Whether you’re a newbie interested in trying out CBD or are a long-time user wanting to try new products, there are some factors you might want to consider before you buy. Take a look at our list of 9 things to look out for when shopping for CBD products.
1) What’s Your Intended Use?
Some people take CBD for a variety of health and wellness reasons. Some of these can include promoting feelings of calm and relaxation or helping to ease discomfort.
Before you buy CBD you should keep in mind what it is that you’d like to use it for.
This may help you choose what type of product you’d like to use. It is perhaps more beneficial for you to choose a product that is suited to your own individual needs.
2) Choose The Right Product For You
After you’ve narrowed down your intended use for CBD, it may be easier to consider the type of product you might consider buying. CBD comes in many different forms, including CBD oil, capsules, and creams. CBD oils and capsules are an ingestible form of CBD while creams offer a way to apply CBD topically. People who use CBD to help ease feelings of stress may prefer an oil or capsule. These are ingested and absorbed into the body. Topicals, on the other hand, are applied directly onto the skin for a more localized effect. You can read more about how to choose the right CBD product for yourself here.
3) Where Is The Hemp Grown?
This is an important factor to consider. The area or region where the hemp is grown can impact the quality of the final product. Nutrient-rich soil and good agricultural practices generally lead to superior end-products. Hemp that is grown in the United States, for example, is likely to be subject to stricter environmental regulations than hemp grown in some other countries. This helps to ensure that the hemp has been grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides. When buying a CBD product, look out for labels indicating the product:
- Is GMO-free
- Is toxin-free (no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers used)
- Comes from a GMP-certified manufacturer
4) Third-Party Lab Testing
With a plethora of different CBD brands popping up, this factor can help to filter out lower-quality products. Companies that use independent third-party lab testing for their products are generally more reliable. Third-party lab testing helps to ensure the purity and potency of the CBD. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate supplements, which is why you should always check if a product has been third-party lab tested. Those that haven’t may contain higher levels of THC than advertised. Products that have undergone this type of testing are generally of a higher quality.
This is, of course, a key factor to consider before making any type of purchase. When it comes to buying CBD products, keep an eye out for prices or deals that seem too low. Usually, if they sound too good to be true, they are. Trustworthy brands generally aim to price their products fairly while still remaining competitive with other high-quality brands. If you see CBD products that are very cheap, try to find out the reason behind the low prices before you consider purchasing them.
6) Type of CBD
There are three main types of CBD available in CBD products. These are:
- Broad-Spectrum CBD
- CBD Isolate
- Full-Spectrum CBD
Both broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD are derived from whole-plant extracts. They both contain other cannabinoids, terpenes, and natural compounds. However, the key difference between them is that broad-spectrum CBD contains zero (or only trace amounts) of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Full-spectrum products, on the other hand, retain some levels of THC. CBD Isolate contains no other cannabinoids other than cannabidiol (CBD). It is important to know what type of CBD has been used in the product before you make your purchase.
7) Check THC Levels
Those interested in buying CBD products should be aware that levels of THC may fluctuate from product to product. For example, as we previously mentioned, full-spectrum CBD may contain trace amounts of THC. Therefore, it’s important to be sure what type of CBD is used in the product and that it has been third-party tested. Additionally, hemp-derived CBD products are federally legal as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC but laws may vary between states or areas.
8) Check the ingredients
CBD can sometimes be combined with other ingredients. This can be, for example, to help improve the taste. CBD is also often combined with carrier oils to help preserve the CBD and to help keep it stable. Before buying a product, it’s a good idea to check that a high-quality carrier oil has been used. One of the highest quality oils is considered to be MCT, medium-chain triglycerides, which are extracted from raw coconut oil. Other ingredients may also sometimes be added for additional benefits. These can include ingredients like turmeric or Boswellia, which may be helpful with promoting joint mobility or improving inflammatory responses. Like with any supplement, it’s important to carefully check the ingredients to avoid ingesting allergens.
9) Check the dosage
Keep an eye out for products that display exactly how much CBD is in each dose. This helps to guarantee that you know exactly the amount of CBD that you are taking. For example, you can find this information under ‘Amount Per Serving’. This is especially helpful for people who are new to taking CBD. Those taking CBD oil, for example, are generally advised to begin with a lower dosage and to slowly build up to the maximum recommended dose of CBD. Be wary of products that contain no information about the dosage. More information about CBD dosages, methods of use, and types can be found here.
Other factors to consider:
- It’s always a good idea to consult with a physician before beginning any new supplement, including CBD.
- Choose a CBD product based on your own personal needs.
- Try to buy from CBD brands that value transparency and high-quality ingredients.
- Not all CBD products are created equal - use our list of tips to help you do your research before buying.
If you are interested in trying Primal Bloom CBD, you can take a look at the full range of our high-quality CBD products here.
All the best,