The U.S. Farm Bill was passed last year, legalizing medical and recreational cannabis at the state level. Since then, the cannabidiol or CBD industry has seen explosive growth. The trend introduced a variety of products, including oils, salves, creams, and even CDB-infused food items.
Among the most popular kind right now are cannabidiol tinctures and extracts. Tinctures are in demand because unlike CBD oils, these contain additional flavoring ingredients that make them more palatable.
The problem is that with the wealth of CBD products in the market, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is struggling to regulate the sale and usage of such a substance. As the FDA figures out the CBD industry, consumers must take responsibility to be doubly careful when buying these products.
Three things you should always look for in a CBD tincture are: the type of CBD used, terpenes, and a Certificate of Analysis
1. Type of CBD
CBD has three common types: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. Full spectrum CBD has all the naturally occurring compounds in the hemp plant, such as essential oils, terpenes, and other cannabinoids. This full spectrum of elements amplifies the therapeutic benefits of the product, so it’s more effective in providing relief.
On the other hand, isolates are the purest type of CBD. Unlike full spectrum, isolates contain only cannabidiol and none of the other compounds. Broad spectrum are somewhat a mix of the full spectrum and isolates. Broad spectrum CBD preserves other compounds just like full spectrum, but removes tetrahydrocannabinol or THC (i.e. the main psychoactive component in marijuana that gives users a high) completely, like isolates.
Knowing the type of CBD gives you an idea of a tincture's potency. This information helps you choose a product most suitable for your needs or condition.
As mentioned, some tinctures, especially the potent ones, contain terpenes. Terpenes are also something you want to check for when buying CBD tinctures.
Some manufacturers use terpenes from other plants to enhance thei herapeutic effects of their products. But different terpenes target different ailments. For example, limonene helps improve and regulate your mood, and myrcene reduces anxiety. So be sure to check the what terpene is in your tincture, especially if it’s full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD.
One of the FDA’s biggest concerns is that many CBD products lack data regarding expiration dates, dosage levels, and manufacturing protocols to make sure the items don’t contain THC. With only 30 percent of CBD products sufficiently labelled, it’s essential to ask for lab reports and a Certificate of Analysis to ensure the item’s safety
3. Lab reports
Manufacturers should provide lab reports if their CBD products have been tested by third party labs. These documents are normally available on the seller’s website. Lab reports include crucial information, like ingredients, production processes, cannabinoid content, and other relevant details. These will tell you if the product is free from harmful contaminants and additives or if the CBD dosage is well within the acceptable level.
Be wary of retailers who can’t give you lab reports because then, you have no way of confirming whether the product is safe or not. Always look for a valid Certificate of Analysis or COA, the document that confirms whether products have been lab-tested or not.
Safe, Lab-Tested, and Effective Tinctures
The Helping Friendly Salve carries a premium selection of THC-free CBD tinctures and extracts. You’ll enjoy more medicinal benefits from our products, which have a unique blend of natural ingredients and therapeutic-grade essential oils. You can use our CBD tinctures to seek relief from anxiety, migraines, general pains, and sleep problems.
You can view the COAs of all our products here. Do reach out to us to learn more about our CBD tinctures and our manufacturing process, or if you need help choosing the best CBD product for your needs.