CBD oils are rising in popularity for a simple reason: they work. CBD oil produced from industrial-grade hemp has transformed the way consumers think about health and wellness while offering a viable cannabinoid-based alternative to medical marijuana. In fact, as a testament to the shift in public perception, the Food and Drug Administration recently approved the very first CBD pill. The new drug, Epidiolex, is intended to treat severe forms of epilepsy. This ground-breaking CBD pill is a formulation of cannabidiol derived from cannabis but it doesn’t contain THC.
With acceptance for CBD hitting the mainstream, it becomes vital that consumers know what to look for when choosing a CBD oil product, and what differentiates the good from the bad. How can consumers tell whether or not their strawberry-flavored hemp oil is pure? With demand for CBD at an all-time high, what should consumers look out for to find the best CBD oil on the market today? There are several simple qualities to look for that make it easy to answer such questions and make informed choices for finding the right CBD oil.
Your CBD oil must be:
- Made from Industrial Hemp
- Extracted Using Supercritical CO2
- Independent third-party lab tested
- Clearly Labeled
- Made in the USA from a trusted source
- Participating in Medical Trials
High-Quality CBD Oil Comes From All-Natural Industrial-Grade Hemp
Like any high-end product on the market, the best CBD oil starts with superior hemp sourced from cultivators from around the globe. The reason for this is unique to the hemp plant itself, and how it is affected by its environment. Characteristically known as a “hyperaccumulator,” hemp absorbs everything in the surrounding soil. It goes without saying then, that CBD extracted from hemp grown on fertile ground is a step above anything else available to consumers.
Diamond CBD treks the globe, sourcing their CBD from non-GMO, organically grown hemp plants cultivated on soil-rich farms in Kentucky, Colorado, and Scandinavia. Most importantly, the plants they use are harvested and dried under the most optimal of conditions. After all, for consumers, knowing where their CBD oil comes from is the first step in guaranteeing its quality.
When purchasing CBD oil, consumers should always look to where the manufacturer sources their hemp. The information should be readily available on the company’s website, or through their customer service representatives — and if not, then it is a red flag that consumers should look elsewhere for their CBD.
Supercritical CO2 Extraction Ensures CBD Oil Maintains Its Purity
Even companies that use the best hemp may cut corners when it comes to their extraction processes, sacrificing quality for cost. While looking for a bargain is one thing, consumers should be wary of so-called “cheap” CBD oil, as chances are toxic solvents such as propane, hexane, or butane may have been used to extract the cannabinoids. Such poisonous solvents can be hazardous to the human body.
While some companies have taken to using ethanol in their extraction process, top-tier companies like Diamond CBD now use supercritical CO2 extraction when manufacturing everything, including their flavored CBD oil collections. A gentle approach that ensures the product maintains its purity throughout the entire process, supercritical CO2 extraction retains all of the naturally occurring beneficial molecules found in the hemp plant.
Independent Third-Party Lab Tests Maintain The Safety of The CBD Oil Industry
Of course, knowing what is in the bottle is ultimately the consumer’s most significant concern when purchasing CBD. Sadly, weak regulation and flat-out greed have led to an influx of cheaply-made, impure, and sometimes even toxic products flooding the market in recent years. The work of a few bad actors, such CBD oil has been found to include everything from high levels of THC to illegally processed synthetic cannabinoids. Some were even found to contain far less CBD than advertised.
The best companies in the industry vigorously self-regulate by providing their customers with independent third-party lab tests for all of their products. Testing is the only way that consumers can be sure that the claims made about their CBD oil are valid, whether it be about how much CBD is included in each product or about other chemicals that may or may not be found in there as well.
Diamond CBD provides their customers with lab reports for all of their products directly on their website, and consumers can ask for copies as well, which the customer service team is happy to supply. As with all top-quality companies, these tests are up-to-date and performed by reputable labs, ensuring not only a high-caliber product but better overall safety for the industry at-large.
THC-Free CBD Oil Guarantees The Safety of All Consumers
Legally produced CBD oil from industrial-grade hemp contains less than 0.03 percent THC, hardly enough to create a buzz or cause a psychoactive high similar to medical marijuana. Similarly, the industry is unfortunately littered with companies that are notorious for using synthetics in their products as well — dangerous, human-made substances that can cause all sorts of harmful reactions in the body. Again, some companies care more about their bottom line than they do about their customers.
