The questions you need to ask and the answers you need to hear
CBD has seen an explosion in growth over the past year. CBD was first discovered in the 1940’s, but has now grown in popularity following increasing legalization in the world. More specifically for South African context, Dr Aaron Motsaledi, the previous health minister of South Africa, signed off on the legal use and selling of CBD in South Africa on 23 May 2019 for a trial period of 12 months.
So you have seen CBD oil, it appears on your Instagram and Facebook feed. It’s on the shelves in pharmacies and wellness shops and your friends can’t stop talking about it at your weekly coffee dates.
Is CBD for you, is it something that you should consider using? We suggest you look at the following points before you decide on purchasing any CBD products:
Where does your CBD come from?
As mentioned, CBD has been legal in South Africa since May 2019. There has been a massive increase in import of products as well as locally produced CBD. You should know where the hemp plant is grown, where and how it is extracted before it reaches your doorstep. Transparency is everything, if it doesn’t say, then ask, and if they don’t tell, then don’t buy!
PureSport solely uses Hemp grown in the United States. Our source farms are located in Colorado, Oregon, Nevada and Wisconsin. Our hemp plants are grown in an open soil area and are 100% organic and pesticide free. Our Extraction occurs in Colorado using ethanol extraction. Our Laboratory is a GMP Certified Facility (Certified in 21 CFR Part 111), it has been evaluated by State Environmental Health and the Lab has been audited by SGS earning an ISO 9001:2015 certification.
A lot of big words, but this certainly gives a buyer the reassurance they need.
Certificate of Analysis
As we focus on providing a premium product that contains no THC, we send our product to a third party laboratory to do further analysis of our CBD oil. The BSCG does our additional third party testing to ensure that there is no THC in our products. They also test for contaminants such as solvents, microbiological agents and heavy metals.
THC you ask? THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound of the hemp and marijuana plant i.e its the one that makes you “high”. THC is also illegal for use in professional sport hence the reason we go the extra mile to ensure that your peace of mind when you use PureSport CBD oil. Our certificates of analysis are available on our website here, here, here and here.
Is CBD really worth the price?
As mentioned before, the CBD market has exploded in South Africa and there are copious amounts of products available on the market. As such you have many options, some of them cheaper and some of them a bit more on the expensive side. At PureSport CBD we believe that Quality beats Quantity. A cheaper product may just be as such, a cheap product – possibly diluted, not tested, unsafe and the list goes on. We believe in giving you a product that is of a premium quality and has undergone extensive testing. This makes PureSport CBD to be on the more expensive side.
2000mg, 1000mg, 500mg, 300mg…
If you are reading this article then you will definitely have searched online for different CBD products. You would have noticed that there are different products with different quantities of CBD oil. So 1000mg vs 200mg vs any other formulation, what does this even mean? The question to ask is, what is the concentration of the product?
The average CBD supplier supplies a CBD oil that comes in a 30ml container. PureSport CBD supplies a 10ml CBD oil formulation. To work out the concentration you have to divide the total CBD milligrams by the amount of liquid i.e 1000mg/10ml or 2000mg/10ml. PureSport CBD oils have a concentration of 100mg/ml and 200mg/ml.
Next you have to ask, how many milliliters are there in one drop of CBD oil? Our CBD oils come with a standard screw top dropper. This is where things might get tricky, but in short: 20 drops will give you roughly 1 milliliter. One drop would more or less equal 5mg (1000mg bottle) or one drop would more or less equal 10mg (2000mg bottle).
If a bottle has 1000mg in a 30 milliliter solution, the concentration of CBD oil per drop would be less and you would thus require more drops to deliver the same amount of CBD and thus, more drops to have the same effect. (1000mg/30ml = 33.33mg/milliliter).
Some suppliers have a spray bottle option where the CBD oil delivered via a spray dispenser, most commonly sprayed sublingually (under the tongue). The milliliters of CBD delivered per spray would be dependant on the specific bottle. The tubing and delivery configuration would be brand specific and it would be a question to ask the specific supplier.
Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum vs CBD Isolate
There is certainly a lot of debate surrounding the terminology in the CBD industry. One of the biggest debates is that surrounding full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate. First of all, it is important to note that there is no official definition, so how companies choose to define them may vary.
So to start, what is the spectrum? It is important to understand that there are different cannabinoids. Each of them behaves differently and interact differently with our endocannabinoid system. The full range of 113+ cannabinoids is what we call the cannabinoid spectrum.
We define full spectrum as unrefined hemp extract or crude oil. The oil contains everything extracted from the hemp plant. This includes many cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids, but most importantly, it also contains THC. Many believe that all these compounds together will have a more beneficial effect. At PureSport CBD we provide a THC free product and thus not full spectrum.
Broad spectrum CBD oil has been extracted from the whole plant, but has then undergone purification and filtration. THC gets removed completely and our extensive testing proves this. Because broad spectrum CBD comes from the entire hemp plant, you get the broad spectrum of the different cannabinoids and thus have more interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
Broad spectrum does give you a natural, hempy flavour and odour which some people may dislike. The extraction process is also more complicated which would mean the cost may be higher when compared to other products that don’t ensure no THC in their product.
CBD Isolate is the purest form of CBD. All other plant compounds and cannabinoids have been removed completely. It does have its benefits, but it does not deliver the enhanced benefits of the entire hemp plant. It is tasteless and odourless.
All in all, as a potential CBD customer, you literally have the world at your feet and an abundance of options. We hope that this piece has been informative and that it would help any individual with making a decision We will be following up this article next week with “How to decide on a CBD product”.
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