Do you buy everything online? Most of us get everything from groceries, to clothes, to camping gear online, so why should it be different for CBD oil?
How relaxing it is to think that all you have to do is point and click and have a package of CBD oil delivered to your door. However, there are things you need to look consider before hitting that “place order” icon.
Since the legalization of CBD is so recent, the regulations concerning its sale and manufacture are still pretty loose. Vendors often try to take advantage by selling substandard products to the public, and that especially applies to people who buy online. When people are looking for instant gratification, they’re less likely to look too carefully into what they are purchasing, and manufacturers are all too aware.
When buying online, it’s easy to choose the product that looks the best, but there are things you should look for to make sure what your purchasing is of high quality, especially when you’re buying CBD. Here are ten things you should look out for when buying CBD online:
Where was the hemp grown?
One of the things that you really want to look out for when you’re buying CBD online is where it came from and more importantly, what might be in it. Hemp is a bio-accumulator which means it’s not very selective about the environment it grows. It will absorb anything from the air, soil, and water whether good or bad. It’s up to the grower to make sure the hemp only gets the good. The last things you want in your CBD are pesticides, toxins, and chemicals.
When you buy CBD online, look out for organically grown hemp that can be traced back to a US source. Keep in mind, when the hemp gets the good stuff, you’re getting the good stuff, so be certain the hemp is traceable to a reliable grower.
How much THC is in the CBD oil?
There may be a time and a place for getting high, but we’re pretty sure you want to decide when and where it is. If you’re at work or doing something which requires full concentration, you probably want to keep THC as far from the picture as possible.
So, will a reputable CBD vendor. In order for a hemp product to be considered legal in the United States, CBD must contain a maximum of 0.03% THC. The best products contain none at all, so look for those if you’re concerned about having even trace amounts of THC in your body.
How was it made?
A lot of what happens in the CBD manufacturing process goes on behind the scenes. When done right, the process used to extract CBD oil from the hemp plant can be very complex and requires expensive instruments. The highest quality CBD is extracted using the “super-critical CO2 extraction.” In this process, carbon dioxide is used to pull out the CBD in a super-cold environment to get the purest CBD possible.
Lower quality vendors use cheap methods to separate the CBD from the plant. These methods include dangerous toxic solvents like propane and butane, which are meant to light pilot lights on gas ranges and stoves. They have no place in CBD oil or its extraction.
Sometimes a cheaper price tag doesn’t mean a better deal. Check that the CBD you buy online is manufactured using a CO2 extraction process. Otherwise, you may end up paying a higher price in the end.
Is Your CBD “whole plant” or “full spectrum?”
The really high-grade CBD uses the whole plant. CBD isolates are popular, but they’re really just the cheaper parts of the plant and are not as effective as full spectrum CBD.
When the whole plant is used, it means you are getting its full range of beneficial constituents.
Check the labels on your CBD oil for “whole plant” or “full spectrum’ in order to be certain you’re getting the terpenes and phosphates that give the CBD it’s extra punch. Check the websites to get the whole picture on the "whole plant.” If you don’t see the information on the website, look for a contact number so you can get in touch with a salesperson who can answer your questions.
Third Party Lab Results
The most comprehensive quality checks on CBD oil online are done by third-party laboratories. These are labs that are not associated with the manufacturers that examine the CBD to ensure it meets quality standards. Some companies pass these tests, and others fail.
If you want to make sure your hemp is all it should be (pure extraction, a high concentration of CBD and low concentration of THC), the easiest way to do all of those at once is by checking the third-party lab results.
A trusted brand will always have the third-party lab results listed on its website or in its packaging. If you have trouble finding the results, the brand should have a good customer service agent who is willing to supply you with that information.
Concentration of CBD
When buying CBD online, concentrate on concentration. Many companies will “water down” their CBD oils in order to make a profit, bringing the concentration level of the CBD down and weakening its efficacy in the process.
Luckily, there is a numerical standard for CBD concentration that will ensure you're getting what you pay for and it should be easy to spot on the product's labeling. A quality product will contain somewhere between 250 – 1000 mg per fluid ounce. That means if you see a product that is four ounces contain 250 mg, the concentration is only ¼ of what it should be. Divide the total amount of CBD in the product by the ounces in the container to get an accurate measure.
Sure, we all want a good deal whenever we buy, and buying online is a great way to do comparison shopping, but keep in mind, producing quality CBD is expensive, and if the price tag is suspiciously low, it may mean the company is cutting corners on extraction methods and concentration levels.
Remember, like everything else, you get what you pay for. We're not telling you to ignore a good deal, but make sure to do your homework first. Sometimes, the lower price is the real rip off.
Beware of False Advertising
CBD can help with inflammatory conditions, elevate mood, relieve pain, and lower symptoms of anxiety, but if you hear a company claiming that their product can do much more than that, a reality check is probably in order.
CBD oil can be a wonderful daily supplement and can help to treat many of the conditions that affect so many people today, but there are limitations. The FDA has strict regulations placed on the claims a company can make about the efficacy of their product in terms of treatment for medical conditions. If a company is capable of violating these regulations, it raises questions about what other customer service policies they are capable of ignoring.
Even if you fall prey to false claims from a company, you don’t want to be the one left holding the bag. A reliable company will take accountability which means that it will stand behind its product and guarantee customer satisfaction.
It's a good sign when a company has reliable customer service that is easy to reach and professional in handling your questions and concerns. Before ordering, it may be a good idea to try and reach out to these companies. If someone gets back to you in a timely fashion and is willing to address your concerns, it means they take accountability seriously.
Forms of CBD
CBD is available in a lot of different forms each with its own unique benefits and detriments. When buying CBD online, it is important to make sure the CBD you are buying comes in the form that you prefer.
CBD oil is available in vape form, capsules, tinctures, edibles, and creams. Not only do these forms differ in methods of ingestion and application, but they also differ in the amount of time they take to work and how long they remain effective in the body.
Before you buy CBD oil online make sure the form you are buying is the best to treat your particular issue.
For immediate relief, vaping, tinctures, and creams will do the trick. If you want something long-lasting and are not too concerned with instant results, capsules and edibles may be more along the lines of what you’re looking for.
Whichever you choose, make sure the CBD you're buying is in the form that works best to target your specific issues.
While the form of CBD can vary from person to person, there is something that everyone can agree on, and that’s high-quality CBD that comes from a reliable and traceable source. CBD has wonderful benefits that we all can profit from. When the consumer wins, the CBD industry wins. Consider these ten things when buying CBD oil online, to make it a win-win situation all the way around.