In the growing topical market, new products and offerings are constantly being created and made available for the average consumer. There is a seemingly endless stream of lotions, creams, salves, and rubs out there that are both popular for their effectiveness and in high demand. These new cannabis creations are driving diversity within the topical realm and the many numerous options are great from a consumer standpoint. With all of the different topical products available, new concerns exist within sourcing and production techniques from the companies creating them and consumers should be informed and aware of what they are buying and applying to their skin.
As with any product intended for physical consumption or absorption, whether that be internal or external, a user should be fully aware of the ingredients of the product. While a product intended for topical use may seem less likely to affect the consumer, and topical products do interact within the human body differently than other methods, there is still need for concern over any potential contaminants within the product.
The concerns that arise in regards to contaminants in topical products are similar to other forms of cannabis products. A high end product is going to include pure and quality ingredients and is expected to be free of any pollutants or impurities. With cannabis and CBD products such as topicals, the potential for contamination stems from how a plant is grown and/or processed. The use of pesticides in the growing process can lead to toxins and other harmful chemicals leaching their way into the plant itself and creating the potential for harm. Theses harmful additives can, over time, turn a helpful and potentially medicinal product into one that does more damage than repair.
One way a consumer can vet a topical product is by purchasing products that have been properly third party tested for any of these potential contaminants. Until standardized regulation of these products is in effect, third party testing offers a safeguard to ensure customer safety and provide peace of mind while purchasing. In addition to a clean and clear ingredient list, consumers should always look at a product to deem if it has been properly third party tested for potential contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, molds, and microbes. As with any product intended for physical use, topicals should be screened by the consumer so they can make an informed choice on its safety and effectiveness.
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