First time CBD Buyer? Top 5 things a first time CBD buyer needs to know!
As a first time CBD buyer, there are several things to take into consideration before purchasing a CBD product that is right for you.
Here are the 6 things that you should know before buying CBD.
- Where and How was the hemp originally grown?
This is an important factor to consider as there are many different qualities of hemp which could also contain a variety of toxic substances such herbicides, pesticides and heavy metals. These types of substances link to a variety of cancers which will defeat the purpose of using a natural alternative substance like CBD all together. ATLRx recommends that you only purchase Organic and Non GMO CBD products that are grown in the United States from a credible seller.
- What type of CBD oil am buying and why does some have THC?
This is also an important question to consider and many CBD oils have very low levels (.3% or less) to help enhance the effects of CBD. This is something known as the entourage effect which goes with the saying, “two heads are better than one” as it is apparent that CBD has increasingly greater effects when used with other cannabinoids such as CBDA, CBG,THC, and THCV. A Full Spectrum or Whole Plant CBD oil is one that contains THC below .3%. A CBD oil which contains no trace of THC is most commonly known as a CBD Isolate.
There are also many types of oil carriers that you can find the CBD mixed with. The two most common and preferred oil carriers used are MCT and Hemp Seed Oil. Both have their advantages and are recommended by ATLRx. Please refer to ( Another article link for more information on CBD oil carrier types). For full effects of CBD, ATLRx recommends a full spectrum CBD oil to establish the entourage effect mentioned earlier.
- Whats the Concentration and what is right for me?
Most CBD oil comes in 1oz bottles and quality products usually range between 250mg- 6000mg. Always look for the size of the bottle along with the Mg to make sure you are receiving good value when it comes to the products concentration of CBD. ATLRx recommends for you to start with low dosages and work your way up to see what is right for you. Everyone reacts differently to this substance due to their body type and what they are trying to alleviate.
ATLRx recommends starting off with 10-20mg of CBD daily and then increasing in take gradually if needed.
- How can you verify the quality of the CBD in the oil?
Always purchase your CBD from companies that have third party testing for their products. There have been known to be many bad actors in the industry who claim much higher dosages of CBD then there actually are. If the product isn’t third party tested, be weary. Most third party testing labs will test for the following: Pesticides, Heavy Metals, Bacteria and Fungus, Foreign Matter, and Residual Solvents.
- How is the CBD being extracted and what is best?
The process of extracting CBD oil from the hemp plant can be very complicated and expensive. The cheaper extraction methods that are used often leave chemical residue and are by no means recommended by ATLRx. The two extraction methods that we use on our products are CO2 and Cold Pressed Ethanol extractions. Both of these extraction methods are great if done properly and have their advantages and disadvantages (please refer to this article for details).
There are many price points of CBD products and oil specifically. When it comes to CBD products, we can ensure you that the cheaper products are not always bringing the end user a better product or more value. Many companies are known to cut corners by sourcing their hemp outside the US, not growing organically, not third party testing, not using great extraction methods or carrier oil. The list goes on and on.
As a recap, here are some reasons why high quality CBD will cost you more money:
- The Hemp was grown Organically
- Manufactured from a whole plant extract so other cannabinoids are present to give you the “entourage effect”.
- Extracted using CO2 or Cold Pressed Ethanol methods
- High CBD Concentration
- Third Party testing
- Credible Company