If you choose to take CBD edibles it’s important to know what you’re putting in your body. With lots of CBD edibles to choose from, how do you know which ones are worth the money and which ones are the best to take?
Edibles are made by combining CBD oil with other ingredients to make a consumable product. A good way to determine the quality of the product is to look at the quality of the CBD oil and the quality of the product’s ingredients.
Why does quality matter? Isn’t all CBD equal?
Quality definitely matters when it comes to CBD. Since the CBD industry isn’t regulated, there are no industry standards to adhere to so products on the market vary in quality, purity and potency.
Choosing to take a high-quality edible gives you the great health benefits of CBD and gives you the best product for your money.
Not all CBD edibles are created equally so it’s important to know what you’re taking.
A low-quality CBD edible can contain harmful toxins, mould and impurities that you don’t want to ingest. Low-quality CBD also won’t give you the same health benefits as a high-quality CBD will.
Similarly, eating an edible that’s made from bad-quality, cheap ingredients and filled with preservatives can also be bad for your body and overall health.
It tends to be that the more expensive the product is, the higher the quality of the CBD it contains. But this isn’t always the case and sometimes you don’t always get what you pay for. Sometimes companies try to pass off low-quality CBD with a high price tag or make claims that a product contains more CBD than it really does.
So it’s important to know what other signs to look for apart from price that shows a CBD edible is high-quality so that you know you’re getting value for money.
How to identify high-quality CBD oil
1. Check how the CBD oil is extracted
CBD oil is extracted from hemp. There’s two main methods of extraction; CO2 and ethanol.
Ethanol extraction is cheaper but can involve using toxic chemicals that leave impurities in the oil and are harmful to consume. The resulting oil also tends to be stripped of chlorophyll, some cannabinoids and flavours which leaves a bitter tasting product.
CO2 extraction is considered to be the cleanest method and creates a purer CBD oil. It’s known to isolate specific cannabinoids to a 90% efficiency rate.
How is Good Soul’s CBD oil extracted?
We ensure a high-quality CBD edible because we use the best method of extraction. Good Soul’s CBD oil is extracted using CO2 to remove all unwanted residue, waxes and chemicals. This leaves just CBD and the other beneficial cannabinoids from the hemp plant.
We also put our CBD oil through an extra step during the extraction process. We use gas chromatography which completely removes any trace of THC making us one of the only CBD products in the UK with absolutely 0% THC.
2. Check the source of the hemp
High-quality hemp is crucial for a high-quality CBD product. Hemp plants absorb anything in the ground where it’s farmed.
Hemp that’s grown on land that’s rich in heavy metals, toxins and pesticides, will leave a CBD oil that’s polluted with these materials.
Whereas, hemp that’s grown organically on good-quality land free from toxins will produce a better-quality CBD oil.
Hemp grown in the US is typically favoured because US farmers are required by law to get certified by state departments of agriculture.
Where does Good Soul source its hemp from?
We ensure a high-quality CBD edible because we use the best quality hemp. Our selected hemp plants are grown in the US and have been carefully bred for 10 years to specifically have a very high amount of CBD compared to European strains.
Good Soul's hemp plants are grown following strict organic farming practices. This ensures the plants are not exposed, treated or modified by any foreign chemicals, and the land is maintained for a sustainable future. Organic hemp benefits both the environment and our health.
3. Check whether the CBD oil is full-spectrum or CBD isolate
Full-spectrum CBD (or whole-plant CBD) contains CBD and all of the other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are present in the hemp plant. Whereas, CBD isolate just contains CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD is widely considered to produce better health benefits than CBD isolate because the body responds better to all the compounds working together, resulting in the entourage effect.
CBD is cheaper to produce but is now illegal under EU law to be sold in the UK. However, many companies simply use CBD isolate and incorrectly label it as full-spectrum CBD.
Is Good Soul’s CBD full-spectrum?
We ensure a high-quality CBD edible because we use premium full-spectrum CBD that’s considered to be the golden standard. It contains CBD and all the other beneficial cannabinoids that are naturally present in the hemp plant.
4. Check for third-party lab results
A high-quality CBD product will always be backed up with third-party lab results. The lab results will identify all of the cannabinoids that are present in the CBD and will validate any claims that the product states.
High-quality CBD should always contain high levels of CBD, low levels of THC and no impurities.
The lab results will also verify the potency of the product to ensure that it matches the level of CBD claimed.
Does Good Soul have third-party lab results?
We ensure a high-quality CBD edible because we check the quality of our CBD with third-party lab results. We independently lab-test every batch of CBD oil for potency, pesticides and contaminants, and residual solvents.
How to identify high-quality edibles
The CBD edible that you choose may contain the highest-quality CBD oil but if the ingredients used to make the food itself are poor then the overall edible isn’t great.
1. Check what ingredients are used to make the edible
As a general rule of thumb, the number of ingredients used to make a product should be minimal and contain as few food additives as possible.
You should also check where the product is manufactured. If it’s produced overseas and has to be shipped into the country it’s likely to contain more preservatives and unnatural ingredients to ensure it lasts longer.
What ingredients does Good Soul use?
We ensure a high-quality CBD edible because we use high-quality ingredients. Our premium dark chocolate is made with a high cocoa content (64% cocoa) to produce a smooth, rich dark chocolate.
Our premium chocolate balls are made from the following ingredients; Full-spectrum hemp extract, Cocoa mass, sugar, Cocoa butter, Soya lecithin, and Glazing agents.
Good Soul proudly chooses to support UK manufacturing by making our CBD chocolate and our cardboard packaging in England.
2. Check whether the edible matches your dietary and ethical requirements
Products that have been produced to adhere to certain dietary and ethical requirements tend to be higher-quality. The product tends to use more expensive ingredients, or more expensive practices have been invested in to adhere to these standards.
What dietary requirements and ethical practices does Good Soul adhere to?
We ensure a high-quality CBD edible because our premium dark chocolate adheres to various dietary requirements and follows ethical practices.
Our chocolate is gluten-free so it’s suitable for those with a gluten-intolerance and those leading gluten-free diets.
Our chocolate is dairy-free so it’s suitable for those with lactose-intolerance and dairy-free diets.
Our chocolate is suitable for those following a vegetarian diet. Our chocolate balls are finished with shellac but contain no other animal ingredients.
Good Soul also supports eco-friendly practices and our packaging is made from 40% recycled cardboard.