09 Mar 6 Questions to Ask About Your CBD Hemp Oil
Know what you’re getting when you buy CBD hemp oil by asking these six questions about the product you’re considering.
Naturally derived from hemp, CBD oil has shown tremendous promise toward helping to improve one’s overall well-being. Word has gotten around, and CBD sales, in turn, have skyrocketed.
CBD oil, also commonly known as CBD hemp oil because of the plant from which it’s derived, is currently being used by consumers nationwide as a daily wellness product, skincare solution, and all-around positive additive to healthy living.
Despite the high demand for hemp CBD, regulations and rules that manufacturers have to play by are still lacking. In short, not every CBD oil product out there is made equally. If you are interested in trying CBD oil for yourself, you’ll want to ask a few questions before making any purchases.
This guide provides you with six of the top questions to ask about CBD oil so that you know exactly what to look for in the CBD product you buy. Read on for in-depth answers to FAQs about hemp oil and CBD oil, and discover why you’ll find the industry’s finest CBD products here at HempMeds®.
Is the product CBD oil or hemp oil?
Though they are often marketed with the same language, CBD oil and hemp oil are not always the same product. Both come from hemp, but one contains CBD while the other may or may not.
Confused? In short, CBD oil is made from the parts of the hemp plant that contain higher levels of cannabinoids like CBD. Hemp oil, on the other hand, is a general term that can refer to either CBD oil or hemp seed oil, a type of oil that is made from hemp seeds. While nutritious, hemp seed oil doesn’t contain CBD.
The first of several FAQs about hemp oil or CBD oil you should ask when considering a product is, “Which one is it?” CBD oil is typically marketed as CBD hemp oil, which can sometimes make things confusing. Before buying, it’s best to check the contents of the product you’re looking at to see if it does actually contain CBD.
At HempMeds®, all of our products are made with CBD oil and contain reliable levels of CBD.
Where does the CBD oil come from?
CBD oil is a natural extract of the Cannabis Sativa plant. You may recognize this plant as being the source of THC (the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana); however, most of the CBD oil that’s widely available comes from hemp, a non-intoxicating variety of Cannabis Sativa that is legal in the U.S. and naturally contains no more than trace levels of THC.
No matter the source, when considering a CBD oil product, it’s important to remember that all cannabis plants are bioaccumulators, meaning the plants are highly effective at pulling micro-materials from the soil. When the soil is filled with beneficial nutrients, hemp plants grow more quickly and absorb those nutrients, eventually passing them on to consumers. When the soil contains harmful substances, such as chemical contaminants, those substances can seep into the cannabis and ultimately into the extracted CBD oil. When purchasing CBD oil, it’s important to ask where the extract comes from and how the plants used to source the oil are grown, as this can make a huge difference in the final safety and quality of the product.
To ensure that all of our products are free of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and other contaminants, we source our hemp from a generational family-owned farm in the Netherlands that grows our plants naturally, ensuring that none of these harmful products get into their soil.
How is the CBD oil processed?
After cultivating the plant, extraction is the next step in the CBD production process. This is the step where CBD is extracted from hemp in the form of CBD oil.
Extraction techniques range from lab to lab, and not all of them are created equal. Some use toxic solvents that may introduce new harmful substances into the CBD batch during the extraction process.
At HempMeds®, we extract our CBD oil using non-toxic supercritical CO2, which is classified by the FDA to be GRAS: generally regarded as safe. This safe and reliable extraction process keeps contaminants out of our CBD hemp oil to keep consumers healthy. Learn how our CBD oil is made.
Before buying any CBD oil product, be sure to research information about the producer’s extraction and processing methods to ensure that you are getting a high-quality product.
Is the CBD oil tested?
Even with the best extraction methods employed, all CBD oil needs to be tested before reaching the final steps of production. Rigorous testing is key to the detection of unwanted, and potentially harmful substances like chemical pollutants that may have leaked into the oil.
As you browse different CBD oil products, check to see which ones are made by producers that have rigorous testing processes in place. Take a look at customer reviews and website literature to find out what kind of testing standards are in place. Respected companies will offer Certificates of Analysis (COA), which offer testing result details for your particular batch of hemp oil.
HempMeds® stringently tests our CBD extract three times before packaging it for sale. Our industry-leading Triple Lab Tested® process begins with hemp harvesting, where we test each crop for outside contaminants. Once our hemp is imported into the U.S. and CBD oil is extracted, we test our CBD hemp using independent ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited labs to scan for heavy metals, mold, microbes and other possible contaminants, as well as cannabinoid potency. At the end of production and prior to formulation, our CBD hemp oil is again batch tested for safety and potency. If any products don’t pass our rigorous safety standards, we don’t ship them — It’s that simple.
How much CBD is in the CBD oil product?
When choosing the right CBD product for you, it’s important to note how much CBD is in the product you’re considering and whether the product offers a recommended serving size.
Look to see how much CBD is in the product you have your eye on before you buy or ingest it, and be sure you have cross-checked the company’s testing processes as well. Producers who do not test the makeup of their CBD products may create products with unreliable levels of CBD content that aren’t accurately reflected on the label. Choose companies that use high-quality processes from start to finish.
To ensure precise potency, HempMeds® uses state-of-the-art tests to determine cannabinoid concentration in our hemp oil. This helps us ensure that each and every product we offer consumers contains reliable levels of CBD and other ingredients that you expect in CBD oil.
See our guide to buying CBD to help you get started with your ideal CBD regimen.
What other ingredients are in the CBD oil product?
A final question on our list FAQs about hemp oil or CBD oil that you should ask before buying is: “What are the ingredients?”
At this point, you should know how the CBD product is made and its CBD concentration, but you may not have stopped to check what other ingredients are found in the CBD hemp oil you’re considering. Often, CBD hemp oil is combined with other oils or ingredients to enhance flavor and texture. Before committing to a CBD oil product, make sure that the ingredients listed on the label agree with your body and are responsibly sourced.
HempMeds® CBD oils are always made with all-natural botanical ingredients including almond oil and peppermint oil, as well as sustainable beeswax, ginger root and coconut oil. Our commitment to natural ingredients preserves the balance our products were designed to create.