CBD has been presented as the latest craze and cure-all. In fact, its global market is valued at over $3 billion USD. From everything from epilepsy to chronic pain, CBD is said to help with almost everything you can imagine.
And while CBD is an amazing and life-changing product for some, not all CBD is created equal. It’s important to remember this if you’re purchasing local CBD from a retailer near you.
In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the important questions you need to ask before you make your first purchase.
1. How Was The Hemp Grown?
Currently, the USDA is very slowly certifying hemp products as organic. Saying that hemp is organic doesn’t necessarily mean that it is, and the only way that customers will know if it is or not is if you see study results. The store should also know where the hemp was grown, and how it was grown.
Some people may not care about whether or not the hemp is organic, but if you care about whether or not your food is, it is likely you’ll want to know this as well.
Additionally, some CBD isolates are synthesized in a lab but claim to be all-natural. You want CBD oil that has come from the hemp plant and is the real deal.
2. Was Your Your CBD Plant Grown
Where your hemp or CBD plant was grown makes a huge impact on a variety of things. Firstly, if they don’t know where it was grown, it isn’t likely they know how it was grown. So even if they say it’s organic or grown without pesticides, they don’t actually know.
Additionally, if they don’t know where the plant was grown, it’s unlikely they know anything about how the CBD was extracted and are just going from marketing materials. This isn’t a good sign and isn’t likely someone you should purchase from.
Lastly, and most importantly, they should be able to confirm that the hemp was grown in the United States. If it wasn’t, it may not be legal, despite the fact that CBD oil may be legal in your state. You should always purchase hemp grown in the United States if you’re purchasing in the United States.
3. Was Your Product Tested for its Amount of Pesticides or Heavy Metals
Heavy metals can often be found in soil, which can have serious adverse effects on humans, as well as plants and the lives of animals nearby. We don’t have to tell you that plants grown in soil containing heavy metals can be unsafe to ingest. Therefore, you should only purchase CBD oil from hemp plants that have been tested for heavy metals.
Additionally, pesticides are often used to keep weeds, insects and other pests away from crops. While some food we eat is sprayed with pesticides, they are known to cause adverse health effects on human beings. As such, you don’t want CBD from hemp plants that have been sprayed with pesticides.
This, again, is partially why the question of where the plants were grown is so important. If they don’t know where they were grown, they don’t know much about the pesticides or heavy metals around the plant.
4. What are the Laws on CBD Use?
While this may seem like a silly question, especially if you already know the laws, you should never purchase CBD oil from a company that doesn’t know your state laws on CBD. We recommend that you find out your state laws independently and then quiz the store.
If they don’t know, don’t purchase from them.
5. What are the Studies on CBD?
Your CBD supplier should be aware of the studies regarding CBD and CBD oil. They should know what the most recent research suggests, and what it does not.
Most importantly, a CBD supplier should not make wild claims about what CBD can do. A reputable supplier will tell you what the studies say about CBD and your condition and what data supports that it may help.
At the moment, the FDA has not approved CBD oil for a cure for any ailment. As such, if someone does make the claim that CBD oil can cure cancer or epilepsy or take your back pain away, they’re not the supplier you want.
Instead, you want a supplier that is both ethical and complies with the FDAÂ and are not making claims that are not yet proven.
6. How Was the Hemp Oil Extracted?
There are many different ways that hemp oil is extracted from the hemp flower to produce CBD. There isn’t one right or wrong way to do it, but an ethical seller will know how their hemp oil is extracted.
You may want to ask a few questions about the process. Some of these may include if there are additives in the CBD oil, if there are GMO ingredients, what carrier oil they use to blend with the hemp extract and if they’ve carried out third-party testing.
Purchasing Quality Local CBD Oil
These six questions are just some of what we suggest you ask when purchasing local CBD oil to ensure that you’re getting the best quality product. Additionally, you may want to ask what dosage they recommend and where you may want to start for your particular ailment.
If you’re looking for high-quality CBD oil, have a look at the products available on our website.