Knowing what to purchase when looking for CBD products can be tricky. Read our CBD Oil Buying Guide to help you find the right CBD product for you. Do you know how to choose CBD oil and what you should look at when shopping for CBD products online? This article provides an all-around buyer’s guide for both beginners and those who already have experience in the CBD space but like to expand their research skills. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical extracted from hemp and marijuana that can possibly reduce stress, anxiety, pain, and the chance of seizures without giving you a high. While CBD is still being tested and is not regulated by the Food and…
How to Choose a CBD Oil Product
Knowing what to purchase when looking for CBD products can be tricky. Understanding the lingo, measurements, and types of CBD are key to buying the right CBD for you. This CBD buyer’s guide can help you find the right CBD product and help you better understand CBD.
What is CBD?
Before exploring what you should look for in a CBD product, let’s first understand what CBD is and what CBD has to offer. CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, which is a naturally occurring compound extracted from hemp plants. CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid found in hemp and is the second most well-known cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. CBD oil is made by first being extracted from hemp plants through one of three methods. After the CBD is isolated from the plant material, it is tested to determine the purity and potency. The CBD is then added to carrier oils and other ingredients to create different CBD oils and CBD products. CBD oil is a popular wellness supplement known to offer various health benefits. The benefits CBD has to offer include relieving minor discomfort and supporting a positive mental state and overall health.
What Type of CBD Oil Is Right For Me?
There are three main types of CBD oil on the market to choose from, but deciding which one is right for you without understanding the different types may make it confusing. Here is the information regarding each type.
Full-spectrum CBD products, also known as whole-plant extract, are the least processed and filtered CBD products. Full-spectrum CBD contains the fullest possible profile of hemp plant compounds, meaning it contains the plant’s natural terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. These cannabinoids include small amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBN (cannabinol), CBG (cannabigerol), and more. Full-spectrum hemp CBD contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, which isn’t enough THC to cause any psychoactive effects. Full-spectrum CBD is considered the most effective and beneficial due to the other compounds working together in a phenomenon called the entourage effect. If you aren’t concerned about THC, choose a full-spectrum CBD product to get the most out of your CBD product.
Broad-spectrum CBD products are almost the same as full-spectrum CBD, minus the THC. The entourage effect still occurs with broad-spectrum CBD, except it won’t have the exact same effect as full-spectrum due to the lack of THC. Broad-spectrum CBD is ideal for those who live in states where THC is prohibited or for those who are concerned about THC.
CBD isolate products contain purely CBD and no other cannabinoids or plant compounds. Since CBD isolate doesn’t contain other compounds, which can improve the effectiveness of the CBD, CBD isolate isn’t ideal when other products are available.
Read our blog to learn more about the CBD spectrum.
What Goals Do I Want to Achieve By Taking CBD?
The reason you may want to use CBD or currently use CBD may impact what CBD product you use. Consider what goals you may want to achieve by taking or continuing to take CBD.
If you are looking for a product that will improve overall health, turn to our CBD Oils and our other CBD wellness products. Our CBD oils contain no added sugars and don’t contain unnecessary calories. Our selection of CBD wellness products includes capsules, oil tinctures, water solubles, gummies, and more.
Recommended Products: CBD Oils, and CBD wellness products.
If you are looking for ways to improve your sleep, any CBD product without energy-boosting ingredients should do the trick. Simply take CBD before bed or try our CBNight Oil.
Recommended Products: CBD Oils, CBNight, and CBD Capsules.
All of our CBD products have the ability to reduce everyday or occasional stress and support a positive mindset. But if caffeine causes your everyday stress levels to increase, avoid CBD products containing caffeine or energy-boosting ingredients.
Recommended Products: CBD Oils, CBD Gummies, and CBD Water.
If you are experiencing a localized issue, specifically related to joint or muscle discomfort, our CBD Topicals are a great option to target that specific area for faster, localized absorption.
Our Relief CBD products can offer you overall relief from everyday stress, relief from minor discomforts, and support an improved mental state. Our selection of CBD products for relief includes tinctures, water solubles, topicals, gummies, brownies, candy, and more.
Recommended Products: CBD products for Relief.
To Try It Out
If you are looking for a CBD product to try out, try our most loved product: Water Soluble Hemp Oil. It comes in five different flavors and is fast-acting, meaning it will absorb into your system within minutes. Our CBD Gummies are also a great product to try thanks to the variety of delicious flavors and convenience of taking them wherever.
