If you ever wonder what is the safest way to purchase CBD oil and not get cheated, here is a step by step directory to follow and consider the factors while making the purchase.
Step 1: Determine why and in what form you want to intake CBD oil
Choose the CBD product based on what cure you need and how urgently you want it. Inhaling through vape pens or e-cigarettes will render the immediate benefits, the sublingual method will give little later effects, ingesting CBD in forms of capsules or gummies might take a few hours, and lastly, using topical lotions might provide immediate effects to some, whereas the other person might take several hours.
Step 2: Determine THC levels in the product
If you plan to intake CBD to feel relief from pains, look for products made from the hemp plant because that acquires a negligible amount of THC, ranging from 0-0.3%, easily available in retail and online stores. However, those who intake CBD to feel the “high”, will need to be in a state that has legalized marijuana, will need a physician’s recommendation, and lastly not get fooled by the false information about the products THC levels. Most of the time it’s just 0.5 rather than 0.3, which does not make a difference but charges high.
Step 3. Enquire where the hemp was grown
It is believed that Colorado, among other states like Kentucky, Oregon, and other overseas places, has the best hemp program. They initiate an on spot testing of the hemp plant, to determine the THC levels and sell it rightfully, unlike the other states who do not initiate this testing. So while purchasing, search for the ‘made in’ tag and see if it’s from Colorado, or ask the staff whether they know where it is made and shipped from. In the case of online shopping, browse the company’s website, or contact their seller to gain that information.
Step 4. Check for the results
Whenever you buy CBD products, ask for the Certificate of Analysis, to know the CBD and THC levels, among other contaminants. Do not buy the product from a store that does not share a COA with you, instead go to a different dispensary. Several stores in Indiana attach a QR code with the hemp-based CBD products, which after scanning downloads the entire COA report for the buyer. Most marijuana-based CBD products do not carry a COA, due to its legality issues, so knowing its validity might be difficult. For the precise assurance of the quality of the product, look if it meets the “ISO 17025” standards and see if it’s testing has been done through the companies like the U.S. Pharmacopeia, or American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
Step 5. Look for CBD amount
Lastly, search for products that label the amount of CBD it contains per dose, and not the entire bottle, expressed in milligrams or mg. Be extra careful with products that list the total amount of CBD in them, because the product might contain related compounds and additives, which might not be healthy, along with CBD and THC. The products which don’t have the labelings at all, sell their products as “full-spectrum”, “whole-plant” or boast of being rich in other compounds such as fatty acids. Trusting them would not be wise, so enquire about the COA from the sellers.