3 Ways to Vet CBD Products for Quality

CBD quality and testing

With the CBD market still being so relatively new there’s a great deal of consumer confusion surrounding CBD products available for purchase. Questions arise like, is hemp oil the same as CBD oil? Why is this product more expensive than this one? How many milligrams of CBD is a good amount? I read somewhere that 70% of CBD products are mislabeled, how do I know what’s legitimate? Why is the FDA cracking down on CBD put in food? The list goes on.

The good thing is, if you’re reading this blog post, you’re doing your due diligence and researching the CBD brands you’re thinking of buying. According to a 2017 survey from CareerBuilder, 78% of U.S. workers are living paycheck to paycheck. It makes sense that the population is looking for a little something to ease their everyday anxieties. That’s why it’s critical that consumers know what they’re purchasing before they do.

CBD Certificates of Analysis

Because the market is still so new, it becomes the consumer’s responsibility to vet products they purchase because standards/guidelines are barely there and constantly in flux. Additionally, with relatively little government regulation, especially in the beginning stages of CBD, consumers need a CBD brand they can rely on for trustworthy ingredients, and clean sourcing. This is the reason why Sera Labs only provides products with the purest USA-grown CBD hemp extract which are free of all metals, herbicides, pesticides, etc. Our products undergo a first-class extraction process to ensure that consumers receive the purest, most effective CBD. One of the key ways of knowing if a CBD brand is providing quality products is by their willingness to show certificates of analysis for their CBD. Sera Labs always updates certificates of analysis online under the About Us tab on our website. Our certificates of analysis are gathered by 3rd party labs so you know that these results are free of any biases, show that products contain less than the legal amount of 0.3% THC, don’t include any solvents, are free of heavy metals, and any chemical substances.

Read the Label Carefully

A majority of CBD products available for purchase are inaccurately labeled, and of course unregulated, which means that there is a lot of fraudulent CBD products on the market. We recommend consumers pay close attention to the label and educate yourself on the differences between CBD, Hemp, and Hemp Seed. CBD and Hemp are essentially synonymous. CBD/Hemp is derived from the hemp plant, a strain of the cannabis sativa plant that is typically grown for industrial purposes. Hemp Seed derives from the seeds of the hemp plant, and not the plant itself, which means it’s completely different from both Hemp oil and CBD oil. CBD/Hemp is only present in the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil is typically used in cooking/beauty products and does not have any of the medical benefits of CBD/Hemp. Hemp seed oil, also called “cannabis seed oil” or “cannabis sativa seed oil” has unfortunately made its way into the CBD realm as a way to capitalize on the current boom in CBD and Hemp extract sales, without actually having those ingredients, or their benefits. Hemp seed products are typically cheaper than pure CBD/Hemp products making it misleading for consumers. All Sera Labs CBD products are made with organic industrial hemp. Make sure to read the ingredients label to verify what you’re purchasing.

Listen To Your Body

It’s not only about having the best quality products, but consumers also have a big responsibility at this point to try out different products to find what works for them. Just like conventional medicine, what is effective for one person may not be effective for another. Until the research matures, consumers need to listen to their bodies to determine what works and what doesn’t. Consumption time is also a factor for CBD. Studies have also shown that CBD is best received when taken over time. That’s not to say that you won’t feel a difference after the first time you take CBD, but the best results are seen when taking at least 250 mg of CBD over time. Some folks may feel duped by CBD and not feel anything at all even if taking the recommended dosage over time. A common realization however, is not feeling a difference until one stops taking CBD outright, then they notice there was in fact a change. So, if you’re not getting any results, stop taking the CBD and track the differences.

Be a savvy consumer when doing your CBD research/buying. Pay attention to what goes into your product, read and understand the ingredients, listen to your body and consider the amount of CBD you’re taking. Following these simple yet important steps will make you an informed and efficient CBD/Hemp buyer.

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