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The plant
compounds
found in Hemp-
Cannabis sativa L
have truly caught
the attention
of millions
of people,
particularly
the scientific
community,
referring to the
plant species
as nature’s
pharmacological
treasure
house due to
a multitude
of properties
believed to have
therapeutic
value.
CBD is an abbreviation for
what has become a loose term for specific compounds
called Cannabidiol, found in the Hemp–Cannabis plant. The
cannabinoid referred to as CBD is just one of more than 100
known cannabinoids that exist among many other compounds,
including terpenes, flavonoids, phenols and other constituents
that make up over 493 botanical chemicals identified in the
cannabis or hemp plant. Terpenes being one of the catalysts
for driving the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids. Studies
suggest that cannabinoids activate the body’s Endocannabinoid
System (ECS), which are also believed to be responsible
for neuroprotection and stress recovery, among other fluid
physiological attributes.

Phyto-cannabinoids (CBD) account for up to 40 percent of the
plant’s chemical structure. The plant compounds found in Hemp-
Cannabis sativa L have truly caught the attention of millions of
people, particularly the scientific community, referring to the
plant species as nature’s pharmacological treasure house due
to a multitude of properties believed to have therapeutic value.
Research of these properties are among the fastest growing in
studies today.

Although studies have indicated that CBD is not intoxicating
and considered non-psychoactive, unlike its THC constituent,
cannabidiol is believed to have positive effects on mood, acting
on serotonin receptors (5HT1A); regulating GABA, which has
been shown to be linked to anxiety; and glutamate, an excitatory
neurotransmitter. Therefore, CBD does appear to influence the
psyche, just not in a way that impairs perception, judgment and/
or motor skills.

Potential uses for CBD are the subject of many ongoing research
studies, but Cannabidiol has been used to promote relaxation,
stress relief and a sense of well-being, among other uses.
A quick PubMed search yields over 1,500 papers that discuss
the therapeutic actions of CBD. Research has shown a close
and dynamic relationship between CBD, the central nervous
system, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and various
neurotransmitters.

With the popularity of CBD use rapidly growing, it is no wonder
the Chicago-based cannabis research firm, Brightfield Group,
projects the Cannabidiol market could be worth more than $2
billion per year by 2021 with two-thirds of the CBD coming from
U.S. Farm Bill-compliant hemp, not marijuana strains.
To access this
information,
all a retailer or
consumer should
need is the
product in one
hand and a smart
phone in the
other.
Quality + Efficacy = Value
There are many reasons why more and more consumers are
turning to Cannabidiol, and those reasons vary from person to
person. However, no matter what the application, there are two
key focus points when it comes to being “in the know” about
CBD products (quality and efficacy). The use of CBD should be
taken seriously and for good reason. Many people are taking
cannabidiol for a multitude of therapeutic reasons so it only
makes sense that you know what you are spending your hardearned
dollars on to address them.

What are consumers looking for?
Consumers are more conscious than ever when it comes to
what and where they are spending their money. More so,
the discerning consumer knows that when it comes to CBD
products, not all are created equal - not by a long shot. When it
comes to choosing a Cannabidiol product, the most important
factor in the quality/efficacy equation are lab tests for potency
and composition. Determining the hemp extract potency and
cannabinoid profile is paramount, and there is only one way
to do this: choose a brand that offers total transparency in its
chain of custody. Look for a brand that offers lot-batch specific
third-party certificates of analysis (COAs) from reputable FDAregistered
testing facilities. This ensures that what you are
reading on the label is exactly what you’re getting and therefore
increases the probability of product efficacy (product that
works), which is what brings customers back again and again.

A reputable brand offering truly efficacious products will make
COAs and other manufacturing information - like where/how the
biomass (raw material) are grown and where/how the product is
manufactured - easy to access right from the label. To access this
information, all a retailer or consumer should need is the product
in one hand and a smart phone in the other, be it through QR
code on the label or being able to enter a lot/batch number on
brands website. Of course, there is always the blind and often
costly process of trying various brands until you stumble upon
one that measures up to your expectations.

Cannabinoid potency is a good indicator of efficacy but is not the
only indicator. Although the consumer needs to know how much
CBD (volume) is in the product, they also need to know how
many cannabinoids (profile). This is important for determining
product efficacy. Having access to a batch/lot-specific, COA is
the only sure way to assess this.
Having answers
to these
questions
provides some
assurance that
you will most
likely purchase
the product
again.
COAs - What and why
Scientific quantification requires COAs to be reported in percent
of cannabinoids by either mass (solids) or volume (liquids). For
example, if a certificate of analysis is reporting 3.0 percent CBD
by volume, then there are 30 milligrams of CBD per milliliter. If
the report shows 3.0 percent CBD by mass, then that translates
as 30 milligrams of CBD per gram. Once you know how much
CBD is in a product, you can do a simple calculation of cost
per milligram of CBD. If 500mg of CBD costs $50, then you are
at $0.10/mg, which is a fair price for high-quality CBD at retail
and is within the average cost range on the market. Of course
other measures of value can be more simple and subjective; for
example, is it working for you?

Quality
It is best if the product is manufactured in a registered facility
that follows certified Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and
American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) guidelines.

The following are quality-assurance questions that in-the-know
retailers and consumers should have in their back pocket when
choosing CBD products. Having answers to these questions
provides some assurance that you will most likely purchase
the product again. They also address compliance concerns with
state and local regulations.

1. Is the product manufactured from hemp grown under the
guidelines pursuant to the U.S. Farm Bill? Is there documentation
to verify compliance?

2. How many milligrams and how many active cannabinoids
- full spectrum (CBD, CBC, CBDa, CBN, CBG, etc.) - does the
product contain? Quantity per serving? What is the total volume
in milliliters? Active cannabinoids should typically be described
in terms of milligrams per milliliter (mg/ml).

3. Is the product third-party tested for the following?
• Cannabinoid potency
• Cannabinoid profile
• Pesticides
• Residual Solvents
• Heavy Metals
• Microbials

4. Are they following cGMP standards?

5. Do they adhere to the American Herbal Products Association
(AHPA) guidelines?

Value
In summary, when choosing a CBD product, be sure to look
for a brand that makes it easy to access the information you
need to assess the product’s value. Being able to verify label
content before purchasing is a good indicator of a reputable
brand keeping its promise that their product offers the quality
and efficacy for which you are purchasing CBD and thus a good
value.

WARNING: If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before use. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration