The CBD industry has made leaps and bounds in the last decade. With the rest of the world legalizing and allowing for the hemp CBD use, the US was close behind with the passed Farm Bill in 2018. This bill was a landmark decision and brought sweeping change by classifying the hemp plant as no longer as a controlled substance; the same applies for its derivatives. Hemp products can now be grown, processed, distributed and possessed with the federal government giving the thumbs-up.
The sudden release of the shackles however brought about another issue- Consumers were left out in the open. The regulations regarding the quality were still yet to be enacted with the FDA (Food & Drugs Administration) responsible for food and drug safety still trying to sort the in’s and out’s. CBD products began lining up in shelves from the east to the west; with consumers now in a position of choice with no prior knowledge. This would sound ironic in this day and age of accessibility to information, but consumers are short on trusted sources for their ‘CBD information’.
We here at Halo feverishly strive towards offering high-quality CBD products. Here are a few pointers to make sure that you come across as an informed and responsible CBD consumer:
Do The Ground Work
Read into what the CBD manufacturer is all about. Dig deep into the manufacturing processes, the origin of the hemp plant, the region and soil type where it is grown, the extractions processes and so on. There are many forums where you can interact with previous users and get valuable feedback on how to elevate your CBD experience. You can read reviews and go through trusted websites. However, take all of the information from big review websites with a pinch of salt.
Ask For The CoA
The CoA or the Certificate of Analysis is a certificate that will have all the relevant information relating to the constituents in the product, the cannabinoids present, the percentages of THC and all of the other cannabinoids, the presence of toxic and harmful substances, etc. It is in essence a ‘Grade card’ of how well the CBD product performed. You will know what you are putting in your body.
Make sure that the CoA is approved by a third-party laboratory that is accredited by a recognized agency. If you are denied or are given excuses when asked about the CoA, then it is a major red flag. Make a dash for the nearest exit!
Keep these two key points in mind, and you will be well on your way to picking quality CBD products.