Buying CBD Oil For The First Time

If it’s your first time buying CBD oil, the number of products on the market can be overwhelming. If you are buying from a company like ours, which derives its CBD products from hemp, you can easily order online and have CBD oil shipped straight to you in all 50 states and most countries.

However, with a plethora of options and a lack of common knowledge about CBD, it can be very difficult to navigate the marketplace if this is your first time buying CBD oil. To help you feel more confident in your purchase, we have laid out the five main topics you need to consider.

CBD Content: Is This Really CBD?

The most important thing to look for in a CBD tincture is the total milligrams of CBD. Just because a tincture is made from hemp extract, hemp oil, or hemp seed oil doesn’t mean it contains CBD. Any reputable CBD company should be very clear about how much CBD is in their products so that you have an accurate idea of how much CBD you are getting. The gold standard is if they have their products tested by a third-party lab.

Another important reason to pay attention to total CBD content is for price comparison. A very common mistake is to buy according to size or volume, which only guarantees you will be getting more oil for your money, not CBD.

To see what companies offer the best price for CBD, you can check out our blog on the subject.

CBD Product Type: Full Spectrum Or Isolate?

We have covered the difference between full spectrum and isolate based CBD in detail before, but it is worth revisiting as these are terms frequently used and rarely defined in the CBD space. When extracting CBD from hemp for use in oils, processors have the choice to specifically isolate the CBD or also extract additional cannabinoids and terpenes. Isolate based products are made from near pure CBD extracts (known as CBD isolate), while full spectrum CBD products are made from whole plant extracts which include additional cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant. 

Many feel the additional compounds found in full spectrum products have a synergistic effect that aids the efficacy of CBD. This theory is commonly known as the entourage effect. However, due to a lack of research, there is little clarity as to what benefits can be expected and in what situations. Until more research is conducted the significance of the entourage effect is still up for debate.

Taste: Flavored, Unflavored Or Flavorless?

CBD on its own has little to no flavor. However, the hemp terpenes included in full spectrum products can give CBD oils an earthy taste. This doesn’t appeal to everyone, so some companies often exclude these hemp terpenes or add new flavors to change the overall taste of the tincture. To help you understand your options, we have covered some of the most common flavoring techniques and what you can expect.

Unflavored Full Spectrum – CBD products which still carry the compounds and flavors naturally associated with hemp. Earthy taste.
Unflavored Isolate (Flavorless) – Carrier oil infused with pure CBD isolate. Little to no flavor.
Flavored Full Spectrum – CBD products which contain natural hemp flavors as well as added flavorings. Tastes like hemp and added flavors.
Flavored Isolate – Carrier oil infused with pure CBD isolate as well as other flavorings. Primarily tastes like added flavors.

Potency: Low Potency or High Potency?

Potency informs you of how much CBD is dissolved in each unit of CBD Oil. Understanding the potency of your tincture is essential when measuring out how much CBD you would like to take. Our tinctures come in two different potencies, standard potency (15mg of CBD per ml) and high potency (50mg of CBD per ml).

You can always take more or less of a tincture to get your desired amount, so determining the right potency for you is largely a matter of convenience. If you find yourself measuring serving sizes too small to be accurate or so large you need to take multiple droppers at a time, then you may want to change potencies.

Size: Small Or Large Bottle?

Once you have determined what kind of CBD oil you want to buy, the last thing you must do is choose a size. Serving size can be expressed in milligrams (mg), which measures the total CBD content or milliliters (ml), which measures the volume of the carrier oil. Because CBD is the key factor here, milligrams is what should be measured to compare value. Milliliters more directly correlates to the amount of liquid, but doesn’t necessarily imply anything about the CBD content.

Still Have Questions?

Do you feel confident in buying CBD oil? If you still have questions, send them to us in the comments section and we’ll do our best to answer them!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Lazarus Naturals shall not be held liable for any direct or indirect damages caused in any way through the use of information, services, or products provided or sold by Etz Hayim Holdings DBA Lazarus Naturals. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury which may be perceived to be caused by the information or products sold or provided by Etz Hayim Holdings.

