Watch Out For Low Quality CBD Oil Products
6 Points to look for when buying CBD Skin Care and CBD Oil Drops:
- Purity Levels: There are companies that sell anywhere between 17%-85% CBD Oil Purity. Know what you are buying. Hemp Genix skin Care and Drops all use 80%+.
- Drops: For CBD Sublingual Drops besides the purity level ask what MG Per Serving am I getting? 5mg, 10mg, 25mg, 30mg?
- Softgels: Again what mg per capsule are your getting 10mg per CBD Capsule, 25mg Per CBD Capsule?
- Always request third party lab results: The most imperative advice given is that all consumers have to ask for lab results that are done by an independent third party. This is done to verify potency, the existence of any herbicides or pesticides, any kind of solvent residue or any mycotoxins of the actual hemp oil which contains CBD. If you are not given access to these results it should become apparent as a red flag that there may be something amiss beneath the surface.
- Pay attention to the product labeling: It is important to look for specific portions contained on the labels. There are ways to discover the amount of actual CBD in the bottle. What is the dosage of the actual active CBD? Pay particular attention to the product labeling. Is the dosage (mg) listed on the bottle the actual active CBD in that product? Or is it the dosage (mg) of the CBD hemp oil in the “other ingredients”? These are two clearly different measurements that WILL make a strong difference in the potency of the product.
- Ask for advice: When you a making any purchases, questions should be made. That is no exception when it comes to CBD. The newness of market and the technology is still evolving, the laws and regulations as well as requirements for growing and manufacturing are still evolving. This means that the variations from farm to farm and company to company is vast and often not made present. A good way to really know what a “brand” is like is to look at review sites online. Contact the supplier or manufacturer and ask any questions. A good company will get you information and be transparent.
Unfortunately, these days there isn’t any easy or sure way for consumers to know what or who to trust. The CBD market is still in its infancy and is mostly unregulated, with quality control being hard to find at times. So when shopping for these products consumers often don’t know what to look out for. As outside observers that are not affiliated with any particular CBD brands, we decided to conduct research on our own to discover what the root causes are of the problems and to give you the best advice possible on how to efficiently shop for your upcoming CBD oil purchase.
The Revitalization Of The US CBD Market
Over the past few years, the CBD market has exploded. CBD is well known for its remedies for combating cancer cells, reducing nausea and suppressing seizure activities. It was a tribal medicine originally in numerous societies all over the world. However, in our modern day society, it is foreign since for the last several decades CBD products had all been prohibited. We can all thank the government and massive marijuana (THC cannabis) community for that (I will be elaborating on that further later on). Although CBD and industrial hemp products are partly legalized in the US now, those who suffer from cancer, epilepsy or seizures still must jump through some different hoops to be able to purchase CBD oil.
A Short History Of The CBD Industry
During the mid-1800s, CBD was initially introduced into western medicine. Over the next one hundred years, many articles were written, and research studies were conducted on the topic. However, during the 1900s, as marijuana usage surged, confused political leaders ended up prohibiting all cannabis plants. These prohibitions included all CBD oil and industrial hemp applications. Unfortunately, over the remainder of the 20th century, those restrictions resulted in the progress and findings behind CBD to be all but forgotten.
However, during the early 2000’s, the legalization of hemp saw CBD oil to reemerge also. However, a significant risk came with its reintroduction. Given that CBD had been prohibited for such a long time, both the transparency and understanding of the products are quite limited. That has made it a lot easier for greedy and dishonest businesses to take advantage of their customers who are willing to pay large sums of money for a remedy that may help to potentially heal themselves or loved ones who are ill.
Why There Is So Much Risk In The CBD Oil Market
Customer demographic: ill patients (and their family and friends)
Consider the demographic that is being targeted by CBD companies. They are mainly people who are suffering from some illness. It can range from individuals fighting cancer to those who are frequently nauseous. No matter what their illness is, those patients suffer from chronic pain, and regular medicine is not curing them. Therefore, many people who try CBD oil are very desperate to find an effective treatment. They are the ideal demographic for dishonest businesses to target.
Most (or all) of businesses CBD oil must be imported from other countries.
In this country, hemp farming is still mostly prohibited. Although domestic hemp farming was legalized by the federal government through the Farm Bill Act in 2014, just a few states have granted farmers with licenses for commercially cultivating hemp (Which is where Hemp Genix gets our oils from). This has resulted in limited supply volumes and high prices, which make them unable to compete against CBD oil being imported from countries such as Eastern Europe (mostly Romania) or China. For end consumers, the biggest problem is a lack of transparency regarding the origin of the CBD. Basically, there isn’t any information to back the quality control and volume of the CBD oil imports.
The primary reason why the cultivation environment for hemp is so critical is due to the properties of hemp that result in it absorbing contaminants out of the soil as it grows. So if it was grown in the ground that isn’t clean and healthy, then the plant may contain high mercury or lead levels. There have even been situations where children nearly died after consuming hemp extracts with high levels of lead in them. Those companies give the entire CBD industry a bad name due to being more interested in profits than trying to create a high-quality product and then thoroughly testing it first.
Quality control and regulations behind CBD product is a very gray area.
A few years ago, there was an industry insider who became a whistleblower. She blasted the entire CBD industry along with her company for its deceptive practice. The former Dixie Botanicals employee Tamar Wise posted on Facebook. She noted that the formulations began with a dirty and crude hemp paste that was contaminated with microbial life. She said she had seen the organisms decomposing the paste, and that the paste might even contain toxins such as residual solvent since the extraction is performed in China. She added that the process that is used makes it unsuited for human consumption.
Whether her account is entirely accurate or not, what is known for certain is that the vague regulations for CBD products are resulting in many sick and helpless customers purchasing dubious and uncontrolled products in the marketplace. There are also clear items like Charolettes web CofA posted online(Twitter Post) showing high lead levels within their oils from a July 2016 CofA Testing product batch A00203B, compared to 2 USA based CBD oil Producers CofA’s with extremely low or no noticeable lead levels. With Dixie we do not know if things have been fixed or are completely acurate, this is based on the ex employee. However a CofA is a CofA and you not change that with out changing your product source.
Because many manufacturing facility do not accept responsibility of their manufacturing and just sell to make money they do not worry about formulations and quality control of products they produce. They get a customer take the money manufacturer it and move on. They then place all responsibility onto the company that produced the product. There are many contracts that companies do not know they sign off manufacturing liability for things like this.
It is very easy for companies to use their labeling to mislead consumers
When it comes to labeling, the biggest problem is that customers are mislead by companies in terms of the CBD dosage shown on their bottles. When a company is transparent, the milligram strength of the CBD that is on the label reflects the actual active CBD for that specific product. So if a bottle states 100 mg of CBD, then the product should actually contain 100 mg of active CBD. However, currently many companies list the mg dosage for their CBD hemp oil but do not publish the strength of its actual active CBD.
For instance, the CBD Hemp Oil from Company A might be only 30% CBD in terms of weight, but on the label it says 100 mg of CBD hemp oil. That means the product only really has 30 mg of active CBD. That occurs quite often in this industry and is something that consumers need to be aware of whenever they are purchasing CBD oil.