CBD is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant family. Over the past couple of years CBD has become the most prominent and most talked about cannabinoid. Although CBD and its notorious cousin cannabinoid THC are both part of the cannabis plant family, they have very different attributes at their cores. The most significant being that CBD is non-intoxicating and will not get users “high”. This core difference makes CBD perfect for those looking to get the medicinal value associated with the cannabis plant, without having to worry about any of the unwanted psychoactive side effects. We understand that the CBD marketplace can be overwhelming at first, so that is why we have put together our top five tips when shopping for CBD online.
1. Source of Hemp
Whenever you shop for CBD products you should first look where the hemp is grown and extracted. We always encourage consumers to use CBD products that use hemp grown domestically in the USA. Oftentimes, hemp grown overseas is done so on land that has been contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides. These type of harmful substances do not belong in your CBD products, let alone in your body.
2. Third Party Testing
Any CBD product you plan to consume should have third party laboratory results publicly available and easy to access. This helps ensure both the effectiveness and safety of the product. Lab results should be full panel, so you can see both the cannabinoid potency and the purity of the product.
3. 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. Did you know that there are also CBD products intended for your pet? Dogs, cats and horses all can benefit from CBD use. You can find various products from pet tinctures to CBD treats for dogs.
4. 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. It is also important to note that a CBD product which has traces of THC can still cause a failed drug test, so you always want to go with options that are 0.0% in THC with no traces of THC.
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.
Before purchasing any CBD product either online or in-person at a retail location that carries CBD it is important to do your research and understand the marketplace. Educating yourself about the various terms from numerous sources will help ensure that you get a product that will work for you the first time around. We hope this article helps you find the right CBD product for your needs!
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