CBD Buying Considerations

1. Where can I get CBD oil?

Today, you can buy CBD oil (derived from hemp) online (all 50 states) or in some specialty brick and mortar stores (i.e. nutrition stores and smoke shops). If you live in a state that has passed Medical Marijuana Laws, you will have the potential option of obtaining CBD oil (derived from medical marijuana). To do this, you will need to be authorized for a Medical Marijuana Card by your state with proper certification from a physician for a qualifying condition of your state’s Medical Marijuana Program.


2. What CBD product should I get? Capsules? Vape oil? Tinctures?

When choosing what type of CBD product to get, one of the biggest considerations is bioavailability. Bioavailability is how much of something is absorbed by your body when you consume it. The bioavailability of CBD is different when ingested, when vaped and when administered sublingually. When ingested orally, the bioavailability is between 6-15%, so if you swallowed a 100mg CBD capsule, your body would abosrb 6-15mg of CBD. Sublingual administration has a slightly higher bioavailability. Vaping has a much higher bioavailability – closer to 30%. Suppositories and its rectal delivery method provides the highest bioavailability at over 60%. 

The other questions to ask yourself – do I like swallowing capsules? Am I comfortable vaping around the people I see everyday? Can I withstand holding tincture under my tongue for 30-60 seconds? Am I willing to insert a suppository?


3. How much CBD should I get? How much CBD do I need to take?

This is a very difficult question to answer as each individual’s needs will vary. I would suggest starting off small. Everyone is different and will react to things differently. Don’t spend your life savings on CBD products until you know they work well with your body. And when administering, it is always safer and smarter to start with a smaller dosage and titrate up. Read more about CBD dosing on leading healthcare provider Mayo Clinic’s Health Info page


4. Does this CBD company test their products?

When you are looking to choose a reputable and high-quality CBD company, you should inquire about their third-party test results. Ask them for copies of their test results for the batch of the product that you are interested in purchasing. Most things that we consume (i.e. food, beverages) are tested by an independent third-party laboratory to ensure quality. However, third-party independent testing is NOT a requirement in the CBD industry. Those CBD companies that invest ten of thousands of dollars in third-party testing tend to be a higher-quality CBD producer. Read more about  Third-Party Testing and Why it is Important for CBD Oil Products