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How Not to Get Ripped Off with Your CBD

By August 27, 2019 January 31st, 2020 3 Comments

When buying any product, researching safety and quality can be nerve-wracking, especially with CBD.  Being ripped off with your CBD is a justifiable worry.  At 502 Hemp we strive to educate our customers and community about all things CBD. If you would like the basics of CBD, please read our CBD 101 blog here. When purchasing a CBD product, we want to help you to be informed.  502 Hemp has a few tips on safeguards against CBD rip off.  

Know What Is In It

It is important to become familiar with several terms within the CBD industry to know what is in your CBD product.  CBD isolate, hemp seed oil, hemp root, and full-spectrum hemp extract are all terms that could help you understand what is in a product.  CBD is a term that is often used across the CBD/Hemp industry. This can cause confusion and possibly being ripped off with your CBD product. CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, one compound in the hemp plant and is part of hemp extract. However, many people are using CBD isolate in their products instead of the full spectrum hemp extract.   Full-spectrum hemp extract is the product of an extraction process from hemp plants which contains all of the cannabinoid compounds and is used for a variety of different products. If you are seeking help with health problems, hemp extract, especially full-spectrum, is the term you need to see on your CBD product.  Products containing only hemp seed oil hold little medicinal value when ingested. However, hemp seed oil might be used as a carrier oil with hemp extract. Hemp seed oil and hemp root as ingredients in CBD topicals offer a variety of skin benefits (CBD Topical blog here). Any CBD products you ingest should have a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or MCT coconut oil in order for it to be easily digestible.  CBD topicals have healing properties and if they contain full-spectrum hemp extract, they are even more beneficial. Read labels and ask questions about your CBD products.  

Know How Your CBD was Made

Inquiring about where, how, and what your CBD product was made with is crucial.  Commonwealth Extracts, the manufacturer for 502 Hemp CBD products, work with local Kentucky farmers and use a CO2 supercritical extraction process.  This partnership is best practice and ethics for a better CBD product. They are vertically integrated from seed to shelf. When CBD companies develop this kind of relationship, they can offer you more accurate information.  502 Hemp can easily and with certainty, inform any customer or community member that our hemp is organic industrial hemp. Once, you know what and where your hemp plant comes from, it’s vital to ask about the extraction process. CBD companies should know how their hemp extract is produced and about the process. Just as it is important that no pesticides are used in growing hemp plants, hemp extract should come from a clean extraction process as well.  Supercritical CO2 produces a clean and pure hemp extract that is environmentally friendly. Ask a CBD company about where their plants come from and how they are extracted. If they can’t answer this, you probably shouldn’t buy their product.  

Expect Transparency

Little information from a CBD company is not a good sign, expect openness and knowledge.  CBD companies should not use big words without an offer of explanation. Ask a company about any term you are not familiar with, especially on terms such as hydrocarbon and nano-encapsulation. To prevent CBD rip off, third-party testing is a must with CBD products and a Certificate of Analysis (COA) should be available for viewing.  Commonwealth Extracts has a Ph.D. chemist on-site to ensure quality in addition to third party testing. CBD companies should openly offer Certificates of Analysis for their products. COAs should state the product name and batch number clearly on the document. The level of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids are the main pieces of information that a COA tells about a particular CBD product.  All products in Kentucky must be under 0.3% of THC and this should be on the COA. The level of CBD or hemp extract should match the label on the CBD product as well. If a CBD product states CBD Isolate or THC Free- all four THC compounds should be -0- or ND (not detected) on the COA. 502 Hemp keeps COAs in-store, online, and many CBD products have QR codes in addition to batch numbers. 502 Hemp is dedicated to having the best quality CBD products on the market and they have the proof to show it as well.  

Expect Knowledgeable Staff


Don’t get ripped off by a CBD company.  Being informed as a CBD consumer is powerful. Knowledgeable staff working in a CBD company/store is a crucial part of you being informed.  Knowledgeable staff should be able to consult with you concerning CBD industry terms and the science behind CBD and how it works in your body. There are some drug interactions with CBD and concerns that need to be worked through during a CBD consultation. If you can’t ask questions or the store isn’t able to answer your questions, then they are simply selling CBD and more-in-likely have no idea how to truly help you.  Additionally, watch for deals on-line that include a free product that states “just pay for shipping.” Often these are subscription programs disguised as a free product and you will be billed monthly for a product that may not contain any CBD at all. Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers in this industry. 502 Hemp has 10 years in the hemp industry and opened due to the poor quality of products being sold at local health food stores and lack of real knowledge on the subject.  Why settle for subpar information when it comes to your health? 502 Hemp will always consult with you and answer any questions you may have, because they know the answers. 502 Hemp is here to help you find the best product that works for you and 502 Hemp only carries the best products on the market. Being healthy starts at 502 Hemp, your local CBD Wellness Center.