CBD oil has become something of a household name in recent years, owing largely to its diverse range of applications and its ability to treat a plethora of health conditions and complaints.
One of more than 100 Phyto-cannabinoids found in the hemp plant – which is a member of the cannabis sativa family, this magical oil is devoid of the psychoactive compound that makes people feel ‘high’, and instead offers a gently calming effect on those who suffer from the likes of stress, anxiety and depression – as well as serving as a healing tonic for a range of different health conditions ranging from inflammatory illnesses and skin conditions to chronic pain.
As an increasing number of people turn to CBD for its amazing healing and wellness benefits, there are now more CBD oil brands lining the shelves of our favourite health stores than ever. But with so many different options to choose from, how do you know which one is the best choice for you?
According to the experts at Dr. Hemp Me UK, there are a number of different factors we should be looking for, and armed with the right knowledge, it’s easy to get it right.
To be certain you’re choosing a CBD oil that will work effectively with your own endocannabinoid system, it’s important to make sure your hemp product of choice contains the right amount of CBD, and that the compound has been carefully extracted from high-quality plants.
Brian Cusack at Dr. Hemp Me UK says: “One of the most important things to look for in a CBD oil is its potency. The average CBD content for the industry is 5%, so by opting for products with 10% CBD content, you’ll already be getting your hands on one of the better offerings available. Some manufacturers, such as Dr Hemp Me UK, even offer full-spectrum CBD oil in the UK of 20% and even up to 40%, which are great for more serious or severe conditions that require a more comprehensive level of treatment.
“The ideal dose varies quite a lot between different people with different conditions, so taking too little may make it more difficult to tell whether or not it works for you.”
As with any type of medicine – plant-based or otherwise – it’s important to do your research before you start taking it, and to consult with your doctor to make sure there are no possible interactions with any medications you already take. Getting the dosage right is crucial – so be sure to find out what is optimal for your individual set of circumstances before diving in.
So, we know that potency and dosage are important – but what else do we need to be looking out for?
Where the hemp is grown
Knowing how and where the hemp used to make your CBD oil is grown is important when assessing quality. Hemp absorbs minerals and nutrients from the soil, but it can also absorb toxins if grown in poor soil conditions.
Some of the best brands use organic and sustainable methods, and choose their farmland carefully, so look for these to ensure that you are getting the best quality CBD oil possible. If you’re going to be putting something into or onto your body with the aim of healing yourself, then it’s important to make sure that that is all you are taking. Opt for brands which use no pesticides, fungicides or agricultural chemicals to protect yourself from the negative effects of any unwanted extras.
The CBD oil industry is still relatively new, which means that as yet, there are no regulations to control the manufacturing process. As a result, this means that different brands use different extraction methods.
Look for companies which use organic, pharmaceutical-grade ethanol to process CBD. This grain alcohol is used to remover unnecessary toxins and residues from the base hemp plant, and is widely considered to be the best and safest way to do so, yielding the highest amount of cannabinoids, thus ensuring the highest quality CBD makes it into your oil.
Choosing your CBD oil carefully is essential if you want to enjoy optimum results. And, by taking a little time to research before you buy, you can be sure you’re getting the very best.