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How to Find High-Quality CBD Products

If you have been thinking about trying CBD but are overwhelmed by all of the options, you’re in the right place. There are a variety of CBD products out there and though they all claim to potentially help manage chronic pain symptoms and other conditions like anxiety and depression, not all CBD products are the same. It’s important to buy from brands you trust, read the labels, and make sure you understand them, especially since the FDA hasn’t approved or regulated nonprescription CBD products. Consider this page your resource for how to find high-quality CBD products that you can trust.

Understanding the Terminology

First things first, you need to understand what all the different acronyms and plant names mean. How are hemp and marijuana related and what’s the deal with CBD vs. THC? Cannabis is where it all starts, and marijuana and hemp are both cannabis plants that contain CBD and THC. The difference is that marijuana contains more THC than hemp. THC produces an addictive “high”, while CBD does not. When you’re looking at CBD products, you can choose whether you want hemp-derived or marijuana-derived CBD, and it will depend on your state’s laws whether or not they’re both legal. Most hemp-derived CBD is legal, while marijuana-derived CBD is only legal in certain states. Unfortunately, there are still a few states where no type of CBD product is legal at all.

You may have heard about the entourage effect-that marijuana-derived CBD works better than hemp-derived CBD because it contains THC, and this is true according to some studies, but everybody is different, and everyone reacts differently to different substances. If you are worried about the “high” side effect of THC and want to avoid it, look for hemp-derived CBD only. If you’re interested in trying marijuana-derived CBD, just keep in mind that it may cause some psychoactive effects and the THC will show up on a drug test.

What do the Different Compounds Mean?

Not all CBD products are pure CBD, without anything else added. That’s why you’ll need to understand the following terms and what they imply.

  • CBD isolate means that this product contains CBD only, without any traces of other compounds or cannabinoids, and definitely no THC.

  • Broad-spectrum CBD products contain CBD plus natural cannabis compounds, called terpenes and flavonoids, but no THC.

  • Full-spectrum CBD products include all of the natural cannabis compounds, including THC.

Reading Labels

Once you’ve learned the terminology and decided what type of CBD product you want to try, it’s time to start reading labels. The ingredients should have CBD (cannabidiol or hemp extract) listed clearly. If you see products that don’t mention CBD or hemp extract, but have ingredients listed like hemp seeds, or seed oil, it’s not CBD. Depending on the type of product you buy, it will most likely include other ingredients, such as a carrier oil, natural flavoring or coloring, and a list of other compounds included in the product. Pay attention to what is listed so you don’t consume anything that you’re allergic to or don’t want in your body.

Measuring Your Dosage of CBD

The FDA has not declared any regulations on CBD, so the correct dosage for each person is still unknown. It’s wisest to speak to your doctor about whether CBD products are a good option or not and take their advice on dosage. This is especially important if you are taking other medications. Figuring out how much CBD to take will depend on the following factors:

  • body weight

  • condition

  • concentration of CBD in each product

If your doctor doesn’t offer a recommended amount, it’s best to start small and slowly increase it by small increments as needed. For example, you could start with 20 to 40 mg each day. If you don’t notice any effects or feel that it’s not helping as much as it should, wait one week and then increase your amount by 5 mg. Continue this method each week until you feel like it’s working. When using CBD oil drops, keep in mind that one drop is about .05 milliliters. This will help you calculate how many drops are in your bottle and how much to start out taking. For example, if a 10-mL bottle says it contains 1,000 mg of CBD, each drop will contain about 5mg of CBD. This means, in order to start out taking 20 mg a day, you should take exactly 4 drops.

Choosing the Best CBD Products

Just about anyone can sell a product that contains CBD and it might not be the best quality. Start by finding a brand you trust. Only buy from brands that:

  • Use organic hemp-this means that your drops won’t contain pesticides and chemicals

  • Third-party test their products and post Certificates of Analysis from within 6 months-this will show you what is in your CBD product.

  • Avoid artificial ingredients and flavors

The kind of CBD products you choose will depend on what your body needs, which may only be apparent after experimenting with different brands and dosage amounts. High concentration is right for some people while low concentration may be better if you’re just starting out. Remember to make sure CBD is legal in your state, clear it with your doctor and ask for their brand and dosage recommendations.

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