What you need to know when shopping for CBD online
The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) products and their health benefits continues to grow. While real testimonials (because there are fake ones) are enough to convince people to buy, educating yourself on what these products are all about is important.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, CBD is a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as marijuana or hemp. Used in products like oils and edibles, CBD is a naturally occurring substance. It originated in Central Asia where it was believed to have been first used medicinally, or for rituals around 750 B.C.
CBD and its Health Benefits
Cannabidiol is known to provide a feeling of calm and relaxation, which most people need nowadays. And unlike what many think, it is non-psychoactive or does not make you high. There is no sedation nor feeling of being altered in any way. But of course, we need to remember that people react differently to any supplement, particularly if taken for the first time. It is best to consult with your doctor if you plan to take CBD or use it along with other medications.
Research on the full potential of CBD is continuously conducted. However, there have been claims about what this compound can do. Mainstream, it is marketed as a relief for pain, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In a 2015 medical journal review article about the impact of CBD on multiple anxiety disorders, results showed "strong preclinical evidence" that supports the treatment of anxiety disorders with CBD.
Factors to Consider in Buying a CBD Product
Try to type in the word “CBD products” on any search engine, and instantly, many results will show up. What to choose and whom to trust can pose a dilemma, particularly for first-time buyers. A misguided online buying might become a terrible experience for anyone. However, this should not be the case if you are equipped with the correct information about CBD (Cannabidiol) products.
Whether you are a first-time buyer or a regular CBD consumer wanting to try other brands, there are three things you need to carefully study for safe and hassle-free online buying:
1. The Right CBD Product For You
It is not enough that you are only convinced about the health benefits of CBD. Since there are myriad of them in the market, you need to know what specific CBD product perfectly suits you.
This is a must for every ingestible product. Dosage information is usually indicated in milligrams. The amount of CBD content varies in every form of the product. If you are a new consumer, you may want to consider taking in a low dosage first. As your system gets used to CBD, you can then increase your dosage gradually.
Though they may have similar health impacts, there are people who prefer certain Cannabidiol types. Mostly, the frequency of usage or intake and the method of taking the CBD into one’s system determine the appropriate product type for a person.
- Oils and Tinctures
These types usually have an oil, alcohol, or glycerine base. These extracts can be taken plainly using a dropper. Or, they can be added to food and drinks. There are numerous levels of strengths and flavors of oils and tinctures in the market that one can choose from.
Learn about Calmr’s broad-spectrum CBD oils.
As it implies, this extract is in the form of food or drinks. They may come in lollipop, chocolate, or teas. The market is wide for CBD edible options.
Delivered through inhalation, this type provides quick delivery. But you may opt for this type with caution because of the associated risk, like lung damage, which is a common side effect of vaping.
This comes in the form of oil, cream, and lotions. Results can be instant. But for some, it may take a few to several hours before the effects take place.
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- Certificate of Analysis (COA)
A COA should come from a reliable third-party laboratory in order to have credible and unbiased results. This certificate validates if a manufacturer accurately advertises or markets the amount of CBD in its products.
The Certificate of Analysis usually has the following sections:
- Potency of a product based on the amount of CBD, THC, or other cannabinoids such as CBN or CBC.
- Potential contaminants from pesticide use or microbes
- Possible metal or chemical contamination
Read Calmr’s Certificates of Analysis here.
- Credibility of the Manufacturer
Beware of online predators claiming to sell or manufacture legitimate CBD products. In 2018, at least 52 people fell victim to a poisoning outbreak because of synthetic cannabinoids in Utah. The patients were convinced that they were using legally-derived CBD.
To make sure that you are dealing with a credible and trusted seller or manufacturer, here’s what you should do:
- Review their compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on their website and marketing materials. They should have not had any health claims about CBD or any ingredients on their products.
- Check the company’s transparency and quality assurance proof through their COA.
Keep yourself from being instantly attracted to the usual tricks of fake CBD sellers:
- Unusually low price
- Promises of treating health issues
- Claims on no drug test detection
As with any health product to purchase online, it pays to always do your own background check. Smart consumers can always get the best products.
If you want to try what broad-spectrum CBD products have to offer, don’t hesitate to send us your questions. We will do our best to respond to whatever concerns you may have.