As cannabidiol (CBD) oil gets more and more popular, the more options you have when shopping for it. This means that looking for even the simplest bottle can be complicated and intimidating. But there is no need for it to be a frightening prospect. Because we here at Panacea Life Sciences are dedicated to ensuring that everyone is properly educated on all things CBD, including how to shop for it.
CBD: what is it?
As with anything, it is always best to start with the basics. So, let’s talk about what exactly CBD is.
CBD is a one member of a group of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. These compounds are found in the cannabis plant and its variations (hemp and marijuana, to be exact). Cannabinoids are a diverse group, with over 113 different compounds that have been identified so far, and more likely to be discovered in the future. CBD is among the most famous cannabinoids. However, there is one that you likely heard of a long time ago. That would be tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is such a well-known cannabinoid because of its notorious effect on those who take it. THC is psychoactive, which means it creates an inebriating high. With its effect being so famous, many assume that anything that comes from cannabis like THC does most have the same effect. However, this is a skewed way of thinking as THC is the major psychoactive component of cannabis. Very few other cannabinoids have an effect like that. CBD is not psychoactive, so it does number among those particular cannabinoids.
CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana. However, the level of CBD and other cannabinoids (especially THC) help define the difference between the two cannabis variations. Marijuana has a very high THC content and a CBD content that varies. Hemp has a very high CBD content and a low THC content (in fact, it has less than 0.3%, which is not enough to cause a high). These differences determine two things for each of the variations. One is that most CBD manufacturers prefer using hemp over marijuana because of the high CBD levels.
The second thing that is determined about hemp and marijuana by their cannabinoid content is their legal statuses. Marijuana is currently federally illegal. Some states have legalized it either for medical use or for general use. But the cannabis variation’s high THC content makes law makers hesitant to legalize it. Hemp, on the other hand, has had a different treatment because of its low THC levels. It and its products (like CBD oil) were federally legalized in 2018 by the Farm Bill. However, there are some states where it is still illegal.
There has been a fair amount of research that has been done on CBD over the last couple of decades. This has led to researchers having a better idea of what kind of benefits CBD could offer people. For example, some studies have found that CBD may be helpful in dealing with a nervous disposition and acne. Other studies have concluded that CBD may be able to help support joint health.
How to find a good CBD oil manufacturer
Now that you have a better idea of what CBD is and why people love it so much, it is best to go over how to find yourself a good CBD oil manufacturer. This is important because the CBD industry is very new. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still working on proper guidelines and regulations for manufacturers. This leads to some dishonest people trying to take advantage of the currently lax rules. So, making sure that your CBD oil is of the highest quality is important. But in order to do that, there is one thing that you need to be willing to do: read.
Luckily, you have already started on the reading that you need to do to shop for high quality CBD by seeking out and reading this article, so you are part way there. The next thing you are going to want to read is reviews. Read the reviews of the company you are interested in. Read the reviews of their products that you are curious about. Even read the reviews of the products that you do not think are for you. Be sure to read the reviews both on the company’s site and on third party sites and forums. In reading the reviews you will get a better idea of the quality of the company’s products and whether they are worth your time and money.
When looking for a CBD provider you are going to want to find one that is transparent and open about their practices. You will want to explore the websites of manufacturers that you are interested in. See if they have information about their extraction and manufacturing processes on their site. If they do not, then you should avoid them. There is a chance that they are into some shady practices.
Trustworthy CBD companies also have their products tested for quality and to be sure that there are no unwanted materials in their products. This means testing done by the company themselves and by third party labs, to ensure that there is no bias. The results of these tests should be easily accessible on their site.
Another thing that you should look for on a CBD company’s site is news about CBD and the FDA. As this is a newer industry, the FDA is consistently coming out with new rules and regulations that CBD companies should be aware of. A CBD company that keeps that information on their site is one that you know is one that takes safety and quality seriously.
So, if you are interested in getting into CBD oil, finding quality oils can take some work, but in the end, it is worth it to ensure that you are getting the best product possible. If you are interested in getting your hands on some CBD as soon as possible, then check out our shop page. We have all kinds of CBD products, including CBD oil.