CBD oil and hemp derived CBD products are a very fresh subject for Romania’s population. Many times, when it comes to gathering correct information regarding CBD and hemp derived CBD products, it is rather difficult to juggle with hundreds of online sources of information to find well documented material.
What do you need to know before buying CBD oil?
The CBD product market has exploded both in USA and Europe and it is starting to win great popularity in Romania. With an enormous amount of information and change of rules from many governments, the benefits of CBD are starting to see the light, the substance becoming more and more available.
Although it is a good thing that people are learning about how CBD oil can improve the quality of life, offering them support in managing different medical affections more easily, in a market where reglementations are missing and that meets an accelerated growth, we need to take some precautions.
Being such a new subject for so many people, collecting all the necessary information can be quite a challenge.
You need to be cautious when it comes to low standard CBD oil produces. They just try to get money out of a freshly opened market. It is important to know how to identify superior quality CBD products.
In an analysis from 2017, 84 CBD oil products sold on the market at that time were analysed for their potency. It was discovered that 26% were containing substantially less CBD than the label claimed, while 43% were containing more.
Find out what are the ways in which you can identify high quality CBD oil so that you can make sure that you but the best product for you and your body.
1. Make sure it is the right product
Before you buy, let’s start from the beginning. Producers and distributers promote their products in different ways, thus it is important to understand how CBD oil can be defined. This can look simple, but the terminology behind CBD world can be confusing so you have to know what is what.
CBD oil can have other namings (or to have them listed as ingredients): cannabidiol, hemp oil, full spectrum hemp, cannabis oil.
The most important thing you need to know as a CBD oil buyer is that you don’t buy hemp seed oil, which is made out of the same plant, but doesn’t have the same properties. Once you are sure it is CBD oil and not hemp seed oil, it is a good idea to see if the product is full-spectrum or isolate.
CBD is just one of the numerous cannabinoids discovered in the hemp plant. Initially, it was thought that if you isolate CBD from the rest of the chemical components, the effects would be stronger. However, there are studies which state that the effects are at a maximum potential when all natural components of the plant are kept intact. This phenomenon is also known as the entourage effect.
2. Check where the plants are grown
From the beginning of the process, an important factor to take into consideration is the place where the plant is grown. American states such as Colorado and California are known for high quality products, but Eastern Europe slowly becomes the region with the best hemp producers who raise the crops for CBD oil production. This classification can be also given by the strict agricultural reglementation which European countries have to follow.
Europe produces some of the purest hemp derived CBD products. Natural factors are well integrated in the quality of the hemp crop. The cannabis plant (from the family with the same name) is known for having hyperaccumulation properties which means that it absorbs contaminants from the air and ground.
You wouldn’t for sure eat food that was previously contaminated. So, why would the case of the solid components of CBD oil be any different? When you’re buying CBD oil you need to make sure you do your homework regarding the place where the plants were grown. If a company doesn’t clearly specify this aspect to their customers, maybe you should think twice before buying.
The CBD oil quality is highly dependent on the source of origin of the hemp plant.
The climate, the soil composition, the sustenance, maintenance and many other factors decide the quality of the raw product. The cultivation environment is also a critical factor given the property of the plant to be a hyperaccumulator. This is also a reason why cannabis is used as a bioremediation element for soil toxicity elimination activities.
When hemp crops are grown in soils contaminated with mercury, lead or other heavy metals, the toxic residual effects can be transferred to CBD products.
This is why it is very important that consumers look for CBD oil brands that get their raw material from organic hemp farms specially created for hemp extraction purposes.
Websites of reputational companies will make public their test and quality results conducted over the raw materials and the final product.
3. Find details about the extraction process
The next thing you need to do is to research the quality of the key finished ingredient – cannabidiol. From a buyers point of view this would mean to find a company that is proud of their fabrication process.
One of the most important things to check on the producer’s checklist is a well executed and professional extraction process.
CO2 extraction is utilized by most of the highly rated companies. It involves passing the plant through CO2, in a specific state and temperature, which assure the cannabinoid extraction, without affecting the biological properties. The supercritical CO2 extraction process keeps the quantity of waste at a minimum because all the neutralized plant parts are separately processed. Even the carbon dioxide is reused after the first processing.
