As consumer interest in delta-8-tetrahydracannabidiol (D8) continues to rise, so does the number of products containing D8. The benefits of D8, combined with being a little less potent than its more famous cannabinoid cousin, delta-9-tetrahydracannabidiol (THC). With more products to choose from, determining which products are the safest can be a bigger challenge, but there are some tips for evaluating the safety of D8 products.
Transparency is a key indicator for the reputability of a company and its products, regardless of the industry. When it comes to D8 products this means providing clear details about their extraction and manufacturing processes, as well as providing consumers with verified lab test results, conducted by an approved third-party testing facility. Companies who don’t provide you with current lab test results for each batch of their product should be avoided, as this is a big red flag for product quality.
Some companies may provide potency tests, but fail to provide safety test results. Proper safety test results are one of the most important factors to look for when trying to determine if a D8 product is safe to consume, as these are the tests that check for residual chemicals, solvents, or any other contaminants in the product.
In addition to third-party lab results, many reputable D8 companies suggest avoiding any sort of clear D8 distillate. This is an indicator that the product was treated with bleach and/or other chemicals. Instead, it’s recommended to look for products with a rosy tint.
Another way companies can be transparent is by having an active online presence, not just through their website, but also other business directory sites, and social media channels where customers can leave comments and write reviews. Too many negative comments or reviews are not a good sign.
As with any substance you consume, it’s good to do your due diligence when it comes to deciding how safe a product is. Relying on proper lab reports and investigating reviews and comments through social media and other online sources are currently some of the best ways to address safety concerns associated with choosing the right D8 product.