In a world that is constantly evolving, many new ways of treating medical issues are introduced every year. One method that has gained a strong following in the past 2 years is CBD oil, a material sourced from hemp that is known for having incredible medicinal properties.
That being said, there are so many varieties of CBD oil on the market that it can feel difficult to know exactly which one to get and which manufacturers overcharge or not. Depending on what you are using the oil to treat, what you’re looking for may be different—to make it easier to distinguish between what’s worth your time and what isn’t, we’ve made a list of 7 things to keep in mind when looking for CBD oil that’s right for you.
Know What You Need It For
Despite common misconceptions, there are different types of CBD oil that are tailored to specific issues. So, if you’re expecting to treat arthritis or another sort of chronic pain, it is best to look for oil that is specifically marketed to that. If you’re not careful about which you buy, you may find one instead that is tailored to treating anxiety, which may not be as effective for your pain.
It Probably Won’t Get You High
Many people think that because CBD is sourced from hemp and that has some tangential relationship to marijuana and subsequently THC (the part of marijuana that gets you high), you will get high while using your oil. This is not true, as most CBD oil is sourced in a manner that keeps the THC down to a point where you won’t feel any psychoactive effect. Low THC levels are typically the sign of high quality CBD oil due to the professional equipment required to separate the two effectively, so keep that in mind while searching for the oil that’s right for you.
Know Who You’re Buying From
You may think that it’s best to just trust the label and get the oil that looks best, but, like many things, it’s best to do some research before you commit to something. All it takes is a simple Google search of the vendor and their products to figure out if a specific oil is right for you, and we recommend that if you want to get the most out of what you buy. Be sure to familiarize yourself with online reviews to make sure you’re getting the best oil you can find!
Don’t Go Cheap For Convenience
Though CBD oil may be pricey, the potential medical relief you can experience is well worth how much you’ll pay. It’s recommended that you don’t avoid pricey products just to buy something that’s affordable, because lower quality CBD oil may not be helpful for what you’re looking for.
Know The Best Format
CBD can be taken in so many ways, it’s important to know which method is best for you. If you prefer to be discrete about your medicinal treatments, we suggest getting CBD gum or capsules that you can take quickly and discretely. That being said, the biggest downside of these is that if you need to adjust your dosage, it can be hard to pinpoint how much you need and how much more (or less) you should take. If you’d prefer to be constantly adjusting your dosage, buying a tincture to administer drops may be the most logical way to use CBD.
Buy From Reputed Vendors
If you’re buying CBD oil from a smoke shop that is advertising it as a “feel good” solution, that may not be the ideal way to treat your arthritis. In the same way that different oils are used to treat different conditions, the places you can find the oil often indicates the purpose and effectiveness of the oil. Be sure to ask the person you are buying from to confirm the benefits any particular oil has and to make sure it’s right for you.
Concentration Of The Oil
No doubt the most important thing to keep track of when looking for CBD oil is the concentration of the oil you are buying. This can help you not only increase the effectiveness of your treatment but also get your money’s worth, as oils with high concentrations of CBD will help a lot at low dosages.
Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Terra Vida. She often produces content for a variety of cannabis blogs.