Buy CBD Oil – Your Complete Cannabidiol Buyers Guide
Even though all 50 states are well on their way to legalizing the production of CBD from marijuana, hemp, or both, many States do not require testing at this time. Testing is difficult to enforce as the lab testing industry is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration or any other federal agency.
Among the few states that do require testing, the criteria vary greatly. This results in the need for consumers to be exceptionally vigilant considering they will have to rely on CBD manufacturers to police themselves.
Consumers and advocates of CBD products should inform themselves as much as possible when they are buying CBD. This information should include where the plants are grown, how much THC they contain, and if possible, any contaminants to which the plants have been exposed.
Because healthy plants lead to healthy consumers, we have created a useful guide that details helpful tips to keep in mind when shopping and buying CBD oil and all CBD products. Please continue for our exclusive CBD Buyers Guide.
Step 1 – Buying CBD – Determine Why You Want CBD and What Form One Should Take
It may seem obvious that the first step should be to decide why you are going to take CBD. research has shown CBD to be beneficial for several conditions, therefore it is recommended to identify the specific ailment you want to address.
One of the fastest methods for absorbing CBD is by using a tincture which allows you to place oil drops under the tongue and then swallow the liquid after 60 to 90 seconds. This method is referred to as sublingual and provides faster bioavailability. Tinctures are typically in the form of oil applied with a dropper, but they also come in a spray. Many people who want to maintain a state of calm and stay free of anxiety choose this option.
CBD Tincture Buying Tip
CBD tinctures are ideal for those looking for fast effects from CBD. Tinctures are one of the quickest ways to feel the effects of CBD as they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, sublingually. If you are not familiar with administering sublingually, it is simply a term used for releasing the tincture under the tongue, holding for 60 seconds, and then swallowing. Additionally, tinctures offer the convenience and flexibility of increasing or decreasing the daily serving size as needed. Our 30ml bottles come in different concentrations and flavors.
To learn how to properly use a CBD tincture, please check out our New Buyers Guide.
To make tinctures, CBD is extracted from hemp plants using a solvent like ethanol or by using pressurized carbon dioxide gas, or CO2 for short. The ethanol is then removed under a vacuum and the CBD that remains is diluted with oil. Coconut, hemp, grapeseed or sesame oil are commonly used to preserve the cannabidiol and improve the taste of the CBD product.
It is suggested to keep a dose of the tincture under your tongue for a minimum of 60 seconds before swallowing to maximize the absorption rate and the effects of the CBD.
Other CBD delivery options are topicals, creams, and salves. Rubbed into the skin, the reaction time is generally quick, however individual results will vary from person to person. Some people feel the effects almost immediately, others not for an hour.
Topicals are applied directly onto areas of sore joints or muscles. Research has shown that CBD may help you stay free of aches and pains by helping to maintain a normal and healthy level of inflammatory chemicals. Balms and salves commonly include extracts that are mixed with fat like coconut oil or beeswax. This combination makes the CBD easier to apply and penetrate into the skin.
Topicals, unlike other forms of CBD, aren’t absorbed into the entire body. They are more local to the application site.
Topical CBD Buying Tip
CBD Topicals can promote targeted relief as they are absorbed directly through the skin. If you are in need of targeted relief for sore muscles, a nagging knee injury, or any specific area of your body, our line of topicals is a great choice. For best results rub in thoroughly.
If you are purchasing your CBD in a retail location, consider asking if you can sample the product as some may feel the effects shortly after applying it. Many reputable sellers of CBD allow their customers to sample their Topicals. This way if you are unsure if CBD is for you, but you notice an effect later in the day, you can return to the store and purchase the product you tested.
If you are near the Palisades Center stop by Palm Organix try your sample of CBD topicals. For more information please check out Palm Organix CBD Store.
CBD products in edible form, like gummies, take the longest to make their way into your system and have the lowest absorption rate. They may have the smell of freshly cut grass, however, the flavor of coffee or other mixers generally masks the natural scent or taste of the CBD so it may not be an issue.
