Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Realm of Caring Foundation is non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals to take control of their health and enhancing their quality of life by providing cannabinoid research education, research, programs, and services to over 55,000 clients worldwide.
The vision of Realm of Caring is “worldwide knowledge through science, acceptance through knowledge, and access through acceptance.”
Realm of Caring is reimagining the way we think, talk, and respond to cannabis and the people who use it.
Founded in 2013 by one of the Stanley brothers (of Charlotte’s Web fame) and two mothers who found success treating their children’s debilitating seizures with high-CBD hemp extract (one co-founder is the mother of Charlotte Figi, who brought the attention of the benefits of CBD for seizures to the mainstream attention), Realm of Caring is supported by some of the top CBD brands in history.
Realm of Caring recently put out a “Quality of Product Matters” Guide that offers information about how you can be sure you receive a CBD product you can trust.
At CBD School, we understand just how important buying quality CBD really is.
Part of our mission is to ensure that you, the consumer, has all the information available to make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing quality CBD products.
We believe that the guide Realm of Caring recently released to buying good quality CBD products is awesome information that anyone interested in purchasing CBD should be aware of.
Here we’ll take a deeper look.
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Realm of Caring: “Quality of Product Matters”
It’s no secret that some of the CBD on the market today is far from the quality it says it is.
The CBD industry is one that’s been highly unregulated and quality standards aren’t always exactly what they should be.
This is exactly why we’re so adamant about third party lab test results when we do our reviews.
Quality is something Realm of Caring understands, which is exactly why they ask the following.
We think it’s an excellent question…and one that anyone interested in using CBD has a right to know.
The answer to this question is the aim of their guide to buying quality CBD products.
To put this guide together, Realm of Caring consulted with professionals that have over 25 years of experience of quality systems in the pharmaceutical industry.
They also looked at national standards of quality products such as the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Process (cGMP) and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) guidelines.
In order to receive the “Realm of Caring Approved” seal, a company must meet the strict standards set forth by these esteemed establishments.
So, what exactly does Realm of Caring say someone interested in CBD should look for?
Check it out.
Questions to Ask to Ensure You’re Buying High Quality CBD Products
Have you ever really stopped to wonder just what you should be looking for when buying CBD? How do you even know what a company offers is legit?
Realm of Caring has put together a list of questions that can help you make an informed buying decision to ensure you’re getting the quality CBD product you or loved ones deserve.
Realm of Caring first asks you to consider from where your CBD is sourced.
- In what country is the product grown?
- Is it certified as hemp? By whom?
- Is it grown naturally using organic processes?
- Can you track production of the product from seed to delivery?
- Is there a consistent supply? Is it possible I’ll run out?
Why are these questions about sourcing so important?
Because they can offer huge insight into the quality of your CBD.
For one, US grown hemp is preferred over that grown in other countries because of the strict guidelines it’s cultivated under the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.
Certifications by State Agricultural Departments can ensure that you’re getting a product made from hemp growing under high standards.
Organic hemp is preferable to that cultivated with chemicals that could potentially harmful to human health.
When a company can guarantee their hemp is grown organically, you can rest assured knowing that your product isn’t contaminated by pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, and more.
Tracking the production of the product from seed to delivery allows you to know the entire process (including seed production, cultivation, harvesting, extraction, testing, and more) is done under strict measures that meet quality standards.
Finally, knowing if there is a consistent supply is important.
Some people can’t afford to run out of a CBD oil that works for their particular condition and is one they can trust.
Asking a company if there is a consistent supply can reassure that the CBD you’ve come to rely on is one that you’re not going to run out of.
We can really appreciate the questions Realm of Caring has created to ask yourself if you’re getting a quality product.
How many milligrams of active cannabinoids does the product contain? What is the total milliliter content of the bottle?
In other words, how much CBD is in the product you’re interested in?
Active cannabinoids like CBD are usually described in milligrams per milliliter (mg/ml).
This will tell you exactly how much CBD you’re getting with each serving you take.
Some people might need more than others, depending on the condition they’re using it for.
Is the product third-party tested for the following?
- Potency (cannabinoid profile)
- Heavy Metals (inorganic arsenic, cadmium, lead, methylmercury)
- Residual Solvents
- Microbial Contaminants (aerobic plate count, yeast and molds, coliforms, salmonella spp., Escherichia coli)
Is the product produced in an FDA-registered lab?
- Does the company follow cGMP standards?
- Does the company observe guidelines set in place by the AHPA?
This is the first guide we’ve ever seen that offers so much information about what consumers should look for in a quality CBD product.
We especially respect that it offered exactly what to look for in third party lab results.
Cost and Customer Service
The last questions Realm of Caring encourages you to ask refer to the cost of the product and the quality of the customer service of the company.
Does the company have a financial assistance program? Can you get a refund if you’re not satisfied? Is the company’s customer service team available and responsive? How much does the oil cost per milligram? How does it compare to the other companies?
Realm of Caring, we commend you.
There isn’t really anything else so easily available that offers such detail about how to tell if you’re getting a quality CBD product.
Sure, there are quite a few questions in their guide. But by no means is it an overwhelming amount of information.
This is one of the best guides we’ve seen like this and believe it can offer a lot of insight to people who are interested in purchasing the best CBD products they possibly can.
Still have questions about buying quality CBD? Drop us a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer it.