Have you wanted to purchase CBD, but weren’t sure where to start? For many, making the decision to purchase CBD products come with a lot of questions, and at times uncertainty. We have compiled a list of what to consider when purchasing CBD.

One of the main things before we get started, is understanding the importance of purity and potency of the products you select. Reputable companies value transparency. Those who value transparency will give you easy access to important details to help you verify the quality of their products, so before making a final decision, consider the following four factors.

#1 Third-Party Testing  

When CBD is third-party tested, that means the product manufacturer uses an independent lab to verify the purity and potency of their products. Any company can claim their products are third-party tested, but unless they have the results, and are willing to show them, stick with the companies that give you access to those test results. You can use the test results to confirm the products you select are as potent as the company claims and free from chemical and microbial contamination. You can find all of our third party lab tests here.

#2 Safe Extraction Processes 

CBD is a cannabinoid found abundantly in hemp oil. The hemp oil that contains CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted from the stalks and stems of the plant. Since CBD is a consumable product, it’s essential that CBD manufacturers use food-safe extraction methods. CO2 extraction and ethyl alcohol extraction are the two most commonly used food-safe extraction methods. CO2 extraction uses temperature regulation and pressure to transform carbon dioxide to a near-liquid state. Once liquid, CO2 releases the plant oils. Ethanol extraction relies on a common food preservative, ethyl alcohol, for the same purpose.

#3 The Plant Type and Quality  

While most of the CBD products commonly sold online are sourced from industrial hemp, it’s important to understand that there are two potential sources, hemp, and marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD does not cause intoxication because there are only trace amounts of THC, if any. When you purchase any cannabis product, it’s important that the plants are grown from non-GMO seeds using natural farming methods. Any contaminants absorbed by the plant will find their way into your CBD oil. The third party tests that we referred to in #1, can alert you to potential contamination.

#4 Choose Quality Over Quantity 

The FDA recently tested numerous products sold online and found many contained little to no CBD. Although discouraging, that does not mean all vendors are dishonest. When purchasing CBD products, it’s important to know how many milligrams (mg) of CBD you are paying for. If you find a large bottle of CBD for a surprisingly low price, the product likely contains little to no CBD. To avoid buying an overpriced product, verify with the company the amount of CBD in the bottle, and then compare the cost per mg and be sure to read customer comments and feedback. Checking customer reviews can help you determine if the customers purchasing before you were pleased with product quality and customer service.

Now that you know what to look for when purchasing CBD, you may be left with the burning question, where can I buy CBD?

#1 Online 

Most of the CBD products available for purchase online are sourced from non-intoxicating industrial hemp. Whether you are interested in CBD tinctures, topical products, capsules, or CBD vape products, the most reputable vendors, companies like ours, Natural Stress Solutions ship your products directly to your door. Shopping online gives you the opportunity to compare products, product quality, and pricing, before making a final purchasing decision.

#2 Dispensaries

A dispensary is a government-regulated retail establishment that sells cannabis and cannabis-related products. Since there are two potential sources of CBD, hemp and marijuana, you may be able to purchase CBD through a dispensary. Whether marijuana-sourced products are sold for recreational use or by prescription for medical purposes will depend on the laws in your state. While you may find hemp-derived CBD in a dispensary, you will not find 0% THC hemp oil products. 

#3 Head Shops and Specialty Stores 

CBD is turning up in specialty retail shops across the country. You will likely find CBD available in local head shops, or stores selling smoking-related paraphernalia, and other specialty retailers across the country. CBD may also be in stock at your local nutrition store, apothecary, or vape shop. If your salesperson is knowledgeable, they may be able to help you select the best product, or combination of products, to suit your needs.

#4 Pharmacies

Since the federal government recently lifted the ban on hemp cultivation, numerous retailers are looking to dive into the market. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find hemp-derived CBD at your local pharmacy, health food store, or even big box stores.

#5 Online

Buying hemp-derived CBD online could be your best shopping option. Not only does online shopping allow you to purchase products conveniently from the comfort of your home, shopping online also gives you several advantages you won’t find in stores, such as options for discreet shipping, discounts, convenience, and loyalty programs, as well as having the entire internet to browse CBD selections.