4. Check the quality certificates
To check if your CBD supplier utilizes efficient processes to obtain a superior quality CBD oil product, with no contaminants, check the certificates and lab test results on their webpage. These documents can truly help you decide who you can trust.
The lab results and the certificates of analysis should emphasize both the quantity and the types of cannabinoids found in the product. In addition, the reports should contain information related to pesticides, residues, microbial and heavy metal presence.
There are companies which hire cheap extraction methods which imply the use of toxic material such as hexane, propane, butane and pentane. These toxic materials are also highly flammable, considering they are hydrocarbon gases found in oil.
These toxic solvents leave unsure residues in the final CBD product. The toxic residues can not only stop the healing process but they can also compromise the immune functions of an individual.
CO2 extraction and ethanol extraction are two of the most safe methods. CO2 extraction is one of the most popular and clean processes for CBD oil made for human consumption. It utilizes high pressure CO2 and extremely low temperatures to keep and maintain the purity of the CBD oil.
The document mentioned above need to be certified by third party testing labs, and the tests should say:
* the percentage of CBD in the product;
* Terpene and phytocannabinoid presence;
*The plant growing conditions;
* Contaminants and metal residues presence;
Make sure that your product has a QR code on the package which takes you to all the tests and analysis made on that specific charge.
Product testing in order to obtain the required certificates can cost companies amounts of up to 4 numbers. Companies with low quality performance will not be up for such payments. Not to mention that they will not be likely to share the lack of authenticity of their CBD production operations. So, be careful of these quality signs.
If a company paid for these tests, these will be published on their website. If you can’t find them, don’t hesitate to contact the company before buying anything.
5. Read about THC levels
For CBD oil to be distributed and commercialized legally in Europe and america, the THC level needs to be lower than 0.3%. THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis that induces the feeling of being high.
Identifying the exact THC level from a product is very important not just for you to be aware what substances you ingest, but also to assure the legal transportation and carriage. An important aspect to mention here is the possibility of the substance to show up in an anti drug test.
Legitimate producers will offer all these information, containing the chemical levels in all products and stating the exact amount of THC, even if it is zero.
Reakiro- full-spectrum, isolate and broad spectrum CBD oil come from industrial hemp crops organically grown in the best areas of Poland, from EU certified seeds. Reakiro makes the difference in the industry of CBD oil products through the transparency integrated in its activity, ensuring traceability of the process, from seed to your home.
CBDplace brings Reakiro and it’s benefits to Romania.
- Organically grown hemp from EU certified seeds
- Complete control of production, from seed to door
- No pesticides or other hars chemicals
- Less than 0.2% THC
- Laboratory tested
- Chemical results always available
- CO2 extraction process – the most efficient method CO2
The products are made out of hemp-derived cannabidiol which respects the reglementation for industrial hemp industry. The THC concentration found in the products is not sufficient to create the psychoactive effect associated with marijuana consumption.
The organically grown hemp goes through a dry and treatment process to avoid contamination with any pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers or heavy metals.
The extraction process
The CO2 extraction process allows the creation of a clean high quality CBD concentrate which can be safely used.
The quality certificates and laboratory tests that accompany all Reakiro products show the quality of the CBD extract, no matter the product category or the concentration, so that you always understand what you give to your body.
The CBD (cannabidiol)
Reakir CBD products offer you easy and safe access to the entire healing potential of cannabinoids, anywhere, anytime.
Now you should have all the information you need to discover the perfect CBD oil product. Always remember: do your research and get in touch with the company if you have second thoughts, you can never be too educated over CBD. Always ask yourself who is the company, where do the products come from and how is the oil produced.
About the author:
Certified CBD consultant and content writer for CBDplace.ro. I am not a medical specialist, but a person who made a passion for CBD and its benefits, a subject not explored enough these days in Romania. I want to give you well documented and easy written content on everything that CBD represents so that you can make a smart decision when choosing to integrate CBD in your daily routine.