5 Tips for Buying CBD Oil Online

July 31, 2018

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Knowing and understanding the health benefits of CBD oil is one thing; finding a well-made, reliable tincture that you can trust to be safe, effective and affordable is another thing altogether.

The truth is, because the cannabis industry (and particularly the legal CBD hemp sector) is not regulated by the FDA, manufacturers and private labelers alike pretty much have free range to advertise as they please. Naturally, this makes it very, very tricky for average customers who don’t know the difference between low and high-grade products to settle on a quality tincture.

In this article, we disclose 5 key tips that you absolutely have to keep in mind when shopping online for CBD oil – there are A LOT of very low-quality (and potentially even dangerous) products out there that have been manufactured with substandard extraction processes, so you’ll want to avoid these at all costs for a number of different reasons.

1. How was the CBD extracted?

Now that the CBD industry has been fairly well established over the last couple of years, extraction process across the top manufacturers should be pretty well standardized at this point.

Basically, if a CBD oil wasn’t extracted from hemp using low-temperature, solvent-free CO2 methods, you’ll probably want to stay away from it.

Solvent-based extraction can produce some high-quality tinctures – and indeed there are several top-shelf companies who still use the method – but generally speaking it is much riskier (and less effective) than CO2 techniques.

The problem with solvent-based extraction is that, unless it’s done by absolute professionals with state-of-the-art equipment, it can leave traces of potentially dangerous chemical residues left over in the end product. CO2 extraction, on the other hand, uses nothing but highly-pressurized carbon dioxide (the same stuff that’s in carbonated water) to pull the active compound from the raw hemp plant material.

2. What part of the plant was the CBD oil made from?

Speaking of raw hemp plant material, knowing what part of the plant the CBD was extracted from is another crucial step in being able to pick out a well-made oil from a bad one.

Basically, you’ll want to make sure that the CBD was extracted from the flowers, leaves, stem and stalk of the plant – NOT the seeds.

One of the biggest ploys that some “CBD oil” sellers use is to simply bottle up a bunch of hempseed oil (i.e. the stuff that you can find in your local health food store), and market it as therapeutic CBD tincture.

While hempseed oil is nutritious and good for your health in its own right, the seeds of the plant do not actually contain any active CBD compound. Or if they do contain some, they don’t contain it in nearly as high a volume as you’ll need in order to experience the therapeutic effects of CBD.

If it’s unclear whether the product in question was made from hemp seeds or actual plant material, call the manufacturer and ask them. If they can’t provide an honest answer, then stay away.

3. Does the company offer 3rd-party lab testing?

Third-party lab testing is absolutely crucial nowadays because it’s pretty much the only way for customers to know for sure what’s in the CBD oil that they’re buying. Like we mentioned, there a lot of scam companies out there right now selling totally bogus “CBD” products – the only way to distinguish between them and the good stuff, is to check out the company’s lab report.

Among other things, a good lab report will tell you how much CBD is in the extract, as well as other hemp-based compounds like terpenes, flavonoids, and phytocannabinoids like CBN, CBC, and CBG.

And just as importantly, a good lab report will tell you what’s NOT in the product. In other words, it will verify that there are no traces of heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, or chemical solvents.

If a seller can’t produce a 3rd-party report from a trusted, verifiable analytics lab, then find another option.

4. Can it be used as both an oral CBD oil and a CBD vape oil?

With the rise in popularity of vape pens, you’ll see a lot of brands advertising CBD oils that can be used as both an oral (under the tongue) tincture and as a CBD vape liquid. Stay away from these products.

While some of them are probably fairly well made and relatively safe, the majority of them will have been made with thinning agents that, when heated to extreme temperatures, may produce carcinogenic by-products like formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.

Make sure that they CBD oil you settle on is an oral-only tincture, NOT to be used with vape pens or any other form of vaporizer.

5. What’s the price?

Naturally price will be one of the first things you’ll look at anyway, but truth be told the cost of a CBD oil will tell you more than most any product description page ever could.

Basically, if you want a bottle of high-quality 1,000 mg oral CBD oil (the standard size being 30 mL/1 oz), you should be expecting to pay at least about $70.

Of course, the less potent (i.e. 250 mg, 500 mg, etc) tinctures will be a little bit cheaper, but still – if you’re looking at a 1 oz bottle in the $30-$40 range, odds are it’s an extremely low-quality oil made from Chinese or Indian hemp, and will not have any of the therapeutic qualities that you’re looking for.

