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What you need to know Buying CBD Online

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What to know before buying CBD Oil Online

Lady shopping with paper bags with Big Chief logo

How to find a high-quality CBD product within a saturated industry

The CBD oil industry was one of the fastest-growing sectors of 2019. It’s an exciting time for the industry, with Hemp finally being allowed to make a comeback after the ban put in place in the early-90’s. For centuries prior to this ban, Hemp was used to create a variety of commercial and industrial products including fabric, paper, shoes and bioplastics.

The blooming Hemp industry offers consumers a variety of products from hundreds of different brands, including beverages, sweets, topicals and Cannabidiol drops. Within such a skyrocketing industry, it can be a challenge trying to distinguish the brands offering a high-quality product compared to those that offer low-quality products (and everything in between!).

Needless to say, buying low-quality products will not give you the benefits you are looking for and could even jeopardise your health due to artificial ingredients within the product. Which leads many consumers to ask us “how do I know which CBD oil is high quality?”, we have put together our top 5 questions to ask when buying CBD oil online. But first, here’s some history behind this multi-purpose plant.

What is Hemp, and how is it different from Marijuana?

What is Hemp, and how is it different from Marijuana?

Hemp and Marijuana have several differences, while the two plants look and smell similar; they are chemically and structurally different. One of the main aspects that are often misunderstood is the presence of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) within both of these species of Cannabis. The reason why Hemp is used for its fibre and oil, and why Marijuana is a drug used to “get high”, is the major difference in THC levels (Marijuana has a much higher level of THC than Hemp).

Growing Hemp was banned in the early 90’s because there were many concerns about how to tell the difference between Hemp and Marijuana. Hemp and Marijuana are a separate species from the botanical Cannabis family. Just because a species comes from the same family doesn’t mean its chemical compounds and appearance are identical. For instance; the Aloe family has over 500 species, and all look relatively similar, but only a few of the species have medicinal properties (such as the Aloe Vera species).

Hemp is a fantastic plant offering an abundance of uses that are gradually being brought to light and accepted across the globe. To reap the benefits of Cannabidiol, many consumers search online for CBD products, but it can be a challenging task trying to work out which products are the highest quality.

Here are our top questions to ask a CBD oil supplier

Which country was the Cannabidiol sourced from?

CBD is extracted from the Hemp plant; therefore, the quality of the Hemp plant used plays a huge factor in the quality of the end product. Big Chief Hemp CBD is freshly sourced from some of the highest quality farmers in Colorado, US.  We maintain a close relationship with our suppliers to maintain consistently high-quality CBD products.

Big Chief Hemp CBD chose to source CBD from Colorado due to the nutrient-rich soil, and high cultivation standards present there. The cultivation practices used are environmentally friendly, especially abstaining from the use of pesticides to produce an organic Hemp for CBD production.

A company who knows the source of their Oils; is a responsible company.

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Has the CBD product been tested by a 3rd party laboratory?

One of the first things to ask when buying any CBD product is whether a third-party laboratory has tested the product. If the product has is tested, then a lab report should be readily available from the company, either on their website or by contacting them. Without a lab report, it is hard to check what is in the CBD product that you’re buying.

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How much THC does CBD oil contain?

Over recent years CBD has become highly valued for being a non-intoxicating product that has many potential health benefits.

Demand for CBD has boomed with the increase of consumers looking to discover the benefits of Cannabidiol without the “high” from the THC.

In order for a CBD product to be classed as non-intoxicating, it must contain less than 0.2% THC. This level is deemed as “safe” and isn’t anywhere near enough THC to inflict the psychoactive effects that cause a “high”. The level of THC will be shown as a percentage on either the supplier’s website or on the container of the product (or both). Big Chief Hemp Oral Drops contain 0.0005% of THC a value considered untraceable.

How is CBD oil extracted?

The extraction process concentrates the Hemp flowers into the Cannabinoids, but various methods can be used in the cultivation process to extract the CBD. The oldest form of CBD extraction is the use of ethanol (simple alcohol). Using high proof alcohol, the CBD is drawn out of the plant with minimal damage, by suspending them in a liquid that eliminates damage from oxidisation.

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Are there any artificial ingredients in CBD oil?

Last but not least, we recommend checking the ingredients list of the product to ensure there are no hidden or artificial ingredients that you weren’t expecting to be present. If no ingredients are listed on the product, then this immediately should be a red flag. If the ingredients are listed, but you’re presented with names you cannot read or pronounce, then a quick search online will reveal what the ingredient is.

Big Chief Hemp only uses high-quality CBD sourced from organic Hemp farmers in Colorado (US). Our close relationship with the farmers means that we can ensure you’re provided with a high-quality product without any complicated jargon or hidden ingredients.

Big Chief Hemp Oils, contain fractional coconut oil, natural flavourings & CBD Oil

If you have any questions about our products, please free to contact us here.

Who is the 3rd party laboratory?

We have mentioned, more than a few times, a 3rd party but who are they?

See our dedicated page on Adact Medical – The best Laboratory for the UK Vape and CBD Industry, click here.