The minute the mainstream media draws attention to a new product, demand for that product inevitably goes up. No questions asked. Just a few years ago, almost nobody had even heard of CBD. Today, you can’t walk by a convenience store without signs in the window touting CBD oil pens for sale!
Before you pick some up while you’re filling your gas tank, it’s important you understand the who, what, when, where, why and how of CBD. Time for a little CBD education!
CBD products have become socially acceptable rather quickly. This is wonderful news for CBD companies, but it also complicates the industry. Much like you can walk the streets of New York and get a knockoff watch from a peddler, you can also fall prey to fake or low-quality CBD products. The ramifications of buying this sort of knockoff far exceed those of a “Bolex” watch. That is why education is essential in the CBD movement.
Not All CBD Products Are From the Same Source
Before you make any changes to your routine that are intended to maintain optimal wellness, it is best to consult a physician. Go into the appointment educated so you understand how CBD products may support your system. Once you have a firm understanding of the endocannabinoid system and the potential benefits of hemp extract, you can then begin to comprehend the difference in products. At Joy Organics, it is our goal to educate our customers about what exactly they are putting into their bodies.
First, we’ll start with the source of CBD oils. In states with medical cannabis programs, some CBD oil may be extracted from marijuana. That’s because some patients want a higher concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their CBD oil. THC is one of over 100 known cannabinoids found in cannabis and it’s also the compound that is responsible for the euphoric effect experienced by marijuana users.
The most common source for CBD oil is hemp. Hemp naturally has a low quantity of THC — for it to be classified as hemp in the United States, the plant must have a THC concentration of 0.3% or less. This low concentration of THC makes premium grade CBD oil a more family-friendly option. However, just because the CBD oil is derived from hemp doesn’t mean it’s of superior quality.
Differences in CBD Products
When you first start looking into CBD products, you might be overwhelmed by the number of options. Joy was just as confused when she wanted to try CBD. The CBD industry has exploded since then, making the waters even murkier now.
If Joy learned anything, it was to relax and go into the process educated. All the education in the world still didn’t prepare her for a truth she learned firsthand, though. That’s why it’s her mission now to provide CBD products you can trust.
Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract vs. CBD Isolate
Seeing the words “CBD isolate” on your CBD product might make you feel like you hit the jackpot at the CBD casino. After all, if you hear the words “CBD” on the news so much, why wouldn’t you want just CBD? That’s where a little extra education comes in handy. While CBD isolate may support a healthy lifestyle for some people, the potential benefits may not be realized fully.
Like THC in marijuana, CBD is another one of the many phytocannabinoids currently known to be contained in cannabis. These cannabinoids have a symbiotic relationship with one another known as the entourage effect.
Oils branded with the terms full spectrum or broad spectrum use a wealth of the natural compounds in hemp, including additional cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. These bring you more benefits than just CBD alone.
Check How the CBD is Extracted
There is more to choosing a CBD brand than looking for words like broad spectrum hemp extract. You should also become familiar with how the company extracts the oil.
For instance, some essential oil and edible oil companies use chemical solvents such as hexane. This compound will speed the extraction process up and, in some cases, produce a higher yield of oil. However, it also introduces a foreign chemical into the process.
Some chemical solvents may have reactions with the compounds in the hemp extract. While it may or may not diminish the potential benefits, it does tarnish nature’s intended support.
To avoid this less-than-desirable diversion from nature, opt for companies like Joy Organics that use pressurized carbon dioxide to extract the oils. This process is natural, sustainable and maintains the integrity of the compounds.
Are There Any Additives?
Once the phytocannabinoids are separated from the physical matter, the resulting oil is encapsulated, mixed into cosmetics, added to tinctures or incorporated into other products. Just like you have to be wary of chemical solvents, you should also be wary of the additives mixing with your cannabinoids.
- Tranquil Mint
Each flavor is created using organic essential oils. That means the formula is full of terpenes that complement the entourage effect.
Tinctures typically have a carrier oil that the cannabinoids are mixed with. Some companies will use harsh ingredients like ethanol that make for a burning sensation in the mouth, but we use organic medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil or extra-virgin olive oil.
Third-Party Testing on CBD Products
The CBD industry isn’t well regulated yet, so you need to do the policing for yourself. Luckily, many reputable companies are transparent about their products. We find this the most crucial requirement when vetting CBD companies.
To ensure complete transparency, every batch of product we produce is tested by an ISO-certified third-party lab. These labs test for contaminants like pesticides and heavy metals, and they also check potency levels. If a product doesn’t pass a test, we don’t release it. We also publish all test results on our website for you to review!
Where Joy Organics Stands Out
We wouldn’t sell anything we wouldn’t give to our family. Our mission of providing high-quality CBD products begins at the source.
We make sure our hemp is grown without pesticides in nutrient-rich U.S. soil. When extracting the CBD, CO2 extraction ensures a clean, efficient process.
We use proprietary nanoemulsion technology in the creation of our softgels. This breakthrough method allows us to create particles as small as 25 nanometers. Compared to other CBD companies that range around 100 to 1,000 nanometers, our softgel particles are some of the smallest in the game.
Speaking of oil, we all know it doesn’t mix with water. That’s why it’s so hard for our body to absorb the nutrients in CBD oil. To combat this issue, we create water-soluble hemp powder to add to our Dog Treats and Energy Drink. That way you (or your pet) can get your serving of CBD in a number of ways without compromising the quality.
Lastly, we want to circle back to our mantra of not giving you anything that we wouldn’t give our family. This is the cornerstone of our belief system and why our products are 0.0% THC. With that being said, we still maintain the integrity of many of the other beneficial compounds in the hemp plant.
Get Educated and Get Well
You only have one body, so treat it kindly. Do you need help supporting a healthy lifestyle? Perhaps premium grade hemp extract is the answer. Before you go out and purchase every CBD product you see, make sure you read up on the company first. If you can’t find lab results or information on their process, move on. There are plenty of other companies out there who are eager, excited and proud to share that kind of information with you!
Thanks for reading! To show how much we appreciate you, we’re going to give you 16% off your next order. Just use code READER16 at checkout!
Hannah Smith is Joy Organics Director of Communications. She is driven by her passion for providing clear and accessible wellness and CBD education. In 2015, she received her BA in Media, Culture and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City and before Joy Organics, worked as writer and photographer in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Vice, Vox, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan.