Not all cbd is equal : what to consider before buying hemp cbd products

When purchasing hemp products online there are few things you should consider before hitting that “SUBMIT ORDER” button. Not all CBD products will have the same effects and some may even be hazardous. The quality and safety of the product depend on the source of the hemp as well as the methods for extracting the CBD.

When you search online for hemp CBD products to buy you will be bombarded with search results from companies all over the world; many with a wide variety of products. Some of these companies even making bold claims to the healing power of their products as well.

Unfortunately, not all Hemp CBD products are made equal. There are a few things to consider prior to making your purchase. By the end of this article you will be equipped with enough knowledge to help you make the right purchase decision when it comes to buying Hemp CBD.

Go With Full Spectrum Products For Best Results

A full spectrum product will contain CBD plus trace amounts of other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Full Spectrum CBD also contains high amounts of terpenes. Terpenes are a class of organic molecules that are produced by plants that provide smell and flavor. Plants have evolved the ability to produce these terpenes for several reasons, including the ability to attract pollinators and as a defense mechanism for deterring herbivores that feed on that specific plant. There are over 200 different identified terpenes, and each has their own smell and taste. Terpenes also offer a wide range of benefits and healing properties. You may have used essential oils for aromatherapy; lavender will relax, eucalyptus is good for congestion and lemon stimulates and energizes.  Essential oils are usually a blend of several different terpenes extracted from an aromatic plant. The terpenes in hemp work the share the same healing properties and their presence in full spectrum CBD is very important. There is a synergy between CBD, terpenes and other trace cannabinoids, meaning when they are all present they work together to enhance the effects of the product or relief for the user. The combination of these naturally occurring compounds paired with CBD will create a different and increased effect more than using pure CBD by itself. This synergy is known as the “Entourage effect”.

What to Avoid

Some hemp products are made from a form of CBD known as isolate. Isolate is over 99% pure CBD and comes in a crystalline or powder form. While it is very pure, isolate lacks trace cannabinoids and terpenes eliminating any benefit of the entourage effect. Hemp CBD isolate products will still provide you some of the same benefits as a full spectrum CBD, but may have to be taken in higher doses than a full spectrum Hemp CBD product to relieve symptoms of pain and anxiety.

All of Pot and Pan’s Hemp CBD products are made with full spectrum CBD oil to boost the effectiveness of the treatment.

Consider Buying American Made Hemp CBD Products

Many hemp CBD products on the market today are made from industrialized hemp that is grown overseas. Some of the countries that cultivate Hemp may not enforce environmental and health regulations. That means the farmers may be using harmful pesticides and other chemicals during the growth and refining phases. Hemp will absorb contaminants from the soil that it is grown in which means the end product could potentially contain heavy metals, toxins, and chemical solvents. This could potentially cause harmful effects to your health and well being when consuming these products over a prolonged period of time.

When you purchase Hemp CBD products that use United States sourced Hemp you can trust that the CBD is safe due to better growing and refining practices, and has been tested for the presence of these harmful substances.

Pot and Pan uses locally grown hemp that has been reliably tested to ensure quality and safety.

If They Claim To “Cure” an Ailment or Medical Condition; STAY AWAY!

When researching CBD products and reading through product descriptions, company bios, and the claims that they make regarding the healing benefits of their products, you’ll find that some may claim to “cure” a specific condition or disease. Be aware that the FDA prohibits any company from making serious health claims about CBD products.

The following is a message from the FDA that should be listed on the website of any company selling Hemp CBD products:

The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

It is in your best interest to avoid purchasing products from companies who claim that their Hemp CBD products can cure a condition or end pain for good.

Pot and Pan does not make any claims that our CBD can cure any ailments or conditions, but we do recommend using our Hemp CBD products as a potential natural alternative to help ease certain conditions such as pain and anxiety. For more information regarding the benefits of CBD refer to our blog post “What are the benefits of CBD and how can it help”.

Do Not Be Afraid To Ask Questions About Products Before Buying

If you have any questions about a company’s products you should not hesitate to contact them. The staff at these companies should be willing and happy to answer any questions about their products, the ingredients, how to use them, and the types of benefits each product can have.

If they do not respond, or are fragmented in their response (not giving you all the information to make a clear and educated decision regarding your purchase) move onto the next company that meets the criteria above.

At Pot and Pan we pride ourselves in honesty, integrity, quality products and exemplary customer service. If you have any questions about our Artisan Hemp CBD Products, or are interested in purchasing, please contact us at We are  looking forward to hearing from you.

- Tara