CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid found in the crystals, or trichomes, of the cannabis plant. It can be consumed in many ways, but unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive – it cannot get you high.
Those looking for relief in areas like anxiety, blood sugar, blood pressure, brain function, muscle spasms and more can use CBD as a natural alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals. While CBD can aid with many different ailments, as well as being a safe and natural product, it’s important for new users to be educated on what to look for when starting to purchase products.
If you choose to do your research independently, there are a few things to look for when buying CBD:
CBD extraction methods & lab-tested products
Extraction method and lab testing are two important things to consider when purchasing CBD. You should always ensure the hemp extracted for your product is both organic and grown in Canada or the U.S.
Some CBD companies extract using methods that involve many toxic solvents (such as hexane, propane or butane). To best preserve the plant’s trichomes, always try to purchase CBD that was made with supercritical CO2 extraction. This method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and low temperatures to preserve the purity of the oil and ensures quality and stability.
You should also always check to ensure your CBD product has been lab tested. Furthermore, it should be lab tested (or at least verified) by a third-party company.
Buying CBD MG per dollar
When shopping around for CBD prices, always consider the CBD milligram concentration per dollar spent. While lower priced oils and other products may seem appealing, low prices often mean low concentration of CBD (or low quality, which is a whole different point).
While you’ll pay less up front for the product, it will need to be replaced much more frequently than if you spent more on a higher concentration.
CBD intake method
Many people who are new to CBD are unaware of the multiple intake methods available to them and which intake method might be best suited for their distinct needs. While all intake methods are safe and effective in their own way, each method also has its own unique qualities and benefits. Some intake methods also work better for certain ailments.
Before choosing a product, it’s important to do your research and understand the options available to you. To learn more about which intake method is right for you, you can read our article here.
It’s a good practice to get into the habit of reading the ingredient list on your CBD products. This will help ensure you’re aware of any synthetics used and exactly what is being put in the body.
For example, while CBD topical creams are an excellent aid for many skin conditions, products can be alcohol based, which means depending on your specific condition, it could make things worse rather than better.
Stop & Smell the Roses was the first Ontario CBD retailer. If you still have questions about which CBD products you should be purchasing, contact us! We’re happy to help.