In 2018, Americans spent a whopping $238 million on CBD products. As CBD becomes more mainstream, this number has only gone up.
CBD is a valuable tool for people who suffer from chronic health conditions and mental health ailments. For many, CBD helps calm the body and maintain homeostasis.
Buying CBD online is a safe and effective way to start using CBD, but with more fraudulent products on the market than ever, it’s important to know a few things first.
First, What is CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid that our bodies process through our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Essentially, we have receptors throughout our skin and tissues that receive and process CBD so that we can reap its many benefits.
Cannabidiol isn’t intoxicating like THC, the component of marijuana to which we attribute the “high” feeling.
Since CBD became popular essentially overnight, there is still much research to be done on how we can harness the hemp plant’s power to heal our bodies. Preliminary evidence shows that CBD can be used as an anti-seizure medication replacement for childhood epilepsy.
Some studies have shown that CBD can help people battling insomnia and that it helps patients both fall asleep and stay asleep.
It’s important to note that CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so claims made by individual companies aren’t necessarily fact-checked. This is why it’s more important than ever to be a conscious consumer when buying CBD products.
What Are the Dangers of Buying CBD Online?
A staggering 40 percent of CBD products tested in a 2017 study did not contain the amount of CBD marketed. In fact, many of them even contained levels of THC that were too high, high enough for the user to fail a drug test.
To be legally compliant, CBD products must have a THC level below .3 percent.
Some tested CBD products even have synthetic marijuana in them, which is an extraordinarily harmful substance that can land users in the hospital.
Top Tips for Buying CBD Online
Welcome to the world of CBD! Since it became legal, CBD has been changing the lives of millions of people. If you’re buying CBD online for the first time, we’ve got everything you need to watch out for, including some tips and tricks for success.
1. Do Your Research
Whether you’re purchasing from a direct to consumer CBD manufacturer or a CBD marketplace, do your research. Learn more about who the people are behind the brand and why they’re choosing to sell different CBD products.
Reputable CBD websites will have a strong following, so search social media too!
Read recent online customer reviews on each product and the company to be sure that their hemp sourcing checks out.
2. Don’t Buy From Non-Third-Party Tested Brands
In the CBD world, third-party testing is the best way to ensure quality and safety. If a company doesn’t mention this at all, steer clear of them.
If the company states that they do lab testing but doesn’t actually provide any results, write to their customer service and ask for recent results. When you have your hands on these, look in particular at a few key sections.
The cannabinoids section will list all the cannabinoids including CBD, the THC percentage should always be under .3 percent, and the pesticides/herbicides/heavy metals and pollutants section should be something you’re comfortable with.
3. Check the Label
As with any food item, it’s best to give the label a quick once over to look for any potential allergens or additives that you don’t want in your CBD product. This is especially important in CBD edibles, which might have gelatin or food coloring that you’re trying to avoid.
This is a good opportunity to be sure you’re actually buying a CBD product, and not just a hemp oil or hemp seed oil product.
If you make your first purchase but you’re not comfortable with the labels on the products, reach out to customer service. Misrepresenting products is a huge offense and you deserve to be satisfied with your purchase.
4. Learn About Dosage
Many companies will be transparent about how to dose your CBD. To start, we recommend anywhere between 16.5mg and 33mg as a good functional dose. Though play with the dosage so you can see how you feel.
It’s important to remember that for many people on the correct dose of CBD, there isn’t a noticeable change right away. Since legal CBD products shouldn’t produce a “high” effect, contact a doctor if you think your product could be laced with something harmful.
Many people don’t feel an immediate rush of calmness, but a slow build. After a couple of hours if you still feel tense, slowly increase your dosage.
5. Know the Type of CBD You’re Looking For
There are a few types of CBD that you’ll find on labels. Be sure you’re purchasing the right one when you hit the online shops.
- Full Spectrum: This type of CBD includes all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils found in the hemp plant. All of these work together to provide the “entourage effect”, which magnifies the benefits of CBD. However, this can include THC so be sure to look for that .3 percent distinction.
- Broad Spectrum: Essentially a combination of full-spectrum and CBD isolate, broad-spectrum is everything but THC. These products should have 0 THC. As with an ever evolving industry Broad Spectrum does have different meaning depending on whos selling you CBD.
- CBD Isolate: This is the purest form of CBD and as its name suggests, CBD isolate doesn’t contain any other terpenes or cannabinoids.
6. Check With Your Doctor
CBD isn’t known to have many side effects, but it’s important to clear your plan to start taking any supplement, including CBD, with your doctor. CBD can interact with some medications, so be transparent and let your doctor know why you’re considering integrating CBD into your healthcare regimen.
Taking the Plunge
At Infused, we only partner with CBD companies that share our values. Buying CBD online should be a meaningful experience, which is why we provide transparent information about our suppliers.
If you have any questions about our products in stores or online, we would be happy to speak with you. Simply give us a call!