Until the December 2018 Farm Bill, Cannabidiol, long for CBD, was still a federally illegal cannabis chemical compound. However, after signing the 2018 Bill into law by the President, hemp-derived CBD is a legal substance. This explains why CBD products have hit a plentitude of shelves for the potential health and wellness benefits they may create.
However, the CBD market is not fully regulated just yet, this means that it is important to take the needful precautions to ensure you get a CBD product that is legit and helpful.
It is a new year and many of us have made a new years’ resolution to improve our health, sound like you? As your wellness partner Carrie’s Essentials is here to give you a complete overview of what to look for in a CBD product.
1. The Type of CBD in a Product
There are three different types of CBD in the market today. These are:
● Full-spectrum CBD
● Broad-spectrum CBD
● CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD products have the other chemical compounds of the hemp plant, such as THC, CBN, CBC, and more. For full-spectrum CBD products to get federally considered as legal, they must harbor not more than 0.3% THC.
Broad Spectrum CBD products harbor all the other cannabinoids of the hemp plant except THC. In fact, all the CBD products you will find on Carrie's Essentials website are broad-spectrum, which means that they are THC-free.
Lastly, CBD isolate products refer to those CBD products that have no other hemp cannabinoid but CBD. This type of CBD is fantastic for that budding CBD user who wishes to get the exact benefits of CBD only. Nonetheless, there is a piece of research that says that CBD with the other cannabinoids is more effective for your general wellness.
The type of CBD in a product, therefore, plays a critical role in enabling you to make an informed buying decision.
2. Third-Party Laboratory Results
Knowing what exactly is in your CBD product is of the utmost essence. As CBD products are supplements, the best way to know that what is getting advertised is as claimed is by reading the laboratory results. While this is not a requirement by the FDA per se, it is a fantastic way to ensure that the customer gets the honest facts about what they are subjecting their body to.
Many CBD connoisseurs have been burned by ineffective CBD products claiming to contain quality CBD at certain levels of strength but failed to yield the desired results. Because of the lack of integrity by some it is important to review a company’s 3rd party lab tests to see for yourself what you are being told has been verified.
Here at Carrie's Essentials, we take this seriously, and we provide the lab reports for each batch of our products. You can use the QCR codes on our bottles or locate the lot number on our bottles, enter the lot number into the CBD test on our website and read the lab reports for yourself.
3. Farming Practices
For the universal plant she is, the hemp plant needs to be cultivated with the best organic techniques possible. It's no brainer that you need to ensure that you are getting pesticide-free and foreign materials-free in your quest to buy a specific CBD product.
If, let us say, you do not pay attention, or the CBD seller fails to disclose their farming practices you could purchase hemp grown for industrial purposes versus medicinal purposes. So that CBD oil or cream that you purchased to aid with your facial wrinkles may be of inferior quality and once again you have failed to realize the merits.
We take this utterly seriously and ensure that we grow our natural proprietary strains of hemp that are high in CBD in the phytocannabinoid-rich USA soils. Our farming processes include innovative water-saving practices. We also implement the “sea of green” approach, meaning that we grow hemp plants that mature quickly in higher density. This helps us avoid herbicide use. We plant our hemp in a way that encourages natural predators so we can avoid pesticide use as well. The farmers absolutely love what they do, and in the long run, we can get the consistently potent hemp we require for our premium products.
4. Extraction Process
The process in which CBD gets extracted from hemp will have an effect on the overall quality of the final product. Pressure has to get applied to the plant to make it burst open with the hemp cannabinoids. To the greatest extent, how the pressure gets applied to the hemp plays a crucial role in the overall quality of that very plant.
At our facility, we are cGMP compliant. That means we follow the highest standards for manufacturing.
We use a proprietary hemp extraction and purification process that involves supercritical CO2, a commonly used method of extraction. This makes sure that many of hemp’s beneficial phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are preserved in the process. The result? The highest quality broad and full spectrum hemp oil available.
While CBD on its own offers many benefits, a growing body of research has found that a broad-spectrum product leads to multiplying benefits. This is called the entourage effect.
The process is not quite done. Once extracted, undesirable plant solids like waxes and chlorophyll are removed from the oil.
5. The Intended Use of the Product
Different brands manufacture different CBD products for different purposes. Let us take an example that you are a 45-year-old busy mother, entrepreneur, and wife looking forward to a peaceful sleep. The critical factor to consider in this case is your go-to CBD product has the components to necessitate sleep.
If you come to us asking for a piece of advice, we will tell you for free that you will need a CBD product with melatonin as this is a compound researched and known for boosting sleep. This means you can get that one two punch of CBD and Melatonin. Carrie’s Essentials will soon add a sleep gummy to round out our product line.
As you look for a CBD product, ensure that you are aware of the intended use of that specific product and because Carrie’s Essentials is more than a seller of CBD you can ask our knowledgeable staff for recommendations for free, we are your wellness partner!