Why CBD Oil Quality Is Important
Nobody wants to spend money on something that’s low quality or doesn’t work – especially when it comes to our health. But with so many UK companies alone selling CBD products in a largely unregulated industry, how can you be sure you’re getting the best quality – and why does quality even matter anyway? Read on to find out why quality should be your number one concern when it comes to buying CBD, and what we do here at ULU to guarantee high CBD oil quality for our customers.
Why does CBD quality matter?
Why quality matters when selecting a CBD oil product.
Cannabidiol, known the world over as CBD, has shown signs of providing users with a number of benefits. These include pain relief and stress reduction.
“Cannabidiol is the hottest new medicine in mental health because the proper clinical trials do suggest it has clinical effects,” says Philip McGuire, professor of psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience at King’s College London. “It is the No 1 new treatment we’re interested in.”
The thing is, not all CBD products are equal. It is a burgeoning industry with an overwhelming variety of product types. From CBD oil, CBD vapes and CBD oral spray to CBD gummies and even CBD bath bombs. There’s lots of choice but a lack of proper quality control. By law, these supplements aren’t allowed to make claims of any therapeutic effects, which opens up another grey area. If you’re making CBD products you can more or less claim anything you like, as long as you don’t say that it will definitely have a certain effect. And in a world full of spin doctors, that means users must pay careful attention to the brand they buy from.
Testing of CBD products
The United Kingdom’s Centre for Medicinal Cannabis recently commissioned independent testing of 30 CBD oil brands, checking their quality against common contaminants like pesticides, heavy metals and solvents.
They also tested the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content in each CBD product. THC is the psychoactive element that causes the “high” effect when taking cannabis. High-quality CBD products should not have any THC. Anything over 0.001% THC is outside legal levels: that’s why ULU products contain less than 0.0005% THC. Essentially, zero.
The tests made for disappointing reading. 38% of products had less than half the advertised CBD content and, in one case, there was 0% CBD content, a result backed up by a second independent laboratory test. Only 38% of products tested were even within 10% of their advertised levels of CBD content.
Worse still, 45% of products tested were technically illegal in the United Kingdom, as they contained more than 0.04% THC content.
There were also some bizarre test results in amongst the 30 “leading” brands evaluated. Five had traces of dichloromethane, a type of solvent. One even contained the chemical compound cyclohexane, which is used in the production process of nylon.
Another of the CBD products had an ethanol level of 3.8%. This means it surpasses the minimum ABV to be considered an alcoholic beverage in the UK!
It’s also clear that consumers are concerned about the quality of CBD products they’re purchasing. A recent YouGov poll showed that suppliers that met recognised high standards (32%) and demonstrated the undetectable levels of pesticides or heavy metals (25%) were the most important factors for consumers in deciding which CBD products to purchase.
“Full compliance with the relevant regulatory bodies is the only way that the future cannabis industry can exist. It’s time that those operating within this sector wake up to this reality and embark on the journey to becoming serious and sustainable participants,” points out Greer Deal, Director at Global Regulatory Services. “This is the opportunity for the cannabis industry to shine in Europe.”
The ULU CBD quality guarantee
Here at ULU, we put the quality of our CBD front and centre of our ethos. Our consumers can be confident that they are getting a pure, reliable product. Even this website looks a little different from the others out there. Because ULU brand is not just a product. It’s a lifestyle.
We’re committed to helping our customers and those within the CBD industry stay informed and safe when it comes to buying CBD online. We use third-party lab testers on all of our CBD products, and we’re always happy to answer any questions! Get in touch with us today if you need more information.
If you’re looking for more information about what to look out for when buying CBD, check out our handy ULU guide to buying CBD online!
Happy CBD shopping!
Is CBD Oil In the UK All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
CBD a growing product on the market that has garnered celebrity endorsements from Kim Kardashian to Ozzy Osborne. But is cannabidiol (CBD) really everything that it’s cracked up to be? Let’s take a look at the extent and legality of CBD oil in the UK and find why it’s becoming so popular.
How common is CBD oil in the UK?
According to a 2019 study, very common! With 8-12% of people in the UK classing themselves as CBD users. That’s a whopping 4-6 million people! This makes the CBD industry one of the fastest growing wellness industries in the modern age.
And of course, with this many customers comes a huge variety of retailers, both on and offline selling CBD products. In fact, it’s been estimated that the UK CBD industry is currently worth over £300 million!
Most people use the oil either dropped on the tongue or in an e-liquid to be vaped. But it doesn’t stop there. Some people use CBD in baking, or even in their daily coffee. Other products you might see containing CBD include beer, sweets and chocolate. Although this is legally a much more complex area, when it comes to foodstuffs.
Is CBD legal ?
One of the main misunderstandings surrounding CBD is that it’s illegal. This is because it’s derived from plants within the cannabis genus – and cannabis is illegal.
Cannabis contains both CBD and THC. However, CBD contains no psychoactive properties. Therefore under UK law, CBD and CBD products are legal, whereas THC products are not. Any products sold on the UK market are required by law to contain less than 0.2% THC.
The benefits of CBD
So, why are so many people in the UK taking CBD oil and other CBD products?
Those who use CBD oil have claimed many benefits such as:
- Improved sleep
- Improved mood
- Decreased anxiety symptoms, including those related to PTSD and OCD
- Decreased pain for chronic pain sufferers
- Healthier skin and hair for those who use CBD beauty products
There have even been accounts from people who use CBD for IBS and also to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
And there are a number of recent scientific trials to support this. Here’s a trial about the positive effects of CBD and anxiety. Another trial noted a reduction in epileptic seizure frequency when using CBD.
The problem with CBD in the UK
However, despite the widespread reports of the positive benefits of CBD, there is currently a major problem within the UK CBD industry.
Up until this point, the CBD industry has been largely unregulated. And whilst this situation is improving, it still has a long way to go. This means that many CBD sellers have been able to sell low-quality CBD products to UK consumers. And this is so important to be aware of, because if you buy a low quality CBD product, you are unlikely to receive any of the benefits of high-quality CBD.
A recent study by the Centre for Medical Cannabis tested 30 UK products advertised as containing CBD. In this study 45% of the products had measurable levels of THC, which makes them illegal in the UK. Others advertising CBD content, actually had none at all and were being sold for over £50.
How can I make sure I’m not buying scam CBD products?
In light of this, it’s so important to stay informed when buying CBD oil online or in-store. In order to make sure you’re getting the highest quality CBD oil, here are a number of things you can look out for:
- Be wary of low or bargain price tags – high quality CBD uses complex extraction processes like ultrasonic technology, which can be expensive.
- Ensure the product has a good CBD concentration level. Always divide the CBD concentration by the number of servings in the CBD oil bottle to understand how much CBD is contained in each dose.
- Only buy from companies who have their products tested by third-party labs and who openly publish the results of these tests. (You can find ULU’s lab test reports here!)
- Buy products recommended by someone you trust. The best way to feel confident in your purchase is to buy something that’s worked for someone you know.
Check out our blog post for more information on how to buy CBD safely and legally.
CBD oil in the UK
In conclusion, some describe CBD oil as a miracle cure, others as a placebo. The truth is, like any supplement you might take, it’s neither. However, the fact that this debate exists is an indication of all the rumours and unsubstantiated news that have grown up around the subject.
Both scientific research and CBD users are starting to understand the many positive benefits of CBD. However, the best way to find out whether CBD oil in the UK is all it’s cracked up to be is to try it for yourself! (From a reputable, trustworthy seller of course!)