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Getting Started with CBD Oil

If you suffer from anxiety (like me), depression or pain and are looking to get started with CBD oil, you need information on how to buy CBD oil, or you’re simply looking to learn more about CBD products, you’ve arrived at the right place.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has significant medical benefits. CBD can be extracted from two different species of the Cannabis Sativa L plant, which include Cannabis and Hemp. Unlike its rival THC, CBD does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.

One of the main advantages of CBD is its non-psychoactive affect making it a great option for people looking for relief from inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, seizures, spasms, and other conditions.
 
As I mentioned above the primary distinction between Hemp and CBD oil is the part of the plant they are derived from and what parts of the plant are used to create the oil. Hemp oil is typically made from pressing cannabis seeds to extract the fatty oil from within, while some that have mastered the CBD extraction process also use the flowers as they contain high percentages of CBD. CBD oil, on the other hand, is usually made from the flowers of cannabis plant through various extraction methods.

How Does CBD Affect Your Body?

The way marijuana affects your body varies from person to person as it will often depend on genetics, tolerance to the cannabinoids, medical health, DNA, and more. It also depends on the way you consume the CBD, for example, the effects of vaping CBD are far different to smoking it in the form of high-CBD cannabis strains. 

CBD and the way it affects us is still of somewhat a mystery to researchers they still try to figure out how it effects the EndoCannabinoid system. During the previous century, it was discovered that our bodies have receptors within the brain and central nervous system. Specific cannabinoids such as CBD bind to those receptors and activate the EndoCannabinoid System (ECS). This then provides a wide range of psychological and physical benefits helping the body.

Without going into specifics, cannabinoids signal to the body to create endocannabinoids and build more receptors. This helps the body to limit things associated with pain and inflammation, repairs cells and provides a wide range of other health benefits. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD is thought to be the ultimate anti-inflammatory cannabinoid.

Want to learn more about how CBD works read: How Long Does it Take CBD to Work

Medical Benefits of CBD

There is a misconception as to whether CBD can help treat patients, similar to pharmaceutical medicine, but thanks to the internet and a few different medical studies patients and researchers have been exposing their findings on how CBD oil is helping to cure a wide range of medical conditions.

The most popular story was the one of Charlotte Figi. At the time Charlotte was only 6 years old. As a little girl, she was experiencing over 300 epileptic seizures per week until she was successfully treated by a CBD-rich strain oil, later named Charlotte’s Web.

The high-quality CBD oil, changed her life, helping her to overcome a 6-year battle. Since her story hit the news, CBD and other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant are constantly being researched to understand how they can help to treat different medical conditions. As a matter of fact, CBD has been thought to help treat over 170 medical conditions, among them severe conditions such as Anorexia, Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and PTSD.

Recent studies have even shown that CBD, may cure life-threatening diseases by altering genes. Other studies have proven that it might even be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis and chronic pain.

The way that CBD works is that it interacts with receptors located in different parts of the central nervous system. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2. Both reflect the areas of the brain they interact with such as the limbic system. When taking CBD, this cannabinoid locks in on these receptors and affects the body in different ways. For example, it can help to block the pain caused by specific medical conditions.

While numerous studies have shown promising results, it is important to understand that CBD research is still at premature stages. A 2011 study that researched CBD for fibromyalgia showed extremely promising results. 56 of 112 participants who took CBD in the form of oil saw a great reduction in their symptoms and pain, while those using traditional methods didn’t see hardly any improvement.

Can you Buy CBD if you live in an illegal state?

The process is not cut-&-dry, and but thanks to the Farm Bill of 2014, forms of CBD can now be delivered to your doorstep. Those that live in recreational states can purchase CBD cannabis oil which is high in potency and extremely effective for helping to treat severe medical conditions, while those that live in other states that are not medical or recreational can benefit from CBD hemp oil. CBD Hemp oil is perfect for helping to treat a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression and acute pain. 

Who is NaturalWellNessCBDOil?

My name is Jonathan, and I’ve created this loving resource that is packed with information about CBD oil. I am growing a community on Facebook and are constantly engaging with different people to help them make more informed decisions. I review products on a daily basis and provide unbiased reviews about some of the top CBD oil manufacturers. All the information on the site is FREE; I only ask that you help to share the information you find on the site with other people that are suffering. 

To your health and happiness.