Considerations When Buying CBD
The CBD oil has grown steadily over the years. However, as of late, the popularity of CBD related products has exploded, putting it amongst the fastest growing industries in the world. As the market has become seemingly profitable, hundreds of companies and individuals are eager to bank off its runaway success, which has led to a flooding of the market with numerous products.
Today, it hard not to find a product which does not contain CBD, but according to experts, most of these products aren’t as advertised. Whether you are buying pure CBD online, topicals, beverages or e-liquids, it is essential to make sure that you’re getting what is advertised. In this article, we’ll look at what you should consider when buying CBD online, though the same considerations should be made when purchasing any other CBD related product.
How and Where Was the Hemp Plant Grown?
Most companies that sell CBD online don’t talk about how the hemp plants are grown and where they come from in their often-lengthy sales pitch. However, it is one of the most important considerations for anyone who buys CBD online.
Hemp plants are a bio-accumulator, which in layman’s terms means it isn’t selective about where it grows, or its environment for that matter. Hemp absorbs everything from the soil, water and air that it gets. Now, this can be both good and bad. If the grower used only organic farming techniques that that’s good for the plant and the resulting CBD. However, if corners were cut, then most likely chemicals, pesticides and toxins were used which have an adverse effect on the resulting CBD.
As a buyer, you always want to check and make sure that the hemp plant was grown organically, and ideally in the US. That way, you know that the resulting CBD is safe and effective.
How Much THC Does the Oil Have?
Legally, your CBD shouldn’t have more than 0.03% THC. If the levels of THC are any higher than this not only is it illegal to be sold, but it can have severe adverse effects, like the feeling of being “high”.
The best CBD and related products have no THC, and those are the ones you should consider. However, stay away from anything that has more than 0.03% THC.
How Was the CBD Oil Produced?
The CBD extraction process is long and often complicated. The multi-stage extraction process is something that CBD sellers don’t usually talk about, partly because it is boring, but also because they might have something to hide.
Extracting CBD is a complex process and requires advanced instruments. Many of these instruments cost thousands of dollars. The highest quality extraction method is referred to as “supercritical CO2 extraction.” The process uses CO2 or carbon dioxide to extract CBD in an artificially frigid environment. The result is the purest CBD possible. That’s the type of CBD you should buy.
Cheaper vendors will use other methods to lower the price but may compromise the quality of the resulting CBD extract. Some may even use toxic solvents like butane and propane. That’s why we often
warn people that a lower price tag isn’t always a good deal because all CBD extracts are not equal.
Check if the Product Has Been Tested by a Third Party Lab
You always want to make sure that the claims made by a brand or seller can be backed up by a certification, preferably by a third-party laboratory. If the product has been tested, then there should be lab reports on the company’s website. Furthermore, companies that have had their products tested, proudly display any relevant certification, so they are pretty hard to miss.
If you can’t find lab reports, then its safe to assume that the product does not contain the stated quantity of cannabinoids. The product could also contain harmful contaminants. Regardless, it is also possible that the company forgot to upload the reports to their website, so you’ll want to make sure by emailing the company and asking to see the reports.
If you don’t receive a response from the company, or there is no mention of 3rd party laboratory testing, then it’s best not to purchase their product.
How Much CBD Does the Product Have?
Now before you buy any CBD product, you should know how much CBD is in it. That will give you a reasonably good idea as to how much is in a single dose. Knowing this makes it easier to space out and plan your dosages. After all, you never want to take more or less than what is prescribed by your doctor.
Unfortunately, not all products are equal, and some may contain more CBD than others. So, if the seller doesn’t state the exact amount of CBD, make sure to ask them before deciding to buy.
You always want to buy CBD from a reputed company. A reputed company isn’t going to cut corners just to make a few extra bucks and tarnish their reputation. You will want to check independent reviews and see what others are saying about the brand’s products.
If you have friends and family members who have used CBD oil sold by the brand, make sure to get their opinion about it before buying. Don’t buy from a company that does not have reviews, and nobody has ever heard of.
We are pretty sure that by now, you know precisely how to go about buying the right type of CBD oil or any other related product for that matter. If you are in the market for CBD oil, and this is your first time, make a list of everything to consider. A checklist will make it easier to tick all the boxes as you investigate the product before buying it online. It goes without saying that once you’ve found a brand that you can trust sells quality CBD oil, you don’t need to walk through the same process again, which saves you time and effort.