Cannabidiol has been having a great run for the last couple of years. From near obscurity, the chemical has risen to amazing heights, with experts estimating the market for CBD to be worth $20 billion by 2026. In 2018, CBD gummies were the third most searched for food by Americans, proving just how beloved the hemp extract has become.
People have been using it to help manage a variety of ailments from chronic pain and insomnia, and even though there’s little scientific proof to back these claims, the anecdotal evidence paints it as a potent and versatile medicine.
Sadly, the budding industry is barely regulated, and sellers are free to enter as they please. This has resulted in an unregulated sector with thousands of products, some up to code, many of them not. As a consumer, you have to take steps to make sure the products you buy online are safe from consumption and actually contain CBD. So how does one do it?
Go with trusted brands. Buying from a trusted brand is a simple way of making sure you get quality CBD. Still, a little discretion is advised. Don’t just go for big names as they tend to overprice their products. Newer brands could offer the same quality at more affordable prices.
Research cultivation practices. CBD is derived from hemp, which is known to absorb and store impurities from the soil. Hemp that’s grown organically without chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers will produce unblemished, high-quality CBD.
Don’t forget to check third party lab tests. CBD products ought to be tested in a third-party lab to check for high THC levels and contaminants such as heavy metals. The results should be available online or upon request. If you cannot find any third-party lab test results for a product, chances are it is of low quality.
Read the ingredients list. This is great advice for any processed product. Make sure you check the list of ingredients before buying CBD products. This will keep you from buying a product with ingredients that compromise the CBD’s effectiveness.
Understanding the extraction process. CBD is extracted from hemp through a number of methods, each with different results. The CO2 process is the most effective, as it uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull the CBD and compress it into a cold liquid state. If the extraction is done correctly, the extract will maintain all of its rich properties.
Check the dosage. Make sure you understand how much CBD is in each dose you purchase, and how much CBD works comfortably for you. This will help you tailor your search to products that suit you and your dosing needs, and you’ll be able to avoid unwanted problems like side effects.
Understand the pricing. This might take you some time, but understanding the pricing is crucial before making a purchase. Cheaper products tend to be lower in quality, and super expensive ones will just rip you off. Quality CBD products average $0.11 to $0.22 per milligram, so make sure you stick within this range. Any more or less and you won’t be getting value for your money.
If you consider all the factors above when making a purchase decision, you will increase your chances of selecting the best product at the right price. Giving customers such vital information may be the reason why CBD companies like Youngevity International Inc. (NASDAQ: YGYI) and Neutra Corp. (OTC: NTRR) invest a lot in enabling consumers out make informed decisions about cannabidiol products.
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