Why Is Labeling Accuracy Important When Buying CBD Products?
When you’re buying CBD products, it is important to understand how to read the label. This may sound like a simple task, but some companies make it purposefully difficult to identify what is actually in their product. In fact, some companies intentionally mislead you into thinking there is CBD in their product when there is none. You shouldn’t have to wonder if you’re buying a quality product. Make sure you follow these tips to best benefit from CBD products.
There are no federal requirements for CBD labels. Instead, each state has created its own regulations. Even so, most reliable companies will include the information on this list – either on the product itself or on their brand’s website. Here are the key pieces of information you should look for.
This may be the most important information to look for in your CBD product. You want to make sure you know how much CBD is entering your system – not too much, not too little. In order to avoid turning into the Goldilocks of CBD, you need to know what you’re taking so you can reap the benefits of the product.
The CBD dosage should be listed in two ways: how much CBD is in a dose and how much CBD is in the entire bottle or package. This will be expressed in milligrams. Unfortunately, not all CBD companies are honest about their dosages. In an examination of CBD products, tests discovered that nearly half of the products had up to 20% less CBD than advertised. This is where a COA comes in handy, but we’ll address that later.
Type of CBD
Your CBD label should tell you if your CBD is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. This will determine whether or not other cannabis compounds will also be present in the product. One thing to keep in mind is that research suggests greater health benefits can be seen from CBD when other cannabis compounds are also present. However, not everyone is comfortable consuming these other compounds, especially THC. So, it is important to understand the differences among these types of CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD contains all available compounds found in the cannabis plant. This includes THC, the compound that causes the “high” associated with marijuana. The level of THC in CBD products, however, must be less than 0.3 percent (at dry weight). What does that mean for you? It means that the level of THC is too low to cause a true high. Instead, this amount of THC may cause a slight feeling of euphoria.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains most available compounds found in the cannabis plant – all but THC. There could still be trace amounts of THC, but the quantity is negligible. With this product, you probably won’t get any feeling of euphoria, but you will still get the other benefits of CBD usage.
CBD isolate contains only CBD. The cannabidiol is isolated from all other compounds and thus CBD isolate contains no THC. As mentioned earlier, due to the fact that no other compounds are present, this form of CBD may not be as beneficial to your health.
Batch and Lot Numbers
You may be thinking: Why on Earth would I need to know this? You may not need this information, but it is crucial that the company display this information. In the unfortunate event that the company needs to execute a recall, they have to know the batch and lot numbers of the batch. If there are no batch or lot numbers, how is the company supposed to identify the differences between a good batch and a bad batch?
Like most supplements, CBD quality decreases over time. But how can you identify when your CBD will expire if you don’t know when it was manufactured? Don’t worry, expired CBD is very unlikely to make you sick. More likely, it simply won’t provide as many benefits. Make sure you are always getting the most out of your CBD by checking for a manufacturing date.
Any reliable CBD brand does third-party testing. This means that the product was tested by a facility outside of the company, by someone with no stakes in the product. This makes testing far more accurate and keeps brands from lying about their products.
Third-party verified CBD will come with a COA, meaning a Certificate of Analysis. This is a report from the accredited laboratory that did the third-party testing. Typically, each batch is tested individually – another reason batch numbers are so important! It will detail the chemical analysis. Sure, that may sound intimidating. But it isn’t as long as you know what to look for.
The COA should verify what type of CBD you saw on the label – again, your choices are full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. It may not say this outright, but knowing the differences between the types will allow you to evaluate this. The report will list the compounds included in the product. If the result is listed as “ND,” this means “Not Detected.”
This is an excellent place to verify that there is actually CBD in the product. Additionally, the CBD quantity should match the amount advertised on the label, within a small margin of error. If the label advertises the same amount of CBD per bottle or package as is listed under “Total CBD.” This is also where to verify how much THC is in the product.
Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds that are responsible for the fragrance, taste, and pigment of plants. They can have both therapeutic and medicinal properties, so many CBD brands will include them in their full-spectrum or broad-spectrum products.
You’re taking CBD to improve your quality of life, not to increase your intake of toxins. So, it is crucial to look at the safety analysis of the COA. You are looking for a result of “Not Detected” for the following:
- Residual Solvents
- Heavy Metals
- Microbiology (PCR)
- Microbiology (Plating)
Here at Naked Roots CBD, we don’t believe in tricking our customers. We want you to know that you’re getting a quality product. That is why we are transparent about our COA results. Our mission is to be your go-to shop for all CBD needs. We carry both broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD products, including:
- CBD Tinctures in Key Lime
- CBD Soft Gels
- CBD Bath Bombs
- Strawberry Lemonade Vegan Gummies
- Green Apple Vegan Gummies
- CBD Tinctures in Tranquil Mint
- CBD Tinctures in Orange Bliss
- Lavender and Eucalyptus Salve
- Cool Menthol Sports Cream
- CBD Soft Gels
- CBD Nighttime Soft Gels with Melatonin and CBN
At Naked Roots CBD, we will always deliver Premium Grade CBD products that are ROOTED in Quality, Trust, and Transparency. We carry the finest quality products in the industry, yet we’re small enough to care about whether or not you do business with us. With Naked Roots CBD, you’re not just a name – you’re a valued customer.