Whether you are buying CBD for the first time or you are a veteran user, it is always important to know and understand what to look for when making a purchase. Above all, the last thing you want to do is select a below-grade CBD product and have a negative experience. There is a large amount of information available about the industry- some more accurate than others, so it’s important to use reliable resources to be able to decide which brand is best for you. At CBDbound, we only carry and supply products that have been lab-tested and accompanied by a certificate of analysis, or COA.
The Big Key Factors when Buying CBD
1. What kind of product are you looking for?
There is such a large variety of CBD products available today: edibles, topicals, tinctures, capsules and more to choose from. As a result, deciding where to start means knowing the pros/cons of each product. Recently, bath and body options in particular are becoming much more popular. From bath bombs and salts to muscle creams, body lotions are definitely not the only CBD topical option available anymore. There are also products like massage oils that can help your whole body, while ointments and salves work to target trouble areas. To heal your body from the inside out instead, tinctures are one of the foremost methods of oral ingestion, with a quick drop or two under the tongue being a great place to start. If getting the right dosage with a tincture is a concern for you, however, gummies and capsules make CBD simple to integrate into the on-the-go lifestyle. Please note that edibles may take longer for the effects to manifest due to digestion. No matter your health needs, helping you support your system with the best CBD products possible is what we do best.
2. How strong is the CBD I'm buying? How many milligrams are there?
As mentioned above, there are several different methods for CBD use:
- The labeled strength of a tincture is the CBD potency for the entire bottle.
- The recommended dosage is not the strength of the bottle as a whole but is typically listed as per dropper or droplet.
- It is always important to be aware of your volume per strength.
- A dropper contains approximately 1mL, but:
- A 500mg tincture may have a 16.66mg dropper from a 30mL bottle
- But, a 500mg tincture could also have a 33.33mg dropper in a 15mL bottle.
- Always do the math before dosing and calculate your mg/mL ratio.
- Can be bath bombs, lotions, gels, balms, skin care, face masks, or any other product applied to the skin.
- Typically packages or inserts will include serving size information for these products.
- If you are unsure, start small and work your way up to larger doses with these types of products.
- CBD is available in gummies, candies, and can be added to virtually any food or drink.
- Keep in mind when CBD is ingested, it will take longer for the effects to set in.
- Be sure to dose accordingly with this information in mind.
- Edibles are an easy way to control the exact CBD dosage you need throughout the day and can include other extracts like melatonin for sleep.
One of the best methods to ensure you receive a consistent dose every time is through CBD edibles or gummies. Instead of having to do any measuring yourself, you can simply and easily take the exact dose required for optimum relief. Most gummies are available in 10mg or 20mg strengths, but California Grown offers a 50mg option. If you’ve tried CBD and feel as though you haven’t noticed much effect, this Napa Nectar chewable could be a better fit for your needs. However, if you haven’t yet decided what level of CBD you need for the best effect, starting with a lower strength gummy may be your preferred option. Remember, you should never be buying CBD you aren’t ready for.
3. Do they have lab results?
To get the best picture of what your CBD product is made of, carefully read through the lab results provided by the manufacturer. Quality brands will send their products to an independent third-party to be tested, and this is a great way to see what cannabinoids are in specific products. The packaging should contain links or QR codes that direct you to the brand’s web page. While not all retailers provide these documents, CBDBound doesn’t believe you should have to search around for them. Therefore we host product lab reports on our site and make them easily accessible for consumers while maintaining up to date information. Not every website does this, but we hope to be as helpful as possible by making certifications easy to find right in the “Lab Reports” tab of the product page. The CoAs exist to provide as much information as possible, so be sure to use them as a valuable resource.
CBDfx is a brand that has always maintained transparency regarding its products and has always provided CoAs for us at CBDBound. They maintain a Lab Reports page that is constantly being updated with every new product release, making CBDfx an industry pioneer simply for keeping their results up-to-date and above board. This Lavender Night Face Mask is just one of many potent CBD products from a wide catalog.
4. Does the CBD I'm buying contain less than 0.3% THC?
Due to it legal concern, it is essential to know if your CBD product contains less than 0.3% THC. Anything over .3% may be illegal to purchase in your area, and may also produce unwanted effects. CBD that contains under the legal limit of THC is legal for purchase in all 50 states and most countries without the need for a prescription or medical card. Therefore, you don’t have to feel concerned about criminal law when shopping for reputable cannabidiol products and buying CBD. Most of the tinctures in the market are either broad or full spectrum, which extract everything except the THC from the plant through different processes, allowing terpenes and other cannabinoids to remain behind. However, this doesn’t mean that full-spectrum will have acceptable levels of THC. To ensure completely zero traces of THC down to 10 parts per million, isolates are the only CBD product to contain only cannabidiol and nothing else.
While still remaining under the legal limit, Coastal Clouds offers full-spectrum CBD products that are under the acceptable THC-limit but retain the terpenes and cannabinoids to optimize their health benefits. Industry professionals call this the entourage effect and a full-spectrum product like this one is one of the best to deliver the full CBD experience and positive effects.
5. How do I learn more about CBD brands
Once you’ve decided on your preferred CBD method and starting dose, you have to choose the brand that best meets your needs. Are you looking for topical CBD product that’s also organic? If so, The Helping Friendly Hemp Co. may be the best fit for you. Perhaps you’ve settled on a gummy but are concerned about gelatin as a vegan? Not to worry, CBD Lion offers various gummy flavor options that are all vegan and gluten-free. Or maybe you’re not shopping CBD for yourself, but for your four-legged friend? If your vet has approved CBD use for your dog or cat and you’re not sure where to start, check out the reviews on any of our pet products like Habitat Hemp Co.’s Full hemp Dog Treats or Koi Naturals CBD Spray for Pets. We are always available to answer any questions at email@example.com.
Our digital product selection makes the process of comparing prices, reviews, and flavor options simple and straightforward- simply store your selections in your cart, then compare and make the best selection for you. To help you make a satisfactory purchase, we recommend asking yourself the following:
- Does the brand state how the CBD was extracted/manufactured?
- Is the brand making unreasonable health claims?
- Are there customer reviews for me to compare?
- Is the product made from industrial hemp?
- Does the product have less than 0.3% THC?
All reputable brands will go above and beyond to ensure the customer has the answers to all of the above questions, as well as to address any and all other product-related concerns. Good companies have nothing to hide, and at CBDBound we are proud to provide products manufactured by good companies.
Before making your purchase, be sure to ask yourself one last time if this the right CBD product for you to buy, and if you’re confident in your research. At the end of the day, you are the one who is going to be buying and using the CBD product, so it’s important that you have enough knowledge and insight to be responsible. Do your research for the items, brands, and doses before introducing cannabidiol into your life. We can’t personally recommend products for you, but this quick guide can help you discover what you feel comfortable using.
That said, it can get expensive testing out different products while trying to find the perfect fit for your needs. Luckily, many brands offer sample sizes that allow you to test their catalog without making the full investment. Although this bottle may look small, the proper dosage is roughly 8 to possibly 10 drops. This means that even smaller bottles and containers can get multiple uses.
Following these 5 pointers should give you a good idea of whether or not a product is of good quality. Like any supplement, CBD will affect everyone a little differently. Consequently, what works for some may not for others. It is important to find what works for YOU. In short, we do our best at CBDbound to take the guessing game out of choosing products by supplying only high-quality brands of CBD. It is important to look at all the resources we provide you, as well as informing yourself of the effects, so always do your own research before dosing to ensure safe and responsible CBD use.