With hundreds of CBD products to choose from, how do you find the right CBD product for you? And, how do you make sure it’s high-quality?
We believe CBD shopping should be easy, and not stressful. But not all CBD products are created equal. Here’s how to evaluate a CBD product, look for red flags and choose the right supplement for your needs.
Is the product lab tested by a third party?
You may want to look for third-party test results that back up the claims made by the brand on potency, consistency, purity and even the amount of CBD and hemp oil stated on the label.
(Yes, we’ve even seen some companies mislead customers to think their products contain more CBD and hemp oil than they actually do. And, some products have even been tested and didn’t have any CBD whatsoever!)
Ideally, you’ll see something like “lab tested for quality” on the label and you’ll be able to learn about the brand’s testing on their website. A reputable brand will also give you the ability to search test results for each batch of products using the batch number on the product label.
That way you know that the hemp has been thoroughly tested for quality in every product and you can verify it with your own purchase.
Is the hemp sourced from the U.S.?
Fun (and alarming) fact about the hemp plant – it can act like a sponge when absorbing toxins, so organic growing practices are extremely important.
Hemp grown in the U.S. is required to be licensed by a state regulatory agency in alignment with the federal rules to ensure non-toxicity. When hemp is imported from other countries, the hemp isn’t U.S. government-registered.
We recommend choosing a product that is sourced in the U.S. from organic growers.
A reputablehemp-derived CBD supplement company will place their sources in plain sight. Check their website, and if the location of their hemp source is nowhere to be found, that’s a red flag. (Wana Wellness products use hemp grown in the U.S.).
Does it have artificial sweeteners, dyes or mineral oil?
A lot of hemp supplements have added artificial sweeteners or mineral oil, which are actually known to cause stomach upset. Because hemp naturally has a bitter taste and a less than desirable aftertaste, a trustworthy wellness company will likely add natural flavoring to products. They might also use natural coloring from fruit and vegetable juice.
So, make sure to check product labels. We’ve seen brands tout third-party testing, organically grown hemp and health benefits while still including artificial flavors and artificial dyes like yellow #5 or red #40.
(And, just in case you were curious, you won’t find artificial sweeteners, artificial dyes or mineral oil in any Wana Wellness hemp-derived CBD products.)
Should I look for broad spectrum hemp oil, full spectrum hemp oil or CBD isolate?
Hemp contains naturally occurring CBD, and hemp can be extracted in three forms – broad spectrum, full spectrum and CBD isolate.
Broad spectrum means that the extracted hemp oil contains other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes in addition to CBD, but it doesn’t contain THC. So, there’s no risk of intoxication or feeling “high.”
Full spectrum, like broad spectrum, also means that the extracted hemp contains other cannabinoids and terpenes as well as CBD, but full spectrum is not THC-free, and could lead to failing a drug test.
CBD isolate, also known as “pure CBD,” doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids or terpenes – it’s just CBD – and there’s one big downside with that.
There’s a theory known as the “entourage effect,” which suggests the effects of CBD can actually be enhanced when consumed with other beneficial compounds from the hemp plant, including other cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are the organic compounds found in hemp that are responsible for the aroma and flavor qualities. You’ll also find terpenes in other plant-derived oils, like essential oils, and they’re known to have their own therapeutic effects.
Although there are high-quality products on the market in all three forms, Wana Wellness products are made with broad spectrum hemp oil for a well-rounded hemp-derived CBD supplement that’s also THC-free*.
Quick quality check for broad and full spectrum hemp oil supplements
Here’s a little-known quality tip when comparing supplements with broad or full spectrum hemp oil.
Take a look at the milligrams of hemp and the milligrams of CBD listed on the product label. On a high-quality CBD product derived from broad or full spectrum hemp oil, you should see a CBD potency of 80% or greater. For example, in Wana Wellness gummies you’ll see there are 25 milligrams of hemp in each serving and 20 milligrams of naturally occurring CBD, an 80% ratio. If there’s a lower percentage of CBD to hemp, that means the hemp is lower quality.
How many milligrams should be in a serving?
Hemp supplements can affect every body differently, so finding the “right” serving size can take some experimentation. Many people start with a 10 to 20-milligram daily serving of CBD and increase as needed based on their experience.
Gummies? Tinctures? Or both?
You can choose the delivery method just based on personal preference, but gummies and tinctures can have different benefits and they also work well when used together.
Here’s the skinny – gummies are an ideal daily supplement for ongoing health support. Tinctures can be used daily too, but they’re particularly powerful when an immediate benefit is needed. And, there’s a scientific reason to back that up.
While we can’t speak for every hemp-derived CBD gummie on the market, the CBD in Wana Wellness gummies acts within 30-90 minutes, peaks at about two hours and stays in the body for 8-12 hours.
Most customers make CBD a part of their daily routine to consistently reap the benefits. Plus, Wana Wellness gummies are delicious and easy to take daily.
Tinctures are faster-acting and offer quick, on-the-spot effectiveness. Think about when the mind just won’t shut off after a hectic day, before you give a big presentation or when you just finished a killer workout.
Many Wana Wellness customers take the gummies for daily baseline benefits and then use a tincture when they need a little extra.