When you buy CBD, you are putting your health and trust into someone else's hands, and not all companies should be trusted. How are consumers supposed to know what CBD products are full-spectrum, and what CBD products are just full of it?
If you're wondering how to find the best CBD oil on the market, the answer is this: do your research. You will be your own best advocate on your CBD journey.
There are notable ways that the CBD industry is falling short in the field of truth and transparency. At Redeem, we are acutely aware of these shortcomings and strive to turn them into our areas of expertise.
The following problems are examples of where many companies fall short in the CBD industry. Once you are aware of the problems to look for, you will be one step closer to finding the best CBD oil.
We think that the more you get to know us, you will see the “Redeem Difference”.
3 Signs Your "Full Spectrum Hemp Oil" Is Full of It
Problem One: Mislabeling
As a consumer, you rely on companies to tell you what is in the products that you are using. If that product is CBD, you are not always getting the truth. A 2017 study reported that nearly 70 percent of all CBD products sold online were incorrectly labeled (Bonn-Miller, 2017). This is an alarming statistic, as it means that most CBD products are not what they claim to be. This puts you in a vulnerable position— one where you cannot be sure what it is that you are consuming.
The Food and Drug Administration exists, in part, to mitigate such vulnerabilities among consumers. Their ability to enforce accepted manufacturing standards and regulate a product can provide the end-user peace of mind. But the role of the FDA in the CBD industry has yet to be clearly established. As of now, they do not choose to regulate the production of hemp-derived CBD, which allows for some less-than-reputable companies to continue peddling their shoddy products. However, the FDA can test the chemical composition of CBD products to determine if they contain the amounts and concentrations advertised in the labeling. Not surprisingly, several well-known companies have already received warning letters for selling fake hemp-oil.
Redeem Difference: Independent Third-Party Testing
Thankfully, your channels to assurance are not limited to government entities. The most intentional way to be truthful and transparent regarding the contents of your CBD is through independent third-party testing. At Redeem, we chose to test our products by sending them off to ProVerde Laboratories, a facility that specializes in analysis of plant extracts. The test results are collected and formed into an unbiased report of the precise contents of your CBD solution. These reports are the customer’s ticket to confidence.
By comparing your third-party report to the label claims of your CBD oil, you no longer have to wonder if the numbers are accurate. And the beauty of this process is its ease. Simply follow these three steps:
- Locate the stamped code on the bottom of your bottle.
- Match the code with the Batch # at https://redeemrx.com/pages/third-party-certificate-analysis.
- Click on the link and view your “Official Report”.
Problem Two: Poor Manufacturing Practices
The truth about the CBD industry is that it could use more supervision. As mentioned above, the FDA has avoided regulation of hemp manufacturing, leaving the door open for half-baked operations.
An area where this lack of regulation is particularly concerning is in manufacturing practices. When it comes to compliance with industry best practices, many CBD companies may as well be operating out of their garage. Some probably are. This “devil-may-care” approach to production is dangerous to you. Companies that fail to observe basic manufacturing standards put their customers at risk of consuming a harmful product. Poor practices inevitably lead to poor results in the following areas:
- Consistency: Without strict compliance to standard operating procedures (SOPs), deviation creeps into the manufacturing process. This results in an inconsistent final product, which results in inconsistent outcomes for you.
- Quality: Haphazard operations lead to errors. With no quality control program, these errors don’t get caught. Each step of the production process needs to be tested and validated for quality outcomes.
- Traceability: And when the errors mentioned above do occur, those with poor manufacturing practices have no way of controlling the damage. Without a well-documented process it is difficult to recover from a production mistake.
- Safety: This is the ultimate concern in the discussion on manufacturing practices. When shortcuts are taken or control of the process is lost, companies are jeopardizing your safety as they subject you to dangerous products.
Redeem Difference: Strict Adherence to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)
Things do not have to be this way. These issues effectively cease to exist with organizations that adhere to GMP standards. A stamp of “GMP” provides valuable insight into a company; the customer can be assured that fundamental elements of manufacturing are being followed. These elements include disciplines like audits, process validation, and cleanliness control— all in the name of creating an impeccable product.
Eventually the FDA will be getting highly involved in the CBD industry. There will be no option for transparency. We welcome this. Redeem Therapeutics has a distinguished pedigree in GMP; our team has more than 60 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience. The philosophy and methodology of GMP is already ingrained into the Redeem workplace culture and practice. FDA regulation will not change the way Redeem does business, but rather serve to validate our precise manufacturing standards.
Problem Three: “Full Spectrum”
Simply put, “Full Spectrum” is a term used to describe the extract from the cannabis plant. Whereas some extracts contain only pure CBD (known as “isolates”), “Full Spectrum” solutions contain all of the natural components of the plant. This can be desirable, as different cannabinoid and terpene compounds have the potential to work alongside each other in a synergistic fashion (known as the “Entourage Effect”).
This term is cloaked in deception, however. “Full Spectrum” solutions are marketed as the apex of CBD capability. But not everyone in the science world agrees, which leads us to a second term. The term “chemical chaos” was coined by Jon Cooper, CEO of ebbu, LLC. (a leading cannabinoid research company). This phrase refers to the disorder that can ensue when a natural extract forgoes a balancing process. The natural combination of chemical compounds in the cannabis do not necessarily interact in harmony. One compound may magnify an effect while a different compound is mitigating that same effect. A random slurry of cannabinoids and terpenes doesn’t result in synergy, but rather in “chemical chaos”.
The irregular nature of “Full Spectrum” solutions is not the only drawback, either; these products are also handicapped in their potency and range. The final concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes are entirely dependent upon the raw material used for extraction. You get whatever the plant has to give, nothing more. Ultimately, both consistency and potency are sacrificed, as variance from plant to plant is unavoidable.
Redeem Difference: “Optimal Spectrum” Solutions
The “Optimal Spectrum” formula takes the useful concepts from the “Full Spectrum” ideology (i.e. whole-plant extraction) and builds upon them with scientific strategy. Instead of just bottling your high quality CBD oil spray after production is complete, an “Optimal Spectrum” solution is crafted by examining the test results and having our chemists add back precise amounts of natural ingredients where levels fell short of set thresholds.
These thresholds are not arbitrary. Our “Optimal Spectrum” formula is based off of studies performed by Professor Raphael Mechoulamat at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem regarding the optimization of cannabinoid and terpene levels in order to achieve the “Entourage Effect”. This balancing act ensures that you are supplied with the most consistent and robust CBD product on the market. You need not look any further than our product test results to see this truth for yourself.
When it comes to finding the best CBD oil, it's extremely important to be your own advocate. Do your research, ask as many people as many questions as you can, and try to find the facts before trusting a company with your health.
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We use cGMP compliant processes and test each lot of product when making our hemp products. Then, we add back any compound that is below our minimum specification. If our product works for you today, it will work the same with each subsequent purchase.
At Redeem, we are only satisfied with the best, which is why we make sure all of our hemp products present the ideal amounts of natural compounds in our balanced formula. Whether you’re enjoying our easy-to-use hemp tincture sprays, our best selling CBD pain cream, or our paws-itively amazing hemp oil for pets, you can be confident you are using high-quality, organically grown hemp.
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