What CBD Strength Should I Buy?
CBD products use milligrams to refer to the potency or strength of CBD contained in each product or service size.
If you are new to CBD, have a fast metabolism, or have a low body mass index (BMI), start with a product that contains a lower potency, between 5 to 10 mg per serving. Start with CBD oils or products containing 150mg to 300mg.
For those who are somewhat used to taking CBD on occasion or have an average BMI, CBD products containing a medium strength are a good option. Purchase products containing 450 to 750 mg or use 15 to 30 mg per serving.
For those who are accustomed to taking CBD, have a higher BMI, or have a higher tolerance for CBD, extra-strength CBD products are the ideal option. Purchase CBD products containing 750 to 900 mg or use 30 mg per serving.
Our shopping page includes filters on the left side to make it easier to filter for the CBD strength you are looking for. To understand CBD serving size, read our blog on CBD Dosage.
What Method of Taking CBD is right for me?
There are five main ways of taking CBD. Once you establish a method of taking CBD that is right for you, then you can pick the CBD product best suited for that method.
Sublingual use of CBD is when a CBD Oil , tinctures, lozenge, spray, or candy is placed under the tongue for the absorption of the CBD to begin in the mouth. This process allows for quicker absorption into the body as opposed to ingesting the CBD product. Sublingual use is the ideal way to use CBD because of the fast yet safe absorption rate compared to other methods. This excludes water-soluble CBD oil, which has a rapid absorption rate even when ingested.
Recommended Products: CBD Oils, CBD Gum, and CBD Candy.
Ingesting CBD is when the product is swallowed or eaten without first allowing it to dissolve under the tongue. CBD products meant for ingestion come in multiple forms: CBD capsules or pills, CBD drinks, CBD gummies, or CBD foods. Ingesting CBD products are easy to take but the CBD takes longer to absorb into the system than other forms. This method can take up to 3 hours to take effect because the CBD is partially absorbed in the digestive tract. However, the effects may last longer because it stays in the system for a longer period of time.
Taking water soluble CBD is similar to ingesting CBD, but the CBD is absorbed into the body more quickly. Our advanced proprietary nanotechnology breaks up the CBD oil into tiny particles for quicker absorption and faster results. You can see results from water soluble CBD in as little as 15 minutes after taking it. The water-soluble properties also make it mix with water or other beverages easily. Mix it with your favorite drink or swallow on its own, water soluble CBD is easy to take and fast-acting!
CBD topicals, Skin Care Products, Lotions, Bath Bombs, bath salts, and Soaps are products designed to be used on the exterior of the body. When CBD is used topically, it’s absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. These products are ideal for targeted muscle, skin or joint discomfort, or full-body muscle relaxation.
Inhaling CBD vapor or smoke allows for CBD to enter the body’s system within minutes, but inhaling any type of smoke may be dangerous. CBD Joints, vape pens, or other smoking apparatuses are designed to inhale CBD smoke or vapors. For those who are already accustomed to inhaling smokes or vapors, smoking CBD may be an ideal option for you. To learn more about CBD joints, visit our blog post, How to Roll a Joint.
Recommended Products: Hemp Flower Products, including CBD Joints, and CBG Hemp Flower.
Learn more about the Ways to Use CBD Oil on our blog.
How Often Do I Take Or Want To Take CBD?
Having the right CBD product for your frequency of use is important to consider when buying CBD.
If you’re looking for a CBD product for daily use, for example, to improve mental state on a regular basis or combat daily discomfort, we recommend using a product, or multiple products, you are most comfortable taking. We recommend products from our wellness and relief products that fit your lifestyle. You can even combine products, like taking a CBD energy gummy in the morning and taking CBD oil at night to make sure you always have CBD in your system.
For those who are looking for a CBD product to take on occasion for when you are in need of a CBD dose to calm your nerves, boost muscle repair, or help you relax, try keeping CBD gummies or CBD water solubles on hand for when you need it.
I Have Dietary Restrictions, What CBD Products Are Right for Me?
Some CBD products may contain ingredients that aren’t suitable for those with dietary restrictions.
Most CBD oils and tinctures are made with plant-based oils, natural flavors, and vegan ingredients. Those who are vegan should avoid CBD gummies and CBD capsules, as some of them may contain gelatin. Some CBD beauty and skin products may also contain animal products like lanolin, animal fats, and tallow, so make sure to check the ingredients. Many of our CBD skin care products, CBD capsules, and CBD oils are vegan-friendly and aren’t tested on animals.
