Whether you buy a CBD oil or a topical, you need to be sure that the product you are buying is a high quality one. Unfortunately, CBD market shelves are crowded with scams. Moreover, several people are unaware of what the information on the label of the product means.
This brings us to the importance of understanding the label instead of merely reading it. Wondering how to decipher a CBD product’s label? Let’s help you out. Here are five pointers to check off the list when purchasing a cannabidiol product:
1 – Is it hemp or marijuana product?
Both hemp and marijuana are types of cannabis. Hemp is safer and most products contain CBD sourced from it. Hemp has THC content that is lower than 0.3 percent whereas its CBD quantity is higher. A cannabis plant with more THC than 0.3 percent and lower CBD is marijuana.
On the federal level and even in some states, marijuana-derived CBD products are not even legal. On the flip side, hemp-derived CBD products are legal on the feral level. Only in some states are they illegal. Make sure you are aware about the cannabis regulations in your state.
2 – Is it CBD isolate, broad-spectrum or full-spectrum product?
A CBD isolate product contains only cannabidiol. On the other hand, a full-spectrum CBD formula also contains terpenes, flavonoids, and other active cannabinoids. This means a full-spectrum product comprises of THC, the psychoactive compound of cannabis, as well.
Meanwhile a broad-spectrum CBD product is similar to full-spectrum only that it doesn’t contain any THC. For better explanation, terpenes are found in the cannabis plant and have health-boosting qualities. As for flavonoids, those compounds are also found in fruits and green tea.
3 – Are you allergic to any ingredients?
Taking a closer look at the ingredients’ list would inform you if there are any components which do not suit you. This way, you can steer clear from any products which will probably cause an adverse reaction for you.
4 – Is there even any CBD in the product?
There are several CBD products that make big claims, but they do not even contain the cannabinoid. Look at the product’s label to see if it contains CBD and the concentration that it comprises of it. If the label reads hempseed oil, hemp seeds or cannabis sativa seed oil then you should pass.
That’s because these three are not the same as CBD. However, hemp extract and CBD are interchangeable and the same.
5 – Is the product third-party tested?
Your goal should be to pick a product that has a COA. This means that the product has been tested by a facility that doesn’t get any profits from its sales. A QR scan of the product would enable you to take a look at the COA. You can also check a COA’s availability by exploring the product’s website or by emailing the company to ask about it.
A COA would reveal the accurate amount of CBD in the product. In case you’re looking at a broad- or full-spectrum formula, it would give you details of other added cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. The details mentioned on the label of the product should match those disclosed by the COA.