The mainstream and social media are full of content about CBD from every possible angle: scientific research, potential benefits, legal aspects and the thriving industry around which it is built.
With such high levels of public interest and consumer demand, there’s little wonder why this is one of the fastest growing industries both in the U.S. and globally.
The internet is swamped with an endless range of brands and product options.
Products are available in many forms: CBD oils, tinctures, capsules, topicals, concentrates, edibles, drinks and much more.
Deciding what to buy and from whom can be quite confusing.
As you might imagine, not all CBD products are created equal and not all companies in this ever-growing industry are trustworthy.
Just as in any other highly competitive field, there are crappy products (which may not deliver any benefits and can even jeopardize your health), high-quality products, and everything in between.
So what do you do? How do you separate the wheat from the chaff?
The following 6 consumer tips can help make a safer purchase, especially for those who are new to using CBD.
1. Check the Legal Status of CBD in Your State
Each state has different laws regarding CBD products, THC content restrictions and cannabis in general.
It’s important to understand what the legal status in your state is before deciding what to buy.
2. Read the Product’s Ingredient List
Make sure you totally understand what you’re putting into your body.
Verify there aren’t any harmful ingredients or unsafe compounds in the product you’re considering buying.
No ingredient list at all? Avoid using the product.
3. Understand the Difference between CBD Types
It is essential to know the difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate, and explore the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Having a complete understanding of this will provide you with better tools to decide which type you should choose for your unique condition while complying with the THC legal restrictions in your state.
4. Buy from a Legitimate Source
When ordering online, always buy products from legitimate CBD companies that you can fully trust and rely on.
Use BBB accredited businesses and always do web-research on any companies you’re considering buying from before actually placing an order on their website.
5. Third-Party Lab Testing
Before buying a certain CBD product, make sure it has been tested by an independent 3rd party laboratory and look for the report on the company’s website.
Such a document can help you verify the company’s claims with regard to the product’s components and concentration.
If the Certificate of Analysis is not accessible and cannot be found, avoid using the product and look for a different vendor to buy from.
Since price is an important factor to consider, always compare a few similar options before making a purchase.
It’s important to compare ‘apples to apples’, so when considering various alternatives, look at products with the same features, ingredients and CBD concentration.