So, you’ve walked into a few (sometimes sketchy) CBD dispensaries or gas stations and browsed countless websites only to find that you’re more confused than ever about how to find legal, safe, and effective CBD. For the sake of your health (and wallet) you want to find the best CBD products, but you’re not sure how to go about it.
No worries! Here’s a brief tutorial on what to look for on product labels and how to get important information from product lab test results.
Full-Spectrum VS Broad-Spectrum CBD
Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum are popular forms of CBD but have one important difference. Full spectrum CBD includes all the compounds from cannabis, including varying amounts of THC. THC is the component that makes you high and shows up in drug testing. (See below for details.)
Broad Spectrum CBD also includes other cannabis compounds, but all (or virtually all) of the THC has been removed.
Full-spectrum CBD is legally allowed to contain THC, but only a very tiny amount. People who are concerned about drug testing and possible traces of THC might prefer broad spectrum CBD products – just to be on the safe side. Some drug tests are more sensitive than others.
Look for a THC Percentage
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the “psychoactive” compound in cannabis. It’s responsible for creating the “high” people experience when using marijuana. Legally, CBD products sold freely to the public cannot contain more than .3% of THC, which is far below the amount it takes to get high and usually not enough to show up in a drug test.
As you can see from the label, our CBD Oil Tincture (and all our products) contains less than .3% THC.
The best CBD products will allow public access to third party lab test results that provide specific information (more on that later in this post).
Words to Look for on Your CBD Product Label
The correct language on a CBD product label is critical, because some manufacturers try to take advantage of consumers who aren’t aware of industry complexities. Good thing you’re reading this blog!
As a savvy consumer, you’ll want to see one of these phrases on a label:
- Hemp extract
- Hemp derived
- Hemp oil extract
- CBD oil
Otherwise, you could be getting a product made only from the hemp seeds, which contains no CBD at all!
What to Look for in CBD Product Lab Results
The best CBD products will make third-party lab test results accessible for your review. In the industry, these lab results are compiled as an official document known as a COA or Certificate of Analysis.
A COA contains a product-specific breakdown of all CBD compounds and THC. This is important, because you don’t want to purchase a product with more filler than CBD compounds – or too much THC!
Look for a Max CBD no lower than .9% and a Max THC no higher than .3%.
But keep in mind that THC levels rise with the amount of CBD in the product.
For example, compare our Full Spectrum Hemp Extract, 250 mg (a.k.a. CBD oil or tincture) with our 1000 mg hemp extract:
- Max CBD = 0.92%
- Max THC =.03%
- Max CBD = 3.49%
- Max THC = .11%
The Max THC levels in both products are well below the legal CBD limit of .3%, and even the .3% THC isn’t enough to cause a “high”. However, it’s important to understand what you’re getting when you purchase a product.
Lab Results for Other Pure Botanical Wellness Products
The Pure Botanical Wellness team is dedicated to transparency as well as product purity. We strive to bring you the best CBD products and the facts you need to feel good about your purchases.
Here are the COA’s for additional products on our website:
All testing was conducted by a third-party facility, ProVerde Laboratories, that specializes in the hemp industry.
Ready to Try Our CBD?
If you want the best CBD products, then you want to choose a retailer who provides clear and detailed labeling along with access to product test results.
At Pure Botanical Wellness, we’re experts in our industry and are here to help you stay informed while providing these high-quality CBD products.