While there are other quality companies out there with good intentions there are others more interested in their profit than your best interest. CBD is not yet regulated so as we were cautioned, “It’s a Wild, Wild, West” out there. Here’s how to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
In the CBD world, sometimes customers are misled by false advertising. This is unfortunate, especially as it can give the entire industry a bad name. If someone tries CBD and feels no effect from it because what they’ve purchased is a knock off brand with false advertising on the label, then all of the CBD world is clouded for them.
That’s the unfortunate truth here: there are some CBD companies out there who are not genuinely selling what they claim to be selling on the bottle or website.
Why is this? How can companies get away with this? One of the main reasons is the fact that the Food and Drug Administration has not yet given their seal of approval to CBD. Because of this, the world of CBD is not strictly regulated like other medicines, and substances are.
And so the CBD world finds itself sometimes facing a company that does not maintain honesty with their branding and packaging. There is no external body holding them accountable and making sure that they are genuinely offering customers what they say they are.
One way you can mostly avoid this kind of situation is to only buy from CBD retailers who provide third-party lab results on all of their products. CBD companies like ours send their products out for scientific laboratory testing and then deliver the results in a public way for their customers.
In other words, you shouldn’t just take any company at their word. You should do some additional background research to ensure that their products are backed up by scientific proof and evidence that they contain what they claim to.
Sending out their products to be tested by a lab with no stake in the results helps assure quality, safety, and integrity. You should not buy from any CBD retailer that does not provide this.
There’s no sense in doling out your hard earned money on something that is not going to work because it is not actually what it seems to be.
Buying a CBD product that is not what it claims to be due to false advertising is a major reason that it may not be working for you. If it doesn’t really contain CBD, or at least not as much as it’s supposed to, then of course it’s not going to work as it should!You should know what you are paying for. Read the label and look for the level of active cannabinoids. Make sure they are not selling you hemp seed oil, which has no CBD.
- Choose full-spectrum CBD that includes all the other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes and less than 0.3% THC. If THC is illegal in your state or your employe requests drug tests, choose a broad spectrum that is THC free but still contains the other benefits.
- Make sure a Certificate of Analysis is available for the product you are purchasing. This is a list of what is in the product (CBD and the lesser cannabinoids, THC) and what is not (herbicides, fungicides and other toxins).
- Look for a quality carrier oil such as MCT, hemp seed oil or emu. No corn syrup, GMOs, or anything artificial.
- Look at the extraction process and avoid those that use toxic solvents. Co2 and ethanol are safe methods.
- We are following Indiana’s QR code, the standard in the industry (Senate Enrolled Act)
It requires specific information:
Batch # expiration date ingredients
Independent lab analysis heavy metals and pesticides
- The Certificate of Analysis will be included in the package and listed on website
- Check address of the testing lab with that of the company, which should not be the same. Testing should be third party from a certified lab. Many labels (up to 80%have been found to be inaccurate).
- Make sure the CBD is farmed in the USA at approved farms. The use of stalk or seed is a red flag of a poor product as CBD is only found in the flowers of resin rich flowers and only allowed to be grown at the licensed farms.
- Hemp is a good bio accumulator, which means that it can draw toxins from the soil. It is used in other countries to clean the soil.
- Some full spectrum labeled products were not found to be full-spectrum suggesting they were made from just an isolate.