It might seem like everyone’s talking about CBD these days—and while CBD is certainly beginning to enter the realm of new normal, we believe there is still plenty of work to be done. At Sagely Naturals, we are continuing to move the conversation forward for the industry, educate CBD newcomers, and ensure the very best products reach the people who need them most.
So, now that we are beginning to look past the hemp stigma, here are the questions we’re tackling now and the beginnings of some answers to help you on your CBD journey:
As with anything that starts to go mainstream, products start to pop up everywhere—like CBD in mascara and cookies. While there are certainly some fun options worth trying, other products have added CBD simply because it’s trendy. CBD isn’t actually a good match for every type of product and adding it to items with inherently little wellness value simply confuses consumers and generates unrealistic views of what the actual benefits of CBD are.
The passing of the Farm Bill in late 2018 was a huge step forward for the cannabis industry but state regulations may still vary around the production and sale of CBD. In addition to this, while Congress passed the Farm Bill, it’s the FDA that regulates in which products CBD can be used. Until the FDA provides a clear path forward for companies selling supplements, there will remain some regulatory hurdles facing all participants in the industry.
After the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, it seemed merchant payment processing would be more accessible for the CBD industry than ever before but that hasn’t yet been the case. CBD companies can easily find banks that will provide them with business accounts, but they have a much harder time finding domestic merchant processors due to unclear regulations, the fear of chargebacks, and the difficulty of making sure clients play by the rules.
CBD dosage is not an exact science yet and the query around the “correct” amount to take will be on the table until clinical trials can be done on humans for all types of delivery methods. Until then, customers will have to find their “Goldilocks Zone” and work slowly towards their ideal dosage.
CBD can be a bit like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re going to get unless you know what to look out for. One of the best ways to check that the product you’re buying is safe is to obtain the finished good’s Certificate of Authenticity (COA)—this is a document from an accredited laboratory.
Look out for things like THC levels (less than 0.3%), less CBD than advertised, harmful contaminants, and make sure it was tested by a third-party (not in-house).
Culturally we think there’s still plenty of groundwork to be done and awareness raised for the CBD industry to move forward positively. We’re grateful to be on this journey with you and to have the opportunity to tackle these crucial CBD questions so that more people can integrate a better state of wellbeing into their day-to-day.