What do gas stations, health food stores, and pet supply shops all have in common? They are just three of the many types of retail establishments where you can easily buy CBD oil. After the U.S. Farm Bill passed in late 2018, the CBD market positively exploded with growth, and retailers across the nation have been jumping on the CBD bandwagon ever since. But buying CBD in a store may not be as easy as you think. Here are some points to consider before you make your purchase.
3 Things to Look for When Buying CBD in a Store
It’s What’s Inside That Counts
What’s in your CBD oil? Perhaps just as important is the question, what’s assuredly not in your CBD? An undercover reporter in Miami purchased several bottles of CBD oil across the city and tested the bottles, revealing the fact that many actually contained no CBD whatsoever. An even greater number contained less than what was promised according to the bottle packaging. The federal legalization of industrial hemp is still new, and the FDA is working on creating uniform standards with regards to packaging and marketing processes, but that type of regulation is nowhere near complete. Which means maverick companies and fly-by-night CBD producers can be putting out some pretty shady product right now. It’s up to consumers to do their research and get educated about CBD in order to ensure they’re buying a quality product that’s free from contaminants and fillers.
Not All CBDs Are Created Equal
You’ll want to ensure you’re buying from a reputable, established manufacturer of CBD oil. Choose a full-spectrum oil, which contains a wider range of beneficial components, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils from the cannabis plant. Products that say “hemp oil” is made from hemp seeds and do not contain any cannabinoids that are found in abundance in pure CBD oil. Full spectrum CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant’s flowers, leaves, stems, stalks, and more, giving you a more robust oil with the benefits of the famed CBD “entourage effect.”
More reputable CBD manufacturers are providing consumers with easy access to their most current lab-verified results. Independent lab testing is not yet required of CBD manufacturers, which means the companies who are already doing this kind of rigorous testing are incurring great expense to ensure their product is of high quality, free from mold and other toxins, and is below the federally legal threshold of 0.3% THC. Here is an example of lab-verified results from NuLeaf Naturals. Companies who provide this information to the public usually do so with a QR code printed on the package itself, or on the company’s website.
Advantages to Buying CBD Online
It may seem easier to buy CBD in a store than online, but consider this:
- You are limited to only choosing from the brands carried by that retail location
- Some states have stricter regulations as compared to the federal regulations, which means you can often get better CBD shipped to you
- It takes more time to research a CBD company on your phone while in the store
- Some stores carry somewhat “gimmicky” products that contain very little CBD, such as lotions, salves, skin care products, shampoos, etc. It can be hard to tell if what you’re buying is quality or not.
- Don’t be tempted to select based on price alone – you want to choose a quality product, not just pick up the cheapest one you can find, which may contain very little CBD or be of a poor quality.