If you’re a new CBD user or looking to try CBD for the first time, the sheer number of products on the market can be overwhelming. But with a few small tricks, you can quickly learn what to avoid when buying CBD.
To help you find quality CBD products, we have outlined what to avoid when buying CBD and what the telltale signs of a good product are.
Where To Buy CBD
As a general rule, you should try to purchase CBD off a manufacturer’s website because it allows you to check for third-party lab test results. It also enables access to Assistance Program discounts and customer support that only the manufacturer can provide.
You can also purchase CBD products at brick and mortar locations. Visit our store locator for a list of locations to purchase Lazarus Naturals products nationwide.
Where Not To Buy CBD
Groupon: Many items advertised as CBD products on there are actually counterfeit products sold by unauthorized wholesalers. Lazarus Naturals does not sell its products on Groupon or authorize of any our wholesalers to do so.
Mall Kiosks: There has been a recent trend of people selling CBD oil at these locations, but we do not recommend purchasing CBD here because it’s difficult to determine whether these products were purchased directly from the manufacturer.
Recreational Marijuana Stores: Recreational shops often carry CBD products with a 5:1 ratio of THC to CBD. That is a lot of psychoactive THC to consume in order to get a decent amount of CBD.
What to Avoid When Buying CBD
Fake CBD: Products that throw around real terms like hemp oil, hemp seed oil, and hemp extract, but make no clear mention of CBD, almost certainly do not contain CBD. Unfortunately, these pseudo-CBD products trick consumers every day.
Just because something is made from hemp doesn't mean it has active CBD in it. It takes several layers of processing to get from a hemp plant to a CBD product your body can process. That is why third-party test results are always necessary to confirm the amount of CBD in a product.
Inflated CBD Content: CBD manufacturers intentionally or unintentionally mislead consumers by not directly listing the CBD content of their products. Instead of saying their product contains 50mg of CBD, they may say 50mg of cannabinoids or 50mg of hemp extract.
Although CBD is a cannabinoid and it can be found in hemp extract, that does not make these terms interchangeable. Using these terms instead of CBD requires consumers to do more research as to what percentage of the cannabinoids or hemp extract is CBD. This makes it even more difficult to compare prices and measure accurately.
Paying for Oil
The only reliable way to compare prices is by calculating the price per milligram of CBD for similar products. In general, size is a poor indicator of value when comparing CBD oils as it only tells you about the amount of CBD oil, not actual CBD. As an extreme example, imagine purchasing a gallon of CBD oil with one milligram of CBD in it or a milliliter of CBD oil with 50 milligrams of CBD for the same price. Which would you choose?
For more information, visit our pricing blogs on CBD isolate and full spectrum tinctures.