Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil has been widely touted for its therapeutic and health benefits. According to the 2019 Gallup Survey, “one in seven Americans say they personally use cannabidiol- (CBD-) based products”.
With the rise in CBD usage, the sale of unauthorized products has also increased. This is more of a problem when you are a newbie in the business.
As the sellers don’t seem to care about the health and experience of the customers with their products, the onus of your safety lies in your own hands.
Here are five common mistakes made by first time CBD buyers and how you can avoid them. Read on!
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5 mistakes to avoid when buying CBD Oil
In marijuana legal states, you can just walk up to a drugstore and buy a good quality oil. But for those buying it online, you need to be cautious and avoid the following:
1. Buying cheap CBD oil
We know CBD oil is expensive and can take a lot from your wallet. Choosing a low-priced product is always tempting.
The poor quality ingredients, low CBD content, and inferior extraction process make it cheap. Therefore, they can do you more harm than good. You may even need a higher dosage of these oils to get the desired effects. Moreover, they may cause health risks where you will end up paying more than you spent.
CBD oil can be obtained from both hemp and marijuana. CBD oil extracted from marijuana can make you high owing to its THC content. It generally comes with a significant amount of THC that exceeds the legal limit of 0.3% and can make you fail a drug test (more info). So, purchase the oil that is derived from hemp CBD.
Look for a CBD oil with the following characteristics:
- Extraction Method: The best way to prepare CBD oil is through the CO2 extraction method. This ensures the purity and safety of the oil.
- THC Content: THC is an intoxicating compound of cannabis. You need to make sure the THC content is less than 0.3% in the oil.
- Source of Hemp: Check the origin place from where the hemp is sourced from. You should buy the oil with organic hemp grown in the USA (Kentucky and Colorado) and Western Europe.
- Type of CBD: You can either go for Full-spectrum or CBD Isolate. The Full-spectrum CBD is more effective for medical and clinical purposes as it delivers an ‘entourage effect'. On the other hand, CBD Isolate is a pure Cannabidiol with 0% THC.
2. Not doing sufficient research
Research is the key to get the right CBD product. You need to read about the CBD oil and understand its potencies. You cannot buy the first product you come across that claims to treat everything and anything.
Take your time to find out about the oil, especially how it works, what conditions it can treat, its side effects (if any). Through this, you will get to know if it can actually alleviate your symptoms.
There are various reliable sources online that can suggest you an excellent quality CBD oil according to your health ailment. Also, to be on the safer side, always cross-check with your doctor.
Ask them if it is safe for you to use, given your medical condition and the recommended dosage.
3. Buying from unreliable sellers
This is important to check, especially when you are buying online. We often come across online vendors who sell bunk and illicit CBD products. The products can be both ineffective and harmful for your body.
These websites not only sell unauthorized products but can also save your credit card information and personal data. They invade your privacy and con you if you are not cautious.
To avoid such issues, you should:
- Buy from reputed and familiar sources.
- Always check the website reviews online. The previous customer experience can save you from buying the wrong products.
- Provide the necessary information only and do not subscribe to the auto-payment option on your first purchase.
- Examine their return policies.
- The website should be encrypted with the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) which means the URL starting with HTTP.
4. Not doing a quality check
Once you have decided where to buy the oil from, perform a quick background check on the products.
This is important to understand if the products are actually safe to use. Reading the label may not just be enough this time.
This is because there's a high chance that the labels on their CBD products are faulty. A 2017 study was performed to check the labeling accuracy on the Cannabidiol products sold online.
Out of the tested products, 26% contained less CBD than labeled, which could negate any potential clinical effect desired from them.
A third-party lab test can help with this issue. This test determines the CBD level, ratio of cannabinoids, terpene content, and other chemicals present in the oil.
Many companies put their products under this testing and post the results on their website. The lab issues the Certificate of Analysis (CoA) to certify the potency and quality of the products.
5. Starting with the highest strength
CBD Oil is available in different strengths. We are often advised to take the oil according to the severity of the symptoms. But starting off with the highest dose is probably not a good idea.
As your body is new to the oil, even the lowest strength doses can produce the desired effects. You may as well increase the dosage later.
Once you find the right dosage, stick to it.
Although you cannot develop tolerance or addiction to CBD, taking it in large amounts can cause some mild side effects like dry mouth, dizziness, diarrhea, etc.
Therefore, begin by purchasing the oil with the lowest strength and give your body time to adapt to it.
We understand the process is exhausting, but with the right research and guidance, you can get a genuine product. We advise you to educate yourself about CBD to save yourself from the pitfalls of buying the wrong products.
We hope we helped you get a good understanding of the mistakes that you need to avoid. This will help you make your CBD shopping experience easy and hassle-free. Be alert, be safe!