If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware that there are a LOT of CBD Oil Tinctures on the market.
So, how do you choose the right CBD oil?
Well, it’s a little complex. There are a variety of factors that go into producing CBD oil—the hemp source, the extraction process, and the production practices, to name a few.
But in a sea of growing and emerging CBD brands, navigating the best brands can be a tall order. It’s easier just to pick one with nice packaging, right?
Not quite. Choose the wrong brand and you may be putting your health at risk (more on that later).
If you’re going to choose a CBD oil, it ought to be a good one.
Here’s how to find the best one for you.
So, What Makes a Good CBD Oil?
A good CBD oil starts with quality hemp.
Hemp’s been growing all over the world for a long time but not all crops are the same. Each country has its own weather, soil, legal specifications, and unique practices.
So, when you’re looking into a CBD brand, make sure they’re sourcing their hemp from the U.S. There are stricter laws in the states regarding quality. It’s also important to note that company’s who make their tinctures here using U.S. grown hemp have a much lower carbon footprint overall.
Also, be sure to check if it’s organic.
If a company’s producing quality products you should be able to check their lab reports and see there aren’t any pesticides leftover. One way to confirm your products are clean is to go with a company that uses organic hemp.
The next step in deciding which CBD oil tincture to try is to determine how the oil is extracted from the hemp. The extraction method a company uses can have a strong effect not only on the flavor and purity of the CBD oil but on its effectiveness, too.
Examining Extraction Methods
Here’s what I mean. In solvent-based extraction—a popular method is pushing pressurized butane through the plant material—the chemical is incredibly good at stripping the hemp of its cannabinoids (like CBD, CBG, THC, etc.) but it doesn’t treat the terpenes very well.
CO2 extraction, on the other hand, isn’t as good at extracting CBD as butane. The problem rests in the shape of its molecules, which make for less efficient stripping.
However, with the right machinery, holding the gas at a temperature that allows it to act as a liquid while pushing large quantities of the CBD through the plant material yields amazing results.
In this process, the terpenes remain intact, along with all the cannabinoids and flavonoids—all without any chemical residue leftover.
In fact, the CO2 just naturally evaporates once it’s done its work.
The only problem with this method is it’s expensive, so a lot of companies go with cheaper solvent-based methods instead. At CBDfx, we’re big fans of CO2 extraction and use it for all our tinctures and other products.
What Are the Benefits of “Good” CBD Oil?
If “good” means pure, then pure CBD means enhanced benefits and a more effective “entourage effect.”
If that’s a term you’re not super familiar with already, it’s pretty simple: the power of one ingredient is bolstered by the presence of those that surround it. This makes the sum greater than its parts and is not only important in society, but also to CBD.
This is especially relevant in proprietary blends that highlight other cannabinoids. We recently came out with our own Wellness Tincture that features a 2:1 ratio, CBD to CBG, as well as exciting ingredients like CoQ10, and curcumin.
If you’re wondering what CBG is, it’s a minor cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that has biologically active properties making it incredibly exciting for hemp and CBD lovers. CBG stands for cannabigerol, which interacts directly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain to provide further balance within the body by interacting with your endocannabinoid system.
Historically, it’s been hard to come by in CBD tinctures because it takes a LOT of plant matter to extract a meaningful amount of CBG so there isn’t nearly as much of this cannabinoid in the hemp plant as there is cannabidiol.
Which Strength Should I Choose?
Determining how to choose the potency of your CBD oil depends on a couple of factors. Everybody’s endocannabinoid system is wired differently, and then there’s each individual’s body weight and metabolism to factor in.
As with anything worth getting good at, practice makes perfect. It may take a little time to figure out which strength, and how much of each you should choose. But if you’re new to CBD entirely and are just looking to get a feel for how it works for you, a 500mg tincture might just be the best place to start.
This aids in your body’s absorption of the tincture, and increases bioavailability. The best way to enjoy a good tincture is to drop the desired amount under your tongue and hold it there for 60-90 seconds.
Can You Use CBD Oil on Pets?
CBD oil has applications beyond human use.
Pets have an endocannabinoid system, as well, including lizards, sea urchins, fish, and even leeches.
One thing to look out for when you’re shopping for CBD products for your pet is to make sure they’re made from cannabis. This plant, though sharing a reputation with hemp, is different in that it naturally contains a lot of THC (unlike the hemp plant, which carries .03% or less).
That’s important because dogs are especially sensitive, and sometimes allergic, to THC.
On the other hand, hemp oil contains some goodies for both dogs and cats. They’ve evolved to digest, and in fact, thrive off a meat-focused diet.
This means supplementing hemp oil can be really good for your dog because of its high protein content, the composition of its Omega 6 and Omega 3 ratio, and its high content of fatty acids.
Our pet tinctures come in three different concentrations. For small dogs, twenty pounds and under, there is a 150mg option.
If your dog or cat falls somewhere in between twenty and sixty pounds, we’ve put together a 500mg version.
And for pets 60 pounds and up, there’s a 600mg option.
Although there are plenty of CBD oils on the market to choose from, not all brands are created equal. When looking for a good CBD oil, make sure there’s a real level of attention paid to the product’s quality meaning organic, cruelty-free, and vegan practices.
If you’re curious about our Wellness Tincture
Check out our store and pick up a quality CBD oil today!