CBD is naturally gluten-free, but other ingredients in CBD products and the processing of CBD may contaminate the product with gluten. Labels won’t typically explicitly claim to be gluten-free, so read the label to determine if there are any ingredients added that contain gluten. Local, organically grown hemp and CBD products manufactured by the CBD company themselves are usually not contaminated by gluten ingredients. CBD American Shaman’s products are made with eco-friendly hemp and are processed in plants containing no gluten contaminants.
There is a chance that some people may be allergic to cannabis derivatives or allergic to other ingredients in the CBD product. If you experience any allergic reactions to a CBD product, discontinue taking it and seek medical attention if the reaction is severe. Learn more about CBD Allergies on our blog.
Can I Give CBD Oil To My Pet?
CBD also works on pets similar to the way it works with humans. CBD is safe to give to your pet, however, you won’t want to give them the same product you are taking. CBD American Shaman offers CBD pet products designed for cats, dogs, and horses. Our natural CBD pet products can help keep your furry friend calm, happy, and healthy. Read our blog on Vet CBD Oil to learn more about using CBD on your pets.
We offer various dog CBD products with different flavors to ensure you find one your furry friend loves. If you are seeking CBD benefits for your dog on a daily basis, we recommend our CBD Dog Food, which is made with real chicken and is bowl-licking good. If you would like to give your dog CBD every once in a while, like before the vet, for 4th of July fireworks, or when your dog may be extra anxious, we recommend any of our Dog CBD oils and Soft CBD Dog Treats. Our all-natural dog treats are made with beef and are bound to be your dog’s favorite new treat. Our Dog CBD Oils are beef and cheese flavored, making it easier to administer to do your dog.
Our cat CBD oils are designed to support cat-health and wellness at any stage in their life. If you are seeking an easy way to give your cat CBD on a daily basis, try our CBD cat food made with real chicken. Our feline CBD oils are also great for when your cat needs help calming down or relaxing before a triggering event.
Our CBD horse liniment is designed to help ease your horse’s joint and muscle discomfort after a long day of riding. It can also be used for hoof health and helping minor wounds heal. Our apple-flavored CBD treats can help promote a sense of calmness in your horse and improve overall well being.
Recommended Products: CBD Horse Treats and CBD Horse Liniment.
What to Look for When Buying CBD
Why Should I Buy High-Quality CBD?
Not all CBD products are the same and the quality of the CBD varies by company. Buying high-quality CBD ensures you are getting your money’s worth and getting what is actually on the label. Some CBD manufacturers don’t lab test their products, meaning the product label isn’t accurate. Low-quality or fake CBD may contain harmful chemicals, more than the legal limit of THC, and less CBD than the product label states. Purchasing high-quality, real CBD oil means you won’t be jeopardizing your health and won’t be wasting your money. Learn more on our blog about how to spot the real CBD from the fake CBD.
How Do I Find a Reliable CBD Brand?
You should always purchase CBD from reputable brands to ensure you are purchasing safe, legal, and real CBD. Ask yourself the following questions in order to determine if the CBD company is reputable:
- Does the company provide lab testing and third-party lab testing to determine if the product meets purity and potency standards?
- Does the company provide educational information on their website?
- Do the products follow federal regulations of containing no more than 0.3 percent THC or no THC where prohibited?
- Do the product labels contain product potency (typically outlined in milligrams), ingredients, nutritional facts, and suggested serving size?
- Are quality-assurance and customer satisfaction services available?
- Does the company provide a secure and user-friendly buying experience?
The more you answer yes to these questions, the more likely the company is reputable and trustworthy to purchase from.
How Much Does CBD Oil Cost?
When purchasing CBD, you will be paying for the amount of CBD in the product as opposed to the size of the product. CBD oil typically costs anywhere between $0.02 to $0.25 cents per milligram of CBD. High-quality, real CBD is more in the range of $0.20 to $0.25 per milligram of CBD. You may notice that a CBD company offers two of the same sized CBD oil bottles at different prices. This is because the more expensive bottle contains more CBD than the other. For example, you may pay around $60 for a bottle of CBD oil with a 300mg strength and $180 for a bottle of CBD oil with a 900mg strength. When purchasing CBD, make sure to look at the CBD milligram strength and not just the size of the product to make sure you’re getting enough CBD for the price.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
There is no set amount of CBD someone should take because everyone’s body, health, and tolerance are different. A good way to start taking CBD is by starting with a small amount, tracking how you feel, and working your way up until you feel the desired effects. Learn more about CBD Dosage on our blog.
