As more companies are trying to individuate themselves in the saturated cannabis market, transparency for their extraction methods and sources are becoming more important to customers and regulating bodies. It’s a good idea to research the company you’re interested in purchasing from.
Here are a few things conscious consumers should keep in mind:
Choosing Your Brand
- How new is the brand to the body care market? Have
they been around a while, or are they brand new? Being new to the marketplace
is not necessarily a red flag, but when it comes to CBD topicals you want be
sure the company you purchase from has the knowledge and understanding that is
required to manufacture quality products. As we have been talking about in our
recent posts - there are a lot of regulations in place around what hemp + CBD
companies can say about their products efficacy. According to the FDA, many
companies are overstepping the claims they are making about their products.
Here’s a great
article to explain
that even further.
- Traceability. With such a
diverse array of CBD products available on the market, it is important to know
exactly what you are buying. Traceability is simply a company’s way to offer
transparency in the supply chain as a means of quality control. By employing
full traceability of CBD products, consumers can effectively trace the product
back to its source, most often from seed to shelf. Reputable brands such as
Inesscents work with a clear model of transparency + traceability. Every Inesscents
Salvation product includes a QR code on its packaging. You can scan the code with
your smart phone right in the store, which leads you directly to the item’s data
sheet and third-party lab test results. You can also research from the comfort of your
own home before you make a purchase by visiting our website. Detailed information for every CBD product (and
every batch) is posted and made available to the public.
- Where does
the CBD come from?
Hemp has only recently become available in the United States for
use with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill – and US grown hemp will take a
while to be widely available for use. Before the Farm Bill, most hemp was
sourced from overseas. As the
political climate shifts, it is our hope to see the entire industry sourcing
hemp from local farmers and supporting our US economy even more.
Now - It’s been shown that hemp can heal soil. As an example, for over a decade now, industrial hemp has been growing in the environment of the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine to leach the toxins out of the soil. Hemp is helping to reduce soil toxicity - it’s an incredible tool for renewal, but you wouldn’t want to be utilizing this hemp for skin care! If the origin of the hemp comes from a place where the soil is toxic, those toxins might appear in a product that would otherwise seem all natural.
- Is the
product using full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate?
three terms may sound similar, they are far from the same. In short, they
are used to define which type of CBD is used in a product. Depending on
the purpose of the end-product, companies will choose to extract from a strain
of Cannabis that best suits their needs. Once extracted, the company can then
choose to refine the extract to contain only specific cannabinoids and plant
pants. The contents of the refined extract are what determines if the CBD
extract is full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate.
- Isolate: Isolate is
the purest form of a compound, which is produced by singularly extracting that
compound from its environment and isolating it from all other compounds. CBD
isolate is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant
including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and all other cannabinoids.
- Full Spectrum: Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all compounds found
naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other
cannabinoids. The full spectrum of cannabinoids,
terpenes, and essential oils extracted from the plant work together to magnify
the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid.
- Broad Spectrum: Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Like Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract; however, like CBD Isolate, THC is completely removed.
- Isolate: Isolate is the purest form of a compound, which is produced by singularly extracting that compound from its environment and isolating it from all other compounds. CBD isolate is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and all other cannabinoids.
Research into the effectiveness of each spectrum at the individual level is still in its early stages, so it may take some time and experimenting to figure out which is best for you.
Why Choose Inesscents?
At Inesscents, our Salvation Topicals are our way of incorporating
Cannabis sativa into
our rich array of plant-based skin care formulations. We believe in the therapeutic
value of hemp, and we are advocates of further scientific research and
understanding to the benefits this herb has to offer. We are a brand
at the forefront of innovation, and are advocates for the future
of political, social, and ethical understanding.
Studies on the effects of cannabis skin care are continuing to emerge, and understanding of the endocannabinoid system and its receptors is expanding exponentially almost day to day. Changing the conversation around hemp and CBD will take time, but we are hopeful that the end result will promote an industry of ethically driven, factual, trustworthy products and brands.