Deciding to use CBD (cannabidiol) oil is easy. Figuring out which brand, concentration, and dose to buy is another thing altogether. With all of the products out there to choose from, it can be a nightmare choosing the right CBD oil for you.
Here are five factors to consider when deciding on the best CBD oil for you.
Factors in Choosing the Right CBD Oil
Start off with low potency. This way you’ll find how much CBD it takes to achieve your goals. If you start low, say 1-2 mg, and that doesn’t work, you can increase to a 3, 4, or 5 mg dose and see what happens. If you jump straight into a heavy dose (over 15 mg) and it’s effective, you won’t know if a smaller dose would’ve worked. This can save you some cash over the long run and make sure you’re making the most effective use of your CBD.
Almost as important as choosing the right dose of CBD oil is the delivery method. CBD products come in dropper bottle form, vaporizer cartridges, topical lotions, food products, and capsules to name a few. Read more about the pros and cons of each form.
Ask for Test Results
Cannabis (hemp or marijuana) is a bio-accumulator species that absorbs contaminants such as chemicals, metals, lead, etc, which could end up in your CBD oil. The best CBD oils are tested by professional third parties to ensure that products are safe, high-quality, and contain what they claim to. Find the lab results on a product website to be sure the manufacturer takes quality seriously. If you buy from a dispensary, you can be sure you’re getting lab-tested CBD oil.
Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil
Some CBD products describe themselves as “hemp oil.” In some cases, manufacturers use that term to mean CBD oil, which is oil rich in CBD made mainly from the leaves, resin, or flowering tops of hemp plants. But “hemp oil” refers to oil made from the seeds of the plant, and contains only very small amounts of CBD. CBD oil, on the other hand, is made from the buds of the hemp or cannabis plant (and, yes, we prefer the latter, of course).
There are various ways in which CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant to create CBD oils. Some companies use solvents such as propane or butane to render their extracts. The best CBD oils are usually created via CO₂ extraction. This method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the CBD without any toxic substances. Olive oil or coconut oil can also be used to extract CBD, albeit less efficiently than CO₂.
It’s illegal for a product that has not undergone extensive testing to make health claims, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), even if it’s for minor issues like muscle pain. The greater the claim, the more you should doubt. The FDA has been cracking down on companies selling CBD products online for making unsubstantiated health claims.
There is a lot to consider when you’re choosing the right CBD oil. Safety and clarity of dosage should be your top priorities. Check out the latest CBD oil products at your nearby Have a Heart dispensary for tested, cannabis-derived CBD.