So, you’re new to CBD oil and you’re not sure what you’re doing. It’s ok to feel a bit overwhelmed; after all, the market is saturated with hundreds if not thousands of product varieties, brands, and claims of “the best quality”. It can be pretty difficult to decide on a brand with so many to choose from, but this is the most important decision you’ll make when it comes to your CBD oil.
These top five mistakes are usually made by new CBD users. We’re going to cover each of them in-depth so you don’t have to make the mistake with your money or your time! Keep reading to learn what to avoid, how to find a good brand, and what you should be looking for in your CBD oil.
- Broad Vs. Full-Spectrum Oils
Before we move on to what broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD oil is, we’ll need to clarify where CBD comes from and why there’s confusion surrounding broad and full-spectrum options. CBD is a chemical compound found in Cannabis. These compounds are known as Cannabinoids, and there are over one hundred of them in the Cannabis plant.
Among those 100 Cannabinoids, you’ll also find THC. Recognize the name? You’ve probably heard of it because it’s the main compound in marijuana, which is also a strain of Cannabis. That’s right, marijuana and hemp (where your CBD comes from) are distant cousins. This explains why people misunderstand the difference between CBD and THC.
Industrial hemp is required by law to contain 0.3% or less THC. That means you’re not going to get high from your broad-spectrum oils, which adhere to this rule or contain absolutely no THC whatsoever. Full-spectrum oils, however, will contain the full spectrum of Cannabinoids, including THC.
That being said, broad-spectrum oils are perfectly legal, since they either adhere to the 0.3% rule or contain no THC. Full-spectrum oils, however…that’s another story. The federal government still considers marijuana/THC to be a controlled substance, and it’s illegal to possess, sell, or use.
- Hemp Quality
The best organic CBD oil comes from hemp that’s domestically grown in the US and adheres to strict growing guidelines. That means no pesticides or chemicals! While some companies will use imported hemp to extract their CBD, only the best CBD comes from domestic organic hemp.
Hemp is what’s known as a bioaccumulator, which means it can absorb just about anything in the soil around it. It’s great for cleaning up polluted soil, but who wants pollutants and chemicals in their CBD oil? Unfortunately, not everyone adheres to the same quality guidelines when growing hemp, so CBD sourced from imported hemp is something you’ll want to avoid.
Let’s talk about extraction methods while we’re on the subject. There are generally three different methods for extracting CBD from hemp: C02 extraction, solvent (alcohol extraction), and olive oil extraction. C02 extraction is the most effective and efficient method, yielding a pure CBD extract of the highest quality.
This method is used by most high-quality CBD providers to ensure quality. That’s not to say the other two methods aren’t valid, but you’ll notice a difference in the quality of an extract that wasn’t extracted via the C02 method.
- Gas Station/Grocery Store CBD
One of the most common mistakes that new CBD users make is buying their CBD oil from the local gas station, retail, or grocery store. Why is this a mistake? Because the best CBD providers are online, and your local gas station or grocery store likely doesn’t have a clue what good CBD oil looks like.
There are plenty of generic brands that claim to be sourced from high-quality hemp, provide amazing benefits, and more. The fact is, if the oil isn’t independently tested by a laboratory, there’s no way to guarantee its quality.
Next time you go into the grocery store, look closely at the CBD oil labels. Do they say “independently tested”? Probably not! The top brands in the CBD industry test all of their products for quality, consistency, and potency. If you’re going to spend the money, why not get the best value for your dollar?
Independent lab-testing provides unbiased results and allows producers to identify weak spots in their production methods. These can be fixed, potency maximized, and what you’re left with is a certifiable high-quality CBD product. Now that’s worth spending money on.
- Expecting Overnight Results
New CBD users often expect their CBD to produce results immediately, and this is simply unrealistic. When CBD doesn’t work for you, it could be that you’re taking the wrong dose, using a sub-par product, or, most likely, haven’t built up enough in your system to have a reasonable effect.
CBD has to be in your body consistently for at least a few weeks before you’ll start showing signs of its effects. The body is naturally attuned to accept cannabinoids, but that doesn’t mean it reacts immediately to them. You have to build up CBD in your system first, and then you can tweak your dose or products if you’re not experiencing any positive effects.
- Paying Attention Only To Price
Price isn’t the only governing factor in the quality of a CBD oil or product, despite what advertisers would have you believe. However, usually, a higher-quality oil will cost more, simply because organic hemp is more expensive and higher-quality extraction methods cost more to utilize and upkeep.
That being said, don’t’ get caught up in price as your only consideration. Any brand you want to purchase from should be thoroughly researched and compared with its competitors. Are the products similar?
Do they offer similar results? What does the CBD dosage look like? The company’s service record/commitment to quality? What do previous and current customers have to say about the brand’s products?
Only after you’ve answered each of these questions should you then consider the cost of your CBD oil. If you’re paying a dirt-cheap price for CBD oil, there’s likely a reason for it!