On the other hand, some other products like brownies, cake or cookies may feature the distinct flavor of the CBD.
CBD Gummies Buying Tip
CBD gummies increase your daily CBD intake simply and conveniently by adding a gummy or two to your regime throughout the day. Our tasty fruity gummies are perfect for the busy person who is always on the go and provide 10mg of CBD per gummy.
One of the benefits of consuming CBD in edible form is that finding CBD infused drinks or food at a restaurant, café or retailer is quite easy in many states. Some retailers opt for gummies or candies because they have a longer shelf life and won’t degrade if they are kept in a dry, cool location. They are also easy to carry with you in a bag, backpack or purse.
Baked goods such as cookies or brownies might have a shorter shelf life and need to be refrigerated to ensure the CBD oil stays fresh.
If in pill form, the CBD will most likely be tasteless. The advantages to the pill form are that generally, pills or tablets may be the easiest option for maintaining a consistent level of CBD in your body. With our Palm Organix softgels, for example, these products undergo a process involving nano-emulsion technology to provide consumers with the fastest, and the highest level of bioavailability on the market.
Step 2 – Buying CBD – Always Be Aware of How Much THC is in the CBD Product
Consumers of CBD products often choose CBD over Medical marijuana because they do not want to get high or have THC in their system. In general, it would be considered wise to know the THC level of any CBD product you consume.
If you work in an industry where you will be tested for drugs, drive often, or if you are in any situation where a drug screening is required, you want to make sure your CBD products are 100% THC free.
At Palm Organix, we sell a variety of products that are rich in CBD and are guaranteed to have ZERO THC. We say this with confidence as every product we sell comes with a Certificate of Quality Assurance from our Supplier, and is also sent out for Third-Party Lab Testing.
Many people are considering the use of CBD to naturally and safely boost their health for the first time. Certain individuals may be more sensitive to THCs psychoactive effects than other people. For them, products with absolutely no THC are highly recommended.
Step 3 – Buying CBD – Get the Lab Results
At Palm Organix, our products are lab tested by an independent third-party lab. The results of the tests are put on every batch of products to ensure quality assurance and 100% total transparency.
CBD Pet Treats Buying Tip
Customers love our veterinary approved pet line for their furry friends. Pets play an important role in our lives, so our thoughtfully crafted tinctures and treats contain only premium pure ingredients.
Our customers use the Palm Organix™ line of pet products to alleviate separation anxiety, fear of thunderstorms, and for joint mobility and relief. Our Vet recommends 2-4mg of CBD per 25 pounds of pet.
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It is strongly recommended that Certificates of Quality Assurance AND Third Party Lab Reports and any other relevant documentation that shows a CBD product’s level of THC and whether any contaminants were present.
In the state of Colorado, for example, CBD made from hemp is not legally required to be tested. Therefore, any organization (particularly in that state) who voluntarily tests their products should be perceived in higher regard than a business that does not test their products at all, or worse, avoids sharing them.
The bottom line is that if a retail store or online manufacturer does not test their products or refuses to release the results of any tests that were conducted, you should avoid the retailer and their products.
Some states have legalized the medical use of marijuana but not recreational use. In those states, testing is a bit less consistent. In some states like Connecticut, Hawaii, Florida, Maryland, and Minnesota, some testing is mandatory as reported by the National Cannabis Industry Association.
Please read What is CBD? A Beginners Guide to Cannabidiol for a full breakdown of how to read your lab results and what to look for.
Step 4 – Buying CBD – Factors Seldom Considered When Buying CBD
Now that cannabis has become legal in most of the country, there are thousands of cannabis-related products on store shelves. But making the determination of what to buy and what to avoid remains in the hands of the consumer.
CBD Softgels Buying Tip
CBD softgels are one of the simplest and most convenient methods to take CBD and is the highest absorption rate for any of our CBD products because of our nanoemulsion technology. Softgels can be taken morning or night, with or without food, and are easily digested and absorbed. Our softgels are extremely popular and are most commonly purchased by those seeking relief from chronic pain.
