You’ve already decided you want to give plant-based wellness a shot, read countless anecdotes from people in similar situations reporting success, and spent hours reading about what product is right for you. Finally, the last piece of the puzzle is here: finding a brand you can trust. I mean you are buying a product you intend to use for your health after all, it needs to be exactly what you are wanting! As you bounce from site to site, every company seems to have similar claims to the quality and trustworthiness. But the wool will not be so easily pulled over your eyes! How can you know for sure that a CBD product is not just talking the talk, but not walking the walk? The good news is that companies cutting corners can’t hide it once you know what you’re looking for, and fake products are easy to spot. Lets take a look at easy way to tell if a CBD product holds up to all the razzle dazzle the company peddling it is endowing upon it.
Is the Product Lab Tested?
This is your best tool in sniffing out a load of bull you-know-what. Reading a lab report can seem intimidating, but here are some quick checks you can make to ensure the posted lab reports actually bears weight in your decision. First off: When is the lab report dated? The date a report was generated will always be listed somewhere in the header. You want to make sure this is fairly recent (<6 months or so). This ensure that the company is regularly testing their products and the batch of product you receive isn’t super old. This is probably the biggest way to get a read on how much a company cares. If their lab reports are ancient, what does that mean to you? Are they performing regular testing to make sure their products are clean? If so, why not give you a recent lab report? Are they hiding something?
Alright, the date on the lab report is from within the past month. Perfect! We know they are performing regular testing, but is there actually CBD in it? The cannabinoid profile section will tell us. The left column tells us what cannabinoid is being reported. The “LoD (mg/L)” section lets us know the “Limit of Detection” for the machine performing the test; meaning in a liter of solution, this is the absolute lowest amount of a compound that can be measured. The “Result %” column tells us what percentage of the sample was that compound.
The last section, “Result (mg/g)”, tells us what we really care about — how much CBD is in this product. While reported in milligrams per gram, the conversion is easy. One milliliter of tincture will weigh about one gram. So for this particular report, the tincture tested will contain 72.35mg CBD/ml. To see how many milligrams total this yields in a bottle, we just multiply the potency by the bottle size. Let’s say this tincture was in a 30ml bottle. 72.35mg in one milliliter multiplied by 30 milliliters in the bottle tells us this tincture will be 2170.5mg total. Perfect, this bottle promises 2000mg on the label, so we’re good there!
Last thing we can deduce from the lab report: is this product legal? For this, we need to look at how much delta-9 THC the product has. According to federal guidelines, CBD products are only legal is they contain <0.3% Δ-9-THC (The High Causer). Meeting this requirement is not only imperative to ensure the product is legal, but to make sure that tincture you are using for wellness won’t make you feel “high”. As we can see from the Cannabinoid Profile table, this tincture contains 0.15% Δ-9-THC, so we are at half the legal limit. Nice!
Does the product say CBD?
This may seem simple, but many manufacturers will try to convince you that a product contains CBD when it actually doesn’t. Beware of companies saying things like “50,000mg”, “25,000mg hemp seed oil” or “10,000mg hemp extract”. While these numbers may seem impressive, the product more than likely contains little to no CBD. They are instead referencing the weight of the raw hemp extract in the product, which is in no way required to contain any amount of CBD.
You want to make sure the packing clearly states “x,000mg CBD”. By doing this, you can be sure that the product will actually contain CBD, and not just some attempt to trick you!
Where are you buying it?
You are purchasing a product to use for wellness. Make sure the vendor you are buying it from makes sense, and try to buy direct from a manufacturer’s site where possible. As general rules of thumb:
- Never buy CBD from a gas station. While it may seem convenient, many brands carried by gas stations contain little to no CBD. Some have even been shown to contain harmful chemicals and pesticides.
- Avoid Amazon hemp products like the plague. Sure, it’s nice to get your “CBD” products alongside your toilet paper, impulse buys, and this month’s book club read, but in truth Amazon has a No CBD policy. They strictly enforce it too. Believe us, we’ve tried to slip past it.
- Does the site you’re shopping seem sketchy? Trust your gut. Close it, and never look back. As CBD’s popularity has exploded, so have scams surrounding it. When it doubt, don’t risk your personal info!
- Is the company real? It’s easy to find out! Look for a way to contact customer support, reach out and ask them a dumb question you already know the answer to (since you are a regular reader of our blog and know your stuff!). If they are trying to give you the runaround, you will know instantly!
Google is your friend
We can’t ever possibly know everything there is to know, but Google sure can! When in doubt, let Google guide you. Search the name of the company you are looking at with terms like “problems” “lawsuit” or “bad service” afterward. The search results will show you any bad news so quickly your head will spin. While you’re there, look for reviews of the company from a third party site. No one will give you a more honest review than a dissatisfied customer.
You weren’t born yesterday, and your instincts can be your best tools when combined with the tips outlined here. If something seems too good to be true, or even just doesn’t sit right with you: move on. There are tons of great CBD companies out there. Be patient, do your research, and don’t just believe what a company tells you. A legit company will always be happy to give you all the information you need, and wear their hemp hearts on their sleeve. Dig deep, perform due diligence, and you will find the perfect product!