If you have ever bought CBD isolate, you probably understand the unique advantage that it offers. Its purity is higher than that of any other CBD product, allowing you to supercharge your dosage for maximum results. Of course, there is more to the story than that, as you do have to be careful not to go too far. The potential side effects of taking too much are mild but can be unpleasant. This is just one example of why you have to be more careful when using a more concentrated CBD product. As part of that effort, you should definitely consider the source and quality of every supplier with care. 

Spotting Unscrupulous CBD Merchants

Because CBD is kind of a trend right now, there are a lot of people trying to cash in on that trend. This has resulted in a flood of CBD merchants that, quite frankly, should not be trusted. You can often spot these people right away, however, by looking for certain suspicious signs. We would say that these are the top four: 

  • 1. No address or contact info is given for the company
  • 2. No listed owner
  • 3. Spelling and grammar mistakes in the advertising
  • 4. No detailed product information

All of these things just scream, “unprofessional.” In many cases, that means a low-quality product, a scam artist, or maybe even both. In general, most of the warning signs come down to a lack of transparency. 

Evaluating The Product

It is good to research the company with whom you are doing business, but the product itself is the best proof you could want. By evaluating the CBD isolate itself, you can tell for sure if you are getting your money’s worth. One thing to look for right away is a pure white colour. When a plant product is refined into a pure substance, all the substances that add colour are removed, resulting in a product that is 100% coluorless. Anything less indicates the presence of impurities. That is a serious problem because it means the isolate was not produced with a clean and efficient process. That is a serious red flag, so avoid discoloured isolate like the plague. 

Another thing to watch for is a product that appears wet and is caked together. You are looking for a fine, dry powder here. Wetness is bad for several reasons. First of all, it’s just unprofessional that someone wouldn’t take the extra effort to dry their product properly. Secondly, that can cause mildew over time, and nobody wants that. Finally, that moisture adds extra weight to the isolate, which means you are paying more per ounce than you should…because part of what you are paying for is water. This is actually a trick that has often been used by some unscrupulous Marijuana dealers (wetting the product to increase its worth), so it’s another serious red flag. 

Purity Testing

There are quite a few private laboratories that are willing to test small samples of various products. There will be a fee, of course, so it’s not something to do lightly. We would recommend that private individuals should only go this far if they are planning to establish a long-term business relationship with a particular company. A laboratory analysis is the only way to be sure that your CBD isolate is sufficiently pure. 

That being said, there is another way to test the purity of a CBD product. There are a number of test kits on the market that are intended for Cannabis products. Obviously, you aren’t going to find these at your local store, so you will have to order them online. A lot of them are intended for use with CBD oil, but there is no reason that you couldn’t use most of them to measure the purity of your CBD isolate. One thing to be careful of, however, is making sure you get the right kind of test kit. You want to look for one that tests both CBD and THC. 

It is important to test both THC and CBD because it gives you two ways to verify the quality of the product. As you may already know, legal Cannabis products must contain no more than 0.3% THC. The problem comes from the fact that CBD is legal and THC (in most places) is not. However, the law gives a certain tolerance to legal CBD products, and you can use a test kit to make sure that the product is within those limits. As for purity, an isolate should be 98-99% pure. Anything less is suspicious, as it indicates the use of filler material. This is also a trick that has been used by illicit drug dealers, though not necessarily in the same way. 


When it comes to buying CBD isolate, it is important that you don’t get misled. After all, there are a lot of white powders in the world that can potentially be used as fillers, and many of them are not good for human consumption. We would recommend that you always follow the old axiom: “Trust but verify.” It takes a discriminating eye, but it’s not all that hard to weed the bad out from the good (pun intended). We thank you for reading our work, and we wish you a good day. 

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