Where was the hemp sourced?
Like fruits and vegetables it is important to ensure your CBD product do not contain harmful pesticides. CBD is extracted from the hemp plant in a concentrated form but the processes also will concentrate any pesticides, which is why you should only use hemp products sourced from crops in states with established strict growing and testing rules.
For example, Oregon has established a robust hemp testing program. Pesticide tests are mandatory and must be submitted to the Oregon Department of Agriculture who monitor and destroy all crops with failed tests. In addition under the Oregon Pesticide Control Act many common pesticides are illegal to use. Their restrictions go further than the standards set by the EPA.
Did you know the Hemp Farm Bill does not require pesticide testing and the EPA just approved the use of 10 different pesticides for use on hemp crops including Atrazine herbicide, a potent endocrine disrupter that interferes with hormonal activities in humans and animals. (Atrazine use is not allowed on Oregon hemp crops).
How was the CBD extracted?
There are natural and chemical ways to extract CBD. If you see “CBD Oil”, “CBD Extract” or “CBD” ask how it was made. Unfortunately a lot of “CBD Oil” is made using chemically extracted CBD or over processed CBD isolate mixed with a natural oil base (coconut oil, olive oil, hemp seed oil).
Look for transparent companies that use natural CBD extraction methods such as Oil infusion (like making a tea), or cold pressed to ensure truly safe and chemical free CBD oil.
What other ingredients are in the product?
It’s important to be health conscious and use products with natural ingredients. Look at the ingredients to make sure you’re not using harmful chemicals or artificial ingredients.
This includes ingestible such as CBD oil, capsules and candies as well as creams and topicals. Our skins are very absorbent and the ingredients will be absorbed into our bodies.
Are there reputable third party test results?
Potency tests the amount of major cannabinoids (CBD and THC) in the product. This is necessary to ensure the product contains Cannabinoids and not hemp seed oil disguised as CBD oil.
Pesticide tests are important for hemp flower that is used to make CBD oil. Look for hemp from states with strict pesticide rules, as the Farm Bill does NOT require pesticide testing, just potency.
Residual Solvent test is EXTREMELY important for chemically extracted CBD as it tests for toxic chemicals left in the CBD product or extract.