Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil
The first thing to know when choosing the right CBD product is the difference between hemp oil and CBD. Hemp oil and CBD come from different parts of the hemp plant and are used in different ways.
Hemp oil comes from the seeds of the industrial hemp plant and is often used in lotions and soaps for its moisturizing properties. It is touted as being helpful in alleviating some skin conditions and is purported to have anti-aging effects. Its uses are diverse and hemp oil is even used in cooking.
CBD oil is from the industrial hemp plant’s flowers and leaves. CBD, the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits. It is totally separate from the more popular cannabis compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component which gets you “high” or “stoned.” Research has shown that CBD can aid in over 50 health related issues. Three of the most popular uses are in treating inflammation, pain and anxiety.
In the United States, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the farm bill) was passed by Congress and signed by the President stating that hemp-derived products, like CBD, are not classified as a drug and are legal to sell in all 50 states.
Choosing the Right CBD Product
When deciding what CBD product to purchase, there are 7 key factors that you should consider before deciding what to buy.
1. Buy From a Company You Trust
We recommend you buy it from a company you trust. Many CBD product labels are misleading and intentionally deceiving with many products not containing any CBD or even products that contain THC or other compounds that aren’t identified on the label.
2. Look for CBD Isolate
CBD isolate is pure CBD with no THC or terpenes. It is more expensive to produce, since an extra extraction process is required during production to separate out the CBD from the THC and terpenes. In contrast, Full Spectrum CBD contains CBD and low levels of THC and terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in the oils of all plants. When CBD, THC and terpenes are combined, it produces what is known as the “entourage effect.” It describes how these components combine and lock onto different receptors in your brain to produce a unique high.
3. Accurate Labeling
For tinctures and capsules, be sure the label states the amount of CBD in the product. A 2017 study in the Journal of American Medicine found that nearly 70% of all CBD products sold online were incorrectly labeled.
Here are some examples of products marketed as containing CBD–in all cases the product page title indicated ‘CBD’. Yet, there is nothing in the Supplement Facts to indicate this is the case.
4. Purity of Product
Make sure the CBD is derived from 100% USA-grown, non-GMO, industrial hemp. This is usually indicated on the product page or website.
5. FDA Regulation
Find out if the CBD product is manufactured in an FDA Registered facility maintaining cGMP compliance and food certified (if applicable). This is usually indicated on the company’s website.
Choose a CBD product that is 3rd party lab tested for purity and potency, ensuring what is on the label is what’s inside each bottle/container. Since CBD is oftentimes not tested, make sure the company you are considering purchasing from indicates that they not only have their CBD product tested, but it is tested by a 3rd party (not their own manufacturer).
7. Ingredient Labeling
Be sure to check the product’s Supplement Facts panel if it is a tincture or capsule, or the ingredients list if it is a cream. They are required by law.
Comparing Hemp and CBD Creams
Often people will search for CBD products online and be provided with a slew of hemp oils and hemp creams; however, keep in mind that unless the product label actually states that it contains CBD it does not. Oftentimes consumers will see a ‘hemp’ product thinking that because it is hemp it is the same as CBD, this is not the case. Containing hemp oil doesn’t mean that it contains CBD or that they even know how much CBD is contained. Just like the CBD products listed above, you’ll want to look for products that indicate that one of the ingredients is CBD, not just hemp oil.
If you use this information when searching for a CBD product, you should feel confident knowing you will be purchasing a high quality CBD product. And yes, all Natural Wellness CBD products meet all 7 qualifications.