In this guide to buying CBD, we’ll teach you what to look for in a quality CBD product. You should always know how much you’re getting, what you’re getting, where it comes from and how to steer clear of red flags.
Buying Guide for CBD Products
Rule #1: Understand how much CBD you’re getting.
If you’re new to CBD and wondering what the “right amount” is, it’s going to be unique to you. Your body is unique and therefore so is your tolerance to CBD.
The best products are clear about CBD concentration. The amount printed on the bottle—1000 mg, for example—equals the total amount of active CBD in the entire bottle. Check our products for approximate values of CBD per drop and if you’re still not sure about concentration, just ask!
Rule #2: When it comes to ingredients, less is more.
Look for a product that gets down to business, one that isn’t touting a bunch of additional nutritional elements, flavorings, or—worst of all—fillers.
Some companies like to add superfoods to their CBD preparations, claiming these additions offer added health benefits. But along with the CBD extract and carrier oil, it’s unlikely there will be enough of the added ingredient to provide any health benefit. Also if the added ingredient is unfamiliar, you’re better off steering clear.
Rule #3: When it comes to cannabinoids, more is more.
Experts agree that the benefits from multiple cannabinoids consumed together outweigh the consumption of just one, meaning CBD is more effective when consumed with other cannabinoids instead of by itself. This “joining forces” of various cannabinoids is known as the entourage effect.
CBD products that contain multiple cannabinoids are called full-spectrum or whole plant while CBD-only products are called isolates. If you want the maximum benefits from CBD, seek out full-spectrum products.
Rule #4: Not all CBD is created equal.
Pay attention to whether the CBD source plant is domestic or foreign. Many foreign-grown CBD plants aren’t regulated in the same way that domestically grown crops are.
We recommend spending a few extra bucks on organic, locally grown CBD to ensure that it comes from clean, unpolluted fields. We pride ourselves in our 100% organic hemp crop harvested in Colorado.
Rule #5: Watch out for solvents.
There are two primary ways to extract CBD from a plant—either by solvent or CO2 extraction. With the solvent method, solvents are mixed with the plant material and strip the plant of CBD. Watch out for hydrocarbons like butane, hexane—basically anything with an “-ane” at the end of it. These can be toxic, and can compromise the benefits of CBD. CO2 extraction is the natural, safe, and clean way to make CBD, and is the only way we extract our CBD.