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What To Look For When Shopping for CBD Products
CBD oil is a versatile supplement, but now it’s also a growing market, which entails the risk of stumbling upon unscrupulous scam-artists trying to make a quick buck on misinformed customers, too.
Is there any way to tell that you’re looking at high-quality CBD oil?
While it’s not easy for consumers to determine which CBD brands and products they should choose, there are several factors that can tell you right away whether you’re dealing with a reputable vendor or with one of the aforementioned fly-by-night suppliers.
Having been in the industry for years, we’ve set out certain quality standards that we incorporate into our farming, extraction, and lab-testing practices. Before launching Gold Bee, we’ve been working in the organic superfoods space, so we can tell the difference between a good crop and a bad crop, point you to the right extraction methods, and highlight all the important points on your checklist before choosing CBD oil.
In this article, we’ve put together our knowledge in one place so that you can choose your CBD oil based on thorough research rather than marketing buzz.
How to Choose CBD Oil?
There are thousands of cannabis products on the shelves and in online stores — but determining what’s safe and effective is up to you.
The CBD space is unregulated by the FDA, and many brands are taking advantage of that fact churning out poor-quality, sometimes dangerous products.
According to statistics, up to 70% of CBD oil products sold locally are mislabeled and contain significantly less CBD than stated on the bottle. Other products have residual contaminants, but then again, the market is unregulated, so companies aren’t obliged to test their CBD oils in third-party laboratories for potency and purity — although it’s the industry’s standard.
The market has matured since its first years. That being said, due diligence is still required if you don’t want to fall victim to sketchy vendors.
Then there’s also the question of your preferences, dosage needs, different product types, formulas, concentrations, and more — choosing CBD oil for the first time can be a pain.
Okay, enough of the negative vibes.
Problems aren’t negative by nature because there’s always a way to solve them.
Below we cover everything you need to know if you’re about to choose your first bottle of CBD oil.
Know the Difference Between CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp is used in lots of different product categories, from food to health supplements to skincare products.
When you choose CBD oil for the first time, you need to make sure you’re buying the actual CBD oil — not hemp seed oil.
These two products are confusingly sold as “hemp oils,” which is an umbrella term for all oils derived from hemp.
However, hemp seed oil and CBD oil are two completely different products.
Hemp seed oil is made from the plant’s seeds. And while it has a rich nutritional content — chock-full of omega fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and trace minerals — it doesn’t contain any CBD or any cannabinoids for that matter. This type of hemp oil is made by cold-pressing the seeds.
CBD oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the plant’s flowers. This is the resinous part of hemp, where all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are secreted. The flowers are harvested and then treated with pressurized CO2 to pull the beneficial compounds from the plant material. The resulting product is a thick, dark liquid that has a botanical smell. Once extracted, the oil is suspended in a food-grade carrier oil such as MCT oil or hemp seed oil.
So, while both products come from the same plant, they use different parts and thus have different properties and applications.
Tip: If you want to make sure you’re choosing the actual CBD oil, read what the label says. If it states “CBD oil” or “full-spectrum hemp extract,” then you’re looking at the right product. On the other hand, if it says “hemp seed oil” or “hemp oil,” you might be looking at a culinary oil.
Set Your Goals with CBD
The first thing to consider when you choose CBD oil is why you want to take it. Though CBD is praised for numerous potential health benefits — backed by scientific research — each person may have different expectations when it comes to the effects.
CBD oil isn’t the only format you can choose; there are CBD capsules, topicals, edibles, and vapes — each of them might be appropriate.
According to experts, the method of consumption determines the onset, type, and duration of the effects.
For immediate relief of stress or physical discomfort, inhaling CBD may be the most effective; if you want to ensure efficient absorption and don’t mind waiting several minutes for the effects to kick in, CBD oil drops will be your best bet. Oral forms of CBD, such as capsules and edibles, are better suited for the means of daily supplementation thanks to the level of convenience they offer. Finally, topical products may lend their hand if you suffer from localized discomfort, such as muscle stiffness and soreness.
Consider the THC Content
The THC content in your CBD oil determines not only its effects but also legal status — something that is important to many people who choose CBD for the first time. Research suggests that in some people, CBD may be more beneficial when taken in tandem with at least a little THC.
