7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying CBD Oil
As cannabis is gaining more attention around the world, with CBD being a trailblazer for other cannabinoids in the plant — everybody wants to get their fair share of the industry’s cake.
Alas, not everybody plays clean.
With 2018 showing a significant increase in CBD oil in the US, the market has become an attractive niche for fly-by-night businesses that don’t seem to care much about your experience with CBD products.
While CBD old-timers can usually tell the difference between a good and bad CBD oil, new customers may not be aware of the pitfalls standing in their way.
When used properly, CBD can prove a versatile form of treatment for an array of physiological and mental conditions.
Conditions CBD has been shown to be beneficial towards includes:
- AIDS/HIV symptoms
- Chron’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle Spasms
- Neurodegenerative Disorders (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s)
However, low-quality CBD oil — one that has been poorly manufactured or sourced from inferior-quality hemp — can do more harm than good.
In this article, we map out 7 common mistakes to avoid when buying CBD oil. The guide will help you make a well-informed purchase decision by keeping untrustworthy vendors at bay.
7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying CBD Oil
CBD oil is a fantastic product; it can significantly improve the quality of one’s life when added to a healthy lifestyle. When used exclusively for medical purposes, this extracted form of CBD is capable of alleviating the symptoms of numerous illnesses.
From treating mild anxiety to severe chronic pain and inflammation, CBD is making huge headlines in the world of contemporary medicine. However, it is, by no means, a miracle cure, nor is it a quick fix for any ailment that bothers you
Here’s the list of mistakes that can shatter your CBD experience.
1. Buying the Cheapest Oils You Can Find
If there was a dark book of forbidden oxymorons, the term “high-quality cheap CBD oil” would deserve a separate chapter.
For savvy CBD oil users, this may seem like an obvious point. But with so many options on the market right now, and so many retail shops to purchase CBD oil from, this industry can become a minefield for a newbie.
Buying cheap CBD oil is one of those mines. Cheap oils are cheap for a reason. They’re either made of poor-quality ingredients, or their CBD content is far from what’s advertised on the bottle.
CBD oils are expensive because a lot of care goes into making them — from sourcing and manufacturing to lab testing.
Reputable companies source their CBD from hemp grown organically in the United States or Western Europe. In order for such crops to be cultivated effectively without using pesticides, growers have to use strict quality-control measures to grow healthy and potent plants.
Then, CBD must be extracted from the plant matter to achieve a highly-concentrated extract with a broad spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes. CO2 extraction, which is the golden standard for the CBD industry, calls for the use of expensive, high-tech equipment.
Prices often range between $80,000–$90,000 for the whole kit, let alone the cost of the highly-qualified employees.
Of course, third-party lab tests — the only way to verify the content of your CBD oil — aren’t done for charity, either.
Given this, the entire cost of manufacturing CBD-infused products is too high for companies to offer “the cheapest CBD oil” on a broad scale.
2. Not Checking the Hemp’s Country of Origin
If you’ve ever felt worse after taking a CBD product, it could be due to the presence of some toxic ingredients in it. This, in turn, results from a poorly sourced hemp used to produce your CBD oil.
One of the most common mistakes CBD newbies make is not paying attention to where their hemp comes from. This is the most important information, as hemp is rather loosely regulated in most countries.
Hemp, a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant, is considered a bioaccumulator.
In simple words, this means that the plant absorbs literally everything from the soil it grows in — accumulating these compounds in its tissues.
Harmful chemicals can show up in the plant material and oil if grown in polluted soils. Lead, cadmium, and arsenic are all problematic heavy metals that can accumulate in the cannabis plant.
This is particularly important given the fact that hemp farmers in certain countries use hazardous pesticides to cultivate their plants — often containing toxic compounds and heavy metal contaminants.
Always make sure that the company you’re buying CBD oil from sources its hemp from North America or Western Europe (especially in Dutch and Scandinavian regions). Avoid hemp grown in China and other areas of Asia, where the use of pesticides is widely practiced and soils are notoriously contaminated with things like lead and arsenic.
If the company doesn’t list the hemp’s country of origin on their products, check its website for details. If you can’t find it there, you can contact the company yourself through their customer service.
3. Assuming All CBD Oils Aren’t Psychoactive
One of the greatest advantages CBD oil has over other cannabis products is that it won’t get you high.
Well, this is true only to some extent.
While CBD itself doesn’t have psychoactive properties, CBD oil can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana. If a company sources its CBD oil from marijuana plants, chances are, the oil will come with significant amounts of THC.
Marijuana-derived oil CAN make you high, so make sure that your CBD is extracted from hemp plants.
