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Things To Do Before You Buy CBD Oil – A Beginner’s Guide

Beginners guide to buying CBD oil

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CBD oil has hit the media like a storm. It has gained so much attention from scientists, doctors, medical experts, governments, and the general public. Why? Because over the last few decades the cannabis plant has undergone countless studies and begun to appear in many research papers and articles. Through these studies on the cannabis plant, scientists and researchers have discovered that it holds amazing medicinal properties that can treat, cure, and prevent a vast variety of ailments. Because of this people are starting to turn to CBD oil which is extracted from the cannabis plant.

However, be wary of articles promoting CBD if their statements have not been evaluated. This would entail statements encompassing the idea that CBD can diagnose, treat, cure, and prevent any disease. CBD is intended to diagnose, treat, and prevent many ailments associated with the nervous system, including life-threatening and serious conditions, such as childhood epilepsy. But this hemp extract requires further study before using it to treat any and all ailments.

What is CBD? CBD oil is a shortened term for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 different compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD and THC or Cannabidiol and Tetrahydrocannabinol are the primary two compounds from the plant that have proven to hold medicinal properties. The only issue is that THC is a psychoactive compound that gives users “the high” associated with marijuana. This has resulted in high stigma associated with the plant, making it illegal in most of the globe. However, the good news is that CBD oil, derived from hemp plants, does not hold any psychoactive properties.

Why Do I Need A Guide When Choosing CBD Oil?

Due to the lack of psychoactive effects, many companies have formed and jumped on the CBD bandwagon. They did so because they know that there is a market for it and, because of this, we find ourselves being bombarded with CBD products. When we don’t have enough knowledge on CBD, it’s extremely difficult to choose which product you feel will work for you. Don’t be alarmed because we all have to start somewhere. This is why we have provided you with a beginners guide to choosing the right CBD product for you.

3 Things To Do Before You Buy CBD Oil

Step 1

First things first, you need to ask yourself: “why do I want to take CBD oil?” Maybe you want to use it to treat a medical condition that you are suffering with but are unsure what conditions it treats. Here is a list of medical conditions CBD can treat. CBD oil has antibacterial, anti inflammatory, pain relieving, antiviral and many other properties. So if you have ailments like:

  • Anxiety and/or depresion
  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Many forms of cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Eczema
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • PTSD

Once you have located your ailment on this list, you’re officially on the right track. To gather the information you want and need, you need to understand important factors when purchasing a CBD oil.

Step 2: Methods

Now that you have you’ve narrowed your search a little bit it’s time to find which method of CBD oil you’d like to use or ingest. Once again, due to the vastness of the CBD market, there are hundreds and thousands of options for you to decide on. The choice is yours. There is really no wrong or right way to choose a method. It’s really down to personal opinion at this point. These methods are:

  • Vape Pens (or Vaporization): Now you can now purchase E Liquids containing CBD oil. CBD oil on its own doesn’t taste very good so by adding your favourite E-Liquid flavour like apple or strawberry you can easily drown out its taste.
  • Edibles: This term is used when CBD oil is mixed into food. There are endless possibilities and choices when it comes to edibles. You can buy them pre-made or you can even make your own. You can experiment and, if you don’t like a certain food, that’s okay because you can always try another. Foods like brownies, chewing gum or even your Sunday dinner can be your source of CBD oil.
  • Oils and Tinctures: This method involves placing a few drops of the oil under your tongue and leaving it there for 20 to 30 seconds)
  • Topical Creams: These are creams or lotions that contain CBD. These are common for people who suffer from skin conditions like acne or eczema or for people who suffer from inflammation or have experienced a recent injury.

The method of CBD consumption is entirely up to you and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Choosing a method can be a process of elimination involving a lot of trial and error.

Step 3: Dosing and Ratios

If you are taking CBD oil to treat a certain ailment, it is at this point that you will want to consult your physician or a medical expert so that they can provide you with medical information regarding how much CBD oil (dosage) you should take to treat your ailment. If you take too much or too little your results may not suffice. Not only that but, If you don’t take the correct ratios, you could end up experiencing some side effects and/or added health problems. Ratios are based off the level of THC to the level of CBD. The ratio 0:1 is the highest and the ratio 1:0 is the lowest. Be extra careful with ratios because if the CBD oil contains 0.1%:0.3% of THC (depending on your countries laws) then you could potentially be breaking the law.

Read The Label

We would also suggest that you look at following study (Labeling Accuracy of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online) which we have quoted below.

discrepancies between federal and state cannabis laws have resulted in inadequate regulation and oversight leading to inaccurate labeling of some products.

The results of the study are important as it shows you, the consumer, that the products that you are purchasing might not be 100% accurate in their labelling. So it’s important to also keep this in mind.

There you have it, a short and sweet step by step guideline to purchasing CBD oil. Hopefully, this puts you at ease and makes you feel a little bit more confident when you go to purchase your oil. If you are still on the fence or are still feeling a little bit intimidated then you definitely need to check this article out.

Niamh Tumilty
Niamh Tumilty
Niamh Tumilty is a writer and multimedia producer for cannabisMD where she is constantly evaluating the continued growth of CBD and its presence in the news. Her research and writing on cannabis and CBD can be found at niamhtumilty.com.

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