The legal­iza­tion of hemp has unleashed some shady oper­a­tors.

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With the recent buzz around the legal­iza­tion of hemp, the health and beau­ty mar­ket has been flood­ed with prod­ucts labeled “CBD.” But look behind this brand­ing and often the prod­uct either doesn’t con­tain CBD or has CBD in such small quan­ti­ties that any effects will be neg­li­gi­ble at best. Giv­en CBD prod­ucts tend to be on the pri­cy side, here’s a handy guide to aid in find­ing those prod­ucts that can deliv­er the ben­e­fits found in CBD oil and oth­er prod­ucts applied top­i­cal­ly to the skin.

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Read the Label

If the prod­uct label says “hemp seed oil,” then this par­tic­u­lar oil does not con­tain any CBD. Now hemp seed oil does have some ben­e­fits as a mois­tur­iz­er when applied to the skin sim­i­lar to say olive oil but that’s about it.

Also, if the label says CBD or hemp oil, or hemp extract with­out spec­i­fy­ing the amount of CBD, then this oil is very like­ly to con­tain scant quan­ti­ta­tive of CBD at best. Look for CBD oils that have about 10–20mg of CBD per dose (200mg per ounce). A reli­able com­pa­ny will have the CoA’s (lab results) avail­able for their prod­ucts.

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Questions to ask before purchasing CBD oil.

Where was the hemp grown? (If you are pur­chas­ing CBD oil out­side of a dis­pen­sary, it’s going to be made using hemp-derived CBD.) Be wary if the man­u­fac­tur­er sim­ply states Asia or Europe, as any craft pro­duc­er will at least be able to zero in on the geo­graph­ic region where the cannabis was grown.

Was the hemp grown using organic and sustainable means?

How was the CBD extract­ed? Veer away from any prod­uct that was man­u­fac­tured by using indus­tri­al sol­vents. Those prod­ucts will in fact harm the skin. Is the CBD full spec­trum? This means the prod­ucts is made from the whole plant. Yes, full spec­trum CBD oils are expen­sive but they also pro­vide more of the ben­e­fits of CBD than a CBD iso­late.

Final­ly, be mind­ful of mar­ket­ing ploys. Buzz­words like nano-extract­ed or phy­to­cannabi­noids may sound sci­en­tif­ic but that doesn’t mean the CBD oil being adver­tised actu­al­ly works. Go behind the buzz and one can find the CBD oil actu­al­ly worth the bucks.

This arti­cle was orign­i­nal­ly pub­lished on The Frest Toast, a con­tent part­ner of Green Entre­pre­neur.

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