A guide to CBD: things to know before buying

As CBD’s popularity continues to skyrocket and the market grows, it is important to be confident in knowing exactly what you are buying and that it is from a reputable source. It is important to start by outlining that, although there are a number of online sources to purchase CBD, not all products are of equal high standard. So, how do I differentiate between a low-quality and a high-quality product?

This blog will be your personal guide to all things that you should know before purchasing CBD in order to be fully informed and make the best choice for you.

1. Has the CBD product been 3rd party laboratory tested?

Lab reports are the key to knowing whether the product is safe to use. A company that publishes its 3rd party lab reports allows for full transparency and accountability for each of their products. Without it, there is no real way of knowing whether the product contains what it says it does, or whether there is a risk of consuming harmful contaminants. Before purchasing any CBD product, make sure that you have seen the Certificate of Analysis (lab report).

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2. How do I know that the lab report is reliable?

The first thing to look for in a report is whether it has been carried out by an accredited laboratory in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This means that you know the lab is regulated by a governing body and adheres to the high standards required. You should also check the date that the report was published. A company that values its ability to produce high quality products should be ensuring products are tested regularly and reports are produced consistently. If the latest report produced dates back over 8 months, it raises a big question as to whether the goods are still safe to use. The final thing worth checking is that the cannabinoid content that is listed on the product does not hugely vary from the lab report results.

To see an example of a fully verified and reliable lab report, visit the lab tests section of our website.

3. Does the product meet government regulations to be legal?

CBD is not listed under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and is not considered to be a controlled drug by the UK government. However, there are certain regulations that the product must adhere to. In the UK, the product must contain less than 0.2% THC to be considered safe to use. For more information, take a look at our blog on “Is CBD legal?”.

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4. What is in each product?

Before using any product, you should be 100% confident in knowing exactly what is in it. Before purchasing, you should make sure that all the ingredients are listed. You are bound to find a few long names that you have never heard of, but with a bit of a research you can check that they will not have any harmful effects.

5. Where is the hemp sourced from?

Our hemp is sourced from fully licensed farms in Colorado, which is renowned for its exceptional nutrient rich soil to produce the highest quality of hemp. Quality is the most important, so a product that is priced too cheaply often means that quality has been sacrificed to sell at a low price. An increase in price could mean that premium ingredients have been used or that the company has a high reputation.

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6. Does the company have a good reputation?

One of the best ways to know whether the company is reputable is by looking at customer reviews in order to gauge their opinions. This gives you a snapshot of the positive experiences that customers have had, as well as any problems they have faced. A quick browse through the company’s website and social media should give you enough of an idea of what the company has to offer.

7. How do I know what dosage of CBD to take?

Understanding how much CBD is in the product will set you on the right track to deciding the right dosage. However, a lot of this comes down to each individual’s bodyweight, body chemistry and the severity of the condition that you are trying to treat. As a result, a degree of trial and error to find what works for you is required. If you are just starting off with CBD, it is best to start low with a few droplets a day. From there, you can start to increase until you reach a point where you are starting to feel the optimum benefits.

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8. What does Broad Spectrum CBD mean?

When first looking at the CBD marketplace, you may see a variety of CBD options available. One of these is known as Broad Spectrum CBD. This offers the full range of benefits possible, without the risk of any psychoactive effects.

Final thoughts…

Trying something new can often make you feel apprehensive. Now, you can use your knowledge and awareness to make an informed decision in purchasing high quality products from a reputable company. Uncertainty no longer needs to be a barrier to you fully experiencing the wide range of benefits that CBD can offer and finding the right product for you. If you have any further queries that you feel that we haven’t touched on in this blog, reach out to us – we are here to help and make you feel at ease when purchasing a CBD product.

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