Article Provided by Sacred Wellness
The 2014 legalization of high-grade CBD hemp oil (as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC) means the market has exploded in the last couple of years and will continue to grow at an astounding rate. A few years ago, the CBD oil industry was effectively worthless, but in 2015 it earned $202 million, and in 2016 the market grew to $688 million. By 2021, some financial estimations say that it could be worth $3 billion!
While this news is unquestionably exciting, it is still worth keeping in mind that the cannabis industry is a relatively unregulated market. Admittedly, it is not quite like the Wild West of 2014 and 2015, when a host of hustlers tried to make a quick buck by selling low-quality rubbish and passing it off as high-grade CBD hemp oil. Nonetheless, it is still wise to do your research and find the best products, because CBD oil isn’t cheap! In this article, Sacred Wellness will provide you with five excellent ways to spot top-notch CBD oil and differentiate it from garbage – and believe us, there’s A LOT of garbage out there.
We welcome our customers to come to any of our locations and let us help you determine if what you are taking is legit, and if not – help you find a product that works for you.
1 – Check the Color of CBD Hemp Oil
A surprising number of people are blissfully unaware that CBD hemp oil comes in varying degrees of strength and quality. It goes without saying that the oil must be extracted via the supercritical and/or subcritical CO2 extraction method, but that still doesn’t necessarily mean the oil will be pure.
Generally speaking, there are three types of CBD oil:
- Raw: This type of oil is almost black in appearance (or dark green), because once it has been extracted from the raw hemp material, no further purification processes have been implemented.
- Decarboxylated: Decarboxylated CBD oils are similar to raw CBD oil, except for the fact that the active compounds have undergone the ‘decarboxylation’ process. Appearance-wise, these are also unfiltered oils, and have a dark green or black color similar to the raw tinctures.
- Filtered: This is the CBD oil that most manufacturers make and that most people consume. It comes in a lovely light golden color, and has undergone both decarboxylation and filtering processes, which remove parts of the plant that are left over from the initial extraction process. High-grade CBD hemp oil is like a fine brandy or vodka, insofar as it has been triple distilled for purity.
2 – Where is the CBD Hemp Oil Sourced From?
You will notice that the majority of high-grade CBD hemp oil comes from Colorado or Denmark, although there are other locations that grow extremely high quality hemp (including Kentucky, Germany, the Netherlands, and other Scandinavian countries). The most important factors include where the plant was grown, how it was grown, and the species of cannabis (whether it’s a Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa, or Cannabis ruderalis variety). The soil, climate, and even the plants growing in neighboring farms all affect the quality of the product. At Sacred Wellness, all of our hemp is grown in the US and processed in Colorado.
3 – Is the CBD Hemp Oil Tested by an Independent Third Party?
Since cannabis is not an FDA-approved food or drug, independent third-party testing is NOT a mandatory requirement in the CBD oil industry. Owing to this, would-be hustlers have no incentive to pay for it (which would ultimately reveal their scam). On the other hand, reputable companies routinely pay thousands of dollars to use independent third party labs, which verify the contents of their products in terms of both purity and potency.
Obviously, do your research and make sure that the third party lab is real and not some fictitious operation designed to fool customers. A simple online search for the analytics lab should take you directly to its website.
4 – Beware of the THC Content
CBD hemp oil must contain less than 0.3% THC for it to be legal to sell and ship across the United States as a food supplement. THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana, but industrial hemp naturally contains very low levels of it. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and helps relieve pain and deal with a host of other medical issues, without getting you “high.”
The trouble is, some manufacturers are less than open about the full ingredients of their CBD hemp oil. As a rule of thumb, it is best not to purchase any oil that fails to indicate its full list of ingredients, especially the THC and CBD content. CBD can counteract the negative effects of THC in any case, especially if the ratio is 4:1 or greater.
5 – The Whole Plant Extract & Nothing But
Just to make things more confusing, there are oils made from Whole Plant Hemp and oils made from Isolated Hemp. Whole Plant Hemp is associated with high-grade CBD oil and is extracted from the seeds, stem, and stalk of the plant. Not only does the oil contain CBD, but it also has a full range of other natural cannabis compounds such as terpenes, flavonoids, and “secondary” cannabinoids like CBG, CBC, and CBG-A.
Research shows that CBD oil containing the full cannabis spectrum is more effective than its Isolated Hemp counterpart. Isolated Hemp relates to products containing the stalk of the hemp plant only. The creators of these products remove all the fatty acids, terpenes, and other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant’s trichomes.
We welcome you to explore more Hemp Infused and CBD options and any of our four locations and ask us anything! We are always happy to provide lab results and discuss how our process makes us one of the most trusted sources of Hemp Infused products in New Mexico.