Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring component of the Cannabis plant that has been proven to have some health benefits. For this reason, the constituent can be found in many pharmaceutical medications. As is the case with any plant extract, identifying quality CBD is an important part of the process. Here are four things to look out for in order to determine higher quality from lower quality.
1. The CBD is extracted from all parts of the plant.
High quality CBD oil should be extracted from all parts of the plant. The cannabis plant is comprised of three primary parts: the flowers, the stalks and the seeds. Oil that is extracted from the entire plant, instead of just one portion, is much richer in natural occurring ingredients. Some of these include sugars, flavonoids, secondary cannabinoids and terpenes. These components are found in all parts of the hemp plant and are believed to work better together.
2. How the CBD is extracted.
Look for a cold extraction. Heat extraction can be cheaper, but it kills the good stuff. We use a CO2 extraction which is the safest cold method.
3. It has less than .03% THC or like ours, NO THC.
Although related to cannabis, CBD is legal and doesn’t cause the same high that marijuana can. For this reason, it is important to ensure that the THC concentration in any CBD is below .03%. Think of this like a poppy seed bagel and opiates. Although there are trace amounts of opiates in poppy seeds, we don’t feel any effects from eating bagels. Heroin contains a great amount of opiates and therefore causes the reaction it does. This same principle exists for the trace amounts of THC in CBD. Did you ever think we’d be having this conversation??? I smile thinking about it. Just know that you do not have to worry about THC in our products, we have none, and we have the independent test results at the bottom of our website, to prove it.
4. Know the source of the hemp plants.
Perhaps the most important method for identifying quality CBD is knowing the origin of the plant. Some companies purchase lower-quality hemp plants from foreign countries. On the other hand, some groups have relationships with farmers in the United States that grow industrial hemp. Blue Sky Farms is a licensed hemp farm in the beautiful state of Colorado. Blue Sky Farms CBD is tested and trusted. It’s NON GMO and organically grown – NO PESTICIDES. The plants look to the amazingly blue Colorado sky for their daily dose of sunshine and fresh air, the perfect environment to become strong and healthy.
Some consumers may be leery of CBD products because they still relate it to marijuana, and it scares them. Hemp and Marijuana are both strains of Cannabis Sativa. However, one is bred intentionally for its fiber for clothing, use in construction, and medical and nutritional value. The other is known for, and mostly bred for, its psychoactive effects – the high. While most belief marijuana has a legitimate medicinal value, that topic is for another day and another website. Research is key to forming your own opinions. Bottom line: Blue Sky Farms CBD is pure, safe, and will NOT get you high.