If you've been scouring the web or searching for local vape shops, finding where to buy CBD oil, or more importantly, finding the right CBD oil to buy, can be overwhelming. While there is greater variety and more competition than ever before (which is great for the consumer), it can also be a bit of a challenge as there are more and more brands and products out there to choose from.
The easiest way to begin in finding the right CBD oil for you is probably from the comfort of your own home, by simply beginning your search online. Keywords entered such as CBD Oil Tinctures or CBD Gelcaps, very common products in our industry, will get you started in the right direction. Pages of companies and brands will appear, now as you begin sorting and selecting, there are certain criteria to begin keeping in mind.
Here are 5 important things to consider when finding the right CBD oil to buy:
What Form do I Want my CBD to be in?
In what form do I want my CBD to be in? There are many options here: Gelcaps, Tinctures, Gummies, Flower, Isolate, Vape, Salves, Lotions, etc. Consider what you are comfortable with, and how you would like to consume your CBD. Tinctures are easy to take, and are usually flavorless, while Gummies or other edibles are great if you don't necessarily want to feel like you are explicitly taking CBD. Lotions are multi-purpose, as they are practical and provide the benefits of a topical while also providing your dose of CBD. Of course vaping is a common and relaxing way of consuming CBD if you prefer this method. Again, it comes down to what you are comfortable with; you may even want to experiment with a few forms to see what works for best for you!
At what strength? This is a measure of the concentration present in a product, almost always in Milligrams (mg). If a "CBD Product" doesn't contain CBD in mg on the label, I wouldn't purchase that product. An example of a commonly sold tincture contains 1000mg CBD and should be labeled as such.
The Source of the Hemp
Where was Hemp originally sourced from? By this I mean is it American Grown and Organic? I would require it to be since Hemp is capable of drawing harmful compounds from the environment from which it is grown and into the plant itself. This can occur from polluted air, water or soil. The last thing a consumer needs is something harmful present in their CBD Products.
Not all CBD Products are Created Equal
Not all CBD Products are created equal: Keep in mind that the CBD Industry doesn't currently have a lot of regulations in place to ensure that all companies are doing things the right way. The FDA has gone so far as actually testing some of these products and the results were far from consistent. Some contained a bit more CBD than labeled, some contained less, some didn't contain any CBD at all! Be certain that the company you select has 3rd Party Lab Test Results for every CBD Product they sell - you can view our extensive list of Lab Results here. If you want to take this even further, as I have, purchase a product and send it off to another lab to further ensure what you are actually purchasing. Online testimonials always help, from customers who have tried the products and want to share their experience - read them carefully and factor that into your buying decision, though always take some of what you read with a grain of salt.
Last but not least...Pricing: I truly think this is the most important factor once everything else previously mentioned prior is resolved. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll recall we've discussed how to make sense of CBD pricing in the past. What a CBD Product costs when compared to a similar one can vary drastically. I've seen 2500mg Tinctures sold for over $200 and I've seen them sold for less than $100 (we think ours is priced very competitively considering the value :)). For further reading, check out our previous article about 1,000mg CBD pricing to learn more. Tested side by side, both products could both contain equal amounts of CBD, so why such a significant difference in price? My stance is that the answer is unimportant, as long as the less expensive brand is deemed legit, then save yourself some money!
I hope this sheds some light for you on where you can find CBD and what to look when making your purchasing decision. It can certainly seem overwhelming, but with some research you'll be sure to find the right brand for you.