How to choose a CBD oil


The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp. This allowed hundreds of CBD companies to swarm the marketplace with their CBD products. With hundreds of brands out there, how do you know what CBD product to choose?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate CBD products. This means that not all CBD companies can be trusted for their safety or effectiveness. This means that as a consumer, you are the one that needs to differentiate between a good brand and a bad brand.

You need to figure out what products you need to avoid, and what products you should continue using. To help you on your CBD journey, we’ll go over some of the factors that you need to consider that will help you choose a CBD oil tincture!

8 Factors to consider when choosing a CBD oil

Where does the brand source their hemp from?

All vegetation is affected by soil quality. Whatever minerals, or materials are in the soil will have an impact on the plant that is being grown. It doesn’t matter if you’re growing hemp, vegetables, seeds or nuts.

The higher the quality of the soil that hemp products are grown in, the better the hemp will turn out to be. The environmental condition of the soil will also have an impact on the amount of CBD your product contains, therefore you want to make sure that the CBD oil you choose to use only contains the very best hemp, made in the best possible soil.

Another factor that the soil can influence is THC content. THC is the compound that acts as a psychoactive. The amount of THC in legal CBD products is so minimal, that you’re highly unlikely to experience any psychoactive effects. However, if your product is grown in a soil that breeds higher levels of THC, and then if the company doesn’t lab test their products, you risk consuming a CBD oil that has higher than 0.3% THC. This would make your chosen CBD oil illegal.

To make sure that your selected CBD oil contains high quality cannabinoids, decreases any unwanted contaminants, and has less than 0.3% THC you should buy CBD products that are made in the USA, using American grown hemp.

If you buy CBD Oil from Amazon, or websites that advertise their websites as “hemp oil”, then most of the time you won’t be getting a high quality CBD product.

What is the CBD Extraction Method?

The way in which CBD is extracted or taken from the hemp plant is called a CBD extraction method. There are multiple ways in which you can take CBD from hemp plants.

The most common are:

  • Supercritical CO2 extraction
  • Alcohol extraction
  • Oil extraction
  • Steam

The best CBD extraction method is the CO2 method. This method changes pages in carbon dioxide via temperature and pressure. The phase chases enable an environment to be created whereby different components in the plant can drop out.

The CO2 extraction method allows you to have the best CBD possible. If your chosen CBD uses any other other methods, then you should avoid buying it. The other extraction methods such as Alcohol use toxic solvents, and they end up entering the product you are buying, and then have to be removed in order to pass a lab test.

Is the CBD oil made using natural ingredients?

Organic products, and those made using natural ingredients are healthier and more beneficial to the human body than those that are unnatural.

You should ensure that the products you use are made using organic and natural ingredients.

Do you want to choose Broad Spectrum, Full Spectrum or Isolate CBD?

Full Spectrum CBD contains all of the compounds found in the hemp plants, including THC. However the THC content will be below 0.3% (if you choose a product from a reputable company).

Broad Spectrum CBD contains all of the compounds found in the hemp plants, apart from THC. The THC has been removed and is undetectable in lab tests.

People choose full and broad spectrum CBD if they want to make use of the entourage effect. The entourage effect is when all of the cannabinoids work together.

CBD Isolate is just pure CBD. It does not contain any other compounds, as they have all been stripped away. People use CBD products when they only want to experience the effects of CBD, and not others such as CBG, or THC.

How does a CBD company test their oil?

You want to make sure that when choosing a CBD product that it is lab tested by a third party. This is to make sure that the THC content is below 0.3%, and that the amount of CBD you are getting matches with the label.

There have been many instances where CBD oils have been found to contain less than what is stated on the bottle, and also class action lawsuits against CBD companies for containing less CBD than advertised.

How should I consume a CBD oil product?

There are many different ways in which you can consume a CBD oil product. The most popular is via a CBD oil tincture. The other forms include CBD gummies, CBD vape pens, CBD creams & topicals (there’s a CBD sex lube too). CBD can also be given to your pet, and we stock a wide range of highly rated CBD oil for dogs.

How fast do you want the CBD oil product to kick in?

The fastest way to feel the effect of CBD is by Vaping CBD. Coming closely second (but by far the most popular) is through consuming a CBD oil tincture under your tongue, and taking it sublingually.

Edible products such as gummies take longer to kick in as they have to be broken down by your bodies internal systems.

What dose of CBD do you require?

When selecting a CBD oil product, you need to figure out how much CBD oil you exactly need. The CBD dosage will be dependent on what you are using the product for. Choose a dose that is too low, and you may not achieve your desired effects.

We want to cater for people that have all different types of needs, therefore offer a wide range of CBD products. Our highest is a 2,500mg CBD oil tincture.

How much can I afford to spend on CBD oil?

Price is always going to be an important factor. We want to always give our customers the best possible price on the product that they purchase, and we regularly offer discounts and sales. We do not believe that CBD should be for the rich and wealthy, we want as many people as possible to experience the beneficial effects of CBD.

You can see how much CBD oil should cost in this article.

Where can I buy CBD Oil?

If you’re looking to buy CBD oil in Canada, then check out these great resources:

If you’re in the USA then you can buy CBD oil at Balance CBD.

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