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- Consumer Reports suggests looking for products made by companies in states that have legalized the recreational and medical use of cannabis “since they tend to have stricter standards.” If you live in a “CBD-only” state, choose CBD products made with American-grown hemp (from Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, Montana, Vermont, Tennessee, etc.) rather than foreign sources.
- Choose “full spectrum” CBD-rich oil extracts, not isolate, distillate or products labeled “pure CBD” or “no THC.” Full spectrum means it includes numerous cannabis compounds, including a small amount of THC. If THC is completely illegal in your state, opt for so-called “broad spectrum” CBD oil products that include other cannabis components but no THC.
- Look for product labels that indicate the amount of CBD and THC per serving – not just the total cannabinoid content for the entire bottle.
- Beware of companies that make explicit health claims about CBD products (this is not allowed by the FDA).
- Seek out CBD-rich products derived from high-resin cannabis grown sustainably in accordance with certified regenerative organic standards.
- Avoid CBD hemp oil vape cartridge products with toxic thinning agents (such as propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol), flavor additives, and other harmful ingredients.
- Avoid poor quality CBD-infused gummies made with corn syrup and artificial colors.
- Think twice about brands that claim their CBD is derived from the seed and stalk of the hemp plant. CBD is not present in hempseed and barely any CBD is present on the stalk of the hemp plant.
- Beware of multilevel marketing schemes and companies that seek to sign you up right away for recurring purchases.
- Don’t be afraid to contact CBD companies directly and ask questions. And if you cannot reach them directly, try another brand.