By now you may have heard about CBD Oil. Right? This industry is exploding and nowadays it seems like CBD Oil is everywhere—from online and wellness stores to yoga studies and gas stations. It’s not surprising to see the prevalence of CBD as the interests in the therapeutic health benefits continue to grow. Dr. Oz is even speaking out about how CBD is showing scientific validation to help support mental and physical health.
However, while most have heard about this health craze there is still ambiguity around the unregulated CBD industry. For consumers navigating the world of CBD, it can be complicated—at best—and precarious—at worst. There are thousands of CBD brands and even more CBD products, from oils and creams to vapes and edibles. So, as a consumer, which brand should you choose and which CBD product is the best fit for your health and lifestyle?
What to Consider When Buying CBD Oil?
We encourage you to do your research to make an informed decision when it comes to buying CBD. To begin, not all CBD Oil is created equal. What brands put in their CBD product—and what they leave out—makes all the difference. To ensure the efficacy and safety of any CBD Oil, please consider the following:
- Potency of Cannabidiol (CBD) in the CBD Oil. Are you looking for a Pure CBD Oil which largely consists of Cannabidiol (CBD) or a full spectrum of cannabinoids in your CBD Oil? CBD, like THC is a cannabinoid in hemp. However, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive so you won’t feel high. While CBD and THC are the most known cannabinoids, there are over 100+ cannabinoids in hemp so we encourage you to review the CBD Oil’s COA (certificate of analysis) as well as the label to better understand the potency and purity of the CBD Oil.
- Ingredients in the CBD Oil. In addition to confirming the cannabinoid profile of the CBD Oil, it’s important to also review what other ingredients are included in the product. And it’s just as important to review what is NOT included via the COA to confirm absence of pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, additives, fillers, molds and mildew. Additionally CBD needs a carrier oil for bioavailability so check what type of oil is used like hemp seed oil, MCT oil, avocado oil, and pomegranate seed oil, to name a few. MCT oil is one of the best carrier oils for CBD due to its fast-acting effect as it bypasses the digestive system.
- 3rd-Party Lab Tests to Verify Potency, Purity, & Safety of the CBD Oil. This echoes some of the previous sentiments but always verify the 3rd-party lab test with the COA to confirm exactly what you are buying and putting in your body.
- Made in the US for Safety & Regulations. Does the CBD brand follow US Farm Bill regulations and is the CBD product manufactured by GMP Registered, ISO Certified and FDA audited facilities?
- Customer Reviews & Experiences with the CBD Brand. Read the experiences of other customers who have used the CBD brand and check out reputable sites like leafly.com—the world’s largest cannabis and hemp platform—for validation.
- Product Guarantees. Does the CBD brand offer a guarantee.If they stand by their product and its efficacy they will provide a guarantee along the lines of a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied with the results.
- Customer Service. Is there a customer support team you can contact and quickly get in touch with to address any questions or even concerns you may have prior to buying?
CBD Oil is being hailed for its many potential benefits related to anxiety, stress, pain, joint pain, arthritis, inflammation, PMS, sleep and more. As with any supplement, always do your homework and consult with a physician before starting a routine.