Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, has become a popular addition to many people’s wellness routines. CBD is all around you, so there’s no wonder you want to give it a try and add cannabidiol to your routine. However, the increasing popularity of CBD oil in the U.S. has resulted in a growing number of CBD products and brands, and the primary question crossing your mind is which ones to choose. The wide variety of CBD products usually include CBD oil, CBD tinctures, CBD extracts, CBD smoke, vape products, CBD drinks and edibles, CBD pet products, or CBD cosmetics. CBD derived from hemp is safe, is federally-legal, has not shown addiction, and can be a great addition to your daily wellness routine. However, different brands provide different quality products, and there are ingredients to watch out for when shopping for CBD.
1. Your CBD Products Shouldn’t Contain More Than 0.3% of THC
Hemp-derived CBD contains less than 0.3 percent of THC and doesn’t cause any impairing effects on you. Using CBD products in any form will not cause your performance issues. However, some products on the market may not be pure and mislabeled as hemp-derived CBD, when, in fact, it contains more than 0.3 percent THC.
FDA’s report in 2020, which was a response to an order from Congress’ to study the current CBD marketplace, found that half of the 147 CBD products contained levels of THC above the limit of quantitation, which was 3.1 mg per serving. So, while pure CBD cannot give you a high, those mislabeled products with THC above the limit can, so it’s a matter of the products you choose – are they from reliable brands? Or do they belong to untrustworthy sources?
Mislabeled CBD products with high concentrations of THC may cause a false-positive tetrahydrocannabinol urine drug screen. Unfortunately, the standard drug test cannot indicate if the THC is due to the use of CBD or Marijuana, so you will not know. While some U.S. states allow the use of marijuana for medical and recreational use, testing positive for it can become an issue for some employers as marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law. After 11 years of driving school buses in Utah, Jeanette Hales, who used CBD oil to manage stress, was fired due to a positive drug screen for THC.
“The sad part is I’m the first person in my school district to get caught in this situation, and they were unsure how to handle it. They believed that I wasn’t using marijuana.”
After five days on administrative leave, her managers told Jeanette she had an option to quit or be fired. The possible risk of CBD products containing more than the allowed amount of THC shouldn’t stop you from including cannabidiol in your routine. To avoid a high amount of THC in your CBD products, always choose brands that test products through a third-party lab to ensure that CBD oil you receive is the highest quality available, with only the allowed amount of THC.
2. Toxic Chemicals
Unsurprisingly, toxic chemicals have no place in your wellness products. Unfortunately, many CBD brands sell products with unwanted elements in them. A study in 2018 found that CBD oil from a famous manufacturer contained potentially dangerous chemicals not listed in ingredients, such as a synthetic cannabinoid and a chemical generally found in cough syrup. Two chemicals, dextromethorphan (DXM) and 5F-ADB, often appear in lab tests for different CBD tinctures. Those are two potentially lethal chemicals in high doses. Dextromethorphan is a cough syrup known for its addictive and abusive behaviors, while 5F-ADB has a very similar chemical composition to the synthetic drug K2 (also known as Spice). Always check the ingredients before buying CBD products, but as some brands aren’t transparent about their products, you may end up buying what you didn’t intend. The CBD industry keeps growing every day, and some untrusty sources may appear daily. To make sure you are receiving only the purest organic CBD without chemical elements, shop from brands that provide independent third-party lab tests for the presence of harsh chemicals. These tests will let you shop with confidence and acquire premium cannabidiol with no unwanted ingredients.
3. Pesticides and Heavy Metals
Pesticides and heavy metals can counter CBD’s benefits, yet many CBD products on the market may contain them. Pesticides, designed to kill insects or other organisms harmful to a plant, are among humans’ greatest enemies and may harm your health.
During its growing season, hemp draws in nutrients from the soil and pulls toxins from the ground so effectively that it was planted in Chernobyl after Ukraine’s nuclear disaster. Hemp sucks everything from the ground, including heavy metals. If the hemp or cannabis your product comes from contaminated land, your product will contain those toxins. Many manufacturers end up buying hemp from farms with heavy metals in the soil. As a result, the CBD oil will also end up having heavy metals in it. While you cannot walk from farm to farm to analyze soil where your hemp grew, or check the oil for the presence of harmful chemicals, third-party lab tests can determine if the products you buy have pesticides or heavy metals in them. Always shop with brands that provide such tests and are transparent about their products.
A wide range of CBD products and numerous brands on the market may get you overwhelmed. Shopping for CBD is supposed to be an enjoyable process, not a daunting experience. The products offered by New Leaf Botanics eliminate the need of walking from aisle to aisle searching for CBD without unwanted ingredients, because of the strict attention to detail exercised at every step. Our CBD is THC-free and made from meticulously-grown hemp, cultivated in the United States under strict farming regulations. We assure our products are free of harsh chemicals with third-party lab testing. Get started today, shop online 24/7, and start experiencing everything our organic CBD products have to offer!