This guide provides a simple to follow process to ensure you are purchasing genuine and quality CBD products at the right price.
There are number of re-sellers who do not provide enough tangible evidence that their products actually contain CBD. These sellers are not typically members of the CTA and as such do not follow their strict guidelines and should be avoided at all costs.
So how can you ensure you buy quality products that contain CBD? We aim to provide some useful advice based on the following 3 steps, to help you see beyond the marketing and make the correct decision.
Some suppliers of CBD oils in the UK market have limited laboratory tests or have results from only a selection of products. In some cases these results are old or not dated at all, contain no information about the laboratory used, or any reference details that would enable a buyer to validate the results. We recommend reviewing the below 5 points to ensure you are buying genuine CBD products.
- Does the supplier provide laboratory test results from a recognised laboratory? Can you find them on-line and get in contact?
- Are the test results accurate? Do they show the CBD content advertised.
- Are the test results for the product you are buying? Check the name of the product is in the test results.
- Are the test results dated? Undated tests will be unlikely to be from the batch you are purchasing.
- Ensure that the results are genuine. Laboratory details, dates and reference numbers should be clear to allow you to check these results.
Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) guidelines state that every product should have up to date laboratory tests for the current batch being sold.
The majority CBD vendors and members in the UK do not make their own oils and simply purchase in bulk from overseas.This not only makes it difficult to provide reliable laboratory tests, but also significantly reduces quality control over suppliers that manufacture their own products.
There are many different methods of manufacturing CBD oil. Whole Plant Extraction being one of the favoured methods to ensure you benefit from the Terpenes, Flavonoids and goodness of the whole hemp plant. This helps improve the effects of CBD through the Entourage Effect. Isolated CBD products may not be as effective, though many suppliers now add terpenes and flavonoids separately to replicate the benefits of the whole plant.
Finally, the vanguard of the CBD industry is CO2 extraction, which ensures all the beneficial material is extracted leaving behind zero contaminants. Methods such as alcohol extraction will always leave behind contaminants, which is why many people avoid these products.
- Does the supplier manufacture their own products?
- If they are a reseller is it clear where the products are manufactured and how quality control is maintained?
- Are their products extracted from the whole plant?
- Do they use CO2 extraction?
Suppliers will usually state if they use CO2 extraction and if their products are made from the whole plant. If in doubt ask the supplier for further details, most quality suppliers have contact details on their website and are very responsive.
If you have followed steps 1 and 2 you should now have an idea of what suppliers are offering genuine and quality products.
So how much CBD are you are getting for your money? Since suppliers sell in different quantities, with different percentage and measurement of CBD content, it can be confusing to even the experienced CBD shopper.
To avoid confusion CBD sellers are required to clearly display the CBD content in mg on the front of every carton or bottle. This is the easiest way to understand how much CBD a product contains. Percentages can be misleading and cause confusion, so this is by far the best way to understand how much CBD is present.
Although this seems straightforward, it is easy to get confused by the numbers. Let’s look at 2 examples.
A supplier quotes a product as 25% CBD, when it only contains 2.5%.
This is because only 10% of the product is actually CBD oil with the remaining 90% being a carrier oil such as Olive or MCT oil.
Although they quote 25% CBD it actually only contains 2.5% CBD.
This is both confusing and misleading and is why you should always work out how many milligrams (mg) of CBD you are buying and ensure there are clear laboratory tests to back this up.
The Cannabis Trades Association UK has guidelines in place to clearly display the milligrams (mg) of CBD within each product.
You visit an online CBD shop and see a product advertised as 3000mg of CBD Oil within a 30ml bottle for £180. You then notice on the dropdown menu, that you have the option to buy a 10ml bottle for £70 which you decide to buy.
However, if you check the CBD content on the smaller sized bottle, It is likely that the 10ml bottle you have ordered will only contain 1000mg of CBD and not the 3000mg that was quoted for the corresponding 30ml bottle.
When comparing prices, make sure you always look at like for like products. Cheaper options might mean you are getting less CBD for your money as the concentration is lower.
AT CANAXEN WE AIM TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY CBD PRODUCTS AT THE BEST POSSIBLE PRICE. IF YOU FIND A LIKE FOR LIKE PRODUCT AT A LOWER PRICE THAN THE CANAXEN RANGE PLEASE DO LET US KNOW
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