How to determine if a CBD oil is what it says it is.

I have discovered that when trying to determine the validity or effectiveness of a cbd product that you are considering purchasing, its crucial to know what you are getting, Thus,  it is very important that a company discloses its lab testing results. The tests should be done by an independent or 3rd party laboratory and this lab should be accredited.

When it comes to the reading of the lab results, the important things are:
A.  Is the CBD in the product what it says it should be? The primary component of a product’s analysis report is to summarize the cannabinoid profile and concentration within the sample. In layman’s terms, this means listing each cannabinoid detected in the sample, along with its concentration within that sample.

B.  Does the sample contain contain any harmful contaminants such as heavy metals or microbial contaminants, such as mold or bacteria (this can usually be found at the end of the report and will simply state PASS or FAIL, obviously we want to see PASS).

C.  Does the sample contain .3% or less THC? Depending on the state, the maximum amount of THC allowed is 0.3% to 0.5% or less. Anything more than that is probably illegal in your state, and will cause psychoactive effects and cause you to feel “high”, so be sure it is below that .3%!

D.  Are there any other ingredients? Positive highlights to look for in a good product include if the product uses organic and all-natural ingredients or if the product contains premium ingredients that were added to enhance the benefits of the product (such as Melatonin in CBD sleep capsules or Vitamin B12 for pain relief).

E.  What type of CBD is being used? By this I mean that many times you will run across the words “full spectrum”, “isolate”, and “broad spectrum..what’s the difference? Well, it’s all in cannabinoid extraction process.

CBD Isolate is pure CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant, and then isolated from the other cannabinoids that were present, resulting in a 99% pure CBD extract.

Full Spectrum CBD is CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant along with all the other cannabinoids that were present, including THC.

Broad Spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between both CBD isolate and Full Spectrum CBD.

F.   How was the CBD extracted?  There are several different methods of extracting CBD; however, CO2 extraction is the standard because it is safe and delivers a pure end product.

CO2 extraction uses pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) to extract CBD from the plant, then compresses it into a supercritical cold liquid state, while preserving the nutrient rich trichomes and terpenes.

Because CO2 extraction preserves the purity of the CBD while not contaminating the end substance, it is the most superior way to extract CBD and should be the standard for any quality CBD product.

I hope that this helps clear up some pertinent questions you have.  Since I have been using the CTFO brand on Chachi, I decided to take a look-see at their lab results.  This is what I found.  The closest to the product that I give him was this test, I give Chachi 250 mg, while this is 500mg.  I’m satisfied.


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4 Replies to “How to determine if a CBD oil is what it says it is.”

  1. This is such a helpful article. I’m a huge fan of CBD, but determining quality can be difficult at times, especially as more and more brands are popping up. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I agree..and sometimes the “explanation” just confuses more! I hope it was easy to understand.

  2. To be honest, I’ve read about CBD but not in that many details!
    That’s a very well written article, I know much more now than I did before.
    The way you explain all the facts makes purchasing this product so easy.
    At least I know now what to look for between all of the choices being sold.
    Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it. As I’m sure, so will your audience as well.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. It is my true wish to enlighten people on this subject that I feel so strongly about.

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