We come across many different tips and tricks for buying CBD, and this is a pretty comprehensive list compiled by Project CBD:

1.       Choose CBD products made with American-grown hemp (from Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, Vermont, Tennessee, etc.) rather than foreign sources. Consumer Reports suggests looking for companies in states that have legalized the recreational and medical use of cannabis “since they tend to have stricter standards.”

2.       Choose “full spectrum” CBD-rich hemp extracts, not isolate, distillate or products labeled “pure CBD” or “no THC.” Full spectrum means it includes numerous cannabis compounds, including a small amount of THC (0.3% or less) in keeping with the legal definition of hemp. If THC is completely illegal in your state, opt for so-called “broad spectrum” CBD oil products that include other cannabis components but no THC.

3.       Look for product labels that indicate the amount of CBD and THC per serving – not just the total cannabinoid content for the entire bottle.

4.       Beware of companies that make explicit health claims about CBD products (this is not allowed by the FDA)

5.       Seek out CBD-rich products derived from high-resin cannabis grown sustainably in accordance with certified regenerative organic standards.

6.       Avoid CBD hemp oil vape cartridge products with toxic thinning agents (such as propylene glycol and ethylene glycol), flavor additives, and other harmful ingredients.

7.       Avoid poor quality CBD gummies made with corn syrup and artificial colors.

8.       Think twice about brands that claim their CBD is derived from the seed and stalk of the hemp plant. CBD is not present in hempseed and barely any CBD is present on the stalk of the hemp plant.

9.       Beware of multilevel marketing schemes and companies that seek to sign you up right away for recurring purchases.

10.   Don’t be afraid to contact CBD hemp oil companies directly and ask questions. And if you cannot reach them directly, try another brand.

We agree with 9 of the 10 points, but wanted to make a case for Isolate products (tip #2 listed above). 

1.       First things first, not all areas of the country allow a person to have products with even trace amounts of THC (below 0.03% by volume according to the Federal government). 

2.       Secondly, there is no standardized definition for “Broad Spectrum” or “Full Spectrum”. By many definitions, we produce a Broad Spectrum product because our products are formulated with CBD Isolate and terpenes for added efficacy. 

3.       Not all Full Spectrum products are created equal – depending on the extraction method many of the volatile compounds (including the most sensitive organic compounds such as terpens) are lost in the extraction and vacuum purging process. Unless CO2 was used as the extraction method, chances are a lot of the extra “good stuff” was lost.

4.       Some people believe having a trace amount of THC makes a world of difference when it comes to the effectiveness of the product. This has shown to be somewhat true when comes to products formulated at a 1:1 or 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, but limited medical testing has been done on CBD products with extremely small trace amounts of THC. 

5.       On top of all of this, many people’s jobs rely on random drug testing which Full Spectrum and Distillate based products would cause them to fail immediately.

Holding true to Active Bontical Co.’s Mission: Simplifying CBD for an active lifestyle – the choice was obvious for us to create a product with the benefits of a full spectrum extraction while avoiding all of the issues listed above. 

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