How to Choose the Right Broad Spectrum Organic CBD
So, you’ve decided to give CBD a try. Welcome to the club! Thousands of people a day jump on board the CBD train, from arthritis patients to anxious parents. CBD offers a lot of potential benefits, including:
- Anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties
- Neuroprotective properties
- It may help control the symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Controlling seizure activity
- May be supportive of heart health
There are a lot of studies currently in the works, as the hype has gotten ahead of the research. However, both anecdotal evidence and preliminary animal and human studies look promising.
But there is one crucial factor to consider before starting any CBD regimen: finding a good source.
What to Look for in Your CBD Company
Unfortunately, all CBD brands are not created equal. Unregulated by the FDA, many CBD products on the market contain little to no CBD and may be adulterated with additives. So, what can you do?
Finding a quality product can take a little research, but it isn’t challenging if you know what to look for in a CBD company. Let’s take a look at some good signposts for purity.
Third-Party Lab Testing
It is imperative that the company you purchase your product from clearly displays results from tests done by independent third-party labs. Why is this important?
For one thing, you want to be sure that the amount of CBD in the preparation matches the advertised dose. While CBD is generally relatively safe, it isn’t a good idea to take indiscriminate amounts. A cheaper product may not even have any CBD in it.
Another issue can be contamination. If a company is not particular about its distillation and formulation process, a tincture may end up with heavy metals or other toxins.
A disinterested third party needs to be brought in to test the products for both potency and purity. That’s where the independent lab tests come in. These results will not be biased, and by sharing them on their website, a company can prove their commitment to quality and transparency in their products. Hence, you must always insist on third-party lab reports.
Another way to find the right brand is to look at the company’s reputation in the industry. It’s best to find one that has been in the business for at least a few years (CBD is a comparatively newer industry, and some of the big brands are no more than five years old). New companies aren’t necessarily bad. They just haven’t had the time to prove themselves.
You must ask the following questions as you look at a company’s background:
- Have they been mentioned in major publications or listed on many third-party review sites?
- Have they won any awards for quality or excellence?
- What values do they hold as a company?
- Do they belong to prestigious organizations like the Hemp Roundtable?
Full Satisfaction Guarantee
Any CBD company worth its salt will offer a money-back guarantee. If they believe in the efficacy of their product, they want their customers to be happy with their purchase. This ensures they get repeat business. A company that cares about keeping customers is a company that sells a quality product. Hype only gets you so far.
What to Look for in CBD Products
Okay, so you’ve found a company that looks pretty good. They check all the boxes for reputation, transparency, and quality. It’s time to find a broad spectrum organic CBD product that’s just right for you. Here are some things to look for.
Choose Your Product
First, you need to decide how you want to take your CBD. There are a lot of options out there. The most common is a CBD tincture or oil. These generally come with a measured dropper that helps you get the perfect dose each time. Taken sublingually (under the tongue), a CBD oil can be flavored or unflavored.
If you don’t love the taste of hemp or the oil texture in your mouth, soft gels are an excellent choice. These come in various doses per gel tab and can be easily swallowed. They’re also a good choice for travel, fitting easily into a bag with no chance of spilling.
Finally, you may decide to try edible CBD. This typically comes in the form of gummies (though there are other types out there) and is a fun way to take your CBD. These can be a delicious option if you find it easier to take a gummy than swallow a pill or oil.
Clean Ingredient List
Take a look at the ingredient list. The adherence to organic practices can vary between brands, and what you choose is up to you. Some are fine as long as the hemp itself is organic. Others want their product to be as minimally processed and organic as possible.
Some companies sell tinctures or soft gels made up of no more than hemp extract and an organic carrier oil (most often coconut or hemp oil). Typically, the fewer ingredients, the better. And, of course, always check for those third-party test results on each product.
Exemplary Customer Reviews
Finally, take a look at what customers are saying about the product. You can check on both the company website as well as look at reputable third-party review sites. You want to look for positive reviews, of course, but there are other things you can look at as well.
- Are there a lot of reviews? The more reviews, the more customers.
- What are reviewers using the product for? (e.g., pain, inflammation, anxiety)
- How is the taste and ease of use?
A couple of last notes: start small and talk to your doctor. The latter is especially important if you have a chronic illness or take other medications. You always want to keep your doctor in the loop, even regarding supplements. Also, choose a smaller dose to start if you haven’t used CBD in the past. You can always take more, but it’s harder to cut doses on a higher dose of soft gel or tincture. Listen to your body and figure out your perfect dose accordingly.
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