How do I tell a good CBD brand from a bad CBD brand?
When we create our CBD product reviews, we’re basing our judgments on a few different key factors. The first is whether a brand submits their products for independent testing, and makes the results of those test public in a Certificate of Analysis.
A Certificate of Analysis (CoA) should fully breakdown the contents of a CBD extraction. That means all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and any impurities or toxic substances, making it simple to spot the best CBD extractions. Often, there’s a clear link between the quality of a CoA, and whether a brand sources their hemp from a USDA-certified organic farm, and uses CO2 rather than ethanol extraction
Alongside extraction quality, it’s important to study the type of extraction performed. A full-spectrum extraction is preferable to a broad-spectrum or CBD isolate oil, as it contains a more complex cocktail of cannabinoids, like CBN, CBG, and CBD-A. Studies suggest that delivering CBD alongside other complementary cannabis compounds increases its potency, in something called the entourage effect.
Finally, the choice of carrier oil can be a good signal of a manufacturer’s attention to detail and the level of care they take in developing their product. An organic oil that’s rich in fatty acids might cut into a brand’s profit margin, but it will help your pup to metabolize CBD more efficiently, as well as having dietary benefits in its own right.