The CBD sector is one of the fastest growing industries not only in the USA but also across the globe. In 2018, sales were estimated to reach over $590 million in the USA alone. Brightfield Group estimates that sales will surpass $22 billion by 2022. This rapid growth and the popularity of CBD products have led to many trying to get into the CBD sector. Who wouldn’t want to get a share of this ‘quick’ money anyway?
Just like any other fast-growing industry, some CBD vendors are out there to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. It is, therefore, possible to come across CBD products containing harmful components or even illegal. In this post, therefore, we will share with you some of the things that you must consider when looking for a CBD vendor.
- THC-Free Products
As you probably already know, CBD is legal in all the 50 states. However, there is a catch; the CBD must be sourced from the hemp plant.
The federal government classifies hemp as a type of cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. It is crucial that you consider THC content when looking for a CBD vendor because;
- Products with more than 0.3% THC are considered illegal
- THC will make you high- so if you want to avoid the psychoactive effect associated with the cannabis plant, you will want to choose products with low THC content.
- Quality Testing
When looking for a quality CBD vendor, it is also crucial that you ensure that they use high-quality labs to test for contaminants.
If possible, don’t just ask them where they get their samples tested. Try and search for these labs, check out their websites and if possible, check out the companies they have tested for before.
It is common to find high-quality CBD vendors and labs posting all their results for everyone to see. It is this high level of transparency that differentiates between high-quality vendors and untrustworthy and unreliable CBD vendors.
- Locally Sourced Hemp
There have been cases of CBD vendors sourcing their hemp from Europe, India, or even from China!
Please note that different countries have different rules regarding the growth and use of marijuana products.
Just like any plant, hemp will be affected by the growing environment as well as the chemicals used during growth. It is therefore crucial that you go for locally grown hemp as you are almost sure the farmers maintained the required standards during growing.
It is also vital that you find a vendor who uses organically grown hemp. Organically grown hemp will not only produce high quality CBD products but will also ensure that you are safe.
- Extraction Process
You will also want to know how your vendor extracts CBD. With the rapid growth being witnessed in the CBD sector, there have been cases of some vendors using all sorts of methods, chemicals, and solvents to extract CBD. When not done carefully, most of these extraction processes can leave behind unwanted or harmful chemical compounds.
High-quality CBD companies understand this and will use safe extraction processes such as the CO2.
Finding a reliable CBD vendor can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know what pointers to look out for. However, we hope that this guide will help you stay at the top of your game when it comes to getting that quality CBD vendor that you so much deserve.