CBD has exploded in the marketplace and can be found everywhere from your chiropractor’s office to your local bakery to large retailers such as Bed Bath and Beyond and CVS. But what is CBD, is it legal, how much should you take, and where should you buy CBD oil?
Here are four things you need to know in this Beginner’s Guide to Buying CBD.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over a hundred 100 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant or cannabis plant. It’s not to be confused with THC, which is also a component of these plants.
Since it recently became legal, there is not an “official” stance on what CBD treats, though it has been used for hundreds of years to help with anxiety, inflammation, pain reduction, and PTSD, and more studies are published every month touting its benefits.
Hemp-derived CBD is federally legal as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC, though each state has its own stance on CBD. If you purchase CBD from a state that has legalized marijuana, the THC content can be higher.
CBD products are derived in three ways: CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD, with the first two options containing zero THC.
Where To Buy CBD Oil?
CBD is available just about everywhere from online retailers to convenient stores to natural food stores, and even local restaurants. With the gaining popularity of the product, lots of retailers carry it but they may be uneducated as to which brand to choose or what to look for when purchasing a product. CBD is not available on Amazon though some hemp oils are, which may not be as effective as CBD oil.
Typically specialty shops have the most knowledgeable staff who can answer specific questions for first-time buyers and there is ample information online.
What Should I look for in a CBD Product?
CBD comes in multiple forms from tinctures (oil) to various edibles to topicals.
Oils are one of the most common products, which can be taken sublingually (placing them under the tongue until it is naturally absorbed in the mouth). Edibles and gummies are popular options for their convenience and taste and topicals are great for targeting specific areas of your body.
The amount of CBD in each product and brand ranges (our oils range from 450 mg-1,000 mg), which can affect the price. A 450 mg bottle of oil will be considerably cheaper than one double its strength. If you find a CBD product priced considerably lower than its competitors, there is a good chance it’s not accurately labeled as CBD costs well over $10,000 a pound and continuous lab testing is pricey.
Always choose a CBD brand that uses CBD from the U.S.A. (imported CBD is often lower quality and doesn’t have the same quality control), is independent third-party lab tested, states the number of milligrams of CBD on the package, and has a batch, lot, and expiration date. We also suggest googling the brand, as several well-known companies have recently been hit with lawsuits because the amount of CBD in the product was much lower than stated.
How Much CBD Oil Do I Need?
There isn’t a one size fits all answer to this question because CBD reacts differently with everyone’s endocannabinoid system, which is the receptors in your body that CBD binds to.
A rule of thumb is to take 1-6 mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight, i.e. 150-pound person may take 15-90 mg.
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