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What to Look for When Buying CBD Oil

Written By Ellese Symons Jul 13th 2022
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It would be difficult to find a supplement that offers as many potential wellness benefits as hemp-derived CBD. When you purchase a hemp-sourced CBD product, you benefit from the health and wellness potential of cannabis without the risk of intoxication. People are catching on.

After spending hours researching what CBD is and how it works, many people wanting to try CBD are often hesitant to make that first purchase. Some are afraid of purchasing the wrong type of product for their needs. Others are afraid of being taken advantage of after learning that many products on the market contain little, if any, CBD.

If you are interested in the many potential health benefits of CBD but are still uncomfortable purchasing a product, keep reading. It’s easy to determine the best type of product for your needs and avoid inferior products when you know what to look for.

What CBD Do You Need?

When it comes to selecting the best CBD product, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Only you can decide the types of products that fit your needs and your lifestyle. The following product descriptions could help you narrow down your options:

  • CBD Tinctures/ CBD Oil

    A CBD tincture is a blend of hemp oil and carrier oil. A versatile product, CBD tinctures can be added to foods or beverages, applied topically, or simply swallowed. Most people using a CBD tincture use the sublingual method, holding the oil under their tongue for 30-90 seconds before swallowing. Holding the tincture under your tongue allows the CBD to absorb into your bloodstream before hitting your digestive tract. Available in full-spectrum or 0% THC CBD, CBD tinctures may be ideal for those looking for a product with the potential to work quickly but provide long-lasting results.

  • CBD Isolate

    Of all the CBD products available, CBD isolate is one of the most concentrated. This white crystalline product is tasteless, odorless, and contains 0% THC. While CBD isolate is easy to add to your favorite recipes, you can also use CBD isolate powder to create your own topical CBD or tincture. If you would enjoy getting creative with your CBD options, CBD isolate could be your ideal delivery method.

  • CBD Capsules

    CBD capsules and softgels could be an ideal option for those who value ease of use and convenience. When you select CBD capsules, each dose is already measured for you. When using CBD capsules, you never have to worry about shaking bottles, counting drops, or answering the questions of curious onlookers. Many people prefer using CBD capsules because they are simple, discreet, and portable.

  • CBD Topicals

    Topical CBD products, like CBDistillery salve, lip balm, and skin cream, allow you to apply CBD directly to where you need it most.

  • CBD Vapes

    Vaping CBD is considered the fastest method of CBD delivery. While it can take up to a full hour to notice the potential effects of ingested products, vaping CBD is faster because the cannabinoids bypass your digestive tract. The effects of vaping CBD are typically felt within minutes. Although CBD vapes are quick, the effects of ingestible products last longer. Customers appreciate CBDistillery 200 mg Vape Pens because they are lightweight, potent, and flavorful.

What to Look For When Buying CBD Oil: 8 Tips

Now that you have more information about some of the many CBD product options, you likely have a better idea of which products would suit your needs. Before you make a product selection, it’s important to know you are selecting a high-quality product that is as pure and potent as the manufacturer claims. The following tips will help you identify the products, and product manufacturers, worthy of your trust:

  • #1 Extraction Processes

It is important to choose a CBD product that is manufactured by a company that is transparent about where their hemp is grown. Equally important, is to ensure that the company you are purchasing from follows Good Manufacturing Practices in their extraction process. Our CBD is extracted from the aerial parts of industrial hemp, grown in the open-air farms in Colorado, Kentucky, and Oregon, and processed through a CO2 Supercritical Extraction. The CO2 extraction process involves filtering liquid CO2 through a series of chambers packed with industrial hemp that controls temperature and pressure. When different temperatures and units of pressure are applied to cannabis plants, the sophisticated system is able to extract cannabinoids at an 85-90% efficiency.

  • #2 Plant Type

CBD is the scientific abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the 113+ potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in the plant Cannabis sativa L. Hemp and marijuana are terms often used interchangeably to describe any cannabis plant or its derivatives, but hemp is not marijuana. According to the federal government, hemp or industrial hemp includes the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part or derivative with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis. To avoid the feeling of intoxication often associated with cannabis products, it is recommended that you choose a product that is derived from industrial hemp.

  • #3 Third-Party Testing

When purchasing CBD, it’s important to select products from companies that have their hemp oil tested by a third-party lab. Third-party testing ensures your products don’t contain harmful chemicals or microbial contaminants and verify that products are as potent as the manufacturer claims. Since any company could claim their products are tested, it’s best to purchase your products from a company that lets you see the test results.

  • #4 THC Levels

You can use viewable third-party test results to confirm that the CBD product you select meets regulatory requirements. If your product contains more than 0.3 percent THC, it is no longer classified as hemp. Use the third-party test results to confirm that your CBD isolate products have 0% THC.

  • #5 Growing Methods

It’s important to purchase products from companies that insist on natural farming practices. When hemp is grown using natural farming practices, the plants used to create your products are grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.

  • #6 Reputation

You should always purchase from companies who value transparency. As a good rule of thumb, look for companies that share verified customer reviews and print earned product seals such as Natural Farming Practices, Lab-Tested Potency & Purity on their labels.

  • #7 Serving

The correct amount of CBD for you depends on your needs, the type of product you take, and the way your body responds to CBD. Everyone’s body reacts differently. We recommend starting with 5-10 mg of CBD, waiting 3-4 hours, and increasing as necessary to achieve desired effects. Keep track of how it affects you as it can take several hours, several days, or several weeks before you notice significant benefits, so be patient.

  • #8 International Imposters

The more you know about the company that makes your CBD, the better. Some CBD companies are passing off low-quality products from international manufacturers. Many of their so-called “hemp oil” products are made with hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil, while a hemp product, does not contain CBD. Product descriptions for these questionable products can be quite convincing, so it’s important to be able to verify the CBD content of a product. That number should be specified in milligrams. If a company uses terms like “most potent” or “extra strength” without specifics, your best bet is to find a different option.

Purchasing Hemp CBD with Confidence

For the novice, buying CBD for the first time can be a bit intimidating. Once you are confident that you are choosing a CBD product that fits your needs and your lifestyle, the process gets easier. When you have enough information to verify you are purchasing a high-quality product from a reputable source, you can proceed with confidence.

For hemp-derived CBD tinctures, topicals, capsules, and CBD vape products visit CBDistillery. Based in Colorado, CBDistillery is a vertically integrated company. That means we have full control over every aspect of production from the planting of non-GMO hemp seeds to the distribution of our products. CBDistillery uses CO2 extraction, natural farming practices, and provides access to the third-party test results of every product we offer.