Taking CBD oil is reputed to help with many ailments – from skin conditions to depression and anxiety – but with so many products on the market, as well as issues with counterfeit and substandard products finding their way onto the shelves, choosing a reliable CBD oil brand should be a top priority.
CBD oil in itself is not harmful. There is very little risk associated with taking it and overdosing would be extremely difficult. Yet that doesn’t mean that every CBD product is equal, or unfortunately that every product labelled as CBD oil can be relied upon.
There has been lots of media attention around mislabelling, traceability and poor regulations in the CBD oil industry, highlighting how consumers can’t always be sure of a product’s strength or ingredients.
Earlier this year, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigated the possible poisoning of 52 people in the state of Utah, by what was claimed to be CBD oil. Yet when the product was analysed, it was found to contain no trace of CBD whatsoever.
Similarly, in the UK, the Centre for Medical Cannabis blind-tested 30 products advertising themselves as CBD, bought on the High Street and online. Only 38% of the products tested had levels of CBD within 10% of the amount advertised on the bottle.
What this highlights, is that if you’re thinking of trying CBD oil to treat one of the many health problems it can ease the symptoms of, then proper research into finding a CBD supplier you can trust, is vital.
So, what can you do to ensure your CBD brand is as safe as possible?
Check the packaging
Governing bodies are working towards closer regulation around labelling, but any responsible supplier will label their products properly as a matter of course.
Despite its reputed medicinal qualities, CBD oil is currently classed as a food supplement and as such, it should have a full list of ingredients clearly labelled on the bottle and the outer packaging.
Warnings, such as who can and can’t use CBD oil or if it reacts with other medicines, are another labelling recommendation.
Also included on the packaging should be the dosage strength (with the proportion of CBD per bottle represented as a percentage), directions of use (including information on storage) and the name and address of distributor.
Find out your manufacturer’s credentials
You wouldn’t take medicine that wasn’t manufactured by an expert in the field, or eat food produced by substandard suppliers, so why treat CBD oil any differently?
DR CBD Rx is one of the only CBD products to be developed to pharmaceutical standards by a recognised UK British Pharmaceutical Association Pharmacist. As such, our products are meticulously tested and have official certification so you can be assured of the quality.
What’s the percentage of THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) is the psychoactive component of cannabis – the bit that ‘gets you high’. When CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, it can be expensive and difficult to do this without bringing traces of THC. Trustworthy suppliers however will view this as a necessary expense.
Current regulations allow CBD oils to contain up to 0.2 % THC, but DR CBD Rx products are all completely free from THC. Again, this should be (and is) clearly labelled on the packaging.
It’s often the case that you get what you pay for. If a CBD product seems cheap in comparison to the current marketplace there’s likely to be good reason for this.
At DR CBD Rx, we’ve developed our products to the highest standards and addressed many of the current issues around CBD oils. We’ve developed three great flavours in line with extensive consumer feedback on the, often unpleasant, taste of CBD carrier oils. Our unique cloud spray ensures efficient delivery of a highly accurate dose that’s absorbed immediately into the blood stream when sprayed under the tongue.
Nick Smith, spokesperson for DR CBD Rx said:
“You can imagine that where people are communicating the amazing health benefits they’ve experienced from a new product, there’s often a rush of suppliers looking to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ and replicate another’s success. Often in these situations, the market becomes flooded with copycat brands attempting to corner a market share and cash in.
“Unfortunately, not all manufacturers are as scrupulous as the next and regulatory bodies can take a while to catch up because of the complexities of developing guidelines and laws for the industry.
“At DR CBD Rx we’re working closely with government and health officials to ensure the industry is better regulated and conforms to improved growing, labelling and safety standards.”