The sale of legal cannabis oil in the United States is mostly unregulated. If the oil has been extracted from a high-THC variety (Marijuana) it is illegal in many states, and if the cannabis oil comes from hemp, it is legal, but often uncertified in any way.
So how can you know if you are getting the best cannabis oil?
Let’s focus on CBD and hemp oils. First and foremost, it all starts with the plants.
Many sources will tell you that growing cannabis (or hemp) plants are easy. However, plant pests and diseases can and do affect Cannabis. Red spider mite and aphids are common pests on hemp, as are molds that develop in wet and humid conditions. Unless the farmer who produces the plants is a certified organic grower, the chances are that the plants will be sprayed if these problems arise.
When a farmer wishes to become certified as an organic grower, many stringent requirements have to be met before certification can take place. Inspections are carried out to ensure that the farmer continues to meet these requirements, and if certification is lost, it is extremely difficult to regain it.
Since oil extractions concentrate all the ingredients within the plant, pesticide residues also become more concentrated in the oil extracts. As a result, those in search of the best cannabis oil should begin by ensuring that the plant material used has been organically grown.
In addition, the plant material chosen should be rich in the cannabinoid CBD, particularly if it is intended for medicinal use. Both genotype and growing conditions can affect CBD levels, and when hemp plants are acquired from unknown sources, the oil extracts may be extremely variable in CBD percentage.
Endoca only sources its plant material from Scandinavian organic growers who are fully certified and ensures uniformity by using only selected strains giving you peace of mind and high quality oil.
The extraction technique is important
Solvent-based extracts are risky at best, and much of the cannabis oil on the market in the US is extracted in this way. Olive oil extraction is better but produces a diluted version of the compounds found in cannabis. Supercritical CO2 extraction leaves no residues and is recognized as the best means of obtaining a high quality, complete extract.
In its quest to produce the best cannabis oil on the market today, Endoca has adopted this advanced extraction technique. Read our article on the pros and cons of different production techniques for more information.
Certification and 3rd party testing
Although the hemp oil industry in the United States is still in infancy, hemp oil has long been recognized as a health product in the EU, and top pharmaceutical laboratories can be employed to provide third-party testing of products.
The certification of hemp products is also not new in the EU. Producers are able to obtain Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification in order to prove that their products do not contain any harmful substances and have been manufactured in accordance with best practices.
As with organic certification, GMP certification requires a lengthy process and regular reviews in which every aspect of manufacturing is examined. Endoca prides itself on GMP certification. To us, this is the ultimate recognition that proves that we have the best cannabis oil available today.
Best cannabis oil? Endoca checks all the boxes
From the plant material we choose from our well-equipped laboratories that produce pure extracts and our full GMP certification, Endoca cannabis oil really is the best cannabis oil you can get. Shop around and see for yourself!
Author: Andrea Durrheim, endoca.com