These days, it seems like there’s a new CBD shop popping up on every corner. With the increased awareness and growing popularity of cannabidiol, it seems like everyone’s trying to get in on the action. And with an ever-expanding range of products to choose from, figuring out which is right for you can be incredibly challenging.
The truth is, not all CBD oil products are created equal. In fact, some are downright shady. Because the industry isn’t yet being regulated by the FDA, there are currently no standards in place to adhere to. That means just about anyone can create a CBD concoction, slap a label on it and make whatever claims they’d like – whether they’re true or not.
In fact, one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that 26% of the products tested contained significantly less CBD per milliliter than what was advertised on the label, which “could negate any potential clinical response.”
In other words, choosing the wrong brand could leave your wallet lighter while doing little to nothing for the actual condition you are trying to treat. Before you waste a single penny of your hard-earned money, here are a few red flags to keep an eye out for.
It’s sold on Amazon.
Who doesn’t love a good Prime order? Unfortunately, not everything should be ordered exclusively online – especially when it comes to a product that’s going into your body and is completely unregulated. Your best bet is to go to a trusted in-person retailer – someone who will look you in the eye while standing by their products. (Bonus points if they market their own CBD brand or formula.)
It has vague or missing information.
When it comes to quality CBD products, transparency is key. If a brand isn’t clear about how its product was formulated, don’t just walk away. Run. What are some good indicators of transparency? Being able to get in touch with someone who can answer questions and provide support, for one. Additionally, someone who is committed to CBD education. That’s how you’ll know they have nothing to hide.
It’s unclear where it’s manufactured.
If you can’t easily determine where a CBD product was produced, you might want to keep shopping. The best way to ensure that you end up with a quality product that will do what it says it will do is to look for a brand that is GMP-certified. GMP is an acronym for “Good Manufacturing Processes,” and it means that the manufacturer is committed to and compliant with international standards.
The hemp isn’t US-grown.
Hemp is a bio accumulator, which means it absorbs a lot of what’s in its growing environment. Hemp grown in China, for instance, is often found to contain traces of heavy metals, which are unhealthy for human consumption. When shopping for hemp-derived products, it’s safest to find one that’s grown nationally. That way you’ll know it was grown under rigorous standards and strict guidelines.
It hasn’t been road-tested.
Like we mentioned above, it’s possible for just about anyone to slap a label on something and market it as CBD oil. But if it’s not been thoroughly tested, you could end up with more problems than solutions. To avoid any potential fallout, look for products that have been subjected to rigorous third-party testing to ensure maximum safety and quality.
At the end of the day, it’s your body and what you choose to put into it matters. CBD oil can provide many life-changing benefits, but if you’re not careful, you could end up with a lesser quality product, or worse – one that’s actually harmful to your health.
At the CBD Store RI, we pride ourselves on marketing only the highest quality, premium grade CBD products. Our proprietary brand, CanameD, is GMP-certified, produced from US-grown hemp and offers the highest purity with no binders, fillers, excipients, dyes or unknown substances.
Most importantly, we believe in ongoing support. If you’d like to learn more about our products or have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call. Or better yet – stop in and see us. We look forward to serving you!
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