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There’s no question about it, the CBD market has seen an explosion in popularity in recent years thanks to the realisation of its benefits. And, while there is now plenty of choice for customers some caution needs to be taken when purchasing CBD to ensure it is high quality. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the ways that you can identify good quality CBD oil and how to choose the best manufacturers.
One of the first things to check when purchasing CBD oil is the method of extraction that has been used to obtain the oil. Cheap and low-cost oil will usually be produced using unsafe methods to extract the CBD oil which uses toxic solvents. High-quality oil will be extracted using organic and pharmaceutical grade ethanol. Another method to look out for is CO2 extraction which ensures that the Cannabidiol oil remains pure throughout the extraction process.
In the UK the amount of THC should not exceed 0.3 per cent, and this should be measured and tested by an independent laboratory with results clearly displayed on the manufacturer’s website. If in doubt always check the results with the lab in question to ensure the product you are purchasing has been properly tested.
Whole plant or full-spectrum CBD oil is manufactured using the whole of the plant for the extraction which means that the CBD oil will contain a lot of additional cannabinoids as well as secondary compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids that work in synergy with the other compounds in the hemp plant.
For the larger CBD brands on the market then you can expect their range of CBD oils to be verified by third-party laboratories which will be able to confirm the compounds in the oil and that it is free of impurities. These results should be easy to find and clearly displayed on the brand’s website with links to the relevant laboratory to view the results.
Any CBD oil should contain a full list of ingredients on the bottle, where this information is not available that should act as a warning sign. You want to look out for THC and CBD content as well as terpenes and other phytocannabinoids that are found in the oil.
Does the manufacturer have contact details on their website including a valid phone number and address? A professional looking website doesn’t necessarily mean that a manufacturer offers a high-quality product. Make sure you take the time to research the manufacturer, check out their website and search for online reviews. Legitimate companies will have nothing to hide and should be easy to contact should you have any questions.
Most European CBD oil is produced from the hemp plant which has been grown organically without pesticides or chemical fertilisers. European farms are generally a lot stricter than USA ones as they will adhere to the EU agricultural standards which is much more regulated than the United States. Also, when checking your oil make sure you find out what species of plant it comes from with popular options including Cannabis indica, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis ruderalis varieties.
CBD oil is growing in popularity and at CBD Twist we do all the hard work and find you the best brands and manufacturers from all over the world. We only list brands on our website after we have carried out due diligence checks on their products to ensure that they comply with UK regulations.