Here's Our Vetting Process We Use for Cannabidiol Brands
TimesofCBD's goal is to connect our users with the best cannabidiol (CBD Oil) in the world today – whether it’s in the form of capsules, supplements, or other products. Cannabidiol, like cannabis, is not all created equal. Two supplements might have equal doses of CBD, but the active effects you get are vastly different.
We believe we have an important mission. People aren’t just taking CBD to relax after a tough day at work; people are buying CBD to treat their children. They’re buying it to soothe aches and pains. When it comes to the health and wellness of your family, you can’t trust a CBD supplement at a gas station the same way you’d trust a CBD supplement from a trusted online provider.
Some CBD supplements give a massive dose of cannabidiol with 0% THC content. Other CBD supplements are loaded with harmful additives. Some CBD supplements use dangerous synthetic cannabinoids that have been linked to multiple deaths.
The CBD industry is growing rapidly. Over the last few years, we’ve seen users get robbed by greedy companies looking to capitalize on the CBD trend. That’s why we wanted to explain our vetting process. We strive to only feature products, companies, and manufacturers known for making high-quality CBD products.
Our thorough vetting process allows us to identify high-end CBD companies that sell highly effective, safe, and real CBD. Thanks to our vetting process, users like you can find the best possible CBD supplements for your unique needs.
How Do We Vet the Best CBD Companies?
Our vetting process involves a number of strict steps. Keep reading to discover how we identify the world’s most reputable cannabidiol manufacturers:
How CBD Supplement Companies Find Us
As one of the world’s largest online CBD resources, we are frequently approached by CBD manufacturers who wish to feature their products on our website. The fact that companies approach us is important: it means we do not approach companies. We let them come to us.
To take the next steps with a particular company that reaches out to us, we need to verify that the company is active within the CBD community and has a certain established reputation. There are too many companies in the CBD space looking to make a quick buck without contributing to the community; we prefer to focus on companies willing to go the extra mile in support of cannabidiol. We have no problem working with startups and new companies; however, these companies need to demonstrate some type of commitment to the CBD industry.
Our cannabidiol companies must meet a certain set of requirements to be listed on our website. Companies must have been in business for at least six months before being featured on our website. This is to prevent new companies from using our website as a marketing springboard to make a quick buck. Our goal is to feature established companies with a recognized history of selling good CBD supplements.
We also prefer working with companies that actually manufacture their CBD: they don’t just re-sell cannabidiol from third-party growers and manufacturers. Ideally, the company will control the process from cultivation to processing to the final sale. However, we accept companies that are both horizontally and vertically integrated within the industry.
We also interview companies and ask basic questions about their CBD products, CBD sources, and more. Some of the questions we may ask include:
- Where does your CBD come from? Do you grow the hemp yourself?
- Where is your hemp grown? Do you control the growing and cultivation of the hemp? Or is it a third party grower?
- Which steps do you take to keep your medicine safe from degradation? What prevents your cannabidiol from being degraded between the time of processing and the time of consumption?
- How do you extract and process the hemp and CBD? Which process do you use? Is it a true full spectrum CBD oil or cannabidiol isolate?
- What type of purity testing procedures do you have? Do you conduct purity testing on every batch? Do you outsource purity testing to a third party?
- Do you have all permits and licenses required by your state and county to participate in the cannabis industry? Are you licensed to grow hemp as an agricultural crop?
- Do your products go through microbiological tests, aerobic count tests, coliforms tests, Enterobacteriaceae tests, E-coli count tests, yeast and mold analysis, and tests for pseudomonas, salmonella, pesticides/carbamates, heavy metals, organophosphates? Can you provide us with proof of passing those tests?
- Do your CBD products go through cannabinoid potency tests? Who performs those tests? Can you provide us with proof of your CBD potency?
- Tell us about your manufacturing facility. Does it comply with cGMP regulations? Is the facility lab ISO certified? Which grade?
Many companies fail to complete this questionnaire. They are not accustomed to being asked all of these questions prior to being featured on a website. This is intentional: it helps us separate low-quality companies looking to capitalize on the CBD hype while promoting companies committed to the CBD industry.
We respect the privacy of the companies featured on our website. The information we receive is not shared publicly (unless the company wants us to share that information).
What Happens Next?
Once companies have gone through our CBD vetting process above, we take a few more steps before featuring the company on our website. We’ll verify some of the information provided by the company, for example, and contact organizations, local governments, and local law enforcement where applicable. We might check to verify multiple pieces of information provided by the company, for example, to ensure the company is compliant with all relevant state, city, and federal laws, if applicable. We will not, however, share any information provided to us with law enforcement.
Final steps include receiving insurance documentation, marijuana, hemp and CBD production documentation, business licenses, ICO certifications, lab certifications, and more. We verify all information we can wherever possible with all appropriate agencies and organizations.
Why Are We Qualified to Judge Top CBD Oil Supplements?
Our team has combined decades of experience working in the cannabis and CBD space. We’re not only industry experts; we’re also users and customers. We love what we do and we’re well-versed in our subject. Some members of our team have received a professional education in the space. For all of these reasons, we feel we’re qualified to act as an authoritative source for the cannabis space.
Our CBD Product Research Process Leads the Industry
Ultimately, our vetting process is designed with a simple goal: we want to only feature the CBD industry’s best companies on our website. Thanks to the vetting process above, we can let the world’s best CBD companies come to us. If they complete the vetting process successfully, then we are proud to have featured the companies on our website. If they cannot complete the vetting process, then we encourage those businesses to organize their paperwork and try again at a later date.
We emphasize a private process that allows us to individually vet CBD companies. Businesses provide testing results to us. We confirm the results, then move forward. The end result is a site that features the world’s best cannabidiol companies known for offering high-quality, proven effective CBD products across the industry. That’s what we seek to offer. This was last updated on May 17, 2019 and will make sure to share any new changes or modifications to our CBD Oil reviewing and vetting process should they arise.