What to look for when shopping for CBD

There are now hundreds of CBD brands, here are a few things you should consider when shopping for CBD.

What does the CBD label tell you? 

We don’t mean the design, the color or some nice font. All legitimate CBD products should have an FDA disclaimer and warning section. When shopping for CBD, it is important to have access to their third-party lab testing results too, either on the product or on their website.

So, has it been third-party lab tested? 

Nearly every expert agrees that all CBD products should be tested by a third party to confirm the label’s accuracy. This has become a real concern in the industry. For example, checking on the 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association study, which tested 84 CBD products and found that 26% contained lower doses of CBD than stated on the bottle. You should look for a quality assurance stamp or certificate of analysis from a third party, other than the actual brand. Or check the retailer’s website if you don’t see it on the product’s label.

What is the right dosing? 

Many people are confused about this question. Many brands are not clear when instructing their consumer on what dosing to start with. When thinking about dosing, take into account whether your CBD is full-spectrum or isolate. While isolate is 100% CBD, it doesn’t work for everybody. Some even take 80 or 100 milligrams and might not have the same effect as taking Full-spectrum and vice-versa. Some people might only need 10 milligrams of Full-spectrum CBD. When Shopping for CBD, be mindful and informed.

Does CBD cure any diseases? 

When Shopping for CBD, you should avoid any company that makes disease curing claims. It means they are either willing to break the rules or they’re not aware of the rules.

What is a batch number? 

Do you know how to check your raw chicken or bagged lettuce every time there’s a recall to make sure the one you bought isn’t going to make you sick? This is a crucial indicator as to whether they are following good manufacturing practices. When shopping for CBD you should always be able to do the same. There should be a way to identify the product in case it was improperly made. Also in case the company ever has a recall. Then you can check the batch number on every CBD product.

Are there any additional ingredients in CBD? 

As with any supplement, when shopping for CBD you want to know everything you are taking in addition to the main product. Sometimes CBD manufacturers add some extra herbs, flavoring or melatonin. This is not a bad thing and sometimes it’s a very good thing. Just be aware of what you’re buying while shopping for CBD.