Many companies and websites now offer CBD oil for sale. However, there is a wide variation in the quality of CBD oil products on the market. To derive the full benefits of CBD oil, it's important that you educate yourself on exactly how to distinguish between high quality CBD oil and low quality CBD oil as you shop. We offer detailed advice on this below.
Before you buy any CBD oil, also called CBD hemp oil, you should fully investigate the source of the oil. By "source," we mean exactly what types of hemp plants were used in the production of the oil and what were the conditions under which the plants were grown. High quality CBD oil, i.e. CBD oil that will give you the most positive benefits you seek, will be extracted from "pharmaceutical grade" or "medicinal grade" hemp plants. Further, these plants will be special cultivars of hemp that are grown specifically for the harvest of oil.
There are other types of hemp that are harvested for hemp fiber or for their seed oil. Unfortunately, there are cheap CBD oils on the market that come from cultivars of hemp that are primarily grown for other purposes, often referred to as "industrial hemp" because the hemp is being used for industrial purposes.
However, not all 'industrial' hemp is for other sources. We will not sell any inferior CBD oils on WellspringCBD.com. That simply would not benefit you as the user of the products we offer, and in turn you would not return if the products were ineffective.
On our CBD Shop page, we provide a filter that will help you select hemp from certain regions, like the EU, Colorado, Oregon, etc. Generally speaking, the hemp sourced from the US will be of pharmaceutical grade quality. The EU sources we offer are also of medical grade.
The special hemp cultivars grown for CBD oil have a very high concentration of CBD (cannabidiol) and other cannabinoids in the flowers and buds of the plants with less than 0.3 percent concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabidiol), i.e. there's not enough THC to have a psychoactive effect. High quality CBD oil is always extracted from the flowers and buds of the plant but NEVER from the stalk. In fact, the special cultivars used to produce pharmaceutical grade CBD oil do not even have a woody enough or big enough stalk for the industrial scale harvest of hemp fiber.
The reason these beneficial oils are called "CBD" oil is because CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid found in the oil. It's also been the most researched cannabinoid and the one that has received the most positive press. However, a good quality CBD oil, derived holistically from the flowers and or bud of pharmaceutical grade hemp plants, will contain several more beneficial cannabinoids including CBDA, CBG, CBN, and CBGA. When several cannabinoids coexist in CBD oil, they work synergistically. On the other hand, if the CBD oil has been extracted from industrial hemp, and especially if it says "added CBD," it is not truly full spectrum, even if it contains trace amounts, i.e. negligible amounts, of the other cannabinoids. It is always a good sign if a company or website that is selling CBD oil uses the term "full spectrum," especially if they can back that up with a certificate of analysis (see below).
In addition to the beneficial cannabinoids found in hemp plants, there is another class of beneficial chemicals called terpenes. Just like cannabinoids, there can be more than a dozen beneficial terpenes found in full spectrum CBD oil, and they too, act in positive ways on the human body's endocannabinoid system receptors! There also appears to be a synergistic benefit between different terpenes and between terpenes and cannabinoids. The early research on terpenes, chemical cousins to cannabinoids, has uncovered dozens of benefits from terpenes. Luckily, if you buy a high quality CBD oil that contains a full spectrum of naturally derived cannabinoids, it will also contain a full spectrum of terpenes! However, having said this, you should note that each variety of a pharmaceutical grade hemp plant contains a slightly different profile of cannabinoids and terpenes.
One of the many advantages to buying your CBD oil online is you are provided with much more information on a website than could ever fit on a product label. When conducting search engine queries like, "CBD oil for sale," be sure to review the website selling these products thoroughly. If a seller is claiming they offer "full spectrum cannabinoids" derived from "medical grade" or "pharmaceutical grade" hemp plants or "high CBD" cultivars, be sure to look for a certificate of analysis to back up this claim.
Further, make sure you can actually READ the report and that you can see the variety of cannabinoids, and sometimes terpenes, listed. Finally, do a quick web search of the company that provided the certificate of analysis and make sure they are legitimate. SC Labs, based in Santa Cruz California, has earned the trust of CBD oil users. Thus, if this is the company that produced the certificate of analysis, and the report is readable and positive, it's a very good sign that you're dealing with a high quality CBD oil.
Choosing the right CBD oil for sale can be the difference between a "placebo" and the "real McCoy!" It can also mean the difference between gaining a tiny benefit versus a life changing benefit. Bookmark this article so you can cute through the marketing hype and use it as a checklist on what to look for when you shop for CBD oil.