Healthy Starts Here

CBD oil is everywhere! It’s at the gas station, grocery store, box stores. How do you know which one to buy? I like to educate my customers so they can determine for themselves and often times, see the red flags from a mile away! My favorite thing to do is to analyze a new CBD company, but hopefully you can come to your own conclusions from this short list of “Musts”.

Is the CBD USDA Certified Organic?

Walk away if this label is not found on the bottle. Many companies claim to be organic but are not actually USDA certified. Look for the USDA Organic Certification to ensure a quality, clean, and organic CBD oil. It takes 10 years and a lot of hard work to be certified. This way you know that what you are putting in your body is truly organic, along with every ingredient in the bottle. Your hemp must be grown in clean soil.

What is the color of the CBD Oil?

A pure and clean CBD oil comes from the hemp FLOWER and should be a clear golden color. Your oil should not be thick, dark in color or opaque and definitely not have visible floating particles of any kind . A clear golden color indicates the highest level of processing to remove by-products which leaves you with the purest CBD.

What kind of carrier oil is used in the CBD oil?

MCT oil offers the best absorption into our bodies. MCT stands for Medium Chain Trigylceride. Because CBD is an oil, we need a special fat to assist with absorption of an oil into our bodies. Coconut Oil is an example of an MCT oil and will ultimately deliver more CBD to our cells for absorption. Avoid: Vegetable Glycerin, Olive Oil, Hemp Seed Oil

Does your CBD have a Certificate of Analysis (COA)?

A COA means that the CBD oil has been tested by a 3rd party laboratory to verify what is or isn’t in your bottle of oil. It should 1-be current (not years or months old), 2- be easy to find 3-test for heavy metals, THC & CBD content. 80% of CBD oils on the market are imported and likely contaminated. 70% of CBD oil in the USA is mis-labeled, indicating inaccurate levels of THC, CBD, carrier oils. 3rd Party testing tells you exactly what is in your bottle.

Does your CBD come from the FLOWER of the plant?

The richest and most concentrated oil comes from the flower of the hemp plant. Many products will list “Aerial Parts” as an ingredient which includes the stem, the stalk and many times the seeds. These parts contain diluted oil and have negligible amounts of cannabinoids.

Is your CBD Oil extracted by CO2?

Co2 is not the cheapest way to extract CBD oil, but it is the safest. It prevents damaging the CBD molecule with heat. It eliminates the use of chemicals and solvents such as ethanol and butane, which notably leave bad tastes and remnants of chemicals in a product that should be comprised of natural ingredients and processes.

Do you know the farmer? Is it Vertically Integrated?

Just like with your food, it is vital to know what is going into your food, your food’s soil and how it is raised. Start by knowing where your CBD comes from and then find out if it is Vertically Integrated? This means that the Hemp is planted, raised, harvested, extracted, bottled and shipped by the farmer. There are no questions as to where that CBD oil has been.

Is your CBD oil White-Labeled?

White-labeled means there is one giant farm that is providing the same CBD oil to hundreds of companies. They put different labels on each bottle claiming one is better than another when, in essence, they are exactly the same oil. These farms are both in and out of the US and might say, “Bottled in the USA”. These are easy to spot when you come across a website with many executives, marketers and sales representatives and no farmers. More than likely these are companies created of investors in big cities that know very little about farming practices and not invested in the long term.

Look at the list of ingredients on your bottle.

There should be no more than 3-4 ingredients in a CBD oil tincture. There should be Hemp Flower Extract (from the flower), MCT oil (for absorption) and if a flavor, an organic essential oil. There should not be fake sugars, sweeteners, unnecessary ingredients, sucralose, glycerin, anything composed of chemicals. If the product is a quality product, the CBD oil, MCT oil and essential oil should be able to stand alone.

“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river… Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

Ezekiel 47:12

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”

Ann Wigmore