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By now, we hope you know all about the benefits of CBD and are ready to try it out for yourself! We think it’s the best decision you’ll ever make, but now that you know you want to use it, how do you know which products to choose with such an overwhelming number of brands and products to pick from?
Part of our mission at CBD Products is to help you find the right cannabinoid products for your needs and buy them with minimum fuss and maximum confidence. Below is our guide to help you buy the best CBD products possible.
1. Know what condition you’re treating.
If you are reading this blog, the likelihood is that you have seen our useful resources about how CBD can help different conditions. It is super important however to remember that using CBD isn’t restricted to relieving chronic conditions, but as an aid to day-to-day wellbeing.
If you experience any of the following, along with any of the chronic conditions we refer to on our website, then it is likely that we have a CBD product for you:
- Pain and inflammation management (joint pains, arthritis and other disease symptoms)
- Stress reduction
- Improving exercise experience
- Muscle aches
- Pet skin allergies and/or pain
- Skincare (acne, eczema, and psoriasis)
- Addiction (cigarettes, opiates)
- Improving sexual experiences
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
We don’t advocate self-diagnosis but encourage you to talk to your family physician. They can help you understand the underlying causes of your condition and which CBD products might be the most effective for you.
2. Research the CBD product types available to you.
With so many products to choose from, and so many ways to administer them, knowing what is going to be best for you can be difficult, especially, if you are considering using more than one product at once – which it is totally acceptable to do.
On our CBD Products website, you will see we have curated a range of products to suit all conditions and application preferences. It is important to remember when choosing a product, that they each have their own potency and this potency varies with the way they are administered. You can see the most popular options and a general guide to their potency below:
Edibles/gummies/capsules: take 30-120 minutes to kick in, but effects can last 3-6 hours
Topicals: external application for spot treatment and immediate relief
Oil tinctures: similar to edibles, can add to meals or oils for infusion, if taken sublingually (under your tongue) and left to set for about a minute, CBD can kick in within 10-20 minutes
Concentrate: pure, high potency CBD for enhancing effects of other products or if you require a large dosage for relief
Pet snacks, topicals and oil: similar to human options
3. Take the time to work out what dosage suits you.
Our motto when it comes to dosage is “start low and go slow”. It is always a good idea to try and buy products that have a measurable dosage system, and where possible, stick to those that provide daily serving amounts.
A good approach for when you first start taking CBD products is to start at 2-5mg of CBD a day and gradually increase until you feel the effects – this will give you a clear idea of how much you need and how long the product may last you. This also provides an accurate idea of how much CBD you’ll actually ingest instead of being sucked in by the total amount of CBD is in the package.
4. Know exactly what you are buying.
When you buy CBD products it is important to know that their contents can vary, even if the products themselves have the same name. The content of a CBD product is determined by the relative presence of THC, Cannabinoids and Terpenes. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in hemp that can provide additional medicinal effects, while Terpenes are the aromatic molecules of the plant that give it its smell and taste and can also boost medicinal effects.
According to the chemical makeup, CBD products generally fall into three types:
Full Spectrum for whole plant extraction that includes less than 0.3% THC, cannabinoids like CBG and CBC, and terpenes.
Broad Spectrum is THC-free but may maintain or add cannabinoids and terpenes
Isolates are only CBD and contain no other compounds
Trying out the different CBD products is a sure-fire way to find the one that is most effective for you. Providing you look for those that are third-party tested, you should always be confident in their safety.
5. Choose CBD products that are third-party lab tested.
In the CBD industry, third-party lab testing results are the highest standard of quality. Every good CBD company should value the credibility that third-party testing brings and will make sure they keep their testing up to date. Ideally, having tests done every twelve months, if not more.
Naturally, if a company is conducting in-house testing, there is always the possibility of exaggerated results. If there is a product you would like to try but they don’t have any lab testing analysis available, you can always contact them directly for more information.
6. Be inquisitive and find out what the third-party lab results mean.
Good third-party lab analysis should contain common information that you can use to determine the quality of the product. These include details on the number contaminants present as well as the cannabinoid content.
We know it sounds obvious, but an easy consumer test for the quality of a CBD product is to make sure that the stated cannabinoid content on the bottle matches with the stated content in the analysis. This way you at least know you are getting what you are paying for.
You should also check to see where the hemp for your product was grown. The majority of the hemp used in products made in the U.S. is also grown there – but some companies do import their hemp from Europe and China. It is widely considered that hemp grown in the U.S. is of a higher quality than with cheaper imported strands. This is thanks to the natural growing conditions, developed processing practices, and the stringency of the final testing, so going for U.S. hemp is often a wise move.
Finally, when it comes to the content of your CBD product and that all-important origin of your hemp, it is also good practice to know that it was sourced from legal medical and recreational cannabis states. This is good buying practice again, as it means that it has passed through much stricter compliance laws than our global counterparts and therefore is more likely to yield healthy, potent products.
7. Read the reviews and listen to what the community is saying, but don’t take them as given.
The voice of the people is a great way to gauge whether or not a product might be for you. We encourage our customers to share their experiences with our vendor’s products so that together, we can feel more assured.
If this is your first time buying CBD and you are preparing to make both the wellbeing and financial investment, it always helps to see what has worked well for others. However, we would always remind you that our bodies and therefore our needs are all different, so advise you not to buy on reviews alone, but rather take everything we have talked about here and treat a good review as a bonus.
So what are you waiting for? Armed with all this knowledge (and knowing that you can always bookmark this blog) there’s nothing stopping you from going to our shop and testing out what you know to find the product that is right for you.
Founder, CBD Products