In December 2018, Congress passed the Farm Bill, which legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp for many uses, including the production of biomass for CBD oil extraction. The 2018 Farm Bill defined hemp as cannabis with 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or less.
In theory, these momentous developments should make it easier to access CBD products. But many issues remain unresolved. How will the FDA regulate non-pharmaceutical, hemp-derived CBD? What policies should be implemented to ensure wide and easy access to high quality, lab-verified, artisanal CBD-rich products in addition to pharmaceutical options?
Shopping for quality CBD and knowing the reputable brands can be confusing. There are many fly-by-night brands and products that claim to be rich in CBD, but the lack of regulation enables sham products, mislabeling, and products made from hemp “seed” oil which actually contains no beneficial levels of CBD.
We’ve put together a quick list of tips, and things to look out for when shopping for quality CBD and Delta-8. Of course, if you’re reading this article in our Website, quality CBD and Delta-8 is only a click away!
Top 10 CBD Buying Tips:
- Avoid Hemp Seed Oil. CBD is not present in hempseed and barely any CBD is present on the stalk of the hemp plant. Look for products made from hemp or cannabis flower oil. The flower (or bud) is much better suited for medicinal oil extraction than low-resin fiber hemp or industrial hemp grown for seed oil and protein.
- If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, get your CBD products from a licensed dispensary. If you don’t reside in a state or country with a robust medical marijuana or adult use program, you can conveniently access high quality CBD and Delta-8 products online from Skyline Botanics.
- Look for products made from American-grown hemp. Many Skyline products are made from USDA Organic Virginia-grown hemp. The terpinene profile of mountain grown Virginia hemp is said to be the best in the US, if not the world. Also looks for products made from hemp grown in Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, Montana, Vermont, and Tennessee.
- Look for product labels that indicate the amount of CBD, CBG, and THC per serving—not just the total cannabinoid content for the entire bottle.
- Beware of companies that make explicit health claims about CBD products (this is not allowed by the FDA).
- Only buy products that have undergone independent lab testing. Quality CBD and Delta-8 products will always have a Certificate of Analysis (COA) to verify that a product that has gone through independent lab testing for quality assurance. A CBD manufacturer should be able to produce a third-party COA that shows how their products performed on screenings for CBD, THC, and any contaminants. All Skyline products contain a QR code that enables customers to view the COA directly from a mobile device.
- Avoid CBD hemp oil vape cartridge products with toxic thinning agents (such as propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol), flavor additives, and other harmful ingredients.
- Avoid poor quality CBD-infused gummies made with corn syrup and artificial colors.
- Don’t waste your money on low-cost CBD products commonly found at gas stations, drug store checkouts, and even Amazon. These products are typically made from hemp seed oil, so they contain no CBD.
- Don’t hesitate to contact CBD companies directly and ask questions. And if you cannot answer your questions in a timely manner, it could be a red flag.
Ask Skyline! Our products are among the highest quality in the world. We encourage you to ask questions, read our ingredients, and review our COAs!