What to Look for in CBD Products

If you have decided to try out CBD oil, then it is essential to know that not all CBD products are the same. 

While there are certainly some excellent CBD oils out there, a lot of the market is saturated with products that are, unfortunately, sub-par, and may not give you the effects you desire. 

Many people are unaware of what they need to look for in a quality CBD product. To help you understand what to look for in CBD products, we have highlighted a few essential points to consider! 

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Is the Price Too Good to Be True?

We’re all always on the hunt for a bargain, but when it comes to CBD oil, often a low price means it is too good to be true.

High-quality CBD/CBDA oils are not cheap to make. For example, ElleVance CBD products are made with the best hemp cultivars and are independently tested to ensure their purity.

If a CBD product seems cheap, it is probably made with inferior ingredients and may not contain as many cannabinoids. These cheaper products are unlikely to have been tested to as high standards.

ElleVance conducted a study of 30 CBD products by testing their composition in a third-party laboratory. We found that the vast majority contained significantly less CBD than they claimed, with four products containing no CBD at all! Similar results were gained from surveys conducted by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis and the BBC.

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The Amount of CBD is Shown on the Label

When you’re looking to buy a CBD product, you must check the label to see if the amount of CBD is shown.

The label should show the total number of milligrams in the bottle and the concentration in the product. The higher the number, the more potent the CBD oil is.

Here at ElleVance, our oil has 70mg/mL of total cannabinoids, and CBD and CBDA make up approximately 95% of this. To compare the cost of different CBD products, you’ll want to divide the price by the milligrams to get the £/MG. This will also help you to gauge the strength.

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Complete-Spectrum CBD

CBD oils can either be made of whole plant extracts (known as complete-spectrum CBD) or from CBD isolates. Complete-spectrum hemp products contain other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes, whereas CBD isolates are just CBD.

 While you’d be forgiven for thinking that pure CBD is better, complete-spectrum CBD products are safer and more effective than CBD isolates.

This is because complete-spectrum CBD products interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system at different levels. In contrast, CBD isolates impacts a much narrower area.

A high-quality CBD product will reveal which is the main cannabinoid on the label.

ElleVance is a complete-spectrum CBD+CBDA oil that is rich in terpenes.

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No Bold Claims

While CBD oil certainly has helped many people deal with things like chronic pain, sleeplessness, and anxiety; it is vital to steer clear of products that make bold claims.

CBD products are food supplements (like vitamins, minerals and some oils). As such, no company can claim that its CBD product cures or treats any medical condition.

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Grown With Good Soil Quality

CBD comes from the hemp plant. Hemp is a hyperaccumulator, which means that it absorbs everything from the soil it is grown in. As such, the soil quality must be high and free from pesticides; otherwise, toxic chemicals can be present in the crops.

To make sure your CBD oil is safe, you’ll want to find a product where the hemp has been grown in an area where farmers are required to be certified and have their land tested.

For example, the hemp used for ElleVance products is grown at a pesticide-free farm in Colorado, USA.

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Tested By a Third-Party Laboratory

When you are choosing a CBD product, one of the most important things to check is whether a third-party laboratory has tested it.

Independent laboratories will provide unbiased results about the composition of a product.

Some of these lab tests will check that the product is free of contamination from things like pesticides, heavy metals, or fungi.

If a product does not have a third-party lab report, it may be best to avoid it. Without a report, you cannot know if it contains harmful contaminants, or if it has the level of cannabinoids that it claims.

At ElleVance, all of our products are tested at an independent laboratory to ensure consistency and purity.

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Contains undetectable levels of THC

To be sold legally, CBD must contain non-detectable levels of THC.

The Cannabis sativa plant contains CBD and THC. THC is the chemical with psychoactive effects. Industrial hemp is the strain of Cannabis used for CBD oil, and it has higher levels of CBD and other cannabinoids, and a much lower level of THC than other varieties of the plant.

If the hemp plant is improperly processed, it can raise the THC level beyond this amount. This is a sign of a low-quality product, and again highlights the importance of independent laboratory testing.

Shop CBD oils, capsules and balms at Ellevance

If you would like to try CBD oil from a trusted and independently-tested brand, then ElleVance is here for you. Check out our testimonials to hear our customers’ experiences with our CBD+CBDA products, or take a look at our FAQs to discover more about using CBD oil, capsules or balms.