CHAPTER 9 - IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU BUY CBD
There’s a few important questions to ask about the product you’re buying before you jump in. Not all CBD is created equal. There are different ways of extracting CBD and the way it is grown can alter quality. Some low-quality CBD products that had not been tested by a third party were found to contain no CBD at all. Make sure you understand what you’re getting before you buy CBD.
WHAT AMOUNT OF CBD IS IN IT?
THERE ARE NO OFFICIAL DOSAGES FOR CBD.
That’s because our unique bodies have many factors which can impact an optimal dose, including the current status of the body and genetics.
Most dosages are based on a 10 mg suggestion, which works well for a large portion of the population. Many people and studies have heralded the efficiency of micro-dosing or using extremely small quantities at a time.
For CBD, this practice requires more study, as some research has shown CBD to need a certain “threshold” for activation, and others have not. As with other substances like caffeine, the actual amount needed for each person to get their desired effect will vary. Thus, it is best to start low and increase to a more concentrated cbd oil dosage to find the ideal amount.
Manufacturers are not required to disclose the mg level of CBD on the bottle
Many untrustworthy companies have cropped up with dubious or incomplete labeling.
Look for companies with readily available testing done by a third party to ensure that the amount of CBD on the bottle matches what it’s supposed to. This may require some simple math but is worth it for peace of mind. Ensure that results are up-to-date, and can be matched to the batch number.
IS THERE ANYTHING OTHER THAN CBD IN IT?
MANY CBD COMPANIES WILL INTRODUCE OTHER HERBAL ADDITIVES INTO THEIR CBD PREPARATIONS.
It is important to know what those additives are, and what possible side effects they may have.
In the past, certain topical CBD companies have herbal supplements added that exacerbated neuropathic pain, others suffered from gastrointestinal discomfort.
Even though these substances were listed on the label, their side effects were unknown, untested, and ultimately dangerous. Whenever you see a product in a CBD preparation that is not cannabis-derived, make sure your research it to ensure the safety and efficacy of the product.
HAS THE PRODUCT BEEN TESTED BY A THIRD PARTY?
THIS IS IMPORTANT. DON’T LET A POOR-QUALITY CBD MANUFACTURER TURN YOU OFF TO CBD AS A WHOLE.
When buying CBD, make sure it has been lab-tested by a third party. This is particularly important for microbial and toxicant texting, as most CBD supplements are not government regulated, and therefore this testing is not required. As this testing costs money, many dubious supplement companies have skipped it, without regard to the safety of the consumer. For reputable companies, you’ll be able to check this out on the bottle or website.
- Not all CBD is the same.
- High quality CBD is Broad-Spectrum, Organically Grown, and 3rd Party Lab Tested.