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The CBD product industry has absolutely exploded in just the last three years or so, with the Brightfield Group market research firm (specializing in cannabis) recently reporting that this $292 million industry in 2016 has grown to $2.15 billion in 2019 – and is expected to get even bigger in the years to come.
The trouble finding quality CBD gummies is not that there are so few options to pick and choose from, but that there are so many – literally thousands and thousands of different options to sort through.
On top of that, these products are still relatively brand-new and people still aren’t quite sure of what to look for in quality CBD gummies. Combine that with the fact that most CBD gummy companies are promising the moon and the stars when it comes to their products, whether or not they are actually able to deliver on the goods, and things only get more challenging.
Well, with the help of all the inside information we share below in this quick buying guide for CBD gummies you won’t ever have to worry about struggling to find the perfect products for your needs.
Let’s dig right in!
The overwhelming majority of CBD gummies (and CBD products in general) sold online and in retail stores today come from hemp plants, not marijuana plants – and there is a major difference in the quality of hemp depending on where it has been grown and where it is sourced.
The bulk of CBD producing hemp for products sold in the United States will be grown in Colorado, Oregon, or Kentucky – if it’s grown in the US, that is. Both Colorado and Oregon have long reputations and longer histories in the world of cannabis, and Kentucky has also jumped headfirst into the fray when they passed a law supporting hemp farmers back in 2013.
A decent amount of CBD products for sale in the United States are made from hemp sourced from overseas, however. And that’s when things get a little bit dicey.
Products made from hemp that has been grown from overseas are not subject to state or federal testing and may or may not be of the same quality you are expecting from US grown (and US inspected) products. There’s also the inability to really track down the “lineage” of that hemp, verify its potency, or understand where the money for the hemp goes after this imported hemp has changed hands.
It’s also important to dig a little deeper into the type of CBD being used in the ingredient list of these CBD gummies.
CBD isolate, for example, is the purest form of CBD you will be able to find on the market today – and the one that’s going to have the most consistent results when ingested in gummy form. All of the other compounds found in the cannabis plant are going to be eliminated during the process of condensing down CBD isolate – which means there’s no more terpenes, no flavonoids, no plant matter, and no other cannabinoids.
Full Spectrum CBD is regularly advertised as a “gold standard” ingredient in gummies and other products, but it’s definitely a step down from CBD isolate. This is a CBD product that includes the full spectrum of terpenes, cannabinoids, and essential oils left in the “raw” form of CBD. It essentially includes everything that CBD isolate works to strip out.
Broad Spectrum CBD is a little bit of a hybrid between CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD, with some of the organic compounds of full-spectrum left behind while others have been removed. It’s also important to note that Broad Spectrum CBD (just like CBD Isolate) has had ALL THC – the hallucinogen genic compounds in cannabis – removed completely.
People today are a lot more attentive to what they put in their bodies, particularly when it comes to their diet and overall daily nutritional habits, and the odds are pretty good that you aren’t going to be interested in sacrificing this focus with your new CBD gummies.
If you are sticking to a gluten-free diet, a vegan or vegetarian diet, or have any other dietary restrictions or dietary allergies whatsoever it is mission critical that you double verify that your new CBD gummies aren’t going to include ingredients that you don’t want to be putting into your body in the first place.
Those practicing a vegetarian or vegan diet are going to want to pay strict attention, as a lot of the gelatin sources used to create gummies in the first place come from animal products.
It’s mission-critical that you pick CBD gummies that have information pertaining to their individual dosage data – and not just whole bottle CBD content information – so that you know exactly what you’re getting into with every single CBD gummy you pop into your mouth.
Dosages are almost always expressed in milligram form directly on the bottle, and if you are having a tough time finding this information you want to look at the nutritional details included on all of these kinds of products sold in the United States. You’ll find dosage information in or around the individual serving nutritional data.
Thankfully, individual CBD dosage levels across different kinds of products are universal. If you are used to using a 10 mg dosage of CBD oil or CBD tincture, you want to look for CBD gummies that have a 10 mg dosage in each individual serving as well.
A lot of premium level CBD gummy providers today understand that their customers remain a little bit skeptical about these kinds of products, particularly since they are so new and since there are so many options out there to pick and choose from.
Many of these top level organizations (like our own here at The Earth Mind) provide full laboratory testing information for each batch of CBD gummies they offer, with laboratory testing conducted by 100% independent labs and with total transparency.
This information will show confirm for you exactly how much CBD is included in every individual gummy, complete information regarding cannabinoid and terpene profiles, as well as information about total THC levels – which should always be under 0.3% % for quality CBD products. Any THC levels higher than that and these gummies could technically be considered marijuana – a substance still illegal in all 50 states at the federal level.
You’ll also usually get information regarding how the CBD was extracted. If this information is available you’ll want to look for CBD that has been extracted via CO2 extraction processes – a process that guarantees no chemical residue has been left behind and “tainted” your CBD product.
At the end of the day, as long as you focus on the key details we highlighted above – and choose CBD gummies from companies you know you can trust, companies that are transparent about what goes into their products, and companies that have the best interests of their customers at heart – you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
To learn more about the CBD gummies we make available here at The Earth Mind check out our full selection at https://theearthmined.co/.