Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is most commonly known, has hit the UK by storm over the past 12 months. In 2019, you can get your hands on CBD oil from your local corner shop, online, for your dog, for your grandparents - even for your children. Yes, there’s no denying that CBD oil really is a hot commodity in today’s market. But, behind the high demand are a plethora of untrustworthy retailers looking to gain a fast profit selling sub-par, sometimes harmful products under the name of CBD oil.
Wherever you are in your CBD oil journey, knowing what to look out for to avoid untrustworthy sellers and dodgy products can be tricky. However, there are certain signs that you can check for that will give you a firm indication as to how authentic your CBD oil is – and whether you should run a mile!
Why are there low-quality CBD oil products being sold?
Despite the fact that CBD oil is now hugely popular, with the market being estimated at £300 million – it is still very young, and so proper regulations are not yet in place to protect consumers.
For untrustworthy sellers this means the perfect opportunity to boost sales of “CBD oil” under the guise of it being a “cure all”, perfect for anyone, to treat anything. However, these outlandish sales techniques should always act as an immediate red flag to anyone looking to purchase CBD oil, and here’s why:
- CBD oil cannot be claimed to “cure” any condition. Nor can it be sold as a medicinal product on the high-street.
- CBD oil can be prescribed by a medical professional here in the UK (as of November 2018) in some cases, however a retailer advertising CBD oil in such a way should be steered well clear of.
Four easy to spot signs that your CBD oil is of high quality
- How much CBD & THC is actually present?
Recent lab tests for the CMC report looked at a plethora of high-street CBD oils, and unsurprisingly to us, over half of them contained less CBD than the label stated. Whilst it’s true that CBD oil can offer a wealth of medicinal benefits, this isn’t going to be the case with products that contain far less CBD than needed to make an impact.
Not only that, but many CBD oil products also claimed to contain less than 0.2% THC (which is the legal maximum here in the UK) however this again wasn’t always the case as unsuspecting patients have been left feeling effects far different to those expected.
It isn’t just the UK struggling with this either. In the US there have been numerous accounts of mislabelling on CBD oil products, with one family unknowingly administering their child with a dangerous synthetic cannabinoid, something which has become increasingly common in recent years as the cannabinoid has become more popular.
A reputable CBD oil will state exactly what its contents is, where it was manufactured and should also come with a lab report!
- Isolate or whole plant?
CBD oil that you buy is either going to be CBD isolate or full spectrum CBD. Put simply, CBD isolate does not use the whole plant and so is far less high quality when compared to whole spectrum CBD oil.
Confused? Well, CBD isn’t the only helpful cannabinoid out there! Other than CBD, the marijuana plant actually contains over 100 other cannabinoids, many of which have shown huge medicinal potential. So, full spectrum CBD oil also contains some of those additional benefits. To those new to using CBD oil, this is something that can be very easily missed, and sellers are then able to put a large price tag on a sub-par product – leaving the buyer none the wiser.
- Lab results
All of these “tell-tale” signs are designed to work in conjunction with each other. But if there is one that we recommend taking away with you then it would be this: always ask for a lab report. In the base case scenarios, you shouldn’t even need to request a report as many reputable CBD oil brands will have these readily available on their website or be able to produce it in store.
A lab report gives indication to what the CBD oil contains, where it was sourced, how it was made – and without this you could be potentially exposed to less than authentic produce.
- Who is the brand?
Like with all things, the brand can be a great indication as to how high quality the product you’re getting will be. A brand that has been in the game for years with a solid reputation is likely to be a trustworthy source if you’re looking for high-quality CBD oil.
Now, longevity isn’t everything and there are plenty of new and upcoming CBD oil retailers that are doing everything by the books. But – you should always follow your instincts when it comes to how trustworthy you deem an unfamiliar brand to be. Ask for information, ask for lab reports – and always avoid those false claims!
It goes without saying that sourcing a high-quality CBD oil can be a bit like trial and error. However, hopefully by following these four tips, you now feel better equipped to take on any backstreet sellers, and avoid wasting time, energy and money on low-quality CBD oil products.
Here at the CBD Club, we specialise in only the best quality brands, so when you come to us you can feel confident that you’re getting some of the best quality goods on the market. Check out our range of products and brands or get in touch if you have any queries about our CBD oils.