CBD Buyer's Guide
Simply put: the best CBD oil comes goes straight from farm to lab right here in the United States. Plants grown in America are subject to higher quality controls, including limiting exposure to pesticides and better growth quality. Coming from a domestic farm, plants grown for CBD oil extraction has a higher concentration of cannabidiols than those brought in from other parts of the world. From harvest, plants are loaded onto delivery trucks and are carefully tracked along the way, in accordance with federal standards. Unlike other companies, we can track each plant to the farm they came from – this way, we can reject any plant that does not meet our strict quality control standards.
“Plant materials have been extracted, for many years, by the use of certain solvents…
The extracts obtained have all had traces of the organic solvents used,” The application states. “It has been found that some important advantages are obtained by the use of the [CO2 extraction] methods according to the present invention.”
Despite the numerous ways to extract CBD oil, the research shows CO2 extraction is the best and provides the highest quality control level. At The Greeen House, your CBD oils are sourced using the CO2 extraction method, putting absolutely nothing between you and your CBD oil.
Terpenes naturally extracted using the hybrid broad-spectrum method include:
• B-caryophyllene: An essential oil complex including clove oil, rosemary, and hops.
• Guaiol: A sesquiterpenoid alcohol that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
• A-bisabolol: An essential oil balancing German chamomile and figwort.
• Isopulegol: The monoterpene that is akin menthol and eucalyptus.
• Eucalyptol: An organic compound that primarily makes up eucalyptus oil.
When these elements work alongside cannabidiol in a broad-spectrum CBD oil extract, it creates what’s known as the “entourage effect.” The idea comes from a 1998 report published by the European Journal of Pharmacology . Researchers discovered the cannabidiol delivered with other essential oils “…may represent a novel route for molecular regulation of endogenous cannabinoid activity.” In plain English: the terpenes, amino acids and essential oils can help the CBD oil do its job.
With little price difference between isolate and broad-spectrum CBD oil, it makes the most sense to get a high-quality product with everything from the plant. The The hybrid broad-spectrum extraction process brings out terpenes and essential oils with cannabidiol, giving you all the benefits of both CBD and essential oils.
The second test is a liquid version of the same CBD product, submitted at the same time as the extract. This test detects not only the amount of CBD by weight, but also trace amounts of other cannabinoids and terpenes extracted from the plant. The trace cannabidiols come from the broad-spectrum extraction process this company chose to do, which brings out essential oils and amino acids along with the CBD.
The final test showcases two of the most important readouts: microbiological contaminants and the terpene profile. During growth, naturally occurring toxins and contaminants can attach themselves to the plant. These may include Aerobic Bacteria, Coliform Bacteria, Bile Tolerant Gram Negative, Yeast and Mold. If the test detects 100 colony forming units per gram, it could present a hazard to your health.
The terpene profile test reveals the other good amino acids and essential oils collected through hybrid broad-spectrum extraction. Terpenes and essential oils including menthol and eucalyptol are naturally found in plants and can be extracted alongside the CBD. They naturally work hand-in-hand with the cannabinoids, giving a boost with every capsule, tincture, or vape oil.
Reading a CBD oil lab report may be intimidating, but it also gives an important look into the CBD oil you choose. At The Greeen House, all of our samples are tested for purity and terpene content before they go into our tinctures, capsules or vape oils. Click here to see a sample of the test reports we get from our independent laboratory.
Shelf life can also be an issue of buying CBD oil at local stores. CBD vape oil is only good for three to four months, while other CBD products can last for up to two years when stored under the right conditions. When you buy CBD oil from a local distributor, you don’t know how long it’s been on their shelves, nor if it has been stored in a cool, dry place. Changes in temperature and humidity can affect the potency of your CBD oil, making it less effective the longer it sits.
The best place to buy CBD oil is direct from the extractor. When you buy CBD oil direct from companies that provide information about their extraction process and post verified lab reports, you can rest assured you are getting high quality CBD oil that goes from the extractor to the bottle. These companies adhere to strict quality control measures, including maintaining proper storage until shipment. When your CBD oil products arrive discreetly at your front door, you are getting the freshest products available.
1. “Free Trial Bottle – Just Pay Shipping:” One of the most prevalent scams involving CBD oil are those offering “Free trial bottles.” The scam works by offering a free bottle of CBD oil to a new customer, on the agreement that they only pay shipping. When they use their credit card, it will either be charged multiple times for the shipping fee, or it will be charged monthly for a “club” the user didn’t realize they were joining. Reputable companies will provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision, from research to lab reports – but won’t ask you to pay shipping for a “free” bottle of CBD oil.
2. Selling only on Facebook, Reddit, or another social media: When you log into Facebook, you may see one of your friends direct selling a product from a major brand. CBD oil scam artists know about this technique, and often will attempt to sell CBD oils at a low price through direct messages. In addition to selling CBD oils violating terms of service for both Facebook and Reddit, sellers often can’t provide lab results about their CBD oil. Thus, it may not contain any cannabidiol at all. Only buy CBD oil online direct from the distillers, and never through social media.
3. No third-party lab results available: Much like the social media scam, anyone can claim to sell CBD oil. But what comes to your door may be little more than olive oil with added flavors. Before buying CBD oil online, review their independent, third-party lab results publicly posted online. If there are no third-party lab results available, request them before purchase. And if they won’t make them available, don’t do business with them – because they can’t prove you are getting CBD oils.
