16 Questions to Ask Before Buying CBD Products

CBD is a popular supplement, but with all the different brands and products on the market it can be hard to know where to start. In this article, we'll share 16 questions you should ask before buying CBD, so that you get the best product for you! We'll show you how to choose a reputable company that offers quality products. Keep in mind that 8 out of 10 people who use CBD report benefits such as relief from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and more.

First off... What is CBD?

Cannabidiol is one of the over 100+ cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its cousin THC, cannabidiol is non-psychoactive which means it doesn't cause a high. It's used to treat all sorts of conditions including depression, epilepsy, cancer and more!  The reason why so many people use CBD is because it works- 8 out of 10 people report benefits.

CBD products are available in many forms, including capsules, tinctures (liquid extracts), topicals like balms and salves, edibles like gummies and chocolates, vape oils for e-cigarettes or vaporizers, pure isolate crystals that can be eaten on their own or added to other foods and drinks, as well as regular ol' dried flower, the plant material you're used to seeing.

What to ask before buying CBD
1. How do I know if this product is right for me?

This question may seem like a no brainer, but spending money on products that won't help you can be frustrating and leave you with a bad experience.

When you find a CBD product that sounds good to you, look on forums and social media for customer reviews. Many people have experiences with different brands, so chances are someone has already tried the company's products and can give advice on what worked and what didn't work. 

If you can't find customer reviews, ask the company their return policy. If they will accept returns or offer refunds, look for other customers who may have had problems with the products so you know if it's worth your money. 

2. What is the difference between full spectrum and isolate?

CBD isolate and full spectrum both come from hemp, but this is where the similarities end. CBD isolate only contains cannabidiol while full spectrum includes a range of cannabinoids such as THC. THC can cause psychoactive effects which means you get high when using cannabis products with THC.

Not everyone chooses to buy full spectrum, and it's okay if you don't want to either! If CBD is the only compound you're looking for, then CBD isolate will work just fine. It's still legal in all 50 US states and can be found in many products such as topicals and gummies.

3. Is this company transparent about their  CBD extract source and extraction method?

So many companies claim to extract their CBD from hemp, but don't fully explain where they source it from or how they extract it. Also, some companies use cheaper alternatives like propylene glycol which is used in antifreeze. Look for a brand that uses ethanol or supercritical CO2 extraction.  These process use safe solvents that won't leave behind chemical residues, and they extract at low temperatures which preserves the cannabinoids. If you can't find this information on the company's website, call them up to ask!

4. How much should I take and how often?

The right dosage for you depends on your goals and what you're using CBD for. People who take it to help with sleep, depression, anxiety, arthritis, PTSD, cancer treatment, epilepsy, pain relief etc all have different needs!

For example... someone who suffers from chronic pain should take much more CBD than someone who wants to relax and sleep soundly. If you're unsure, start with a small dose and slowly increase the amount until you notice benefits. Some people report relief from as little as 10 mg of THC!

5. Does this product have any other active ingredients?

There are many natural oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass etc that are used to help with various conditions. These oils are often mixed in with CBD products so it's important you know if they are included. If you're sensitive to these oils or have allergies, look for a product without them. Just because they're "natural" doesn't mean they're safe for everyone!

6. How quickly does this product take effect?

CBD products vary in their effects, and some take longer than others to work. You might feel the effects of CBD gummies within 30 minutes while it could take much longer for oils or edibles. If you need your CBD fix ASAP, try vaping CBD oil instead of ingesting it. It works much faster and you're likely to feel the effects within a few minutes.

7. Are there other uses for this CBD product?

For example, some people take CBD oil to help with asthma, cancer treatment side effects, ulcers from medications etc. If you have a specific condition in mind, find out if your CBD product can help with it or research products which relate to your goal. 

8. Can I trust this company?

A great way to find out if you can trust a company is by reading the reviews. If they have good reviews, you're on the right track. Also, look for companies that are transparent about their CBD extract source and extraction method as well as the other ingredients in the product. If resources like Erowid have tested the product and given it a positive review, you can be sure that it's high quality.

You should always do your research before buying a CBD product!

9. How does this company take care of their customers?

Once you've bought CBD products from a reputable brand, ask if they offer any resources for their customers. If you have questions, will they answer them? Do they have articles on their website about CBD? Can you sign up to receive emails so that their team can keep in touch with you with updates or promotions? Trustworthy companies understand that happy customers will come back again and again.

10. Which company stands behind their products?

Reputable companies will offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you try a product and it doesn't work for you, you can get your money back. If they don't have a guarantee or return policy, look for another company that cares about their customers.

11. Is the company transparent about their CBD dosage?

You can check out our article on CBD dosing here , but it's important to know that different products contain different amounts of CBD. Make sure you're buying the right amount for your needs. If you don't know which product is best, call up the company and ask. They can help you find the right solution for your needs!

12. Are the products lab tested for purity?

Products must be tested in a lab to make sure they're free of contaminants and other impurities like mold, mildew, fungus, phyto-pathogens (plant disease causing pathogens), pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals. It's safe for you because it's an isolate that has been purified and concentrated. Look for a brand that has undergone third-party lab testing to make sure their products are safe.

13. Are the products organic or non-GMO?

If you want to avoid pesticides and herbicides, look for products that are organic or non-GMO. While CBD is usually extracted from hemp, the plants may be grown in soil with pesticides and herbicides that could have stayed on the plant. Look for a brand that's transparent about their growing practices so you don't ingest harmful chemicals when you ingest CBD products. Pesticides and herbicides  can lead to health problems, and they won't be listed on the label because they may not have been used during the growing process.

14. Where does this company source their hemp?

If you want to know where the hemp was grown, look for a brand that has transparent growing practices and is open about where they source their hemp. If it's not in their website or you can't find information about it on other websites, call the company up and ask them. You can also look up the farm or company to make sure they have a good reputation and are open about their growing practices!

15. Are all the products in the company's line up from one manufacturer?

It's best to purchase CBD from a single source, because you want to make sure that you're getting the same high quality across their product range. If they offer CBD from more than one supplier, research them to find out if they have just as good a reputation as the one you're considering purchasing from.

16. Can this company provide lab reports for me to ponder over?

As mentioned above, products must be tested in a lab to make sure they're free of contaminants and other impurities like mold, mildew, fungus, phyto-pathogens (plant disease causing pathogens), pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals. It's safe for you because it's an isolate that has been purified and concentrated. Make sure you're buying the right amount for your needs! If you don't know which product is best, call up the company and ask them. They can help you find the right solution for your needs!

Final Thoughts

You want to look for a company that has good reviews, is open about where they source their hemp, offers transparent pricing and guarantees customer satisfaction. You can always contact the company to ask 8 questions before buying CBD products!

If you're ready to make your purchase, visit our store here. We've got everything from topicals, to oils, to hemp protein.  We even carry pet tinctures to make sure all the furry members of your household are healthy!

It's important to research a brand before you make your purchase. If you follow 8 questions to ask before buying CBD products, you'll walk away from the transaction with a great product and a satisfying customer experience!

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