I suffer from ADHD, depression, and anxiety, and I heard from someone that CBD could help deal with my symptoms. Like most people, I was prescribed anti-depressants and other medications. I hated taking these from all the side effects that I was getting. I decided to get my hands on some CBD oil because of all the countless benefits that it gave you. There are some different ways that CBD can be taken, but the most common are oil forms. I was a bit skeptical at first because people can overhype things. I did some research to find out how to choose quality CBD oil.
I came across ten everyday things that you must do before buying it. I'm so glad I did because there are so many companies out there that sell some bunk products that do nothing. These are the ten following questions you must know the answer to before buying it online:
- Has a 3rd party lab-tested it?
- How much THC does it contain?
- How and where was the hemp grown and extracted?
- What is the concentration of CBD?
- What type of CBD is used?
- What are the ingredients?
- What are others saying about the product?
- Is cheaper always better?
- What claims are being made?
- Is there any accountability?
I'm going to tell you exactly what I followed to make sure that I got my hands on the best quality CBD that I could get.
How To Choose Quality CBD Oil
1. Has it been tested by a 3rd party lab?
The first thing you should do before even considering buying it online is to get a 3rd party lab report from the company you're buying it from. A lab report should outline how many mg of CBD are inside their products. By knowing how much CBD there is, this will indicate the potency.
There's a lot of websites out there that claim to have X amount of CBD, and they don't show you any reports. This means that they are hiding something as they do not share any evidence.
This is crucial because the whole point of taking CBD oil is to benefit from the compound itself. You need to see the recommended dosages for treating your condition.
2. How much THC does it contain?
Knowing how much THC is inside your CBD oil is crucial. THC is the compound that alters your state of mind and gets you high. CBD, however, is the medicinal component in cannabis that doesn't get you high.
THC is illegal in most countries, especially outside the USA. The law in most countries states that there should be no more than 0.3% THC in the whole bottle.
Hemp and cannabis are the same plants. Cannabis (or marijuana) is anything more than 0.3% THC, and anything below is called Hemp. Hemp is legal pretty much everywhere.
3. How and where was the hemp grown/extracted
The company should be able to tell you how their hemp was grown and where it has grown. If they can't tell you this, then it probably contains harmful pesticides or other toxic materials.
You should look for things like CO2 extraction and "organic." The point is they should be able to verify their cultivation methods and assure you that their products are pure.
4. What is the concentration of CBD?
The concentration of CBD should clearly be shown. They should tell you the percentage that is in the entire bottle, along with "how many drops." Knowing this can tell you how much CBD is in each drop.
If you follow the recommended dosage for yourself, then you can quickly achieve that by understanding how many drops you need per day.
5. What type of CBD is being used?
Spectrums are describing the cannabinoid profile that is present in the oil. Cannabis has eight major compounds, one of them being THC, which is the most well known.
CBD isolate/broad spectrum
Some people don't like the idea of having any THC at all. THC itself isn't bad, and it's only a problem when cannabis only has THC and no other cannabinoids present. High levels of THC has been shown to increase anxiety or paranoia and make existing mental health illnesses worse.
0.3% of THC will not do anything. It's far too small to give you any mind-altering effects.
Full-spectrum CBD benefits
If you want the full benefits of CBD oil, it's best to go with the full spectrum. This gives you all the benefits you need. There's also something called the "entourage" effect that people can experience.
6. What are the ingredients?
CBD can treat different things, such as pain, sleep, neurological disorders, and more. In some CBD products, you may have other compounds such as CBN, which is even more useful for things like pain and sleep. This is why it's important to get lab reports because they tell you exactly what's inside.
As for ingredients, there may be things like Melatonin or MCT oil. Melatonin is helpful for sleep, and MCT oil provides additional benefits such as better brain function.
It would say on the bottle what extra ingredients there are. So if you need additional benefits on top of CBD, then you can check out their ingredients or the label.
7. What are others saying about the product?
Social proof is always essential for anything you buy, but don't just skim through the reviews. Check what they say it's doing for them. If people are making absurd claims, then don't buy into the hype.
If the product has good overall reviews, then it's probably the right product.
8. Is cheaper always better?
Hemp is not cheap to produce. It takes massive farms to cultivate and extract CBD from the plants. If the product is ridiculously cheap, then it's probably a knockoff.
There are so many companies that are selling things like Hemp Seed Oil, and it has no CBD in it. What is the point of that?
High-quality CBD is almost always expensive. It's more of an investment if anything. If you look for quality CBD, you're probably looking $30 - $100 when you're just starting.
It all depends on your dosage requirements and how long the bottle will last you. The best thing to do is to buy it in bulk or buy a higher potency CBD bottle so that it lasts you for a while.
9. What claims are being made?
When I was looking for CBD oil, my own Dad was telling me how this couple cured cancer with hemp. I call BS. If anyone makes these sorts of claims, run far away from them as possible, it's not his fault because he didn't know much about it at the time but don't believe the hype.
This is a sales tactic to try to get you to buy super expensive products that all do the same thing.
On their website, they should not be making any claims. All they should be giving you is a lab report and showing you the potency. That's it.
10. Is there any accountability?
You should be able to speak to someone if you have questions. On their website, there should be a way to contact someone by email or a live chat. If they do not have this, then they are probably hiding something again because they probably don't know what they are selling.
Any company that you're investing your money into should be able to tell you precisely what is in their products.
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