One of the biggest challenges for independent, high-quality retailers is in identifying the minimum in best practice and helping our customers recognise the red flags that a CBD product may not be quite what it appears.
The Adio team receives inquiries from countless customers who have felt that CBD doesn’t work for them, or that the effects vary over time. The reality is that this is very likely owing to the standard of the products they are buying.
Here we’ll run through the key criteria to look for, before you choose a CBD oil product, and why lab test reports are vital to verify that you’re buying 15% CBD oil that will work.
1. Third-Party Lab Test Reports
In an unregulated market, with CBD products available to order online from around the world, lab tests are essential to make sure that whatever your CBD oil says on the label – that’s what you’re going to find inside!
The issue for customers is that you aren’t going to be able to differentiate between concentrations or quality of your CBD oil (without highly advanced laboratory equipment!). So the first sign that your brand may not be tested is when you discover that your results diminish, or disappear when you open a new tincture.
Our mission is to make our high standards the norm. Adio believes that every CBD product sold in the UK should be accompanied by a verified report, signed by a qualified analyst, and carried out by a third party laboratory who can independently confirm that your 15% CBD is precisely that.
Consistency is another crucial factor, and with any naturally derived product, it takes a concerted focus on quality and extraction techniques to be able to guarantee that the concentration of CBD will be consistent in one bottle to the next.
Adio is proud to be able to promise that each 15% CBD will contain the same concentration as the batch before. We publish our third-party analysis reports conducted on batches directly from our approved Swiss grower, showing that our CBD oil of this strength contains 15.62% CBD, and a minimal 0.09% THC concentration, well within the 0.2% maximum in the UK and Europe.
2. Organic Certification
The next thing to look for, and never compromise on, is an organic certification to European or British standards. Unfortunately, there is a wide variance in organic regulations in different countries. Hence even an organic certified CBD from further afield carries no assurance that it will be completely free of chemicals.
Organic certification is critical in CBD, and any product extracted from the Cannabis Sativa plant. This plant is intrinsically bioaccumulative; and so absorbs compounds from the earth around it, including any harmful heavy metals present in the soil.
Other contaminants include pesticides, germicides and chemicals that can impact the integrity of the cannabinoid compounds, as well as potentially being harmful over long-term use.
Therefore, Adio always recommends sourcing an organic certified CBD product, grown within Europe, from a supplier who is transparent about ethical and sustainable sourcing from an accredited grower.
Plants grown across different industrially licensed farms have no guarantee of consistency and can mean varying effects from your CBD depending on which batch you happen to have bought.
3. Clear Labelling
While a label on CBD oil isn’t a guarantee that the contents will reflect the concentration shown, it is important to have a full list of ingredients.
Backed by a lab test report, ingredients lists are there not only to verify that you’re buying an authentic 15% CBD oil, but that there aren’t any other contents that you’re not keen on ingesting.
Adio CBD tinctures, in all our strengths (5%, 15% and 30%) contain two ingredients; refined, organic CBD, and our hemp oil carrier.
In many cases, the CBD concentration will be shown in mg (milligrams), whereas the liquid in a CBD oil bottle will typically be displayed in ml (millilitres). Most CBD tinctures will contain somewhere around 250 mg to 1,000 mg per 10 ml bottle, and if you find a smaller concentration, it’s likely to be ineffective in such a low potency.
As a guide to what concentration the label indicates, you’ll find 1,000 mg in every ml, so every 10 ml bottle contains 10,000 ml in total.
- 250 mg of CBD in a 10 ml bottle means a 2.5% concentration.
- 1,000 mg of CBD in a 10 ml bottle means a 10% concentration.
Adio CBD concentrations include:
- 500 mg in a 5% bottle.
- 1,500 mg in a 15% bottle.
- 3,000 mg in a 30% bottle.
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4. Reasonable Pricing
A lot goes into producing an ethically sourced, organic certified, legally compliant CBD that contains consistent strengths, no pollutants, and is extracted in a technically advanced way to retain the purity of the CBD compound.
Therefore, while Adio offers affordable pricing to make the power of CBD available to all, it is wise to be wary of any products offered at a cost that seems too good to be true.
Cheap CBD is almost certainly not the most beneficial product to take, for a vast number of reasons:
- The costs indicate that there is no third-party lab test backing up the quality.
- Extraction techniques will be cheap and damaging, rendering the CBD ineffective.
- Raw materials will be of low quality, without any sustainable sourcing.
- Contaminated Cannabis Sativa plants produce unrefined CBD.
- Cheap CBD products almost certainly do not contain enough of the active ingredient to make them worth using.
You can look for all the key criteria we’ve listed before choosing a CBD brand – but if any of these is missing, and the price seems like a bargain basement option, the quality of the CBD will likely reflect that.
5. CO2 Extraction
Producers can choose from multiple different techniques to extract the CBD compounds from cannabis and hemp plants. Although CO2 extraction is by far the most costly and technical technique, Adio believes that this is the only process that is quantifiably safe to use, in protecting the integrity of the CBD.
Other extraction techniques are much cheaper and quicker, but the issue is that they produce damaged CBD compounds, or leave behind residues or additives, which are not desirable.
If a CBD supplier does not verify what extraction technique they use, they will likely use a process such as:
Please note that the contaminants produced by a chemical or solvent extraction can potentially be dangerous, and the trade-off of a lower price is not an advantageous one.
6. THC Content is Displayed
On the UK market, you will find CBD isolates, broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD oils. This category refers to how refined the extract is, and whether it contains solely a carefully extracted CBD compound or other beneficial cannabinoids.
Full-spectrum CBD oils contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive compound in cannabis) – but in low levels that comply with the EU regulation setting a maximum threshold on licensed growers of a 0.2% THC concentration.
If a product doesn’t contain a THC measurement, there are several risks:
- CBD produced outside of the UK and EU may contain levels of THC that are permitted abroad, but are illegal in the UK.
- Sub-standard processing techniques can increase the THC element and potentially cause psychotropic effects.
- Tinctures sold without a lab test report have no verification of how much CBD they contain, but also no guarantee as to whether they contain any active ingredients at all – or excessive THC concentrations.
It is essential to check the CBD oil label and make sure there is a lab test report to back this up, before ordering any cannabinoid product.
How Do I Know What is In My CBD Oil?
Adio believes that it is massively important to publish lab testing reports, alongside information to help customers make an educated decision about which CBD oil products to choose, and which suppliers to trust.
Third-party lab testing is independent, highly specific, and verified by accredited analysts who take an unbiased, scientific view to analyse exactly which compounds are, and are not, present in any CBD products tested.
While there is little legislation currently in place to regulate the CBD market, it is our responsibility as an ethical supplier to be transparent about where and how our cannabis plants are grown, and to display testing reports to demonstrate our absolute commitment to quality.
As the CBD market contains to evolve and grow, there may be laws introduced demanding that every retailer publishes accredited lab test reports – but in the meantime, we are delighted to do so.