CBD is quickly becoming a preferred all-natural treatment and has been shown to have many of the same benefits as pharmaceuticals. However, the supplement industry is far less regulated than the pharmaceutical industry and these companies can often get away with laxed purity standards and misleading labeling.
Until more transparent regulations are in place, it’s up to consumers to find the purest CBD options available and to know what to look for. Follow these helpful tips for finding pure CBD oil and you will feel confident knowing exactly what you’re putting in your body.
Check for the Correct Concentration
Concentration is one of the best indicators of purity. It should be the first and most important consideration you make when shopping for pure CBD oil.
To find the concentration, you will likely need to scrutinize the nutrition label. You’re looking specifically for the amount of CBD, usually measured in milligrams (mg). Make sure the dosage listed on the label is the amount of active CBD and not the amount of hemp seed oil or other carrier oils. These are two similar measurements that have different potency and efficacy.
CBD products can list the amount of total hemp oil without listing the dosage of active CBD, and lots of less-than-reputable companies do it. If the concentration advertised on the bottle and CBD by weight on the nutrition label do not line up, this should be a red flag.
This is the case for many vitamins and supplements. Imagine you’re shopping for pure fish oil. Every fish oil supplement will have some amount of DHA and EPA (the omega-3s in fish oil that promote cardiovascular health) and some amount of oil without omega-3s. If the label shows the dosage of fish oil, and not DHA and EPA, who knows how much of the beneficial active ingredient you’re actually ingesting? It could just be pure sea water. And that’s not the purity you want in a supplement. The same is true with CBD.
Search for the Extraction Method
Although the extraction method is rarely advertised, it can make all the difference when it comes to the purity of the product.
There are a couple of different ways to extract CBD oil from the hemp plant. For example, there are some CBD oils that use cheap – and sometimes toxic – chemical solvents to extract the oils from the plant. These solvents not only dilute the quality of the CBD, but their lingering residue can still be found in the final bottle itself.
Instead, search for CBD oils that are extracted using a CO2 – like we do at Kono Naturals! This method uses pressure, temperature and carbon dioxide to remove the extract from the plant and keep the purity of the oil in tact. The CO2 extraction method results in the most therapeutic CBD with no harmful chemicals.
Seek Out Purity Certifications
CBD oil comes from the hemp plant, and as with any crop, it can be grown using harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers. If you’re not vigilant, you could wind up with these in your CBD oil.
It’s important that you feel confident knowing where your CBD came from and how it was harvested. For the purest product, look for CBD oils that are Certified Organic, GMO-free and grown close to home.
Pick the Purest Products
The purest types of products are CBD tinctures and CBD isolates. These are the most concentrated forms of CBD and also the most versatile when it comes to ease of use and homeopathic benefits.
If you are new to CBD, it can seem tempting to opt for a more affordable product to test the waters. But if you’re not using a pure CBD oil, you’re not testing much. All of our CBD products are Certified Organic, extracted with a CO2 process and the dosage on the bottle is the dosage of active CBD inside. We are happy to provide our lab results upon request to prove we have the purest CBD oils possible.