So, right now in South Africa, CBD has become the product that most non-recreational consumers are utilising as an introduction to the cannabinoid family. The truth is that CBD is indeed a beautiful way to access the benefits of marijuana without any of the psychoactive effects.
As I’ve noted, South Africa has had a massive increase in CBD consumption. Whether it be MCT oil, CBD infused vape juice or the numerous other consumption methods available.
The issue with this demand is that it has created somewhat of a ‘Wild West’ effect, with the majority of established brands being unable to present the bare minimum production certificates such as GMP or ISO. This means that although the base isolate is certified & clean from contamination, it doesn’t mean the product as a whole shares the same level of proficiency.
South Africans tend to bypass this by producing at sub-par facilities but bottling and finishing their products in ISO and GMP labs. Therefore, they are able to claim that their product is made in certified facilities when truly, only half of it is – and it isn’t exactly the most important part that’s made in certified facilities.
The main concern I’m trying to raise here is that it pays to do your research on what you’re consuming. Considering the current state of legislation, there are only a few iso labs in South Africa that are truly certified to manufacture CBD or an isolate based product. Do your best to research the brand and the products they provide, and grab the lab reports wherever possible.
So beware or be square as only a hand full of companies are sticking to this like HelloMD, Leaf Labs and Peach&Moon. Make sure you’re using certified products with readily available lab results. Don’t get caught wasting your money on snake oil.
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– Billy Bong