Whether you are new to CBD or you are willing to make a try at using CBD, you should do your research first.
Not all CBD available for you to buy is the best choice for you, and if it is good it may not be the best option available when it comes to price. That’s why there are some tips and tricks that you should follow in order to buy the best CBD available for you from the vast variety of products in the market; some of which you should definitely avoid.
As the CBD becomes more popular, you are having easier job finding a wide variety of ways to consume it. The most common forms of CBD products include oils, tinctures, cosmetics, topical creams, gummies, chocolate, powder and off-the-shelf beverages. You might also come across food and beverage establishments adding CBD to cocktails, coffees and shakes.
In the beginning, you should understand some differences among the different CBD available.
First, will you buy Full Spectrum CBD, Broad spectrum CBD or CBD Isolate?
CBD isolate is exactly as it looks. It’s the isolate of the CBD from Cannabis plant, which is a white powder in room temperature.
The Full spectrum CBD on the other hand isn’t the CBD alone. Instead it contains all the terpenes and cannabinoids in the hemp plant.
The Broad spectrum CBD is the same as the full spectrum but without the THC.
The full spectrum has the taste of hemp which might pose a problem to some users due to its earthy flavor ,while the isolate offers a better choice of flavors whether no flavor or other options.
By focusing alone on CBD benefits in isolate products it allows you to get more concentrations, while if you would like to preserve the natural balance of the original components of the hemp you would prefer the full spectrum.
Some might prefer the use of the whole extract in order to have the entourage effect which means that by using the products with all the compounds in the hemp will have a synergistic effect on the CBD.
There is no preference of which is better, it’s all about your taste and choice of which you would like to use.
Second, what is your taste when it comes to flavor?
When buying CBD you will have a few options when it comes to flavors available and here are the options for you to understand:
Unflavored Full Spectrum – CBD products, which still carry the compounds and flavors naturally associated with hemp. Earthy taste.
Unflavored Isolate (Flavorless) – Carrier oil infused with pure CBD isolate. Little to no flavor.
Flavored Full Spectrum – CBD products which contain natural hemp flavors as well as added flavorings. Tastes like hemp and added flavors.
Flavored Isolate – Carrier oil infused with pure CBD isolate as well as other flavorings. Primarily tastes like added flavors.
Third; The potency, High or Low? The Bottle, Large or Small?
The CBD is sold in different potencies, which means how many milligrams of CBD are found in one milliliter of oil; the concentration you use is just a matter of convenience.
Two concentrations are common; low concentration of 15mg/ml and high concentration of 50mg/ml. You will use the concentration that suits the serving size you will be having.
The bottle size is measured by milliliters or milligrams, the milliliters will indicate to you the amount of oil within the bottle while the milligrams of CBD will be your indicator of value.
Now that you have decided on your choice of CBD, its flavor, its potency and the bottle size now it’s time to decide on… where to buy and what to avoid while buying.
Generally, you should try to buy your CBD from a manufacturer’s website or brick and mortar locations, where you will have access to third party lab results. You can always ask for the COA, which is the certificate of analysis, as well as special discounts or customer support. Access to third party lab tests also helps you avoid buying Fake CBD which contains hemp products, but doesn’t contain active CBD which could be processed and used by your body.
You should buy CBD that are non-GMO, organic and compliant with the Farm Bill of hemp production.
CBD is extracted from flower, leaves or stalk of cannabis plant. Extraction of CBD is done either by CO2 or alcohol, and some manufacturers use environmental friendly alcohol in the extraction; CO2 extraction is the best for high quality CBD.
This takes us to… The places you should avoid buying your CBD from:
Groupon: Many of the items advertised are counterfeit CBD products.
Mall kiosks: It’s difficult to determine whether the products on display are brought directly from the manufacturer.
Recreational marijuana stores: They usually sell the oil with a ratio of 5:1 THC: CBD, which means a lot of psychoactive material to consume in order to obtain a decent amount of CBD.
At this point you know how to pick your CBD and where to buy it from in order to guarantee a good quality product you can benefit from, now let’s see how to save money?!
First, you should buy from a company that offers a good price per one milligram of CBD.
The below diagram shows a comparison between different companies and the price per milligram of CBD of their products.
Some companies may try to inflate the amount of CBD included within their product through mentioning that it contains 50mg of cannabinoids without mentioning the true amount of CBD within.
By comparing the products with respect to the parameter of price per milligram of CBD, you will make sure that you will get the value that you pay for and that you are not paying for oil volume instead of CBD.
Second, making the best use of the offers that the different companies support.
Using CBD daily can become of high cost that is why some companies have recognized this.
Some companies offer assistance programs that you can apply for that give a lifetime 40% discount to individuals with low income, those with disabilities, and veterans.
Also, following the companies’ social media accounts can help you get your CBD with lower cost. Those companies post their special coupons, discounts and offers on their social media accounts; that is why by following them you will get a head start whenever they offer discounts.
Third, Buy in Bulk and Benefit from free shipping.
Through buying bulk amounts you will get better prices and lower cost, where you can save anywhere from 20-40% per milligram of CBD by ordering in higher volumes.
Free shipping is offered by many companies if you pay above a certain amount of money, which could lower your overall cost of CBD.
By following the above tips, you will be able to buy your CBD with lower cost, from more reliable sources and you will be able to select the product that is right for you!