Top 7 Tips When Purchasing CBD Online
CBD, also known as cannabidiol is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that has taken the natural supplement industry by storm. This natural supplement has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that have been linked to help consumers with various ailments. Although CBD is part of the cannabis plant family, it does have some very unique attributes. CBD is non-intoxicating and will no leave users feeling “high”. This is perfect for consumers who are looking to get the medicinal value associated with cannabis, without the psychoactive side effects.
More and more people every day turning to CBD as their natural supplement of choice. Unfortunately, not all CBD is created equal and product quality can vary greatly by brand. In this we will equip you with the knowledge you need to know how to spot a quality products versus a subpar CBD product.
- Source of Hemp
This is the first and quite arguably most important factor when choosing a CBD product. You want to ensure that the hemp used in your finished product, is grown organically here in the USA. Cultivation standards are significantly higher here in the USA when compared to numerous sources overseas. Hemp grown overseas is oftentimes done so on land that has been contaminated by heavy metals and pesticides. These type of harmful substances do not belong in your CBD products.
- Third Party Testing
Test results are a must in the industry. You should be able to find or ask for third party test results for any products you purchase. If a company is not transparent and does not provide such, go elsewhere. It is also important to look and make sure that the laboratory doing the tests is accredited and not affiliated with the brand. Last but not least you want to make sure the test results are up to date (at least within 18 months).
- THC Levels
Your third party tests results should show both CBD potency and THC potency. In order to comply with federal guidelines the THC content may not exceed 0.3% by weight. Full Spectrum CBD products have trades amount of THC, meanwhile isolate and broad spectrum are supposed to have 0% THC. Although some products may comply with federal guidelines when it comes to THC, they can still trigger a failed drug test if they contain any traces of THC. If you are drug tested we oftentimes recommend sticking to only isolate or broad spectrum CBD products.
Ingredients go above and beyond just the CBD used. You should make sure the ingredients used in your CBD products are natural and beneficial for your health as well. We would encourage you to stay away from CBD oil with dyes and other harmful ingredients.
The industry standards for extraction is a Co2 supercritical extraction. We oftentimes urge consumers to avoid ethanol and butane extraction processes as these sometimes use harsh solvents which are not meant to be used on consumables of any sort.
Education is key. For the CBD industry and cannabis industry to grow, it most educate the public. If a brand is not dedicated to educating not only you, but the overall public, do you truly think that they take the extra steps in providing safe and effective products? A good place to look would be the companies blog. If they take the time to educate you on numerous subjects, then they are doing their part.
- Product Types
Before purchasing any CBD product you first must figure out what you want to get out of CBD. If you are planning to use CBD for external issues we would highly recommend a CBD topical product such as a CBD Stick or CBD Massage Oil. If you are planning to use CBD to help with internal issues related to anxiety, stress and such we would recommend going with a consumable product such as a CBD tincture or CBD softgel.
Knowledge is power. Educating yourself about the various terms from numerous sources will help ensure that you get the right product the first time around. We hope this article helps you find the right CBD product for your needs!