Questions You Need to Ask Before Buying CBD Products in Canada

Although the CBD industry is growing by the minute, many Canadians are still unfamiliar with many aspects of it. And with plenty of brands looking to capitalize by serving as information hubs, we thought to give you an article explaining the key questions that every Canadian should ask before buying CBD products.
So before we bore you any more, let’s jump right into it.


Where Is the Hemp Grown?

CBD is derived from hemp and cannabis. But if you’re looking to buy CBD products with less than 0.3% THC, then hemp is the obvious choice. However, the relatively low THC amount doesn’t mean you’re buying a quality product.
There are hemp farms all over Canada, each one using different growing practices. The thing to note about growing hemp is that the quality of soil directly impacts the quality of the product. If the hemp is grown on soil ridden with metals, then the extracted CBD will not be of the highest quality and will contain those metals.
Other things also play a huge role such as the type of seed and method of harvest. Canada is heavily regulated in all of these aspects, which ensure quality throughout.

How Is the CBD Extracted?

The second question to ask has to do with the extraction method. More than one extraction methods exist, with the hugely popular and widely accepted being the CO2. Let’s explain what it is, how is it better than the others, and why you should settle for nothing less than that.

• CO2 Extraction Method

Carbon dioxide extraction separates the CBD from the hemp itself. It does this through a mixture of liquids and a gas state. This is the safest and most natural way to extract CBD from hemp because there are no chemicals involved. Extracting CBD using CO2 this method does require purchasing expensive specialized machinery. But what you get as a result is oil with up to 92% concentration of CBD.

• Steam Distillation

This method is also relatively safe and doesn’t involve any chemicals. But the reason why it isn’t widely accepted is due to its inefficiency. As the name suggests, this method extracts CBD through the use of steam. As a matter of fact, we have been using this method to extract essential oils for hundreds of years.
But the inefficiency factor is simply too great to avoid. For starters, it requires a larger amount of hemp to produce much less oil. And there is also the added risk of the steam getting too hot, which will ultimately alter the chemical properties of the CBD.

• Solvent Extraction

Solvent extraction is very similar to steam, with the only difference being the solvent part. Unlike steam, this method uses some sort of solvent, usually hydrocarbons or natural solvents.
The thing Canadians need to know when purchasing products where the CBD has been extracted with this method is that it contains petroleum, butane, naphtha, or propane residue. These are all toxic and harmful solvents that can cause all sorts of problems. While we’ve somewhat eliminated the risk by using natural solvents such as olive oil or ethanol, you shouldn’t really be buying CBD products made with this extraction method.

If we compare all extraction methods, the CO2 is no doubted the clear winner. Thus, you should always ask this question.

What Type Of CBD Is It?

If so far we’ve managed to confuse you, then buckle up as we’re not done yet. The third important question to ask is what type of CBD is used in the making of the product?
Canadians should know that the type of CBD used is down to personal preference. But, it is important to distinguish all three types. So let’s go ahead and do that.

• Full Spectrum CBD

Saying full spectrum CBD contains no THC is an easy way of explaining it. Now, let’s have to look at what the hemp plant actually is. The hemp plant is a mixture of many compounds, cannabinoids, and terpenes. This healthy mixture provides users with “the entourage effect” when consuming CBD. What this means is that all the compounds, cannabinoids, and terpenes work more efficiently when they’re all present. So full spectrum CBD has every compound of the hemp plant, in addition to some other essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals, etc. Although the dominating compound is still CBD, the other compounds enhance the benefits.

• Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad Spectrum CBD is very similar to full spectrum, with the key difference being THC. full spectrum CBD includes THC, although the maximum allowed is 0.3%. A CBD product cannot be labeled, marketed, and sold in Canada if the THC amount surpasses 0.3%.
In broad spectrum CBD, there is no THC while every other compound is still present.

• CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. That’s why you’ll frequently find it under the name Pure CBD. This form of cannabidiol is very different from both full and broad spectrum as it contains nothing else but CBD. No other compound, cannabinoid, or terpene is present in CBD Isolate products; only pure CBD.
Unlike both other types, the isolate goes through many extraction processes and returns CBD in crystalline or powdery form. This makes it very versatile as Canadians can add the crystals or powder into beverages, meals, and even make their own oils.

How Much CBD Per Serving?

Yet another important question to ask is how much CBD is there per serving? People are different and thus everyone has different sensitivities to CBD. Some prefer larger doses while others can feel the desired effects by taking much less.

The easiest way to distinguish the dosage of CBD per serving is if you’re taking CBD edibles. CBD gummies are some of the most popular edible products on the Canadian market. The normal serving size of CBD gummies is usually 10 to 15 mg per gummy. However, there are also plenty of CBD gummy products that contain much more.

Are CBD Products Safe?

This isn’t a question you need to ask but is rather something that many Canadians are wondering. To explain it briefly, CBD is perfectly safe. Thus, CBD products are also safe. You can take as much as you like and still be in perfect health.
There are some side effects such as drowsiness, nausea, and diarrhea, but other than that there are no major risks and no risks of developing a dependency to cannabidiol.

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