Buyer Beware – Not All CBD
Is Created Equal
Buyer Beware – Not all CBD is created equal
Several years ago, CBD wasn’t even legal in the U.S. But the 2018 Farm Bill separated hemp from marijuana, eliminated hemp as a schedule 1 controlled substance, and the flood gates opened.
Today, hemp-based CBD is the most promising product in the fields of health, beauty and wellness. The industry has evolved into a multi-billion-dollar free-for-all, attracting major players alongside flagrant charlatans, which means that not all CBD is created equal.
As demand for CBD continues to grow, so too will the suspect supply from obscure supply chains that are difficult to monitor for quality and compliance enforcement.
These days, most people won’t buy breath mints without knowing what’s in them, and the same should go for CBD.
If you’re considering offering CBD, I’m here to help you navigate the market and find the best CBD for your clients and customers’ health, beauty and wellness. In other words, I’ve got your back.
At a minimum, there are 3 absolutely necessary things to do when evaluating potential suppliers:
1 – Check their labels
- The first thing to look out for is disclosure on the COA, or Certificate of Analysis. The COA tells you the quality of the CBD source, listing key information such as potency, microbial analysis, solvents, and any testing done for heavy metals and pesticides. You should be offered the availability to see the COA on each and every CBD product.
- Each SterlingsCBD product label displays a QR code linking to both the internal lab reports on the raw oil and third party testing on the finished product. Remember – the hemp plant absorbs everything that’s in the soil, which means the good and the bad. Our label’s COA will show what chemicals/compounds may be found in the hemp used, giving you an exact read on the content of each of our containers.
- If a CBD supplier presents no COA or if the COA seems bare bones or tampered with, take a pass. Without the complete COA information, you may be buying a product that’s toxic or fraudulent. Given the health risks—and the legal risks—it’s just not worth rolling the dice.
2 – Know the difference | Hemp vs. Marijuana
- There’s a difference, and it’s critical: Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, but hemp (typically called industrial hemp) has higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC (the chemical compound that gets you high) than a marijuana plant. In fact, the federally legal definition of hemp requires the plant to contain no more than 0.3% (0.003) of THC.
- SterlingsCBD raises the bar. We offer truly premium hemp-based CBD products containing 0.0% THC. Providing your very valuable clients and customers THC-Free CBD will help eliminate any quality or legal issues down the road.
- Marijuana is highly regulated and can only be purchased through licensed outlets and dispensaries in states where legal.
- CBD derived from hemp is federally legal in all 50 states, and its legal status in individual states is evolving on a state-by-state basis. SterlingsCBD is tracking each state and will keep you up to date on all the latest regulations.
3 – Stay away from international impostors
- International hemp-based CBD has a lot of problems. Like I mentioned before, hemp is essentially a weed and will suck everything out of the soil. Please buy American grown hemp products that are organically farmed and sleep well at night.
- Make sure you know where your supplier’s CBD is grown, and then do your research to make sure that region isn’t known for questionable agricultural practices or heavy metals and toxins in the soil.
- We’ve already done our research. SterlingsCBD hemp is grown and processed in good ol’ Colorado, USA., a premiere hemp-growing state, on organically monitored farms.
There are, of course, other things to know before making your decisions. But this information will point you in the right direction.
Please contact SterlingsCBD for more valuable info on how your business can be the provider of the finest CBD products in your neighborhood to your valued clients and customers. They’re buying it somewhere. It might as well be from you.
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