26 replies
  1. Michael Freund says:

    Hi Janet, hopefully, we can help you out. In general, CBD is CBD. If it is going to work for you, any product of ours would be a good choice. The differences between the products largely have to do with the delivery method. The more important factor is that each product is tested for a certified amount of CBD. If you can’t make up your mind, we do have sample packs which include a tincture, coconut oil, and capsules. That should help give you a good sense of if CBD will work for you and what delivery method you prefer.

    You may have already read this article, but it covers all the ways to take CBD.

    • Michael Freund says:

      The primary difference is that our pet tincture does not include avocado oil as it can upset some animals’ stomachs. For this reason, our pet tincture only uses fractionated coconut oil as a base. Otherwise, the formulations are very similar.

  2. Dean says:

    I have heard this works good for high cholesterol, Dr says mine is off the chart…I’ve tried some of the Statin drugs but don’t like the way they make me feel, musle aches and twitches..
    Do you have any thoughts, comments, suggestions?

    • Michael Freund says:

      For legal reasons, we are not allowed to recommend products for specific illnesses. If you would like to see if people have used CBD for high cholesterol, we recommend asking the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook for feedback.


      CBD can come in many forms, so what product is best for you is mostly determined by your personal preference. Assuming that whatever product your buying has a verified amount of CBD. If you plan on buying from our company, then this is not an issue as all of our products are third-party tested. If you would like a brief course in the different ways to take CBD, you can check out our blog article below.


      • david evans says:

        Jeff, Have you come across any info re. how deep the CBD Balms penetrate through the skin? I’ve heard some anecdotal info. (basically all that is available re. most CBD issues currently, but hey, a humble “anecdote” brought us the Miracle of healing to Charlotte Figi (of “Charlote’s Web” fame!) mentioning penetration of approx.1-2 cm. below the skin. Penetration would seem to depend on various solubility factors (ex. lipids, etc.), as well as chemical characteristics (ex. pH, etc.).


        David E.

  3. Michael Freund says:

    All of our products are based on CBD, so the results should be similar no matter which one you pick. The differences between products largely have to do with taste or delivery method. As for how much to take, everyone is different. There is no way to predict how much CBD you need, so we recommend a gradual approach. Start with 15-25mg of CBD, wait two hours, and take more if needed. You should have a good sense of how CBD affects you after a few days with this method.

    If you want more information, here are two articles that might help:

    • Michael Freund says:

      Hi Rebecca, unfortunately, we cannot recommend our products for use with specific illnesses. This is something that you should discuss with a medical professional.

  4. Peg says:

    Can the oil spoil? How long does it last after opening? Last night I got very sick a few hours after taking it. Bad nausea I actually threw up. Wondering if the oil did it

    • Michael Freund says:

      We guarantee our oils for at least a year after opening. None of our ingredients should degrade over time, however, so there shouldn’t be a concern about them spoiling.

  5. SteveZelenak says:

    Thanks for providing this & the 60% Discount, I’m on Disability. I know you can’t make any medical claims. The best way is to start slow, ask what others have done, & try to find what works best for you. We are all different, what works for some doesn’t work for others. I find going slow is best. Like about 10 drops of the Tincture, then another 10 or so after an hour. The Tinctures, Capsules, & Salve all have their advantages. You have to find what works best for you.

  6. Swinkler653 says:

    When using the iso its 100ml per serving right? I’ve used high potency full spectrum capsules are they the same equivalent per serving? Just different delivery methods? I hope I’m understanding right. I want to try the iso to see which works best for me.

  7. Amy Spenard says:

    If I am starting out, would the oil be the better choice or the capsule form? She is super picky. I bought 2 flavors or should have I bought the pill form? This is for my 11 year old daughter. I am nervous to give to her but hoping this will help her.

    • McCarton Ackerman says:

      Hi Amy. This simply comes down to personal preference as far as how she prefers to consume it. There is no wrong choice between the tinctures or capsules.


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