While there are many things to consider when choosing a CBD oil for you and your pet, there are some key points that you should ALWAYS be sure to check to ensure that you get a quality product.
How much CBD is in each bottle?
CBD oil products, such as those offered in dropper bottles or capsule form, come in a range of concentrations. The amount of CBD they contain per bottle or capsule can usually be found on the packaging. Some list the amounts in mg, such as 250mg, 500mg, or 1,000mg. Other CBD oil products may specify the concentration as percentages instead, such as 4%, 10%, or 20% cannabidiol (CBD). A reputable CBD oil company will have access available to their 3rd Party Lab tests which will tell you exactly what is in the oil and at what concentration. Since everyone’s biochemical makeup is different, no two people react exactly the same to CBD oil. The Federal Drug Administration has not yet created a Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for CBD, which means that there is not yet an “official serving size”. Low potency oil is considered to be 300 mg per 1 oz bottle, graduating up usually in increments of 250-300 mg per oz. Depending on what condition you are treating and how acute the condition is, it is still generally recommended to start out at a lower potency and gradually adding more as needed for your condition. This can save you money as well as helping you to find out exactly what dose works for you. For example, A single serving of the 300 mg (30 mL) bottle is equivalent to 15 drops of oil, which translates to a 7.5 mg dose of CBD. A lot of people won’t even use a full dose though, as they’re able to find relief with as little as 5-7 drops of oil, which translates to about a 3.5 mg dose.
Decide how much you are willing to or are able to spend
Cost per dose is another factor to consider before purchasing CBD oil. Even though highly concentrated products might be more expensive outright, they often offer a greater value over the life of the product. So, once you have established your therapeutic dose of CBD, see whether switching to a higher concentration saves you some money in the long-run. For instance, a 600mg bottle of CBD oil will likely cost you less than if you were to buy two 300mg bottles. Remember that the number of mg on the bottle is the total amount of CBD in that bottle, not per dose.
Know the difference between “isolate” and “full spectrum” oils and which one you prefer
The two main types of CBD oils are those made from near-pure CBD isolates or crystals, and full-spectrum oils. The latter contains other active compounds in addition to CBD.
Until recently, pure CBD isolate was considered the standard for non-psychoactive cannabis therapy. But evidence is mounting that full-spectrum oils provide a host of additional benefits not seen in isolates. Full-spectrum oils often contain other cannabinoids such as CBN and CBL, as well as terpenes (aromatic compounds such as pinene and limonene), and other substances like flavonoids. These compounds are said to work in synergy with CBD through a natural process known as the “entourage effect”. Keep in mind that many times full spectrum oils will have a very small amount of THC in them, However it must be below .03% in order to be classified as CBD oil.
Make sure that the method of extraction of the oil is CO2.
The best CBD oils are created via CO₂ extraction. This method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the CBD. It is admittedly more expensive to run, so the resulting products may not be the cheapest; but you can rest assured that you’re buying a product of quality. CO₂ extraction doesn’t involve any toxic substances.
Check to find out where the actual plants are grown!
CBD oil is derived from hemp or cannabis plants—both of which actually belong to the same species of Cannabis sativa, but have been selectively bred over the years to feature unique characteristics. With the rapidly growing popularity of these products, many are now grown here in the US. and must adhere to US. standards. Shadier CBD oil manufacturers (mostly out of country) are known to use non-food-grade hemp grown under non-organic and questionable conditions such as with low grade chemical fertilizers which will show up in the end product. Hemp is a plant that absorbs contaminants such as chemicals, metals, lead, etc, very readily and all of these contaminants will end up in your CBD oil. Again, checking the product’s lab results will inform buyers of any and all substances if any are found. So be sure to take the extra minute to check those lab test results!
By following these simple checkpoints in picking a CBD oil, you are sure to find a quality oil to fit your needs.