Comparing CBD Products

CBD products are flooding the market. You can find tinctures, topicals, and even beauty products infused with CBD. There are currently no labeling requirements for these products. Due to the lack of regulation, it is difficult to do cross-comparison. As a consumer, you may have some questions. Are there any safety requirements? Is there a unified unit of measure? How do you know what to look for? In this article, we will explore terminology commonly used for CBD products.

Is the hemp organically grown?

Hemp is a bio-accumulator, meaning it naturally pulls toxins from the soil. What does this mean for hemp-derived CBD products? If it’s not organic, it could contain heavy metals, pesticides, or molds. At Rx Remedies, we use only organically-grown, hemp-derived CBD in all of our products.

CannabinoidBenefit
THCPsychotropic, analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, appetite stimulant, bronchodilator, neuroprotectant.
CBDAnalgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-bacterial, anti-convulsive, anti-depressant, anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-insomnia, anti-ischemic, antipsychotic, antispasmodic, immunosuppressive, neuroprotectant.
CBCAnalgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-insomnia.
CBGAnalgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal.
CBNMild psychotropic, analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-convulsive, anti-inflammatory, anti-insomnia.

Does the product contain full-spectrum oil or an isolate?

Full-spectrum oil indicates that all of the cannabinoids and terpenes are naturally grown in the hemp plant (to include THC at the legal limit of 0.3% or less) are present, whereas an isolate is a pure, single-molecule compound consisting of CBD only. It would seem that a product formulated with pure CBD-isolate would be superior to the more “crude” full-spectrum alternative, however, research indicates a very limited beneficial range for CBD-isolate with no anti-inflammatory or analgesic benefits in either too low or too high a dose. Comparatively, CBD-rich, full-spectrum oil eased inflammation and pain in smaller doses. It was a 17:1 CBD/THC ratio in this particular study.

Consumers are often wary when consuming full-spectrum products for fear of feeling “stoned”. There are regulations in place for THC content. Hemp-derived CBD products can’t contain over 0.3% THC legally. At this concentration, you will not feel intoxication. You will not feel stoned when consuming Rx Remedies products. However, there is potential for testing positive for THC. If you can’t have trace amounts of THC in your system, we recommend using our Just CBD tincture. Both our full-spectrum and isolate sublingual drops are enhanced with our potent Sativa and Indica terpene blends.

As previously mentioned, full-spectrum oil also includes terpenes, which not only have their own medicinal uses but also further enhance the effects of the various cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. This synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes is commonly referred to as the entourage effect, where the therapeutic benefits of the whole plant far outweigh any one part. At Rx Remedies, we further enhance the effects of CBD by adding additional proprietary terpene blends. Our Chief Science Officer, a board-certified toxicologist, and a pharmacologist formulate these blends.

Third party testingDoes the company third-party test? Do they share their test results?

It is important to remember there are currently no regulations in the CBD industry regarding quality, safety, or efficacy. Therefore, it is imperative that companies third-party test their raw oils and isolates. It is the manufacturers’ responsibility to ensure their products are free of contamination. Rx Remedies third-party tests all raw oil and isolates upon arrival at our facility. Once cleared for use, we then third-party test our finished products to ensure the CBD content is as advertised.

What is the product concentration?

Many companies will offer 500mg tinctures in 30mL or 60mL bottles, which is quite misleading. The consumer assumes a larger bottle contains more CBD. In actuality, they are purchasing a diluted product. Remember concentration effects absorption; We will use alcohol as an example.

If you were to make two gin and tonics, both with the same amount of gin, but one with 8oz of tonic vs 24 oz of tonic – which would cause intoxication? You would not feel the effects of the alcohol when consuming the cocktail with 24oz of tonic. Your body would metabolize the alcohol before it reached your bloodstream. Similarly, if you consume CBD from a 500mg/30mL or 500mg/60mL bottle, your body will metabolize the CBD before you receive the therapeutic benefits. It is, for this reason, Rx Remedies formulations are highly concentrated (ex: 500mg/10mL and 1000mg/10mL) with the added benefits of our proprietary terpene blends and various plant extracts.

Want to learn more? Visit PubMed.gov or ProjectCBD.org for more information.