OK...so you want to buy some CBD products for the first time but you notice that since the last time you looked the marketplace has become a LOT MORE CROWDED!
Now it seems like everybody and their Grandmother, including Gas Station Granny, has a CBD product that is "the best" or "the purest".
Well, don't believe the hype, cause not all CBD products are made the same and it is with that in mind that we offer you this simple buy guide to help you on your journey toward completing that first purchase.
Also...check this article out which was produced by the CBD Awareness project. It can help answer all of your questions about CBD.
Good Luck and happy shopping!!!
Things you need to know before you buy...
1. What effects are you looking for in your CBD?
There are thousands of testimonials concerning the effects caused by ingesting CBD products. These letters, videos and comments cover everything from reduction of chronic pain to helping in the regeneration of hair, stopping epileptic fits to skin care and much much more.
Know which condition or circumstance that you or your loved one would want to address before you start looking.
2. USA versus the world
Perhaps I am biased but I truly believe that the best grown hemp in the world comes from right here in the USA.
Colorado, Oregon, California even North Carolina are producing super high quality hemp, grown and processed under the strictest of Government standards.
Companies that source USA grown hemp will proudly display that information on their product labels.
3. What’s on the bottle is in the bottle
This one is simple.
If the product's label doesn't have a list of ingredients, don't buy it.
If the label doesn't say how much CBD is in a serving, don't buy it.
If they don’t offer clear and totally transparent access to their third party lab test results…
DON’T BUY IT!!!
Which leads us on to…
4. Don't buy CBD at a gas station
You probably don’t want to buy anything for Mom from a gas station, although in fairness some of these Mega stations do have lots of cool stuff…
But as a general rule, buying CBD from a gas station is just a no-no!
5. How much do I take?
Dosage is another very hot and contested topic in the CBD industry. Because the amount of information created by unbiased parties is still so small, there are no comprehensive guidelines for how much CBD to take. That means some trial and error will be necessary in order to come to the best dosage.
Start slowly and pay attention. You will become an expert on your own body’s needs in no time.
6. How to take it
Dosage can also depend on how the CBD is consumed.
For example, vaping CBD or smoking the flower tends to act on the system much more quickly than say eating a 25 mg gummy. CBD edibles pass through your liver before going to your bloodstream and lose some strength along the way where-as smoke is absorbed through the lungs and directly into the bloodstream.
Some people prefer topicals such as salves or lotions which are great for a more localized application to a specific part of the body.
This goes back to tip number one. Know what you want out of your CBD.
Personally, I use it in every form available as a total body solution.
And it works!
7. Full-spectrum or isolate?
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids.
CBD Isolate is typically extracted from Hemp, due to its low to non-existent THC-content.
Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids.
It was previously believed that CBD in its isolated form was more effective than Full Spectrum CBD; however, in 2005, this theory was debunked by a study from the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem.
Most people who are concerned with drug testing or simply don’t like the idea of any THC being present will go with isolates.
However, continued testing has shown that the “terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids” that naturally occur in the plant have health benefits of their own.
Again… trail and error. For me, it’s full spectrum all the way!
The bottom line...
When it comes to buying CBD, there is definitely a lot to consider.
And then there is always the possibility that your Mom simply may not want to give it a real try.
You can’t take it personally. Personal health care is...well...personal!