In order to learn about the quality of your CBD, you should review how CBD works in your body, what ingredients and factors to look for in your CBD, and what ingredients to avoid.

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What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is separate from THC, which presents the psychoactive effects most commonly associated with ‘smoking pot.’ By comparison, CBD has been said to present non-psychoactive relief for pain, anxiety, insomnia, and more. 

How does CBD work in my body?

Endocannabinoids like CBD and THC affect the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which contains cannabinoid receptors that support the entire nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in a number of processes including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immunity, and reproductive function.

CBD is arguably one of the most widespread and versatile molecules capable of providing support to the human body. CBD’s interaction with serotonin receptors may explain its effectiveness as an antidepressant, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), and even a neuroprotective (brain-protecting) chemical.

How CBD Works in the Body Infographic

How are CBD products produced?

The CBD oil production process starts with a careful selection of hemp genetics. Farmers look for hemp strains that are proven to produce high levels of beneficial cannabinoids. A good hemp strain is rich in cannabinoids like CBD, CBDa, and low in THC, this keeps the product legal and prevents it from producing intoxicating effects.

Blooming Botanicals CBD products are mindfully cultivated with premium USA grown and processed full spectrum hemp that is infused with holistic herbs. Our premium full spectrum hemp is grown in sunny Colorado, before making its way to our lovely home state of Michigan. 

When the hemp plants are mature, they are harvested and spread out evenly in large barns to dry. The dry hemp is milled to create a fine powder with a texture like coffee grounds.

CBD can be extracted from this raw hemp in several different ways. Supercritical CO2 is known as the ‘gold-standard’ method of extraction, but each has its pros and cons.

White label manufacturing versus custom formulations

One of the differentiators between CBD products and brands is how the brand is connected to the product – either via white label manufacturing or custom formulations. 

In the United States, CBD brands can purchase the rights to the production of their products from third-party manufacturing facilities that are often producing high volumes and distributing products for multiple brands. You can easily spot these products on the shelves by looking for common flavors added; like lemon, peppermint, orange, natural, cherry or bacon for pets. 

To have more control over the quality and production process, CBD companies should consider custom formulations. Brands that rely upon consistency in their products benefit from having direct input in the process of bringing their products to market. This can include production facility maintenance, recipe development, quality control testing, packaging design and execution, and wholesale distribution. 

We use a custom formulation process here at Blooming Botanicals to not only assure the quality of our products, but to assure the health and bioavailability of our products as well. Adding herbs, oils and holistic additions to our CBD products can significantly increase the ability of the body to absorb and utilize even more CBD, creating an even healthier, more effective product for our customers. We begin with CO2 extracted CBD and add nutrient rich herbs, spices and oils to create a supercharged health product. 

How to tell whether your product is a white labeled product

Take a close look at the product label and do your research. Most consumer packaged goods are labeled with both brand name and ‘distributed by’ name, which can be traced back to additional brands, corporations, or affiliations with a quick Google search. Likewise, look for additions of common flavors, sugars or preservatives. 

What ingredients should I look for in CBD? 

The first differentiator to determine is the type of CBD being presented: isolate, broad spectrum, or full spectrum. 

Types of CBD formulations

Isolate: CBD isolate products only contain CBD from the cannabis plant. There are no other compounds, such as THC, present. Some people want the certainty that the CBD product they use is devoid of THC. CBD-only products can help a person to gauge the effectiveness of the CBD itself without interference from other substances and compounds.

Broad spectrum: Broad-spectrum CBD products contain other compounds and cannabinoids found in the plant, such as CBC, CBN, or terpenes, such as myrcene, limonene, or pinene. Broad-spectrum CBD typically contains no THC. However, some products will contain trace quantities.

Full spectrum: Full-spectrum products contain the same compounds as broad-spectrum products. However, they usually also contain low quantities of THC, under 0.3% as mandated by federal law. This amount of THC is not enough to create the ‘high’ effect that many people associate with cannabis.

Blooming Botanicals is fortunate to source our 100% premium, full-spectrum hemp directly from hemp farms in sunny Colorado. Our process starts in our licensed facility in Lansing, Michigan where we combine our CBD with supercritical CO2 extracts and herbal additions. 

All of our products contain less than 0.3% THC and are lab tested by a third party, so they are safe for your family! We believe Full Spectrum CBD, combined with healing herbs and the magic of the human body, has the power to heal, calm, and empower—that’s the Blooming Botanicals difference. 

Reading a CBD product label

CBD products are available in the following formations:

  • Tinctures and oils
  • Edibles
  • Topicals
  • Pet products

If you’re looking at CBD oil, keep an eye out for the following:

  • Cannabidiol or hemp extract: direct synonyms for CBD
  • Hemp seeds, hempseed oil, Cannabis sativa seed oil: often used synonymously with CBD but do not contain the active properties of CBD
  • Grapeseed oil, MCT oil, or olive oil: most often used to carry CBD molecules and make them easier for your body to digest.

The highest-quality CBD tinctures include either cannabidiol or hemp extract and MCT oil – beyond that, the ingredients should be minimal.

At Blooming Botanicals, we believe not only in the power of CBD, but in the power of all plant medicine. Plants like lavender, turmeric, black pepper, and adaptogens maximize the body’s ability to heal itself and to improve overall health and well-being. Our products are specially formulated with key herbs to enhance the CBD’s affects 

After we apply our custom formulation and infusion process, we hand-package our products to ship them to you with love. 

What CBD ingredients should I avoid?

Poorly processed CBD oil may be contaminated with dangerous solvent and pesticide residues, thinning agents, corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors, and other toxins. Depending upon their preferred processing method, some consumers also consider isolate as lower quality than full spectrum CBD.

Most importantly, Make sure you choose CBD that has been tested by a brand that is willing to provide a Certificate of Analysis for the product. CBD testing isn’t required by the FDA and so it isn’t widely practiced by all CBD companies. If you can’t easily find test results for the CBD you are considering, it’s likely that it hasn’t been tested. 

What is a Certificate of Analysis?

Every third-party testing agency is required to present Certificates of Analysis, which is a document that showcases a product’s processing methodology, recipe, and contents. The product’s ‘COA’ is essentially proof that the product conforms to any marketing messages. 

At Blooming Botanicals, we provide a QR code on the label of each product that you can easily scan with the camera on your phone and read all of our test results. You can also view our COAs here:

Shopping for CBD products

Now that you know what to look for on a CBD label, what ingredients to avoid, and how to read a Certificate of Analysis, you’re ready to get shopping for high quality CBD.

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