to remedy the symptoms of many diseases and improve the quality of life of patients. Any product that claims that CBD is a cure for a disease is using false advertising. So don’t believe it.
On the other hand, the cheapest product is not always the best. The whole process (cultivation, extraction and purification) must be done correctly and a better quality product will have a price.
In conclusion, there are many companies that make false claims to make money quickly but do not seem to care about what their customers are ingesting. With a market so saturated with counterfeit products, the process of finding the right remedy is quite complicated. So consider these 5 points before buying CBD oil and if you still have doubts, seek the advice of a specialist.
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