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Choosing the right CBD Oil

Cannabidiol oil is one of the most popular supplements on the market today.  Users tout the oil’s many benefits and nearly nonexistent side effects for treating everything from epilepsy and pain to anxiety and insomnia.  In reality, much of the information regarding the benefits of CBD oil are anecdotal rather than based in solid, scientific research.  While CBD oil has been shown to dramatically help people living with epilepsy, more research is needed to confirm the benefits seen by regular users of CBD oil.  As a supplement, the production of CBD oil is largely unregulated with inconsistent quality control and many companies more concerned with making a quick profit than providing a safe, high quality product. If you are interested in trying CBD oil, here are four suggestions for shopping for the best quality product in order to experience the benefits of CBD oil without risking exposure to contaminants and chemicals.

First, be sure to discuss CBD oil with your doctor.  CBD oil is generally considered safe with very little risk of side effects; however, a small percentage of people experience increased liver enzymes when using the oil.  Increased liver enzymes are a symptom of liver damage.  CBD oil may not be right for you if you have liver problems.  It is important to make your doctor aware of your use of CBD oil.

Once you’ve discussed the use of CBD oil with your doctor, you’ll want to make sure you shop for a high quality product.  Not all CBD oils are created equal.  CBD oil is extracted from the buds or flowers of marijuana or hemp plants and should contain little to none of the intoxicating compound TCH.  In other words, CBD oil won’t get you high.  In order to extract CBD oil from the plant, companies can use a few different methods.  Not all extraction methods are safe.  Avoid CBD oil that has been extracted with solvents like butane or hexane, which are potent neurotoxins.  Some brands will use organic ethanol, which is safer but results in a less potent oil.  Top quality CBD oils are extracted using supercritical or subcritical CO2.  This method preserves the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in the oil without exposing users to harmful chemicals.

In addition to considering how the CBD oil is extracted, look for the source of the plants used to create the oil.  Cannabis easily absorbs any contaminants in the soil as it grows.  Heavy metals and pesticides in the soil will be present in the plant and the resulting oil.  The only way to avoid exposure to these contaminants is to look for certified organic products.  If possible, choose an organic CBD oil from Europe, which has stricter standards for certified organic products.  A reputable brand will also list independent test results on their website to demonstrate that their products are free of pesticides, heavy metals, and microbial contaminants.

Finally, it is important to consider the bioavailability of any CBD product you purchase.  Not all CBD oils are absorbed equally by the body.  Look for products that are taken sublingually, meaning they are placed under the tongue.  CBD in pill form is largely lost or degraded before it can be absorbed by the circulatory system.  It’s also important to make sure the CBD oil is not suspended in a mix of synthetic products or chemicals.  Each ingredient should be safe and designed to help CBD be absorbed by the body.  Many products claiming to be CBD oil don’t actually contain any CBD oil.  Those that do might not deliver in a manner that allows the body to absorb anywhere near the levels of CBD indicated on the packaging.  Testing by an independent lab and complete transparency concerning every ingredient in the CBD oil will help you choose the best product for your needs.   

Knowing what to look for when choosing a CBD oil will help to ensure you experience the full range of benefits from this amazing supplement!