Tests have shown that some CBD products contain less CBD than what’s on the label. As the CBD hype is taking over, so are fake CBD products.
CBD gummies are quickly gaining popularity because they’re so easy and convenient to use. Because they’re a relatively new product and they get produced and sold in the context of a loosely regulated CBD market, it’s critical that you understand what makes one brand of CBD gummies high quality and another brand one you should avoid. But how do you select high-quality CBD gummies?
Today we’ll explore how you can make sure that the CBD gummies you’re about to buy are of the best quality.
Let’s dive in.
Check the Availability of Third-Party Lab Reports and Know How to Read Them
Just a few years ago, showing the results of third-party lab tests was a rare occurrence for CBD brands. Today, however, it is important for a CBD company to display these reports. Third-party reports will tell you:
- The cannabinoid profile and cannabinoid content of the product (you especially want to see that the amount of CBD is the same as what’s being advertised)
- That the CBD product is free of toxins and contaminants like heavy metals or pesticides
If a company does not conduct third-party testing, you’re likely better off avoiding that particular brand of CBD gummies. CBD sellers really have no excuse to not show third-party reports, so if they don’t, proceed with caution.
A complete lab report should contain the following elements:
- A pesticide test showing the product is free of pesticides
- A potency test that shows cannabinoid and terpene contents
- A heavy metal test showing the product is free of heavy metals
- A microbial test showing the product is free of microbes
If you want even more transparency, some CBD gummy manufacturers take it further by providing lab reports on a batch-by-batch basis. This is the type of transparency you really want to see when you’re in the market for CBD gummies.
Verifying whether your CBD gummies contain the same amount of CBD as advertised and are free from contaminants isn’t the only reason why you should read the lab-test reports.
Why Does the Cannabinoid Profile Matter?
It’s thought that combining CBD with other naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant will enhance CBD’s beneficial effects. This is called the entourage effect.
CBD brands have learned about this fact and many brands advertise all of their products as full spectrum, indicating that their products contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes.
However, the reality is that most of these so-called full spectrum products don’t contain as many cannabinoids and terpenes as advertised.
A true full spectrum CBD product contains a wide cannabinoid and terpene profile and contains significant concentrations of cannabinoids other than CBD and significant concentrations of terpenes.
By looking at the lab reports, you can usually see whether the CBD product you’re about to buy contains high levels of many cannabinoids and terpenes. If it’s advertised as a full spectrum or broad spectrum product but doesn’t seem to contain a wide spectrum of other beneficial compounds, you’ll know that the company isn’t being honest.
Check and Verify the Ingredients of Your CBD Gummies
It’s particularly important to check the ingredients when looking for high-quality CBD gummies.
CBD gummies usually contain more ingredients than any other CBD product. It’s very easy to stuff CBD gummies with all sorts of unhealthy ingredients that you likely don’t want to consume (think high-fructose corn syrup).
Ideally, you want the ingredients in your CBD gummies to be:
- Organic when possible
Cleanliness of Ingredients
The cleanliness of the ingredients of your CBD gummies should be shown with the third-party lab report. If the test results clearly show the CBD gummies are free of contaminants and toxins, you’re probably in good hands.
Are the Ingredients Vegan?
Whether the ingredients of your CBD gummies are vegan is easily verifiable by doing a quick check of every specific ingredient online. Generally, you can believe a CBD brand when they advertise their gummies as vegan. But in case you do want to verify, you can check that gelatin is not included on the list of ingredients.
Are Most of the Ingredients Organic?
When the ingredients of the CBD gummies you’re looking to buy are organic, the seller will have clearly stated that they are organic on the website or packaging. Some companies say their CBD products are 100% organic when they are not, however, it’s always an option to ask for certification.
Check the Reputation of the CBD Brand
You should be able to find enough reviews about the CBD gummies that you’re considering buying, unless of course a CBD brand is brand new.
There are two types of reviews you can read:
- Reviews from CBD review websites like Herbonaut
- Reviews from customers
In both cases, read about the writer’s experiences. Pay especially close attention to the following points in the reviews:
- How the CBD gummies tasted
- How their experience was in terms of logistical matters like shipping or honoring the refund policy
- What effects they experienced after taking the CBD gummies
- What reasons people give for using the CBD gummies
Reading some of these reviews will give you a clearer idea about the quality of the CBD gummies you’re considering buying.
It may seem overwhelming when you’re trying to find a high-quality CBD product, but by following these simple steps you can ensure that you have a good experience.
- Audit the ingredients
- Check and know how to read third-party lab reports
- Verify the reputation of the CBD brand you’re considering
To recap, you are looking to buy high-quality CBD gummies, it’s vital that buy CBD gummies that are/come with:
- Third-party lab reports
- Clean of toxins and contaminants
- Organic ingredients
- Preferably vegan
- Preferably broad spectrum or full spectrum
- Come from a reputable CBD brand
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Todd Smith is Joy Organics Chief Partnerships Officer and Co-founder. Before Joy Organics, he worked in the wellness and nutritional industry for over three decades and helped generate over 1 billion dollars in supplement sales. He has applied that knowledge and experience to empower over 1000 businesses through Joy Organics’ partnership programs. Todd is also the author of a book, podcast, and blog titled Little Things Matter.