There’s no question about it – the CBD industry is booming, and with good reason.

While Cannabis has been shrouded with stigma for nearly a century, scientific research into CBD is doing much to re-define the plant. We now understand CBD’s ability to bolster human wellbeing – a phenomenon supported by much anecdotal evidence. More recently, advanced extraction techniques have made the compound available over-the-counter to those who need it most.

However, as relatively new consumer category, the CBD industry can be a minefield. While there is plenty of information available via search engines such as Google, it can be hard to know which product is right for you. So to make it that bit easier, we’re here to guide you through exactly what to look for.

1. Seed to Sale

The first thing any CBD user should look for in a brand is ‘seed to sale’ manufacturing practices. By removing the need for third-party outsourcing, the company retains control over every step of the production process. Those CBD brands that do outsource put their product line at risk of contamination and cannot always guarantee the likes of concentration or ingredient lists.

2. THC Free

While regulation varies from territory to territory, most CBD products in the EU must be ‘THC free’ or contain ‘traces amounts of THC’ only. In the UK, the Home Office advises that all CBD food supplements must have less than 1mg of THC per product in order to be compliant. Look for a THC free marker on the packaging to ensure accurate concentrations and safe consumption.

3. Organically grown

As a Cannabis-derived product, CBD extract is wholly plant-based. In order to ensure your extract is not contaminated, and free from harmful pesticides, opt for organically-farmed products only.

4. Vegan

Any good CBD oil has a simple, plant-based ingredient list, with nothing else added. Look for ‘CBD extract’ and a plant-based carrier oil (organic hemp seed oil, coconut oil or even olive oil) when perusing the options – and nothing more.

5. GMP Manufactured

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) ensure every batch of CBD extract is of consistently high quality, traceable and trackable. A brand that can boast such accreditation is your best bet for a trustworthy source.

6. Transparency

At Dragonfly, transparency means honest and responsible farming, extracting and formulating processes. Instead of simply taking quality claims at face value, make sure brands have batch specific documentation on hand to prove it, so you get exactly what it says on the tincture.

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