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When farmers cultivate cannabis plants, they have two primary objectives.
First, they must ensure the plants do not absorb any potentially harmful chemicals or substances that may exist in the soil.
Second, they must be aware of the number of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids each plant contains.
As you may know, THC is the psychoactive compound found in Cannabis plants that gives the user a euphoric feeling that is often referred to as high. However, CBD is the compound gaining notoriety for its possible benefits to one’s health and so long as the CBD contains less than .3% CBD mandated by the 2018 Farm Bill, the consumer should not experience any intoxicating side effects.
Why are the priorities of farmers mentioned in a guide on how to buy CBD?
Coincidentally, the priorities of the farmers are the same ones that consumers should consider as they sift through the mountain of CBD products being sold around the world.
As the market continues to expand due to nearly insatiable demand, the pool of options will continue to become polluted with products that come from scrupulous sellers with ill intentions.
According to a research report by the Brightfield Group, the CBD market is projected to increase by 700% by the year 2021. In 2016, the industry capped at approximately $292 million. In two years, it is estimated to surpass $2 billion.
Soft drink juggernaut Coca-Cola is rumored to be watching the CBD industry and possibly considering offering CBD in a new line of beverages.
CBD Energy Buying Tip
Palm Organix™ CBD drink mix combines CBD plus caffeine for those looking for a boost without the jitters. Many gyms and health clubs nationwide carry our drink mix for pre and post-workout hydration. Other customers enjoy substituting our Energy Drink Mix packets in lieu of their afternoon coffee to get through a long workday. Simply mix our single-serve convenient packet with your water bottle and you’re good to go.
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Just like the considerations of the farmer, global climate change is also a seemingly unrelated topic that should be directly correlated to one’s research when buying CBD. If the weather causes stressful conditions for a cannabis crop, the plant produces more THC.
For the federal government to categorize a cannabis plant as “industrial hemp”, it must contain 0.3% of THC or less. Once the plant is considered industrial hemp by the federal qualification, states can legally allow it to be formulated into tinctures, topicals, capsules, softgels, and oils that can be widely sold to consumers.
But if weather conditions are severe enough to cause a plant to produce THC levels that exceed 0.3%, the plant is then classified by the government to be marijuana. Once the plant is labeled marijuana, there are additional limits to where related products can be sold even in states where its use has been legalized.
As mentioned earlier, farmers and consumers should be aware of CBD plants absorbing contaminants. Plants in general readily take in pesticides, heavy metals and other harmful chemicals that are present in the water or soil.
To monitor and reduce a plant’s level of contamination, farmers and other growers should test their plants often as they are cultivated. Additionally, products that result from the plants should also be tested ideally by a third party to ensure objectivity. The farmer or grower should produce a Certificate of Quality Assurance, and the Retailer should thereafter send the product out for independent third-party testing.
When buying CBD products, it is strongly recommended to do your research. Know where the product was manufactured and whether it contains THC. Because much of the industry conducts their own self-policing, you are entirely responsible for conducting your own due diligence.
It is much better to purchase products from companies that not only test their products but also make the results of those tests readily available to the consumer for review.
Some CBD products mention they are derived from or use hemp oil. In a few cases, manufacturers mean CBD oil, but CBD and hemp oil are not the same.
Hemp oil refers to the oil made from the seeds of the cannabis plant. Keep in mind it has trace amounts of CBD at best and zero to little medicinal value. Hemp seed oil has been sold in grocery stores for decades as oil used in cooking
Lastly, avoid retailers who make bold health claims, even if those claims seem insignificant or minor. Even the assertion of treating something like a migraine is prohibited and banned by the FDA.
Only the manufacturers of approved prescription drugs have the legal right to make claims to treat a condition. Prescriptions drugs are federally regulated and undergo thorough testing for safety and effectiveness before they are available to the public.
The more dramatic the claim (i.e. can treat heart disease or cure cancer), the more skeptical you should be.