CBD BUYER'S GUIDE
Before making a CBD product purchase, it’s important to consider a wide variety of factors.
Marijuana vs. Hemp
One of the biggest misconceptions about CBD oil is the idea it comes exclusively from marijuana. Although marijuana plants do contain CBD, products using CBD extracted from marijuana can contain higher concentrations of THC.
When Congress passed the Agricultural Act of 2014, better known as the “Farm Bill,” the law opened the door for closely monitored industrial hemp growth on American farms.
Both hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species – Cannabis sativa – but vary in THC composition. THC, otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most infamous cannabinoid due to its high-inducing properties.
Hemp is bred to have lower THC concentrations. Conversely, marijuana is grown to have high THC content. Only hemp-derived CBD oil is federally legal because it is extracted from industrial hemp containing less than 0.3 percent THC.
Pricing CBD Oil
In retail, it’s often assumed that a higher priced product is of better quality. As it pertains to CBD oil, that may not be the case. Price and quality do not always correlate.
In 2016, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found serious labeling discrepancies in over 20 products which claimed to contain CBD. Analysis showed that the products contained significantly higher or lower concentrations of CBD than advertised. Some contained no CBD at all.
Right Amount of CBD
Most CBD oil products will have a number on the front of the bottle, often ranging from 300 mg to 10000 mg. This number is not the amount of CBD oil you get in every tincture or capsule but is instead the total amount of CBD contained within the CBD oil product.
The actual amount of CBD you receive should be the total CBD number on the front (in milligrams), divided by the number of servings in the bottle.