This is where we always start, because it is not worth risking breaking the law, let alone buying a product that does not meet the regulations in force in Poland. How can this be determined? First of all, check the composition declared by the manufacturer. If CBD oil contains more than 0.2% THC, its sale in Poland (and throughout the European Union) is illegal. Such an oil already falls under the category of narcotic products, hence it cannot be offered on the free market in a form other than pharmaceutical.
It is also worth checking whether the production plant has the appropriate permits for hemp processing and certificates confirming production standards, examples: GIF permit for hemp processing (in terms of THC processing), GMP certificate, ISO certificate.
How CBD oil was obtained
There are two very important issues here. First of all: what this oil was actually made of. The quality of CBD oil is greatly influenced by the plant material. So it’s worth checking where the manufacturer gets it from. Were they organic farms where no chemical protection and fertilization agents are used? Don’t growers use methods of artificially accelerating growth? What country do the plants come from and whether they are hemp varieties listed in the European catalogue.
The second thing is the method of extraction. By far the best way to obtain CBD oil from plant material is supercritical CO2 extraction. This method is more expensive, more complicated, but it ensures that the oil contains only the most valuable hemp ingredients. The efficiency of this method in our Sequoya production plant reaches as much as 97%, which means that we obtain practically all of the active substances contained in the plant from the plant.
Has the product been tested for composition?
CBD oil is assumed to be a natural product, because it is obtained only from plants. However, it is known that oil contamination can occur at the production stage. In addition, hemp itself is not always 100% organic and may contain even trace amounts of pesticides. No reputable manufacturer will allow himself to play with the health of consumers. Therefore, laboratory tests of the oil composition should be performed for each production batch. The manufacturer should provide such a certificate. If he does not have it, then a warning light must go on immediately.
Does the manufacturer guarantee a specific concentration of CBD?
The word “guarantee” is clearly overused in the CBD oil industry. Almost every brand/manufacturer boldly declares a high concentration of cannabidiol in their products, but only a few can prove it. At Sequoya, we have our own analysis department, where we control the quality at every production stage, and each finished product is accompanied by a laboratory test that confirms the actual concentration of CBD in the product. So if you decide to buy, for example, 10% CBD oil, you can be sure that it contains 100mg/ml of cannabidiol.
Why is it so important? When you pay for an oil with specific parameters, you have the right to expect that you will receive such a product.
It ensures high quality, safety, efficiency and compliance. Standardization ensures that the oil meets certain quality standards. By introducing uniform production standards, the chemical composition, purity and other parameters of the extract can be controlled. This ensures consistent product quality and minimizes the risk of producing defective batches. Batch-to-batch consistency enables consumers to more easily compare products and make informed purchasing decisions. If an oil meets certain standards, customers can have more confidence in its quality and safety. Standardization also helps in international trade where different countries may have different quality requirements.