Posted on Sep 01, 2023, 2 p.m.
The cannabis market is rapidly expanding, the global market was valued at 43.72 billion USD in 2022, and Fortune Business Insights projects that it will grow to 57.18 billion in 2023 to reach 444.34 billion by 2030. Many countries are enacting cannabis-friendly legislation and policies decriminalizing its use, which explains the increasing polarity.
While there is still a need for more cannabis research to prove the alleged health benefits, some users are reporting various benefits. This isn't surprising, as clinical studies point to cannabis's therapeutic effects that can help treat mental disorders and manage inflammation and chronic pain. As many seek natural treatment alternatives, cannabis is quickly becoming a favorite.
In response to the cannabis popularity, entrepreneurs are rushing to capitalize on it. But with the need for more regulation in this sector, substandard products are finding their way into the market. So, how do you ensure you are consuming premium cannabis products? Well, that's what this guide is about. Read on to discover 5 ways of recognizing high-quality cannabis products.
Only Buy from Reputable Sellers
The first step to ending up with a high-quality product is by choosing a trustworthy seller. These sellers have the experience and resources to deliver effective products. Besides, established brands have a reputation to keep and will go out of their way to ensure you get the best experience.
On the other hand, buying from lesser-known sellers increases the chances of buying subpar products. The products are often sold at unreasonably low prices and through deceptive marketing campaigns, such as high discounts throughout the year. The sad reality is that the products don't live up to the expectations and put your health at risk.
Industry leaders stock their cannabis stores to offer a wide range of premium cannabis products. Knowing that you are taking organically grown and lab-tested products gives you peace of mind.
Here are tips for finding a reliable cannabis vendor online:
- Ensure they have a professional website
- Find out if they are properly licensed
- Check their ratings and reviews from reputable sites
- Ask about their quality control measures
- Look for certifications from known national cannabis associations
- Ask for referrals from cannabis enthusiasts, friends, and family
Ensure the Cannabis is Organically Grown
Pesticides and foreign substances in consumable products are one reason for the rising cases of chronic diseases like cancer. When used in controlled amounts, pesticides protect crops for good yields. However, a high level of exposure leads to adverse effects, and that's why it's safer to use organically cultivated products.
After finding reputable vendors, check in the product description if they guarantee that all their products use organically grown cannabis raw materials. Vendors committed to quality and safety always make this information easily accessible. This is common with dishonest vendors who must be more transparent and correctly label their products.
Check for Third-Party Lab Testing
Some cannabis sellers will promise their products are top-notch. But should you trust their word? Certainly not. The best way to verify their claim is by checking for the product's quality status as indicated on the lab report. An unbiased test by a reputable lab not affiliated with the manufacturer is the only way to ensure the product is safe by carefully evaluating the contents.
The report usually indicates terpene profile, cannabinoid contents, the presence or absence of pesticides, and contaminants like harmful heavy metals such as mercury. Cross-check the ingredients indicated on the product label against the lab report to ensure that they align. Lack of consistency shows the purity of the product cannot be trusted.
To ensure that the lab report is genuine, you can contact the company and verify.
Consider the Packaging
All high-quality cannabis products should arrive in an air-tight seal. The most potent cannabis products are the fresh ones since cannabis degradation is a continuous process after harvesting. Improper harvesting and storage techniques could speed up the degradation.
Cannabis degradation is caused by the breakdown of THC into CBN. While this process is unavoidable, storing cannabis products in a controlled light, air, humidity, and temperature environment slows it down.
Take your time to check the packaging standards and product labels. Ensure the seller uses reliable packaging materials that keep the product's quality intact. On the label, check for important information like harvest and expiration date that help determine its quality.
Choose the Right Product
There are lots of cannabis products in the market now with varying amounts of THC and CBD, the two main cannabinoids. Besides, there are also many ways to enjoy them, as you can vape, smoke, or ingest them orally. However, the effects vary from user to user, so you need to know what products and consumption methods work for you.
Even when taking premium cannabis products, your threshold matters. Otherwise, you could think the products were inferior for failing to deliver your desired effects. You should know your ideal CBD/THC concentration to choose a product with perfect potency.
For stronger effects, whole cannabis flowers and concentrates are the best. Smoking is thought to heat away 60%-63% of THC while vaping cuts down cannabinoid loss to 40%. Dabbing, which involves using a dab rig, is the best way to enjoy cannabis with high potency, as it reduces the loss of psychoactive compounds to around 20%.
It's worth mentioning that the effects can still vary depending on the cannabis strain used. Some of the most potent cannabis strains with up to 30% THC content include Gorilla Glue, Kush, Godfather OG, Sour Diesel, Purple Haze, White Widow, and Super Lemon Haze.
Regardless of your goals, choosing high-quality cannabis products should be your priority to get value for your money and enjoy a smooth experience. The key to purchasing high-quality and safe products is to find a reliable seller. Also, choose the right cannabis strain and ensure it is organically cultivated, pure as per a third-party lab report, and well packaged.
Following these tips should help you pick a high-quality cannabis product to enjoy its therapeutic effects and have a memorable experience.
This article was written for WHN by Jessica Smith, who is a content creator, blogger, and health advocate.
As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before changing your wellness routine. This article is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, recommendation, treatment, or endorsement.
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