Is Your CBD Oil Safe?
If you’re considering taking CBD oil, it’s important to know if it’s safe. CBD comes in many forms, from CBD oil tinctures to CBD gummies and CBD vape pens. Derived from hemp, CBD (cannabidiol) is a natural compound that promotes relaxation and stress resilience as well as easing occasional pain and inflammation. There are also other wonderful, legal hemp compounds, including cannabinol or CBN for deep sleep and tetrahydrocannabivarin or THCV for energy, focus, and appetite suppression. However, CBD, CBN, THCV, and other hemp compounds can be dangerous if they are not sourced from a reputable CBD store, brand, or website. Make sure to do your research before buying CBD oil or cannabinoids, and only buy from a trusted source. In this article, we will explain step-by-step how to know if your CBD oil is safe. We’ll also warn you about what can happen if you don’t read the lab reports carefully.
Where is your CBD hemp grown?
When trying to figure out if your CBD oil is safe, the first thing you should look for when buying CBD oil is where it’s made.
In the United States, all CBD products must be derived from American-grown hemp and comply with the Farm Bill. This bill legalized the cultivation and sale of hemp and hemp products, as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC.
If you’re looking at a CBD oil product and it doesn’t say where the CBD was made, that should be a red flag not to purchase it. All Rare Cannabinoid Company products use CBD and cannabinoids from premium Farm Bill-compliant American hemp farms.
It’s also interesting to learn about the particular benefits of certain hemp plants. For example, our Rare Hawaiian CBD Oil is a full spectrum extract (THC below 0.3%) that comes from hemp grown on the slopes of the dormant volcano, Haleakala, on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Nourished by mineral-rich volcanic soil and tropical rains, it is believed to offer unique health benefits. Rare Cannabinoid Company’s sister brand Hawaiian Choice CBD also uses Maui-grown CBD but filters out the THC to below lab detectable levels.
Where are your CBD gummies manufactured?
The second thing you should consider when buying CBD, CBN, THCV or other hemp products is where they are manufactured. “Homemade” may sound nice, but you really don’t want your THCV gummies cooked up in someone’s back kitchen, do you?
CBD products can be made in an FDA-registered facility, which means they follow current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). This ensures quality control and safety standards are met. Despite its importance, very few CBD companies take these safety measures. All Rare Cannabinoid Company and Hawaiian Choice products are manufactured in cGMP-certified facilities.
Look for the CBD lab reports
CBD and cannabinoid products should come with a Certificate of Analysis (COA) from an independent third-party laboratory. The COA verifies that the product contains what it says it does, and is free from dangerous levels of pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and other contaminants.
You can find our COAs by clicking on the “Lab Reports” tab under “Learn” on our home page and on each product page. They are also available by QR code on our product packaging. If you’re considering buying another brand’s CBD oil, but they don’t have third-party lab reports, that’s another red flag.
What should I look for on a CBD lab report?
When you’re looking at the lab report for CBD, CBN, THCV or any cannabinoid, the first thing you want to check is that it’s a real third-party lab report for the exact batch of the correct product. Check the product name, batch number, total weight of the finished product, and look for a photograph. It doesn’t matter what else it says if it isn’t for the correct product! All these checks can subvert deceptive practices.
Next, check the cannabinoid potency. This will tell you how much CBD, CBN, THCV or other cannabinoid is in the product. The milligram weight of the cannabinoid should match closely to what is written on the packaging. Also check that there is less than 0.3% THC for a full spectrum product and that THC is below lab detectable levels for broad spectrum and isolate products.
You also want to make sure the product is free from contaminants like pesticides, microbials, mycotoxins, heavy metals, foreign matter, and solvents.
What are the dangers of fake CBD?
Now that you know how to find safe CBD and cannabinoid products, we’ll tell you about the potential dangers if you buy cannabinoids from CBD stores, brands or websites without doing your due diligence.
In this case reported on by Forbes, fake, synthetic CBD oil poisoned 52 people in Utah.
Meanwhile, in this Reader’s Digest report, samples purchased from CBD shops or retailers around Los Angeles found that more than 70 percent failed either for excessive contamination or did not qualify as hemp – with most containing levels of THC high enough to cause serious intoxication.
Fake lab reports
While some gas station CBD is sold without any safety claims, bigger brands are also tricking their customers – which is very sad and dangerous.
Unfortunately, we have seen many companies that have decent websites and packaging provide false lab reports. There are a few ways they do this:
- The same lab report is used for multiple, different oils or gummies. If a customer looks at the lab report quickly, they won’t notice the incorrect batch number or weight difference. If you’re looking at the lab report for another product, you actually have no idea what’s in the gummies or oil you’re taking.
- The COA will be for a cannabinoid ingredient rather than the finished product. For example, the COA shows an amount of real CBN (cannabinol) or THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) on its own. But, there’s no relation to how much CBN or THCV is in a product or if there’s any CBN or THCV in it at all.
- A different, cheaper cannabinoid will be used instead of the one on the label. Frighteningly, we’ve seen this on multiple occasions where a company pretends to sell a THCV oil tincture or THCV gummies but the lab report shows that they are actually Delta-8-THC oils or Delta-8-THC gummies. This is very dangerous, as, although Delta-8-THC is derived from hemp, it is psychoactive (just like Delta-9-THC, the primary compound that causes the cannabis high). THCV on the other hand acts like a stimulant, boosting energy levels and decreasing hunger, which may help with weight loss. If someone thinks they’re taking a THCV gummy before work or working out, it could be very dangerous if they accidentally get high from the Delta-8-THC in the gummy instead. Also, Delta-8-THC oils and gummies cost one-third the price of THCV and reportedly cause even worse munchies than regular cannabis-derived THC. So, the customer is left cheated, eating more, high, and in a potentially dangerous situation.
Companies that cheat their customers or put them at risk infuriate us. Real hemp cannabinoids, CBD, THCV, CBN and many more offer so many health and wellness benefits. We hope this article has helped you understand how to double and triple check that your CBD oil is safe and that all the cannabinoid products you purchase are what they claim to be. Please take a look at our lab reports here and feel free to contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.