CBD BUYER’S GUIDE – WHAT, WHERE AND WHY

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CBD Overview

So you’ve heard about it, thought about it and researched it enough to consider taking it to the next level….making your first CBD purchase.  While you may have a heightened interest in the potential health benefits of hemp CBD, you are hesitant. We understand. With so many choices, from vendors to products to pricing, where do you begin?  Let us help ease the pain…

Before we begin, let us clarify a couple of things-

  • CBD is the scientific abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is the primary cannabinoid found in hemp extracts.
  • To stay within our specialty, this is a guide for buying CBD derived from hemp, not marijuana.  
  • Marijuana sourced CBD contains high levels of THC, is considered a schedule 1 drug by the federal government, and with the legal status varying by state, purchasing it often requires access to a dispensary and can require a prescription.  This is not something we offer or choose to delve into.
  • We provide only hemp derived CBD products that are THC-free.

Is Hemp Oil the Same as CBD Oil?

In the past, the terms Hemp Oil and CBD Oil were pretty much interchangeable, but not anymore. Retailers of hemp seed oil are starting to use “Hemp Oil” as their product description, yet hemp seeds and the oil they produce contain zero CBD, not even a trace.  This is why you should always read the ingredients before buying.  Look for the words “CBD”, “Cannabidiol”, or “Hemp Extract”, but if it says “seed” in its description, you might as well be taking olive oil.

Do CBD Products Contain THC?

Since the hemp plant contains small traces of THC, so do most CBD products.  Though the amount of THC is small (less that .3%), it’s still present. Many of our customers don’t want anything to do with THC, not even a little bit.  This is why we personally further purify our CBD during the extraction process to remove all traces of THC, making all of our products THC-Free.

Are all CBD Products the Same?

The bottom line is that if you’re not being provided lab results from a 3rd party institution on your CBD products, who knows what you’re taking.  The product lab results should show you the amount of CBD, whether it contains THC, it’s purity and whether it contains any unhealthy residual byproducts.  Needless to say, we provide lab results with every product we sell.

What’s the Best Way to Take CBD?

Hemp CBD oil from tincture (eyedropper) bottles is the most popular because of their versatility and ease of use.  Fill the dropper with the desired amount (our droppers are calibrated to easily provide accurate dosage amounts) and place the drops under your tongue and hold for about 60 seconds.  This method allows the CBD to absorb into your bloodstream more quickly and effectively.

While this may be the most popular option, it’s not everyone’s favorite choice.  

CBD Capsules are convenient because they’re easy to take, and offer a pre-measured dosage.

Topical CBD cream is a great way to target specific “problem” areas while providing instant relief.  

While there is a plethora of new CBD products hitting the market, from drinks to gummies to suppositories, we recommend keeping it simple.  Many of these products are taking unfair advantage of the CBD aura, yet don’t provide a significant enough amount of CBD to make them a viable source.

Summary

While Botanic Balance checks all the boxes, there are some important considerations you will need to know….

  • First off, trust your source, so you can trust what you take.  Make sure you are provided third-party lab results to verify the CBD quality and purity.
  • Insist on CBD products that are produced using only 100% organic hemp so there are no harmful residual solvents (pesticides, GMO’s, etc.).
  • Size ISN’T everything.  Just because it comes in a bigger bottle doesn’t mean it has more CBD content.  Verify the milligrams of CBD when you’re ready to purchase.
  • Make sure you’re not paying too much.  While a 1oz. bottle with 500mg of CBD may be selling for $50, another one may have 1500mg for $99.  Do the math, buy the bottle with the higher dosage, it’ll last 3 times longer and cost a third less per mg of CBD.

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