5 Tips To Keep In Mind When Shopping For CBD
What does THC-free really mean? Should I choose Broad or Full Spectrum? What is CBD Isolate? Why does it all matter?
CBD could be classified as the latest fad or craze, and in part that is true. With many new brands and CBD companies flooding the market, it’s difficult to navigate and test the waters to determine which one is the right one for you. With the industry remaining largely unregulated by the FDA, the crack down on claims made and/or terminology used is still scarce. Many companies advertise their products as being THC-free, broad or full spectrum, lab tested, with terpenes, etc. But do you really understand what any of these terms really mean? Learn 5 secrets to keep in mind when shopping online and/or choosing the right CBD company for you.
If you are familiar with the 2018 Farm Bill, you may be aware that the legal limit of hemp-derived CBD must contain 0.3% THC or less. Hemp is derived from the same plant that marijuana is, the cannabis plant, however, the big “take-away” difference is, hemp by legal definition does not contain more than 0.3% of THC. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound found in the cannabis plant associated with “the high that people experience”. Of note, you will not get high from hemp. Also of note, any product containing more than 0.3% of THC is not considered hemp and therefore is not legal or classified as hemp according to the guidelines set forth by this bill. You should also familiarize yourself with your own state’s laws re: hemp-derived products because those will vary too.
1 What exactly does it mean when a CBD product is described as THC-free? What it should mean is that the CBD product has a level of THC that is non-detectable by highly sensitive laboratory equipment used by reputable third-party independent lab testing companies. A reputable manufacturer will have their end products tested by an independent 3rd party lab that has no interest or ties to them and ethically tests their end products to assure that they contain exactly what’s on its label. A consumer should be able to easily find the 3rd party lab results, often referred to as a “COA” (certificate of analysis), on the company’s web site or at the very least, the product will have a link on the label (if the item is purchased in a store) that will bring the consumer directly to the COA for that product. As mentioned above, CBD, THC, Terpenes, and other cannabinoids are all derived from the same cannabis plant. It is virtually impossible for anything to actually be zero percent of THC. Therefore, claiming that a product has zero THC is somewhat inaccurate. What a consumer should understand and look for are CBD products that have 3rd party lab testing COA’s to confirm that the levels of THC are so minute that they are actually not able to be detected through testing. When reading a lab report you should look for the correct terminology for the level of THC being listed as ND (non-detected). Also, CBD products can be described as broad spectrum (such as Olani Organics CBD products) yet others are listed as full spectrum, or even Isolate.
So what is the difference between broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD products? Before we take a look between the difference of these two categories of CBD Oil, it is important to understand what the term “terpenes” refers to first.
2. Terpenes are actually aromatic compounds that are found in many different types of plants but particularly they are found abundantly in the cannabis plant. Many of these terpenes can be recognized for their strong scents found in lavender, cannabis, pine, and even fresh orange peels. Terpenes play an important role in protecting plants from different animals that may graze upon them in the a natural habitat. They are also notable for their scents used in different products like perfumes, beauty products and more. But researchers are also studying what health benefits that terpenes actually have on our bodies and how they interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system such as other cannabinoids do.
3. So, back to understanding the difference between broad spectrum CBD Oil (such as Olani Organics CBD Oil) and full spectrum CBD Oil products. Broad spectrum CBD Oil refers to a hemp derived oil that contains not only the CBD (cannabidiol) itself, but all of the other compounds and terpenes extracted that are also beneficial parts of the hemp plant. Broad spectrum oils are referred to THC-free or non-detectable levels. Full spectrum oils usually contain up to the legal limit of 0.3% THC as measured by weight. Some people actually prefer full spectrum types of oil for various reasons, and others prefer broad spectrum or even Isolate. CBD Isolate refers to oils that usually contain only CBD itself without any of the additional cannabinoids or terpenes in it. It’s important to know that the manufacturing process is very different for each type of CBD oil. With broad spectrum, the oil is further refined to filter out all of the THC so that the levels are as tiny as possible until it is virtually non-detected, but also while preserving the terpenes and other beneficial cannabinoids. Full spectrum oils undergo less processing in order to obtain all the ingredients that hemp has to offer, and with isolates manufacturers filter out the oil until they have only the desired compound left in its final product, CBD.
4. No matter which type of CBD oil you choose, it is important that you learn how to read the lab reports and look to see exactly how much THC is listed on the COA (certificate of analysis). You can find a tip sheet link on our lab reports page that will help you understand just how to read a lab report and what to look for: How to Read Lab Reports. Equally important when checking to see how much of each cannabinoid or terpenes found in your product is verifying that no contaminants were found as well. It is important that you are an educated consumer and that you know how to validate that you are receiving the quality products that you paid for. There are many CBD companies out here, so doing your research on the company you’re interested in and even on the laboratory companies that test their products, will be worth your while. Since the CBD arena is still very much unregulated, consumers must put their best interest first and ensure that they are educated and informed, and purchasing real CBD products from a reputable company. Olani Organics is more than happy to help you with any questions that you may have in re: to CBD, our products, or even how to research information that you may be interested in. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time. Just Ask us!
5. Keep in mind when purchasing your CBD from a health food store, or vape store, that these places tend to sell many different types of CBD brands. One thing we discovered from personal experience and while doing our own research, is that very often, the person working there is not totally familiar with either CBD itself, or the brand and sometimes can unintentionally provide inaccurate information. Do your own research on CBD, and learn how to identify that the products you are purchasing are real before heading to the store. This way, after asking the clerk only a few questions, you will be able to sense if they are knowledgeable about the CBD or even about the brands that they are selling. A good rule of thumb is to always check with your primary care provider for guidance first. More and more physicians and practitioners are recommending CBD for various reasons and can often give you the name of a CBD brand that they trust. Word of mouth is often a way to find a reputable source, but even with that, take the time to review the company’s website, social media pages, and other customer reviews for yourself before deciding if that is the right brand for you. Take your time when discovering new companies. Join a mailing list, find out more about the company on a personal level before you commit to purchase. Quality CBD Oil comes with a price but are you willing to sacrafice your health and your wallet to save a few dollars? See if the company offers samples. At Olani Organics, we reward our customers with samples of other products to try that we think they may like. A great way to try and save money but still purchase from a reputable company is to look for coupons. Many CBD brands run lots of specials and offers. At Olani Organics, right now you can snag 20% off your entire purchase, just for joing our family! We have pop up specials throughout our website in which you can join. Often people tend to try several different companies and different forms of CBD (tinctures, topicals, gummies) before they find a product and brand that works for them and that they are willing to put their money and trust into. It may be important to some to actual compare the price/milligrams of CBD. Our CBD Oil tinctures are broken down like this:
- 250 mg = $36.95 (0.15 per mg)
- 450mg= $53.95 (0.12 per mg)
- 500 mg = $59.95 (0.12 per mg)
- 900mg= $77.95 (0.09 per mg)
- 1000 mg = $99.95 (0.10 per mg)
It’s also a lot easier if you know what type of CBD product you are looking for. At Olani, we offer CBD Oil Skincare, CBD Oil Softgels, CBD Oil Gummies, and CBD Oil Pet Care. Premium quality CBD products are not cheap but they are worth your while if you are serious about your CBD regime. Please take your time to learn and explore and Do Your Research!