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The 5 Questions to Consider When Shopping for CBD

1. Grow Process and Extraction

Ask your CBD retailer about their growth and production processes before you buy—it’s very important to choose a CBD product that is made by a company that is transparent about where their hemp is grown. Equally important is to ensure that the company you are purchasing from follows Good Manufacturing Practices in their extraction process.

2. Plant Type

CBD is the scientific abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the 113+ potentially beneficial cannabinoids found in the plant Cannabis sativa L. Though Hemp and marijuana are terms often used interchangeably to describe any cannabis plant or its derivatives, hemp is not marijuana. According to the Federal Government, hemp or industrial hemp includes the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part or derivative with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis. To avoid the feeling of intoxication often associated with cannabis products, it is recommended that you choose a product that is derived from industrial hemp. 

3. THC Levels

Your CBD producer should have access to viewable third-party test results that they can share with you to confirm that the CBD product you select meets regulatory requirements. If your product contains more than 0.3 percent THC, it is no longer classified as hemp. If you want to avoid THC entirely, use the third-party test results to confirm that your CBD isolate products have 0% THC. 

4. Seller Reputation

You should always purchase from companies who value transparency and follow industry guidelines, such as those from the U.S. Hemp Authority. As a good rule of thumb, look for companies that share verified customer reviews, as well as print earned product seals such as ISO 9001, Natural Farming Practice, Lab Tested Potency and Purity, and U.S. Hemp Authority on their labels.

5. Dosage

The correct amount of CBD for you depends on your needs, the type of product you take, and the way your body responds to CBD. Everyone’s body reacts differently. We recommend starting with a very low dose of 5 to 10 mg of CBD, waiting 3 to 4 hours, and increasing as necessary to achieve desired effects. Keep track of how it affects you as it can take several hours, several days, or several weeks before you notice significant benefits. Patience is key. And if you don’t like the way you feel after sampling CBD oil, abandon ship.