September 27, 2018 10 min read
Best CBD Oils UK – How to define them?
The meteoric rise in popularity of CBD as a health supplement and an ever-growing presence in the media has caused an explosion of companies to enter the market, each claiming their product is superior. With an abundance of CBD oils to choose from, and dubious advertising strategies, how do you separate good quality from bad? How can you be certain that you are selecting the best CBD oil available? The answer is simple, avoid the hype and get the facts.
Tips to help you find the best CBD oils UK:
There are different types of CBD oils available, not all are created equally. It’s important to know the difference so you can be sure you are getting the best quality and purity for your needs. The two main types of CBD oil are full spectrum and isolate.
Full Spectrum (whole plant):
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 113 cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp. CBD is the most abundant but not the only compound you should look for in a product.
A quality, full spectrum CBD oil will contain a wide range of other cannabinoids such as CBDa, CBG, CBC, CBG. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol (the psychoactive compound that produces a “high”) will also be present in trace amounts, this must be below 0.2% to comply with UK law.
The best CBD oil will also contain terpenes – potent, pungent compounds found in the essential oils of flowers, plants and fruits. The finest companies will endeavour to preserve as many of these as possible during extraction or add them to a product.
Cannabinoids and terpenes all have their own associated health properties and work together synergistically to enhance the effects of each other in what’s known as the “Entourage effect”. A poor quality oil will have plenty of CBD and very little else.
Isolate is a single CBD compound in a concentrated 99%+ white powder form known as crystalline and is highly processed removing all other cannabinoids and terpenes.
Useful if you need to completely avoid THC. In all other cases full spectrum is therapeutically superior, a combination of cannabinoids and terpenes will work better than a single compound.
Lab reports: Always obtain labs BEFORE you make a purchase.
When independently tested, many CBD products contained only a fraction of the quoted amount. Do not rely on website descriptions or marketing gimmicks. Labs are your only guarantee of content.
Companies will display labs on their website or will email them on request. If they are unwilling to provide these, question the lack of transparency and refuse to give them your business.
Lab reports should always have the name of the company and the actual product you are purchasing. Without these they could have been sourced from anywhere and may be unrelated to the product that is being sold. They should also contain the name and details of the testing company for verification purposes to prove that the lab report is genuine and has not been edited.
If you would like to read more about the importance of buying lab tested CBD products please click here:
CBD producers vs CBD labellers:
Quality begins at seed selection and cultivation. Over 90% of all CBD companies have no involvement in production. They buy in bulk from a supplier, put their own labels on the bottles and sell.
This means several different companies are involved in the production, harvesting, processing and bottling stages then finally onto the end retailer.
A lack of knowledge and control at each phase brings inconsistency. Standards and content can vary wildly between batches, which may reduce the effectiveness of the product.
Contact the company and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Source – do they know where the seed originates from and the characteristics of the strains used?
- Manufacturing and extraction processes used – cheap methods or advanced technology?
- Research and Development – experienced, educated staff or amateurs?
CannabiGold sets the example, they control the whole licensed production process, they produce, grow, and extract their own hemp. A team of Ph.D educated staff with more than 20+ years experience heads the research and development. The product is standardized and rigorously tested to ensure you get the best quality CBD oils and capsules each time you buy. Why don’t you take a look at our CannabiGold golden oil range?
At Bionativa we only sell the best CBD oils.
In summary, the best CBD oils come from companies that pride themselves on complete quality control, transparency and safety, Bionativa is no exception.
We aim to make the process of choosing the best CBD oil for your needs, as simple as possible. We have selected three of the top brands in Europe, CannabiGold, BioBloom and Cibdol, with total seed to seal traceability.
The focus is on quality, full spectrum, co2 extracted, organic oils. Full, certified lab reports are displayed clearly next to each CBD oil and extensive product information is provided. You will know exactly how much CBD is contained in each bottle, and per dose.
If you follow these guidelines when you make your next purchase of CBD oil, you can proceed secure in the knowledge that you are making an informed, safe and educated choice.