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How to Choose a CBD Oil - Best CBD for Your Needs
Taking CBD is a highly personal experience and varies from person to person based on their lifestyle, preferences, and health needs. Before taking the leap and delving into the vast array of CBD oils, you should give yourself a list of criteria in what you are looking for in your experience with CBD.
This can be different for everyone but one example of a CBD purchasing criteria can be based on taste, cost, efficiency, and the source of the product. The efficiency of your CBD product can also be broken down into how quickly you feel the effects as well as the ease of use. Everyone’s needs will always be different when it comes to purchasing CBD oil but it is always important to keep in mind both the quality of the product as well as the transparency of the manufacturer.
Although it’s easy to say that one should purchase a variety of products in order to see what works best for them, not everyone has the means to do so. By giving yourself a limit on the amount you would like to spend on your CBD oil you will ultimately make it easier on yourself when comparing products. It is important to consume within your means but when it comes to CBD oil price can sometimes be proportionate to the quality.
Pricier oils tend to have a more reputable reputation, higher transparency of their growing practices and processing, and will oftentimes show batch testing to consumers. All of this coupled together with the price shows that they truly stand behind the quality of the product for the price. Despite this, if you do not have much to spend you can always find a product somewhere in between that still shows product testing and growth/extraction processes.
Depending on your needs you may find yourself using CBD oils sublingually, in cooking, or directly massaging into the skin. The versatility of CBD oil makes it perfect for a wide variety of users but each method may take effect over different periods of time. If you are someone who is dealing with more chronic symptoms of pain then taking the oil sublingually at a higher dose may work for you.
Others who are looking for more balance and overall wellness benefits can use CBD oil in cooking oils, salad dressings, or drinks, or treat it like a dietary supplement as the full effects are experienced after regular doses over a period of 5-7 days.
If you are looking for relief from muscle tension then CBD oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can go a long way when massaged directly into the skin. There are many products available outside of CBD oil such as CBD balms and salves that may also be beneficial for topical treatments to problem areas.
Hemp reaps the benefits of growing in nutrient-rich soil but the same goes for the opposite, meaning that certain heavy metals and pollution can leak into the plant. This factor makes it all the more important to know where your CBD source is grown.
Do not be afraid to ask questions at the dispensary or check the companies website and product packaging for information on where their plants are grown. Often times established brands will have higher price tags but it comes with the transparency of knowing that the product source is high-quality.
As a consumer, seeing that a product has third-party testing is incredibly important in today’s CBD world. Because the market for CBD oil is still lacking concrete regulation, independent companies will perform these tests in order to protect consumers from harmful practices that manufacturers may choose to undergo in order to make a quick sale.
However, when a CBD manufacturer does engage in regular product testing you will often see proof of this achievement as testing is not cheap. Whether it’s a label directly on the product or a certificate placed on the manufacturer site, by searching for signs of third-party testing you ensure that your product is free of pesticides and harmful chemicals as well as approval by an entity outside of the manufacturer company.
With CBD becoming such a hot commodity in recent years, rigorous testing practices are not required by regulators. With that in mind, you should focus on purchasing products from companies that are transparent about their growing process as well as the testing that they go through in order to ensure that you get the highest quality.
Aside from your criteria, it is also important to keep in mind the differences between full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate and how they play into your individual needs. Depending on where you are in the US, your state’s laws may require you to approach CBD wellness with more caution than others due to strict regulation and or drug testing in your place of employment. There are certain benefits to full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD but CBD isolate is still a good option especially if you are concerned about drug testing.
If you plan on cooking with the oil rather then taking it sublingually this may also affect your decision, as certain brands may carry earthy flavors that aren’t always desirable for your meals. However, some brands of CBD oil come in flavors like mint, or vanilla and can make great additions to your shake in the morning or post-workout drink.
With these points in mind, we hope that you have an easier time approaching CBD oil when it comes to your health needs.