There is no denying that CBD has taken the health and wellness marketplace by storm. Since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which made CBD derived from hemp federally legal, popularity has skyrocketed. More and more people every day are turning to this natural supplement for relief against a variety of ailments related to pain and inflammation.
CBD is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant family. Unlike its notorious cousin THC, CBD is a cannabinoid that will not get users intoxicated or a “high” feeling. This means consumers can use CBD throughout the day and benefit from the medicinal value associated with cannabis. Unfortunately, not all CBD is created equal. Therefore consumers most do their due diligence and understand what to look for when purchasing CBD products. In this article we will walk you through some of the most important attributes to look for in quality CBD products.
5 Tips When Purchasing CBD Online
- Source of Hemp
First and foremost, you must always look for CBD products that use hemp organically grown domestically in the USA. Oftentimes, when brands use hemp grown overseas they are contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides. These type of harmful substances do not belong anywhere near your CBD products.
- Third Party Testing
All CBD products should have third party laboratory results that can prove both potency and purity. These test results should be done by a third party laboratory with no direct affiliation with the brand. These tests should be public and easy to find, if your CBD products do not have third party laboratory results, we would highly suggest tossing them out. The CBD marketplace is simply too competitive to settle.
- Product Types
Before purchasing any CBD product you first must figure out what you plan to use CBD for. If you are planning to use CBD for external issues related to pain and inflammation, we would 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 edible.
Did you know that our four legged friends can also benefit from CBD use? Yes, dogs, cats, and horses all have an endocannabinoid system as well that can process cannabinoids. We oftentimes recommend CBD treats for dogs or tinctures to help give your pets the relief they deserve.
Another important attribute to look for is the extraction type. The industry standard extraction is a supercritical Co2 extraction. Other extraction methods such as ethanol and butane, oftentimes use harsh solvents to extract the needed cannabinoids. These harsh solvents are not meant to be used in consumable products and you should avoid such at all costs.
The CBD marketplace has taken large leaps in the past couple of years, however there is still a lot of room for improvement. There is still a large educational gap that must be filled in the CBD industry. We urge consumers to look for brands that put the time, effort and resources in educating the public and are not simply selling to make a quick buck. The brands who are putting in the time and effort to teach consumers oftentimes hold themselves to a higher standard and provide the marketplace with higher quality products.
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?
We hope this article helps you distinguish quality CBD products versus subpar ones and helps you choose the right CBD product for you the first time around!