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Where to Buy CBD?

16/09/2022

What’s more trending on the market than CBD? Nowadays, it can admittedly be a little overwhelming to purchase the stuff. CBD companies and products abound, and there’s little regulation, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for in a top-quality CBD product. To help you out, we’ve put together a little guide to buy the best CBD. 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the one-hundred-plus natural compounds extracted from weed that is an extremely popular natural remedy for all kinds of ailments and problems. Most commonly, CBD is used to treat anxiety, depression, inflammation, insomnia, chronic stress, and high blood pressure. Unlike its more popular sibling tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, which means it doesn’t give you the infamous weed “high”. For this reason, CBD really appeals to individuals looking for natural relief methods without the mind-altering effects. 

CBD Products and Types of CBD 

CBD comes in a variety of forms: oils, which are used sublingually or in coffees or teas, gummies, edibles, or topicals such as lotions, creams, or balms. But not all CBD is created equally, or is delivered in the same way. When the CBD itself is extracted from the cannabis plant, there are a number of ways it can be presented. The following are the most widely used terms. 

  • CBD Isolate: CBD isolate products only contain CBD from the cannabis plant. There are no other compounds, such as THC, present. But most industry experts advise against a CBD isolate product. Hemp has many beneficial compounds beyond CBD, and all of these compounds work together, building on their individual strengths to further heighten the body’s positive response to CBD. Generally speaking, isolate is incredibly cheap, but it is not as effective. 
  • Broad-Spectrum CBD: Broad-spectrum CBD products have other compounds and cannabinoids found in the plant, like CBC, CBN, or terpenes, such as myrcene, limonene, or pinene. Together, these cannabis components deliver better effects through what is called the “entourage effect”. Broad-spectrum CBD usually contains no THC; however, be mindful that some products may have trace quantities. 
  • Full-Spectrum CBD: Full-spectrum means that it is a whole plant extract. Nothing is added or removed from the plant’s natural chemical composition. This means it is similar to broad-spectrum, as it includes other cannabis components; however, it usually implies that the product does contain a very low dose of THC. The amount of THC is not enough to create the classic ‘high’ effect. Because full-spectrum CBD contains other compounds, including THC, the previously mentioned “entourage effect” may increase the effects of full-spectrum CBD. 

Note that because CBD and the terminology aren’t regulated, some manufacturers might use these terms interchangeably. It’s always worthwhile to speak with a brand ambassador to confirm the details of their product

Why COA’s are Important if You Buy CBD

It’s important to keep in mind that without a lab report, a product label can say just about anything without proof. This is why a COA, or “certificate of analysis,” from a third-party is super important for CBD products. Essentially, it is the primary form of quality control to prove whether the product contains the type and quantities of CBD that the manufacturer claims.

There are usually three sections to the COA: ingredients, potency, and additional contaminants or pesticides. These are all incredibly important pieces of information to know. For example, if a product claims to be “certified organic” but then the COA shows it has traces of heavy metals and residual solvents, you know to raise an eyebrow.

CBD company websites should also have a COA available so potential buyers can check out a product before making their purchase.

Lastly, it’s important that the COA comes from a trustworthy lab. If possible, check for accredited labs that followed the “International Organization for Standardization” (ISO) guidelines.

Where to Buy the Best CBD

While, yes, there are plenty of not-so-good CBD products on the market due to lack of regulation, the good news is that there are also plenty of incredible CBD brands out there. To buy the best CBD may require a little research and legwork, but connecting with a good product can be positively life-changing. In the world of weed, getting to know the brand truly matters. 

When you start to research any CBD, cannabis, or wellness company, look into how much they know and how much information they’re putting out. Not only do you want transparency of ingredients, but you also want a brand with forward-thinking practices. 

The best brands to buy CBD from won’t simply put random CBD isolate into a cosmetic product or gummy, but rather will do the necessary research of what’s the most beneficial for the customer. The more a brand can develop that trust and efficacy, the better off you will be as the consumer. 

Final Words

To buy the highest quality CBD, look for a reputable brand–usually in business at least three years already– with a strong online presence and transparency within their company’s harvesting, extraction, and creation process. Any brand you buy CBD from should have a helpful support team to answer questions and take you through all the aforementioned points. 

Most important to remember is that it is your body, and thus your responsibility to know what’s entering it. Don’t be scared to ask as many questions as you need to figure out the best product for you. 

Tier 1 has a wide variety of products to try. And we’re here to help! Check out our products online or speak with one of our representatives to get started today.

 

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