What makes a good CBD product?
A good CBD product goes beyond a nicely designed product label. It includes a list of criteria that must be met. As the CBD market continues to enlarge, many companies offer sub-standard products with little to no CBD in them.
This was discovered by the FDA who tested 147 CBD and hemp products in the US. The products were randomly selected and analyzed for 11 cannabinoids, and the result was quite shocking. While these were products were heavily advertised as remedies for several disease conditions, including pain relief, anxiety and depression, and cancer, the analysis showed they were nothing close to what they claimed on the product label. Out of the 147 products analyzed, 138 contained less CBD indicated, while nine had little to no CBD at all. This is a danger that must be addressed by choosing the right CBD products in the market.
How can I identify a good CBD product?
- Hemp Source
While hemp is grown globally, it is pertinent to note that different locations have different concentrations of cannabinoids, which must be taken into cognizance. On this note, the FDA recommends only US or EU grown hemp for the extraction of CBD oils. This is because hemp in these areas is strictly regulated. Always make sure the hemp is 100% organic, GMO-free, and free from additives like pesticides.
- Cannabinoid profile
The cannabinoid profile is very important in determining which CBD products will work best for you. These are classified as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolates. While full spectrum CBD products contain all the naturally occurring phytochemicals in the cannabis plant (including THC), they offer a broader form of activity. Broad-spectrum CBD contains all the naturally occurring phytocannabinoids except THC. CBD isolates are purely CBD and are excellent for people who want to experience only the therapeutic benefits of CBD without any other compound. Note that although full-spectrum CBD products contain THC, the concentration must not exceed 0.3%.
- Mode of extraction
CBD can be extracted using a wide range of solvents, some of which are carcinogenic. In most cases, only CO2 extracted CBD products are safe for use.
- Potency and size
This involves the concentration of CBD in the product. At Uneek Botanicals, our CBD products come in different concentrations and strengths, which makes it easy for users to determine their ideal dosage.
- Type of product/mode of administration
CBD products come in the form of edibles, topicals, oils, tinctures, and vapes. Each product/mode of administration has its pros and cons. While vapes offer a fast CBD activity, they easily wear off. CBD edibles, topicals, oils, and tinctures are the best for people who want a longer activity.
Many CBD companies offer a vast array of tastes that make CBD products fun to use. These tastes tend to mask the bitter taste of terpenes or the smell of carrier oils used for transporting the CBD compounds. At Uneek Botanicals, our range of CBD oils comes in different tastes like peppermint, eucalyptus floral, and citrus.
CBD can be mixed with other ingredients to improve its activity. Note that the efficacy of a product is determined by its ingredients. As much as the ingredients are important, make sure they are safe and cannot trigger any form of health challenge to your body.
- Consider the Certificate of analysis.
The Certificate of analysis is an important document that indicates all the compounds in your favorite CBD products. It provides information on the cannabinoid profile, terpenes, residual solvents, and microbial toxins. See our article on how to read COA.
- Brand reputation
A good CBD product should be highly recommended. The brand reputation must come from their adherence to safety standards and the provision of quality CBD products. A good CBD product must focus on using hemp-based, 100% organic CBD oils with little to no additives. At Uneek Botanicals, we care about your overall wellbeing; that is why our team of expert formulators is always on the move to ensure you have the best CBD experience anytime you use our products.
While CBD products are everywhere, it is highly advised that you purchase CBD products from online outlets that offer adequate information about their products. An authentic COA should accompany the product to support its claims. Let us know if you have any questions about our CBD products. Our team of CBD experts will love to hear from you soon.