As the burgeoning CBD Industry ramps up, with companies left and right offering CBD in the form of capsules, tinctures, vaporizers, edibles, lotions, salves, and the list continues; how do you know what CBD is right for you? This question comes up constantly at CBD of Spokane, and we are passionate about finding products that are personalized to you. As we all know, everyone's body processes CBD differently, depending on the status of a system in the body known as the Endocannabinoid System. This system is involved in everything from sleep and hunger, to our immune system fighting off infection and dealing with underlying inflammation. As leaders in the CBD Industry, as well as concerned citizens for the health and well-being of others, we, here at CBD of Spokane, want you to know that when you come into our store, or shop on our website, that you are in the hands of a knowledgeable staff that understands each person requires a unique CBD product for their situation with the expectation of safety at the heart of what we do.
One of the great mysteries which the CBD Industry has kept secret from the public, is what exactly is in the products you are seeing pop-up in your local grocery store, gas station, and from your hipster friend, who we'll call Bob, who makes CBD edibles in his basement or kitchen. It is not a surprise that a Penn Medicine researcher has found that "70% of all cannabidiol products sold online are either over or under labeled, causing potential serious harm for its consumers." This should not only make you extremely weary as to where you are purchasing your CBD products, but should be empowering information which you can use to make the right decision! It makes you wonder how many times customers have purchased CBD products online from swindlers who wanted to sell them "hemp oil" instead of CBD oil, sometimes labeled as hemp oil extract, and received none of the benefits of CBD because what they purchased was over-priced hemp seed oil (which, for your information, has NO CBD in it).
Now for the juicy stuff. If you are purchasing your CBD on websites such as Amazon, for instance, you are most likely purchasing hemp seed oil. This is simply the oil which you can purchase in the cooking isle of any grocery store and use as a healthy dressing for salads, and in place of vegetable oil for cooking. However, this oil comes from the pressed seed of the hemp plant and contains no appreciable CBD content to speak of... So why does the tiny bottle on Amazon look so similar to the tincture bottles that actually have CBD in them? The answer is quite simple. They want you to spend your hard-earned money on products in an industry with little oversight and that they market to customers who have not done their homework. In fact, CBD is even listed in Amazon's Restricted Products page, listed under the drugs and drug paraphernalia section, meaning that Amazon does not allow ANY CBD products to be sold on their website. So whatever you do, don't buy CBD products labeled "hemp oil" or "hemp seed oil extract" from vendors on Amazon, or you'll be out of luck and out of your cash.
So if I can't trust the online hacks, or the "mother of all shopping websites" to get my CBD, how about my local grocery store or gas station? Well now the question becomes a little more complicated. To begin with, their are some reputable sources of CBD which can be found at these popular locations. Some people reason that this is because, as we know, grocery stores must have more oversight as to what they put on their shelves than the ephemeral CBD dealer online, right? I mean, these are large companies with brick-and-mortar locations that have a responsibility to their customers to provide safe and effective products to the general public, sometimes with investors whom they have a responsibility to, if they are a large corporation. Despite this common misconception, or argument from authority, we know that it is an indelible fact that many CBD products sitting on the shelf at gas stations and grocery stores are approved by corporate office workers or store managers. These are, more often than not, people who are looking at the sales potential and product popularity, which CBD has both on its side, and who have no training in what products actually have CBD in them and those which don't.
One of the most important points that we express to our customers is that we are in the business of safety, first and foremost. It is not enough to just say this though, we back this statement up with tangible results. How do we do this? We're glad you asked. Each one of our products comes with third-party laboratory testing results which assure that the bottle of CBD you purchase from us contains exactly what is on the label. No more. No less. It is not enough for a company, or friend in his kitchen for that matter, to slap a professional-looking label on a product and sell it to your local supermarket so that you see it and buy it. If you know anything about hemp, or the CBD extraction process in general, you would realize that without those testing results available, you may be purchasing a concentrated form of pesticides, heavy metals, microbes (we're not talking probiotics here, folks), and solvents.
At CBD of Spokane, we are dedicated to transparency in all of our products. What this means is that when you buy any of the myriad CBD products at our physical store or online store, we will provide you with the COA (Certificate of Analysis). This is because we know a few simple facts about the plant from which our products are derived, namely: 1. Hemp is a bio-accumulator. This means that many things in the soil besides nutrients, including pesticides and heavy metals, can be pulled up into the plant and found in the final product. 2. Hemp that is grown outside of the U.S.A. has a significantly higher chance of containing heavy metals. This is why our products contain CBD sourced from hemp primarily grown in Colorado, and some from Oregon. 3. Solvents and solvent residue (primarily ethanol) can be concentrated during extraction of the CBD from the plant. In small amounts this may be fine, and you will see that our COA's show no solvents in the final products that we sell you.
Armed with this knowledge, we can now dive into how you can choose the right CBD product from the multitude of choices out there, and find out which one works best for you. Click here for CBD of Spokane's Guide to CBD Products!