The CBD oil industry is growing exponentially.  Hemp derived products are expected to reach over $2 billion dollars in sales by 2020.  How do you know who the key industry experts are?  How can you tell which products are of high quality?  We have put together a simple guide for you to start your cbd oil exploration.

Here are the top important factors when deciding to buy hemp CBD oil

Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum CBD oil contains all of the beneficial cannabinoids found in the Hemp Plant. CBD(cannabidiol) is the most prevalent of the cannabinoids. Other major cannabinoids are CBG(Cannabigerol), CBD-C1, CBD-C4, CBDA, and CBGA. Full Spectrum extracts contain all of these beneficial cannibinoids, flavanoids, and terpenes.

Lab Tested

This one is simple, but mostly always overlooked. Most major cbd oil manufacturers can provide you with a Certificate of Analysis(COA). Third party lab testing is done to make sure there are no heavy metals, solvents, and other harmful chemicals in the oil.

Good Manufacturing Practice

CBD oil manufacturers should only be extracting and bottling oil in a facility that is in compliance with the state. In addition, make sure you are buying hemp cbd oil from a licensed processor in states that have Industrial Hemp regulations. Colorado, California, Florida, Kentucky, Washington, and Oregon are some with strict state laws governing the industrial hemp industry.

Organic Ingredients

Make sure the manufacturer is either growing their own organic hemp or buying organic hemp. Not all manufacturers grow their own hemp. There are several good quality hemp oil manufacturers that solely focus on refining and extracting hemp, and they buy their hemp from farmers.  The most popular base used for cbd extract is MCT oil derived from organic coconuts.

Strength and Potency

CBD oil comes in many different strengths and bottle sizes. No matter what strength you get, you will want to start with a daily dose of 10-25mg depending on your condition. From there, experimenting with the dosage is important to find the level or relief for you. A 1oz(30ml) tincture has 900 drops. So if someone is selling a 1000mg 1oz bottle. There are 1.11mg of CBD in each drop. You will want to start with 10 drops a day.

Reviews

Do a Google search on the brand and type "reviews" after.  Check YouTube and see if the manufacturer has a video tour of their facility.  The more you research the brand, the more you may find positive/negative information.

Clear Labeling

It is important for you to be able to see the actual label on the bottle.  Most CBD oil companies have these images uploaded on their product pages.  It doesn't necessarily have to say CBD on the label, since most companies call their cbd oil "hemp extract" for several reasons, but make sure you are buying a full spectrum hemp extract with active Phytocannabinoids.  It is also easy to mistakenly purchase hemp seed oil which is something totally different and doesn't have high levels of CBD.

Types of Products
A reputable high quality manufacturer will have several different types of hemp cbd oil products such as tinctures, topicals, capsules, vapes, edibles and pet products.

Customer Service

I can’t count how many times I get calls from people who say they tried calling other companies and no one picks up. If you have any questions about dosage, ingredients, quality or shipping, it is important to be able to reach a live person. A legitimate seller will have a Toll Free number and physical address listed on their web site.

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