The synergistic interaction between CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids, as well as terpenes, is known as the entourage effect. According to this concept, the sum of the two chemicals, plus other related compounds, provide greater efficacy than their individual parts.
Hemp-derived CBD oil contains very little THC — up to 0.3% — which isn’t enough to get you high but maybe enough to leverage the health benefits of CBD. Such products are legal on a federal level and you can find them in dispensaries, vape shops, organic health stores, pharmacies, and online stores.
With marijuana-derived CBD oil, it’s a different story. CBD products extracted from marijuana plants are legal only in the states that have legalized its recreational use. You’ll mostly find them in cannabis dispensaries. Dispensaries sell a wide range of CBD products, from high-CBD marijuana strains to oils, tinctures, topicals, and vape pens. If your state only allows medical marijuana, then you’ll need a prescription or an MMJ card to purchase marijuana-derived CBD.
What to Look for in CBD Oil?
Now that we’ve established the prep work behind choosing CBD oil, it’s time to take a peek at the factors that directly affect its quality. Here are a few important questions to ask yourself before you choose a CBD product and add it to your cart.
Is the Hemp Organic?
The source of hemp is paramount because it is where CBD and other valuable compounds are secreted. Since hemp plants are dynamic bioaccumulators, they easily absorb every substance from the soil they grow in. When cultivated in clean and nutrient-dense soil, the hemp will yield high-CBD flowers that are free of any contaminants. On the other hand, mass-produced hemp will yield poor concentrations of CBD, not to mention the presence of heavy metals and other toxins in the final product.
Most hemp in CBD products sold in the United States comes from Colorado, California, Oregon, and Kentucky, which have long histories with cannabis cultivation. Some companies import hemp from overseas, which may be risky from the customer’s perspective because such hemp isn’t subject to U.S. federal quality testing.
Don’t know which CBD oil to choose? We always recommend purchasing from manufacturers who use locally grown hemp. Not only do you support local farmers this way, but you’re also getting a product that is compliant with the FDA guidelines.
How Was the Product Extracted?
Once grown to full maturity and harvested, the plant is taken to an extraction facility, where the lab workers use different methods to extract the beneficial compounds from the source material. CBD can be extracted in many ways — the most popular being CO2, ethanol, and organic solvents such as butane, propane, or hexane.
CO2 is the industry’s golden standard. Pressurized carbon dioxide efficiently pulls the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material without using additional heat or toxic solvents. This technology ensures pure CBD extracts that maintain consistent potency throughout the batches.
Ethanol extraction is an acceptable alternative. In fact, the traditional cannabis tinctures were made using alcohol. However, this method isn’t as efficient as CO2 extraction when it comes to broad-scale manufacturing. The purging process also needs to be run with caution, as alcohol is highly flammable.
The cheapest — and the riskiest — way to extract CBD from hemp is through hydrocarbon extraction. Hydrocarbon solvents include substances like butane, hexane, and propane. They are a low-cost method of making cannabis concentrates. Unfortunately, they’re also difficult to purge from the final product, leaving toxic impurities that can make you sick.
When choosing CBD oil, we encourage you to opt for CO2-extracted products. They are slightly more expensive than alcohol-based extracts, but it’s worth spending a few dollars more on a better-quality product.
Has It Been Third-Party Tested?
Always ask to see a product’s certificate of analysis (COA). The document shows how a product went through tests checking for CBD and THC concentrations, and the presence of contaminants.
The lab-reports should come from a third-party laboratory. “Third-party” means that the facility has no affiliation with the manufacturer and thus can provide unbiased results.
Some companies test their products throughout the entire production process — from the seed to the bottle — while others only test the final product. Regardless of the company’s testing practices, you should check if the lab reports are batch-specific and up-to-date.
If an online manufacturer or a local store doesn’t provide the information or refuses to share it, avoid the product and the vendor.
Are There Any Other Ingredients In It?
CBD oils have a simple formula. They mostly consist of a full-spectrum hemp extract and food-grade carrier oil. The extract itself is too thick to be handled with a dropper, so the oil is added to make dosing easier on top of improving its bioavailability. ‘Bioavailability’ refers to the amount of CBD that ends up in your bloodstream. Cannabinoids dissolve both in alcohol and fats, so the addition of carrier oil enhances the efficacy of CBD extracts.
