If you don't yet know what CBD is - please read our blog post 'What is CBD'.
With the resurgence of the cannabidiol industry in the 21st century, hundreds of companies have literally launched overnight to address the increased demand for CBD oil. With each of them making very similar claims, it can be difficult to determine if CBD oil is right for you.
CBD retailers are competing against each other online for the title of “Best CBD oil company.” Because of this it can be very overwhelming to accurately determine which is the best CBD oil to buy.
Before making a purchase, it’s important to consider a wide variety of factors.
As a first-time buyer, education is the key factor in determining if CBD oil is right for you. This guide will serve as a trusted source of information, as it's important to have a basic understanding of what's actually in your CBD tinctures, Gummies and Topicals.
One of the biggest misconceptions about CBD oil is the idea it comes exclusively from marijuana. Although marijuana plants do contain CBD, products using CBD extracted from marijuana can contain higher concentrations of THC (which produce a 'high'). Generally CBD products are taken from the Hemp plant - which contains high levels of CBD and low-to-zero levels of THC.
Both hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species – Cannabis sativa – but vary in THC composition. THC, otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most infamous cannabinoid due to its high-inducing properties.
Hemp is bred to have lower THC concentrations. Conversely, marijuana is grown to have high THC content.
Here is a diagram to show the difference:
CBD helps people in many different ways because of how it works.
CBD works by stimulating the endocannabinoid system – a biological structure common in all vertebrates.
Yes believe it or not there is a specific system in our bodies that are receivers for cannabinoids! This system helps maintain homeostasis, the human body’s natural balance of physical and chemical systems when responding to various physiological conditions.
Within the endocannabinoid system, CBD molecules attach to CB2 cannabinoid receptors that are connected to the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS includes various organs and systems, such as the immune system, muscles, skin, and limbs.
So you can see that because the endocannabinoid system is connected to many areas of the body, by taking CBD, it helps our biological systems to return to their optimal range of function .
For further reading please go to 'What is the endocannabinoid system' blog post
There are 3 main ways to take CBD.
1) Through tinctures/ oils
2) Edibles such as Gummies
3) Topicals (cream you rub on the skin)
Most CBD oil products will have a number on the front of the bottle, often ranging from 300 mg to 10000 mg. This number is not the amount of CBD oil you get in every tincture or capsule but is instead the total amount of CBD contained within the CBD oil product.
The actual amount of CBD you receive should be the total CBD number on the front (in milligrams), divided by the number of servings in the bottle.
e.g 300mg, 500mg, 3000mg is the total amount in the whole container, this is then divided between the number of servings to get the amount of 1 dosage. For example:
300mg divided by 30 servings = 10mg per single dose
500mg divided by 30 servings = 16.6mg per single dose
750mg divided by 30 servings = 25mg per single dose
What's the difference?
300mg would be considered low potency (20mg per day)
500mg would be considered mid potency (30/40mg per day)
Anything 1000mg and up would be considered high potency (100mg+ per day)
For more info on this: see our blog post: What dosage of CBD should I be taking?
We recommend: starting with a low dose - of 300 - 500mg strength (which would be a 20mg-40mg dose) once or twice a day and seeing how you feel. You can always go up from there, everyone's body is different so it may take a bit of experimenting to find the best regime for you.
Please see our blog post What does CBD feel like when I take it?
In retail, it’s often assumed that a higher priced product is of better quality. As it pertains to CBD oil, that may not be the case. Price and quality do not always correlate.
There have been many cases of serious labeling discrepancies over different products which claim to contain CBD. Some showed that the products contained significantly higher or lower concentrations of CBD than advertised. Some contained no CBD at all. Research your product.
When it comes to buying CBD oil, don’t just seek an expensive product in hopes of getting the best in the market. Instead, focus on learning about the company’s manufacturing process and exploring their lab reports to determine what you’re getting in each product batch.
Now that you understand what CBD is, your next question may be where to buy CBD oil. You can often buy CBD oil online, or at specialty retail stores.
One of the downsides of buying CBD oil at a dispensary or specialty retail shop is quality control. Because retailers are purchasing products from external extractors, they often don’t provide lab reports or purity analysis.
When you buy CBD oil direct from companies that provide information about their manufacturing process and post verified lab reports, you can rest assured you are getting high-quality CBD oil.
Before you buy CBD oil online, be sure to keep an eye out for these five factors:
One of the most prevalent scams involving CBD oil is those offering “free trial bottles.” When they use a credit card, it will either be charged multiple times for the shipping fee or charged monthly for a “club” that you probably didn’t realize you were joining.
Be wary when buying solely from social media CBD suppliers. In addition to violating the terms of service for most social media sites, sellers often can’t provide lab results about their CBD oil.
Much like social media advertising, anyone can claim to sell CBD oil. Before buying CBD oil online, review their independent third-party lab results publicly posted online. If there are no third-party lab results available, request them before purchase. If they can’t provide them, avoid making a purchase.
Before buying CBD oil online, be sure to read all the reviews – both good and bad – on the company website, at independent news websites, and through social media. If there are no reviews or very few reviews, be wary of falsely advertised quality CBD oil.
If a CBD oil company makes outlandish claims about their product’s potential, be aware. Only buy CBD oil from companies that can provide the science behind their products.
Because mammals (including cats, dogs, and horses) all have similar ECS functions, CBD for pets can provide some of the same applications. For those looking for an alternative to natural relief, CBD may support a more wholesome wellness regimen.