With the UK CBD oil market booming, there are a multitude of CBD oil based products making their way onto the CBD market. Education surrounding the quality of the CBD products is important to ensure that you as a customer make the most of your CBD purchase by knowing which are the highest quality.
If you’re a fan of your CBD oils, then this is certainly something you want to think about, and Lucid Hemp has you covered. Let’s go through the anatomy of great CBD now, starting right at the beginning.
An important factor when choosing your CBD product is considering where the Hemp is grown. You should ensure that your Hemp is farmed from organic Hemp farmers, free from pesticides. Europe has fast become on of the best hemp producers in the world, so knowing that your Hemp is sourced from Europe is the first step to knowing that you are sourcing a potentially very high quality CBD product.
The reason for this is because of the EU’s strict agricultural regulations, which European countries are obliged to follow. Furthermore, the cannabis sativa plant is known as a ‘hyper-accumulator’m this means that it absorbs any contaminants from both the air and the soil – the more contaminated the surroundings, the more contaminated the CBD plant. When you research your CBD product you should be wary of where your CBD product is grown, and if this is not listed then you should be wary as this is a potential red flag.
Moving on from the origins of your CBD, the next consideration is how the CBD is extracted from the Hemp plant. Some companies, particularly those that sell products at very low prices or advertise unrealistic amounts of CBD, may use cheap methods of CBD extraction. If there is any indication that your CBD has been manufactured in this way you should NOT ingest it. This method utilises dangerous toxic solvents that are detrimental to human health, using hydrocarbon gases found in These methods are cheap because cheap toxic solvents such as hydrocarbon gases are used.
The other two extraction methods are as follows:
- Ethanol extraction – The ethanol is used to remove unneeded toxins and residues from the base hemp plant.
- Supercritical CO2 extraction – This process uses Carbon Dioxide under high pressure conditions in an extremely cold environment. Supercritical CO” extraction has a complex refinement process and is generally more costly that its ethanol counterpart, but it ensures that the CBD oil maintains its purity all through the process and creates a cannabinoid rich, high quality blend.
Next, you should where possible obtain the certificates of analysis, which should be made available on a CBD company’s website, either by request or readily available.
The certificate of analysis is obtained by third party independent laboratory testing, meaning you can be sure that the results have been analysed by an impartial third party. These tests should tell you the percentages of CBD in each product, the cannabinoid matrix present and any terpenes. The tests will also reveal whether there are any contaminants or metal residues, which if there are any present a definite red flag that you should avoid.
Furthermore, the lab tests will reveal how much THC is present in the CBD product you have purchased. This is important for two reasons, firstly in the UK it is illegal for CBD products to contain more than 0.2% THC content. Secondly, THC is the psychoactive component of the Cannabis plant. Whilst in trace amounts it comprises as part of the complete cannabinoid profile, adequately high THC amounts may cause undesired psychoactive effects.
So there you have it, the anatomy of great CBD. Stay in tune with our CBD talk blogs to keep updated on the latest news, developments and facts about CBD!
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