Aside from the carrier, CBD oils may be infused with other ingredients that are used to boost or complement the health benefits of CBD. You can find CBD oil with guarana for morning use, but there are also CBD oils with melatonin, a sleep-enhancing neurotransmitter. If you dislike the flavor of natural CBD oil, you can choose from many flavored versions; popular flavored variations of CBD oil include mint, vanilla, berry, kiwi, and citrus fruits.
When choosing CBD oil, make sure the flavorings are natural, and that the oil doesn’t contain any suspicious additives.
How to Buy CBD Oil?
Don’t have the time to run through the above checklist? This section will help you choose high-quality CBD oil if you’re in a hurry.
Choose Reputable Brands
This may sound like a dead giveaway, but brands with a well-established reputation are more likely to sell quality CBD products than companies coming out of the blue and providing little to no information on how they make their CBD oils.
How can you tell that you’re buying from a trustworthy vendor?
The company should have a clear mission statement written on its website. Moreover, they should provide a detailed insight into their farming, extraction, and testing practices. Every reputable brand also sends its products to third-party laboratories for content analysis.
Speaking of which…
Look for Certificates of Analysis
As mentioned earlier, the certificate of analysis is a document confirming the potency and purity of a CBD product. The content analysis may cover one or several aspects, from the CBD concentration to the cannabinoid and terpene profiles to potential contaminants.
If any impurities or dangerous additives are found during the analysis, the lab report will show it.
Again, never buy from companies that refuse to provide certificates of analysis for their products.
Read User Reviews
This point is closely connected with the first one. Reputable brands usually have many positive user reviews. However, you should look at the source of these testimonies. There are many companies out there that have lots of positive reviews on their websites, but when you check with third-party CBD rankings or expert blogs, you may find that the reviews are biased.
When choosing between different brands and CBD products, always compare user reviews from at least three different sources. Doing so will provide you with a bigger picture of the company and its reputation in the cannabis community.
When to Shop for CBD Online?
The first thought that may come to your mind once you discover the health benefits of CBD oil is “where can I buy CBD oil near me?” After all, CBD is sold virtually everywhere — even at gas stations.
But before you start making errands to find a trustworthy physical store, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons.
Local shops are convenient and easily available — but that’s where the advantages usually end.
When you shop for CBD locally, you rely solely on the employees’ knowledge about the products. This leaves you with limited research options, not to mention a narrow product selection. Local shops usually stock two types of CBD products — much less than online retailers.
A person running a physical storefront must cover certain operational costs, such as electricity bills, rental space, etc. This, in turn, translates into higher product prices.
That’s where online shopping becomes an appealing alternative.
Buying CBD online means you can easily browse and compare different brands and products in the comfort of your home. You don’t need to drive from one shop to another — everything is available with a few clicks in your browser.
Online stores also offer more product types than local vendors. When shopping for CBD online, you can choose from oils, tinctures, capsules, gummies, honey sticks, bath bombs, creams, vape pens, and more. It would be difficult to find a physical store that would offer so many options.
And since online retailers can cut out the middleman, they can offer better prices for their products. You can take advantage of special discounts, coupon codes, reward programs, holiday sales, and bulk pricing to save money on your favorite products.
Choosing the Right CBD Product Type
You can find CBD in many forms, but in this section, we’ll cover the most often picked product types.
As we said, the form of CBD determines the onset, type, and duration of effects. Here’s a brief comparison:
- CBD Oils – CBD oils are taken under the tongue. You need to measure the desired amount using a glass dropper or atomizer and place it beneath the tongue for up to 60 seconds. From there, the oil absorbs directly into the bloodstream, producing its effects within 15–30 minutes on average.
- CBD Capsules – capsules contain a hemp extract infused with a carrier oil and covered in a soft gel shell. They don’t require any measurements because every capsule contains a fixed amount of CBD. Since capsules need to pass through the digestive system, the effects have a delayed onset, usually by 30–40 minutes, although, for some people, it may take up to 2 hours until they start feeling a difference.
- CBD Edibles – similar to regular cannabis edibles, you can find hemp-infused CBD gummies, honey sticks, protein bars, chocolates, and beverages. They are processed by the body in the same way as capsules, which means the effects may be delayed, but they will also last longer since the CBD is released gradually into the bloodstream.
- CBD Vapes – products like vape pens and cartridges provide the fastest onset of effects, bringing relief within minutes after inhalation. They also offer the highest bioavailability of all consumption methods, ensuring that up to 56% of CBD ends up in your bloodstream.