4. Only one review, or a limited number of 5-star reviews: Not every CBD oil is right for everyone. Different growing areas and extraction methods can have different effects on users. Which is why CBD oil reviews will run the broad spectrum, ranging from major fans to disappointed users. Before buying CBD oil online, be sure to read all the reviews – both good and bad – on the company website and at independent news websites. If there are no reviews, or very few reviews which are all positive, then it could be a scam.
5. “Miracle Drug” claims: Science has proven CBD oil may bring relief for many conditions because of its anti-inflammatory properties. But the FDA does not recognize CBD oil as a cure or prevention for any disease. If a CBD oil company claims that their elixirs can cure anything and everything, it could be a scam. Only buy CBD oil from companies that provide the science behind their products.
CBD tinctures look like eye droppers and contain a liquid form of CBD oil. A single dose consists of one eye dropper full of CBD oil. When you draw the CBD oil, it should appear clear or with a very faint yellow color. Taking CBD oil from a tincture is easy: simply draw out one dropper full of CBD oil and administer it under your tongue. Be sure to hold the liquid there for at least 30 seconds.
While CBD capsules do not have any flavor, unflavored CBD oil may have a very natural flavor. Reviewers have described this taste as tart or earthy, which you may not enjoy. If you are concerned about tasting CBD oil, you can order flavored tinctures for delivery. Common flavors include mint, orange, and berry, while pet CBD oils can come in peanut butter flavor. Before ordering a flavored CBD oil, make sure the flavors come from natural sources instead of artificial sources.
Are CBD products safe for children?
Yes. Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids. Natural cannabinoids are found in the mother’s breast milk of all mammals. CBD has no lethal dose and/or harmful side effects. However, due to the neurological qualities of CBD, we encourage parents to consult their pediatrician before administering high doses of CBD to children.
Will The Greeen House's CBD products cause me to fail a drug test?
Our full-spectrum products contain less than 0.3% THC meaning that any THC found in our products is at a trace level. For instance a product may have .07% THC by weight (.3% is the legal limit). When considering that a user may take 10 – 20 drops per day of one of our products, and even that will be subject to some loss due to the absorption process by the body, it is highly unlikely that any of our products would trigger positive on a standard drug test.
That being said, while improbable it is not totally impossible to test positive after using full spectrum CBD oil. While extremely unlikely, there are some very sophisticated tests that could possibly pick up on that small of a trace amount in your system. However that type of test, while increasing the possibility of finding minuscule trace amounts of THC are not the standard type test used for employment or patient testing.
We have tested this in house and to-date have never seen a positive result. As well, we have never had a single report of any of our products producing a positive for THC.
Unfortunately, because of those trace amounts of THC and because it is technically possible, though highly unlikely, a certain level of test could pick up these trace amounts, prohibiting us from being able to give a 100% guarantee.
All creatures great and small: Is CBD oil okay for pets?
When starting any new product, one of the biggest concerns revolves around our pets. In a bank-sponsored survey, one-third of millennials put animals ahead of children when looking at buying a house. Are CBD oils pet friendly? More importantly, should pets take CBD oil alongside their owners?
For years, pet owners have turned to holistic veterinary health solutions for their aging and ailing furry friends. A Colorado State University study published by the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association discovered in a survey group of 632 pet owners, over half used a veterinary CBD product. Of those, 63.9 percent said they perceived CBD “helped a moderate amount” or “helped a great deal” with providing pain relief for dogs. And 50.5 percent said it either “helped a moderate amount” or “helped a great deal” in aiding with sleep for dogs. Among cat owners, 64.8 percent said they perceived CBD “helped a great deal” or “helped a moderate amount” in providing pain relief.
The survey of pet owners has helped to spur two more studies in CBD oil for pets. Colorado State University is running a study of efficacy of cannabidiol for the treatment of epilepsy in dogs and the efficacy of cannabidiol for the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs. From the peer-reviewed studies and anecdotal evidence from current users, CBD oil may be a safe option to help pets.
Beyond taster’s choice: how to evaluate if a CBD oil is right for you
After reading this buyer’s guide, you may realize that not all CBD oils are made equally. After reading through all the science and reviews of CBD oil, there’s still one more test for your tincture, capsule or vape oil: how it works for you.
The amount of CBD oil you take should depend on the severity of your symptoms and body weight. We recommend using the following serving guide, which can be found here. From there, adjust your CBD oil dosage based on your personal experiences. If you find that the CBD oil is too strong for you, reduce the amount by taking a less-full tincture, or only use one capsule instead of two. If you are not seeing a positive change from taking CBD oil, then increase your dosage.
If even after adjusting your dosage you still don’t see a change, it may not be you. Instead, it may be your CBD oil. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different products to determine which is best for you. Even though they all claim to be the best, different sources and extraction processes can affect your experience. Just remember the best advice above to find the best CBD oil.
Making the mark: How The Greeen House adheres to the highest standards
Now that you know how to separate the best CBD oils from the rest, you are probably planning days worth of research into multiple products. We’ll make it easy for you: The Greeen House adheres to all of these standards, providing only the highest quality CBD products on the market today.