However, it would be naïve to say that CBD is a cheap and cheerful addition to your supplement cabinet.
CBD is expensive and many newcomers are cautious of its high market price. And, as manufacturers navigate a young CBD industry (an industry still jostling through legal red tape and fine-tuning regulations) newcomers can also feel unsure of the large disparity of CBD prices available online.
On one website a CBD oil could be £20 while another website could be charging £100.
Although it can look that way, these numbers are not chosen at random.
Unfortunately, the reality is that cheap CBD products are often unregulated or misusing CBD terminology. Like with any product, always do your research before purchasing. It is always safer to go with reputable brands when investing in your health. When buying a product, it pays to ensure the contents of that product have been authenticated and tested.
So, why are quality CBD oils expensive? What exactly are you paying for?
Let’s start at the source, the farm.
Because of the blurry legality of growing hemp across the United States, many farmers are put off by hemp and cannabis’s high-taxation. This has resulted in lower production and, therefore, higher prices.
Omitting legality concerns, farmers would still have a tough time producing consistent hemp yields. Hemp requires a delicate ecosystem to grow. Often hemp farmers need to invest in extra equipment to help raise these plants indoors. These additional upfront costs are another reason why hemp and cannabis are rarely grown in large yields across the US.
In countries like the UK, it’s illegal to grow hemp to manufacture CBD, which is why our supply has to be imported from other countries like the US, adding additional costs.
Once the cannabis has been grown, it gets sent to the lab. An expensive CO2 pressurised extraction method is required to safely and effectively extract the CBD compound from the rest of the hemp plant. The equipment needed to do this is, you guessed it, expensive. And, adding yet more costs, only trained operators can perform this CO2 method.
Cheaper extraction methods could result in contamination and low-quality CBD production.
After production, a third-party lab has to analyse each batch of CBD to ensure consumer safety. This is how a product gets a Certificate of Analysis, also known as a COA.
Most reputable brands will provide a COA to ensure that their product is tested and safe. This certificate breakdowns the content of the product, specifically, the levels of CBD, THC and other natural compounds contained within the sample.
Even when products, such as the Trip orange blossom 300mg CBD oil 15ml, are infused with other ingredients such as chamomile and orange blossom, the levels of CBD and THC should always be clearly stated on the product.
The CBD used in products like the organic Cannaray 1500mg CBD oil 30ml had to go through rigorous rounds of testing and endless inspections before being allowed to declare themselves officially ‘organic’.
Hemp is a bioaccumulator, meaning that it absorbs everything (even the bad stuff like chemicals) from its environment. This makes it harder for farmers to grow hemp plants that can officially be given ‘organic’ status by organisations like the USDA.
Again, the extra time, resources and equipment framers need to purchase the equipment to grow high-quality hemp without any chemicals, pesticides, or metals drives the price of CBD up.
At the end of the day, it’s all about quality control.
Yes, there are a lot of low-cost CBD on the market. But be wary…
The market, as mentioned before, is still relatively young here in the UK and prices can fluctuate. There are also a lot of unregulated products out there. In fact, over 60% of CBD products tested in the UK didn’t contain the cannabidiol content stated on the packaging, which is why it is extremely important to look for COAs, Organic Certifications and other indicators of testing before purchase.
Good quality CBD isn’t cheap by nature – there are lots of processes involved from cultivation to legislation, which increases its cost. Looking online, it’s common to see products like ‘Hemp Oil’ masquerading as cheap alternatives to CBD oil. Although CBD originally comes hemp plants, hemp oil and CBD oil aren’t the same thing.
As with anything, you get what you pay for. A higher price will often (but not always) mean you’re buying a higher quality CBD from a reputable brand.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and, as always, do your research before purchasing CBD. But rest assured, at nabino, we’ll always bring you the best products on the market, and support you every step of the way on your CBD and wellness journey.
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