Buying CBD Oil for the First Time
So it is your first time buying CBD Oil. Perhaps you have heard of CBD from a friend, on a forum, or in the news. 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 for a first-time buyer decide what makes a CBD oil stand out. To help you feel more confident in your first purchase, we have laid out the 5 main topics you need to consider when buying CBD oil.
CBD Content: Is This Really CBD?
By far the most important thing to look for in a CBD tincture is the total mg of CBD. None of the other topics in this list is as important for measuring a quality CBD product. Just because a tincture is made from hemp extract, hemp oil, or hemp seed oil doesn’t mean it contains CBD. Unfortunately, some companies purposely mislead first-time buyers who may not be able to recognize a true CBD product. Any reputable CBD company should be very clear about how much CBD is in their products (typically measured in milligrams) 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. CBD oil comes in all shapes, sizes, and potencies. 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, Broad 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). Whereas full spectrum CBD products are made from whole plant extracts which include additional cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant. In the middle are broad-spectrum products, which like full spectrum products include additional natural hemp compounds, but specifically, do not contain THC.
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, however, 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).
Thankfully, regardless of potency, 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 doses 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 Bottle 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.
Do you feel prepared to buy CBD oil? If not, let us know what questions you still have and we will do our best to answer them!
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