We think it’s important to equip consumers with the knowledge to understand what to look for in high-quality CBD products and be able to choose a reliable source of CBD that you can trust. Our goal is to empower you to make the best possible decision when it comes to buying CBD.
What to look for in CBD products:
Aries Essentials CBD products are made from organic hemp, grown on family farms and manufactured in California, USA.
When buying CBD for the first time and comparing different products, here are a few variables to keep in mind: Reputable CBD sources use hemp grown using organic farming methods, proper manufacturing techniques, and provide third-party lab reports.
Third-Party Lab Testing
Lab testing can reveal exactly how much CBD is in the product and reports for that product should be readily available somewhere on the company’s website or upon request.
When assessing a product’s analysis report, one thing you want to make sure to do is confirm that the cannabinoid content listing on the product’s label is consistent with what is listed in the product’s lab report.
A Certificate of Analysis (COA) provides assurance about a product’s quality. A COA document shows how a product performed on tests checking for CBD and THC levels, and the presence of contaminants.
Does the Product Contain 0.3% THC or Less?
For example, if a product’s label lists that it contains 1,000 mg of CBD, then that content should be confirmed on the product’s lab report.
During the analysis process, a laboratory will determine if the sample contains any harmful contaminants such as heavy metals or microbial contaminants, such as mold or bacteria.
Where the Hemp is Grown:
It matters where your CBD comes from. Hemp is a bioaccumulator, meaning it absorbs substances from its environment—including toxins in the soil. Like other crops, hemp plants may become contaminated with metals, minerals, and other materials found in the soil where they are grown. Consumers should learn more about farms where hemp plants are grown – and ensure the soils used at these establishments are free of harmful contaminants.
Hemp is a bioaccumulator, meaning it absorbs substances from its environment—including toxins in the soil. If you are going to purchase CBD, it is imperative to double-check that who you are doing business with practices sustainable farming, only grows organic hemp, tests their products with third-party labs for potency and purity, and is transparent about their processes.
How It was Produced/Extraction Method
Extraction is the process that removes CBD from the cannabis plant in order to extract CBD oil into products like tinctures and topicals. There are different methods of extracting CBD.
CO2 Extraction: Using the method of CO2 extraction presents the highest possible purity in hemp oil keeping it rich in its natural organic ingredients. This process uses fluid CO2—instead of chemicals—as a solvent. CBD and other ingredients were removed from the plant using high-pressure carbon dioxide gas, not chemical solvents. Carbon dioxide-based extraction is used to be more environmentally friendly, considerably safer, cleaner and less toxic than using fossil fuel-based extraction.
CBD Per Serving Size/Dosage
Oils and tinctures typically come in 15 mL or 30 mL bottles, containing concentration ranging anywhere from 100 mg to 5000 mg CBD. The key to understanding tincture dosage is serving size, which is usually 1 mL per serving or 1 full dropper.
Look for products that show how much CBD you get not just in the whole bottle but in each dosage. To determine the amount of CBD that would be administered in a single serving, you can use a simple formula:
Total CBD Content in Bottle ÷ Number of Servings in the Bottle = Total CBD per dosage
For example, consider our 30mL tincture bottle with a total of 600 mg CBD. Using the formula above:
900 ÷ 120 = 7.5 mg per dosage
How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?
With CBD, more is not necessarily better. We recommend the minimally effective dose that allows relief. First-time CBD consumers should start with the smallest dose possible and gradually increase their dosage. Those who take the tincture sublingually should hold the 1 mL serving under their tongue for approximately 60 seconds for best results.
The amount of CBD that you should take to achieve the best results varies by individual. Each person’s optimal dosage or serving size is based on a variety of factors. These include body chemistry, genetics, weight, and physical condition. No amount has shown to be toxic or create adverse effects in people or animals.