The popularity of CBD is fast growing in the UK. With claims of users experiencing relief from a variety of illnesses and ailments, awareness and trust is spreading across the country and, indeed, the world. For a while now, CBD products have been available to buy from overseas, which can often come coupled with high shipping costs and long delivery waiting periods. Thanks to the increase in popularity, the market in the UK has recently seen an increase in retailers. These days it's easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of retailers advertising CBD products. It is important to find a high quality CBD product, but finding a quality product is difficult if you're struggling to find a quality retailer. A trustworthy seller will, more often than not, stock oils that you can depend on for quality, value and reliability. Irresponsible sellers will unfortunately sell low grade products that may not give the desired effect or, worse still, contain illegal or unregulated ingredients. As the wholesale market grows and CBD becomes more available to resellers, demand grows as well and consumers are looking for lower prices, trustworthy brand names and consistent supply. But what else should you be looking for from your retailer? Here are five key points to look out for in a UK CBD Retailer.
1. SPECIALIST CBD STOCKIST
The quality of the CBD you buy is likely to be higher if the retailer specialises in CBD. Although CBD is also stocked by health shops and Vaping businesses, specialist CBD stockists are likely to have strong connections with CBD wholesalers and therefore have access to higher quality products at the best prices. CBD retailers will also be more knowledgeable about the industry, the products they're selling and the effects. A good retailer will be up-to-date with the latest developments as they don't have other products to worry about. Stockists who sell other products may stock quality oils, but whether they are aware of it or not is another matter. Take a look at the seller's website or shop for other, non-related products. If they seem to be a Jack Of All Trades, they might not be selling the best products.
2. REGISTERED AND APPROVED BY A REGULATORY BODY
A quality supplier will have backing from a professional regulatory body who can verify the retailer's standards, ethics, reliability and product quality. Sites such as TrustPilot can give an overview of customer satisfaction, and can be referred to for other customer opinions, but a true mark of quality can be found with approval from a professional body such as Cannapro. Unlike customer reviews, regulatory bodies will assess a CBD stockist on a variety of criteria to decide their overall trustability. This means that you get peace of mind from a genuine endorsement.
Note, where a logo is displayed on a retailer's site, check the website of the regulatory body to ensure the retailer is listed as a trusted supplier!
3. OPEN, HONEST ADVICE
There's a lot of research to do before trying CBD oil. With so much information on the internet, you need to be able to trust your retailer to be honest and to provide you with information, not sales pitches. Advice should be impartial and aimed towards assisting. There should be no hard sell, no false promises and if a product isn't right for you, no sale. Honesty is important, especially when it comes to food supplements, and CBD is no exception. While CBD retailers are unable to make medical claims, it is well known that, as with all supplements, it should benefit the user in obtaining optimal health. It is a good idea to contact your retailer for information before making a purchase, in order to be sure you're looking at the best product for you. If the retailer responds with an automated response, or simply recommends the most expensive product without engaging first, they may not have your best interests at heart. Be aware of pushy sales tactics and scripted responses, and ask as many questions as you need to before making any decisions.
4. C02 EXTRACTION METHODS
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant. There are a number of methods that can be used to do this, but research suggests that using the C02 extraction method is the cleanest way to extract CBD and other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. If only CBD is extracted, the oil will be known as Broad Spectrum. If other cannabinoids are extracted (including up to 0.2% of THC), the oil will be known as Full Spectrum. CBD is more effective when it is working with other cannabinoids to give what is known as the entourage effect, as all cannabinoids work best to compliment your ECS when they are working together. It's important that you know exactly what you're buying; research extraction methods, check out the CBD content and make sure the retailer is clear about what's in the bottle.
5. 3RD PARTY LAB TESTING
All CBD retailers should be able to provide a certificate from a 3rd party, to verify the levels of CBD and other cannabinoids contained in the bottle. If a CBD retailer is not able to provide this, you simply can't be sure what you're buying is CBD. Furthermore, the product could contain illegal levels of THC, or any number of other, unregulated ingredients. If the retailer's website does not advertise 3rd party lab testing, contact them to ask if certificates are available for all products advertised on their site. If you are ever in doubt, request the certificate or look elsewhere! Remember, CBD oils are food supplements and you should always check ingredients before ingesting anything. A 3rd party lab certificate will confirm the exact levels of cannabinoids in the oil you're about to buy.
Finding a reputable CBD retailer may take some extensive research. Once you have narrowed down your search results to meet the above criteria, you can then begin to take into account pricing, customer reviews and other customer focused factors that may be of importance to you. Until you have eliminated CBD retailers that do not meet the above criteria, there is little use in considering other factors.
Remember to research CBD before committing to make a purchase. Compare prices to determine an average, and be wary of anything that seems too high or even a lot lower than the average. Talk to a few retailers; ask questions and get a feel for their core values. Most importantly, deal with facts, evidence and safety in accreditation.