While CBD is becoming more and more mainstream and more people understand the distinctions between CBD and other cannabis products, as well as the benefits, much is still unknown about CBD. And people who might want to try CBD for the first time might not know what to look for or even where they can find a reliable source for CBD products. In this article, we’re going to give you a brief guide to CBD products and a few things you should look out for if you don’t want to end up with a subpar or even potentially dangerous product.
Place of Origin is Essential
If you’re looking into buying CBD online, then you should try to pick products extracted from hemp grown on American soil, more specifically in states like Kentucky, Vermont, Oregon, Tennessee, etc. Try to avoid CBD from foreign sources. Go for CBD products from states where medicinal marijuana has been legalized since their standards are usually higher for production.
Understanding the Different Types of CBD Products
When picking CBD products, you should be looking for full spectrum products. Avoid products that were made distillates, isolates or anything that says: "no THC" or "pure CBD." Full spectrum products will contain a wide variety of different compounds, along with a tiny amount of THC in accordance with the official definition for hemp. If THC is completely outlawed in your state, broad-spectrum products are the second option. They also contain a variety of CBD derived compound, minus the THC.
Look at the Packaging and Website
When picking products, make sure that you look at the label closely. Ideally, the packaging should have clear THC and CBD measurements, not just the total cannabinoid content. You should also check if the supplier is making bold claims about the health benefits of CBD on their website since this is completely forbidden by the FDA.
Be Careful with Vape Cartridges
Vaping is a common route of administration when it comes to CBD products. However, you have to be careful when buying cartridges. These will often contain harmful elements such as ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and a multitude of other additives and potentially dangerous ingredients, so be careful.
Also, make sure to be careful when buying other derivative products like CBD gummies for instance. While they might be beneficial to some, they are often laden with all sorts of additives like corn syrups and tons of artificial color and flavoring.
Know from which Source the CBD was Extracted
Ideally, you want CBD that was extracted from pure high resin cannabis, grown sustainably. However, you should always beware if a company claims that their product is derived from hemp seed or stalk. This is because the seeds and the stalk hardly have any trace of CBD in them.
Beware of Fraudulent Sales Practices
While there are companies that will outright rip you off and sell you a bad product, a lot of companies have sneaky tricks to get buyers to keep buying. Beware of any company that seems too eager to sign you up in order to get you to commit to multiple purchases. And beware of multilevel marketing schemes as well.
When buying CBD products, don’t be afraid to contact the supplier directly and ask them questions about anything. Reputable companies will be more than happy to answer all of your questions. And if for any reason you cannot get in touch with them directly, then look elsewhere.
While the world of CBD products may seem mystifying, once you know the basics, finding great product becomes a breeze.