The market for CBD was already booming and now more than ever with the current events of illness, market crashes, and threat of job loss. It seems everyone has anxiety ready to burst forth like the creature from Alien. Or maybe it is more like the head exploding scene in the movie Scanners, no matter what horror or sci-fi movie you pick for a metaphor it fits our current events!
And let’s face it one of the main reasons people are buying CBD oil is for their nerves! Many folks know from experience that Cannabis has quite the relaxing effect, so they assume CBD will likely have a similar ability. In reality the science is behind the market and attempting to catch up, in the meantime it can be difficult navigating this new and curious product.
You may be lucky enough to have a major retailer located near you that sells CBD, but the chances are it will be very expensive. When it is hard to find locally or too pricey many may resort to buying it online. And this can be potentially problematic when it comes to service and trust. Here we will go over a few ideas to find high quality and honest CBD oil from online retailers.
Is it educational information or hype?
One of the fastest ways to judge any CBD company is what they tell you about their product. CBD is extracted from hemp plants, which are simply Cannabis plants with under 0.3% THC content. With such a low THC amount it is impossible for hemp to get you high, and that is the only reason it is now legal to grow and sell in the USA. Hemp may not have the chemical to get you stoned, but it does have plenty of CBD!
Unfortunately for many years and across many countries Cannabis has been illegal and has not really had that much legitimate research done on it. The simple fact is we do not know that much about CBD. You may buy it for anxiety, but it is not yet proven to help that! A legitimate company will not make outlandish health claims, they will educate you on the reality of CBD. Any online retailer who promises CBD oil will cure specific ailments; they should be reported not patronized.
Is the company accurate and honest?
As mentioned above it is important to take note of how a company sells its CBD oil. You want accuracy and honesty, and yes both are a little different in this case. You want a product to have specific lab results on the quantity of CBD included, especially so you know what dosage it is. However the same company cannot honestly tell you what dosages work because that would be making medical claims. Do you see the fine line?
Another important aspect of accuracy is whether the company is using pure CBD oil, or broad spectrum hemp extract. Cannabis has THC, CBD, and about a hundred other active chemicals; you likely don’t need the other cannabinoids. A reputable online CBD seller will sell only pure CBD oil.
Do they have THC in their product?
And not only do you want to avoid the other chemicals, you want to be sure the product has no THC in it. By legal standards it should be below that very low 0.3%, so it shouldn’t be a problem. However since some states have legal Cannabis now you want to make sure they are not selling products with THC. And this isn’t just because you could potentially get in trouble, it is the against the law. Mailing THC products is illegal and legitimate retailers will not get involved with that.
There is some research that shows THC may be necessary for the CBD to work properly. The jury is still out on that and until then you should only buy plain CBD oil from online retailers. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476
Does the site make it easy and safe to buy?
Beyond the pointers on CBD and Cannabis in general, there are also the usual tips on being a smart consumer. Does it feel safe to pay on the site, or does it scream identity theft? This is one reason to avoid the smaller and unknown sellers as they may not even have basic protections for your financial data. And even beyond money does the site feel safe for any info you are providing?
Another savvy consumer thought is do they also provide discrete and fast shipping? You may not want others to know you use CBD oil and that is fine, just make sure the company is safe to purchase from.
How is the customer service and reviews?
Regardless of the product you are buying always check the reviews of the company. That is one of the fastest ways to know if they are worth dealing with. And of course you will find bad reviews everywhere, people are known for complaining more than praising! The key is to read those negative reviews, if there are a ton of levelheaded yet angry customers, well find another place to buy your CBD oil from.
Do they offer any kind of assistance?
This is actually a pretty common aspect of the bigger CBD retailers. CBD is so expensive that some places offer assistance to veterans, those with disabilities, and lower income individuals. Not only should you apply for this help if possible, it is a sign of a reputable dealer when they have such helpful programs.
Can you really trust the large market sites?
So what is the verdict, should you buy CBD from an online retailer? If you follow the advice above and use common sense, there is every chance you will get a quality product. Stick with the most popular and known retailers first if you are extra jittery about your first purchase, places like Vitamin Shoppe and CVS. The chances of getting a validated CBD oil brand is higher at the best known stores. Just don’t stress yourself out too much! That’s what put you in this position in the first place! Do as much research as possible, message companies with any questions, and pay attention to what others are saying about said sellers. With a little patience and a deep breath you will find some high quality CBD oil!