Many companies and websites now offer CBD oil for sale online. However, there is a wide variation in the quality of hemp CBD products on the market. To derive the full benefits of hemp, it’s important that you educate yourself on exactly how to distinguish between high quality and low quality CBD oil as you shop. We offer detailed advice on this below.
Investigate the Source of the Oil
Before you buy any CBD product, you should fully investigate the source of the oil. By “source,” we mean where the hemp plants that were extracted are from and used in the production of the oil, and what were the conditions under which the plants were grown. Quality CBD rich hemp oil, or the oil that will give you the most positive health 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. In fact, many of the products when you search for ‘CBD oil’ on Amazon are labelled confusingly similar to real CBD products, but are only hemp seed oil with dolled up marketing and branding.
However, not all ‘industrial’ hemp is for other sources. We do not nor 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 from the brands that we offer are also of medical grade.
The special hemp cultivars grown for high CBD extracts naturally have a very high concentration of CBD (cannabidiol) and other cannabinoids in the flowers, also known as buds, of the plants. Hemp is a cannabis plant with less than 0.3 percent concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), i.e. there’s not enough THC to have a psychoactive effect.
Premium CBD is always extracted from the flowers and buds of the plant but RARELY 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.
Look For Your Preferred Spectrum of Cannabinoids
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 product derived holistically from the flowers and or bud of pharmaceutical grade hemp plants, may contain even more beneficial cannabinoids including CBDa, CBG, CBN, and CBGa, among many others. When several cannabinoids coexist in CBD oil, they work synergistically in what is called the Entourage Effect.
When all of the cannabinoids are intact, it is called a full spectrum extract. This might even include small quantities of THC. A broad spectrum product generally means that during extraction, the THC was removed to non-detectable levels. An isolate based extract will have the CBD concentrated upwards of 99.9% pure. CBD this pure takes the form of a crystal-like structure, and is either left in large shards, or ground into a powder.
There’s Also Terpenes To Consider
In addition to the beneficial cannabinoids found in hemp plants, there is another class of beneficial chemicals are called terpenes. Just like cannabinoids, there can be more than a dozen beneficial terpenes found in whole plant CBD hemp oil. They, too, can act in positive ways on the human body’s endocannabinoid system receptors!
There also appears to be a synergistic benefit between different types of terpenes as well as between terpenes and cannabinoids like CBD. The early research on terpenes, chemical cousins to cannabinoids, has uncovered dozens of benefits from terpenes. Luckily, if you buy a high quality hemp product 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.
Look For a Certificate of Analysis
One of the many advantages to buying your CBD online, especially with us, is that 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 spec cannabinoids” derived from medical grade or pharmaceutical grade hemp plants, or high CBD cultivars, be sure to look for a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) 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.
For example, SC Labs, based in Santa Cruz California, has earned the trust of cannabis consumers around the country. 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 quality CBD oil.
We provide Third Party lab results for every product we carry. And if it is not listed on the product page, you can usually scan a QR code directly on the bottle or submit to us the batch number and we can look that up immediately.
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 cut through the marketing hype and use it as a checklist on what to look for when you shop for CBD oil.