Hemp-derived CBD oil generally contains less than 0.3% THC. Such amounts are not capable of making the user feel high from it. That is, of course, as long as the oil is extracted properly.
If a manufacturer uses incorrect extraction methods, there’s a chance that THC levels will breach the 0.3% threshold and be great enough to produce a high. A professional vendor will always use safe extraction methods to ensure the non-psychoactivity of the final product.
4. Not Educating Yourself on CBD Oil Beforehand
While CBD is capable of many great things, there are certain limits to its potential. That’s because CBD is not a miracle worker.
There’s a clear mechanism behind its interaction with the body and brain. Once you understand how CBD works within the body, you’ll be able to tell whether or not it can prove an effective aid for your symptoms.
Some CBD vendors will try to convince you that CBD oil can cure just about anything, but when you do your research, you’ll know that such claims aren’t true. The vast majority of shady CBD companies feed off of customers who have zero knowledge about CBD and other cannabinoids.
That’s why it’s of the utmost importance to educate yourself about the way CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, where it helps and what its limitations are. Of course, it’s also important to understand how to dose CBD oil for optimal results.
5. Expecting the Impossible
This point is actually a follow-up to the point number 4.
As a daily supplement, CBD oil is second-to-none when it comes to improving one’s well-being. It’s also been proven by many studies to be able to treat many conditions that affect millions of patients across the world.
But then again, CBD is not a magic elixir and sometimes, you won’t experience the benefits of CBD oil immediately. In some cases, it may take several weeks or even months for the CBD oil to regulate the chemical imbalance in our bodies.
Of course, CBD oil may calm your nerves and curb anxiety pretty fast, but chronic conditions are a different pair of shoes.
Here’s what CBD oil can do:
- Relieve pain symptoms
- Reduce inflammation
- Help with mood swings
- Relieve anxiety
- Regulate immune function
- Reduce muscle cramping and tension
With all that said, you can’t expect CBD oil to cure cancer, defeat depression, and take away all your pain. You can, however, use CBD to support your treatment and bolster your system from different angles.
6. Opting For the Highest Potency Right From the Beginning
While we’re not going to deny the importance of CBD oil’s potency, going for the highest strength right from the beginning is basically wrong.
If you’re new to CBD, your system will be very sensitive to its effects. In other words, you won’t need much CBD oil to feel relief unless the condition is serious.
On the other hand, if you’re suffering from chronic illnesses, your recommended dose may be higher than the average. But then again, you have to gradually work your way up to the point where CBD effectively reduces your symptoms, rather than rushing it from the first day.
As mentioned, CBD may need some time to bring the chemical balance back to your body, so starting at maximum doses leaves you with no room for adjustments, not to mention that you’re just flushing your hard-earned money down the drain.
Despite being considered non-toxic and safe for human consumption, CBD can produce a number of mild side effects that are dosage-dependent.
The Side Effects of Too Much CBD Include:
- Dryness in the mouth
- Lower heart rate
7. Not Checking 3rd-Party Lab Test Results
Even if you’re 100% sure that your CBD oil was extracted from organically grown hemp, there are still many factors that come to play when it comes to determining the quality of a CBD product.
Third-party lab testing analyzes the content of CBD oil; it checks for such details as the levels of CBD in the extract, the ratio between different cannabinoids, and terpene content. On top of that, laboratory tests can detect over 200 common chemicals that could compromise the quality of your CBD oil.
A trustworthy vendor will either have lab test results available on its website or at your request. If the customer service refuses to send you the proof of their label claims, it’s time to look for CBD products elsewhere.
How To Avoid These Common Mistakes When Buying CBD
Despite being in its infancy (compared to other industries), the CBD market is developing at a rapid pace.
There’s a lot of information about CBD oil out there; cannabis and hemp advocates are doing their best to educate patients and recreational users about the benefits and risks of buying CBD products.
We hope this article has helped you gain a better understanding of the common mistakes people experience when buying CBD oil and why people make them.
Still, we encourage you to always do your research before putting your trust and hard-earned money in one company or another.
Never take CBD oil products at face value and remain wary of companies that are trying to lure you with “high-quality, cheap CBD oil”. These two terms should never be used together in one sentence. CBD products are fairly expensive, but the price you pay is reflected in the quality you receive.
If you don’t want to be the “CBD doesn’t work for me” person, don’t fall into the trap of buying cheap — always do a solid background check on your potential vendor, and consult your doctor to see if you can use CBD oil to treat your condition.
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About James Reed
James Reed is the founder and editor-in-chief at iSum. He’s a big advocate of marijuana and spent most of his time writing about these topics, sharing what he learned over the years.