Independent third-party lab testing protects all consumers from unintentionally encountering either of these substances, ensuring both safety and freedom from unwanted legal repercussions. Companies like Diamond CBD hold their CBD oil to a higher standard, guaranteeing that their product is both THC-free, and made without any illegal substances. After all, a top-notch CBD company always places their customers ahead of their bottom line.
Clearly-Labeled Packaging Gives CBD Oil Users Pertinent Information
It may seem obvious at first, but it can be easy for consumers to glance over the labeling of their CBD, especially if they are conditioned to think that all products are the same. But a clearly-labeled package helps customers to make informed decisions about the products that they purchase, including the strength of the product as well as any additional ingredients that may be added by the manufacturer.
Does a company use propylene glycol or MCT in its CBD oil? Is there 500 mg or 1500 mg of CBD in the bottle? At Diamond CBD this information is given to all customers up front, allowing them to make important decisions about what they put in their bodies ahead of time. Clearly-labeled packaging offers consumers the information they need, and it gives the industry the legitimacy it deserves.
The Best CBD Oil Manufacturers Are Sponsoring Medical Trials
When you are a big company that believes in the quality and efficacy of your product, you do everything you can to back it up with medical trials. When your products and processes can be verified, substantiated and proven scientifically, you participate in medical trials to let the world know. Large, established, quality CBD brands like Diamond CBD are leading the charge by commissioning large-scale studies to prove what the industry and most the world knows already — CBD works!
Latest Legislation Supports CBD
While politicians continue to debate the merits of medical cannabis, a bipartisan coalition of U.S. Senators recently passed legislation attached to the latest Farm Bill which legalizes hemp, and, in turn, CBD oil.
It is hard to understate the effects that political and public acceptance has had on the CBD or cannabidiol industry. Estimated to be worth somewhere north of $2 billion by 2020, CBD oils and other CBD products (CBD edibles, CBD creams, and CBD vapes, for example) offer possible relief from a whole host of conditions. As more research comes to light about the endocannabinoid system, and how CBD counteracts endocannabinoid deficiencies — minus the psychoactive high of medical cannabis — the public continues to clamor for more.
And, of course, the Farm Bill is just the latest in a series of headline-grabbing events in the CBD industry, more of which is discussed in the other parts of this series on CBD. Between the latest court rulings concerning CBD oil, which are dissected in the piece of CBD vape oils, and the recent pharmaceutical breakthroughs and their effects on the industry, which are perused in the article discussing the various options available to CBD oil users, the public is being inundated with confusing messaging about this industry.
Finding A Customer-Focused Company
With both public perception and political winds shifting when it comes to cannabidiol, companies like Diamond CBD understand that customers need a way to wade through a sea of inferior, unregulated products. As the premier way to strengthen the endocannabinoid system, the abundance of choices given to consumers on the market today can be overwhelming. Sure, Strawberry Flavored Hemp Oil may be a top-selling product, but as any quality product should, it gives customers peace of mind that they know exactly what they are buying, where it comes from, and what is in the bottle. After all, the best CBD oil manufacturers have a customer-first attitude.
But now that customers know how to choose a top-quality CBD oil, how do they sift through all the possible choices available to them? From full-spectrum oils to isolates to more, today’s consumers have an abundance of options available. And what about vape oils? Keep reading the rest of this series to learn more about the different type of CBD oils available on the market, as well as the options available when it comes to vape oils.
Unfortunately, as the public demand for CBD oil grows, and confusing messaging abounds, bad actors have begun to flood the market with low-quality products to make a quick dollar. Moreover, a lack of oversight from the Food and Drug Administration has placed the burden of finding high-quality industrial-hemp CBD squarely on the consumer. It can be a difficult task in an oversaturated market.
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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.
CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.
2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?
Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.
3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!
99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.
In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?
The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.
5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?
We feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.
6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?
Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.
7. What is the best method of use?
For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.
8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?
There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.
9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?
Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative side effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.
10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?
As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.
When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.
The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.
For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.
THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.
11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?
In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.
12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?
Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.
13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?
No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.
We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor there, Cannawell.
14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?
Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†
Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.
15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?
We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. We also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.
16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?
We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.
17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?
CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.
Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.
18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?
“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia
There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).
For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.