- CBD Topicals – topicals are formulated to ease localized discomfort. The CBD doesn’t absorb into the bloodstream, so these products have literally zero bioavailability; instead, the CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors located in the skin. From there, they can signal the endocannabinoid system to promote homeostasis.
Full-spectrum vs Isolate: Which One Should You Choose?
There’s an ongoing debate on which type of CBD oil people should choose: full-spectrum or isolate?
Most users choose full-spectrum CBD due to more predictable dosing and higher efficacy.
Full-spectrum CBD is extracted from the whole plant, so it contains not only CBD but also other cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp. As mentioned in the previous sections, these compounds work together synergistically, enhancing the benefits of the major cannabinoid. This synergy is known as the “entourage effect,” a term coined by Raphael Mechoulam and further expanded by Dr. Ethan Bud Russo. The entourage effect means that the cannabis compounds work better together than each of them alone.
CBD isolate is pure cannabidiol that has been separated from the other molecules. It’s usually sold as powdered crystals and offers the highest dose of CBD per serving — 990 mg in one gram. It’s also flavorless and odorless, which makes it more versatile than full-spectrum extracts.
However, CBD isolate doesn’t produce the entourage effect, which makes it a less desired option. People typically choose to isolate when they are tested for THC at work — high doses of full-spectrum CBD may trigger a false-positive result for THC — or are allergic to other hemp compounds.
How to Choose CBD Concentration?
CBD concentration is the first figure people look at when they choose between different CBD oils.
There is no one-size-fits-all CBD dosage because everybody is different and reacts differently to CBD. For some people, dosages between 5–10 mg may be sufficient, while others will need upwards of 50 mg to experience a noticeable difference in their well-being.
The rule “the more the merrier” doesn’t work in this case because people may also have different goals with CBD.
This brings us to the next choice.
High vs Low Concentration CBD Oil
Low-concentration CBD oils are usually picked for micro-dosing, which means applying very small doses of CBD throughout the day to maintain stable levels of endocannabinoids. People who’ve just dipped their toes in the subject choose low-potency CBD oils to find the right dosage and assess the cost-efficacy of their product.
High-concentration CBD oils are preferred by users who already have some experience with CBD and know their optimal dosage. When you buy a high-strength oil, you need to pay more for a single purchase, but the product may prove more affordable in the long-run than a less potent option. You can calculate the cost of your CBD oil by taking the total concentration of CBD and dividing it by the product’s volume. The less you pay for one milligram of CBD, the longer your product will go.
Lower doses of CBD oil produce different effects than higher doses. Lower amounts are known to produce invigorating effects that promote focus and reduce stress — a good option for daytime use. Higher doses, in turn, tend to have a sedative effect on the user. When you take high doses of CBD in your routine, low-concentration oils may be cost-prohibitive.
How to Choose CBD Oil: Bottom Line?
Choosing CBD oil for the first time can be a hard nut to crack. Since the market is unregulated, there’s a risk of buying a mislabeled product that will be ineffective and even dangerous for your health.
Research is paramount when it comes to choosing CBD products. You should always check the source of hemp, extraction methods, third-party testing, the company’s transparency, and reputation among CBD users.
Your choice will also depend on the type of CBD, consumption method, and potency; these factors should be suited to your lifestyle preferences and expected effects.
We hope our guide will help you maneuver in this booming space and find a true pearl amidst the sea of mediocre vendors.
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How to Choose CBD Oil
This article was co-authored by Aimée Shunney, ND and by wikiHow staff writer, Hunter Rising. Dr. Aimée Gould Shunney is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor at Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine in Santa Cruz, California where she specializes in women’s health and hormone balancing. She also consults with various companies in the natural products industry including CV Sciences, makers of PlusCBD Oil. Dr. Aimée educates consumers, retailers, and healthcare providers about CBD oil through written articles, webinars, podcasts, and conferences nationwide. Her work has been featured at the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Conference, and on Fox News. She earned her ND from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2001.
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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical extracted from hemp and marijuana that can possibly reduce stress, anxiety, pain, and the chance of seizures without giving you a high.  X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world’s leading hospitals Go to source While CBD is still being tested and is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you can still buy CBD oil legally in many locations. But how do you shop for CBD, and what’s the best CBD oil? To help you out, we’ve put together some tips on choosing CBD oil and shopping for the best CBD oil available.