How to Shop for the Many Types of CBD Oil

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You've been thinking about giving CBD oil a try for pain management, to help with anxiety, or even to make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. 

However, there are so many different types of CBD oil out there that it can be incredibly overwhelming at the start.

What are terpenes? What exactly is a tincture? Will you get a CBD oil high? How much should you expect to spend?

We know that you have a long list of questions. Consider this your ultimate guide to understanding what to look for in quality CBD products. We'll cover the CBD basics you need to know, talk to you about different flavors, ensure you're enjoying CBD safely, and discuss the two main types of CBD oil. 

By the end, you'll be an expert in all things CBD -- and you'll feel much more confident about trying it out for yourself. 

Understand the Basics

First, let's talk about the one thing that all types of CBD oil have in common:

They won't get you high. 

Yes, both CBD and cannabis (marijuana) come from the cannabis plant. However, CBD oil comes from a different part of the plant than marijuana -- and that part of the plant does not contain THC. 

THC is what's responsible for making people who use marijuana medically or recreationally feel "high." Without it, you'll feel calm, get pain relief, and enjoy many other benefits of CBD oil -- but you won't feel high. 

Because CBD doesn't contain high amounts of THC, in most cases, it will not show up on a drug test. This is because standard drug tests look for THC in particular, not for "marijuana."

Some brands of CBD may contain higher trace amounts of THC than others, so we do suggest that you ensure you're getting CBD with as low of THC content as possible if you're concerned about failing a drug test. You should also consider being upfront with your employer about your CBD use. 

After all, it's legal in most states today.

Find Your Flavor

Once you've discovered a good brand of THC free CBD oil, you need to start thinking about flavors. 

If you're planning on taking CBD in its natural state, be aware that it has a bit of an earthy taste to it. This doesn't bother most people, but for others, it can be a complete turn-off. 

In cannabis and CBD oils alike, terpenes are chemical compounds that give the products their specific scent and flavors. They're not added by a company to the CBD oil in any way, they naturally occur in the CBD.

Terpenes are also responsible for creating what's known as the "entourage effect." Essentially, when terpenes "work together" with the other natural compounds in CBD, you experience much more beneficial effect. (Again, no, terpenes will not get you high. They'll just make the CBD more effective, and they'll impact the exact natural flavor of your CBD oil.) 

Because of the ways in which terpenes can impact the flavor, CBD companies offer products that have hints of more enjoyable tastes to them. 

If you want to avoid the earthy taste, look for CBD flavored with peppermint, fruit flavors, or vanilla. 

Keep It Pure

Especially if you're planning on vaping CBD oil, you need to make sure that what you're taking is pure, safe, and effective. 

Unfortunately, there are a lot of frauds on the CBD market today, and many of them have serious health consequences.

We strongly suggest that you do not purchase any CBD oil or other CBD products that have not been third-party tested. Essentially, third-party testing means that the CBD company sends their hemp out to a lab that has no connection to their business. 

There are five main tests that reputable CBD companies will run on their products. 

They are:

  • Potency testing
  • Residual solvent testing
  • Terpene testing
  • Heavy metal analysis
  • Pesticide testing

CBD is meant to help you feel better, not to slowly poison you with chemicals. 

If possible, make it a point to buy only organic CBD. Not only will you have access to a higher-quality product, but you can also feel much better knowing that the CBD company you're buying from is committed to protecting the environment. 

Plus, many people don't know that the hemp plant is what's known as a bioremediator. This means that hemp and other bioremediator plants are actually able to remove toxins from the soil.

While this is certainly great for the soil, it's not ideal for you as the CBD consumer. 

In order to avoid getting a dose of fertilizers, heavy metals, and more, only buy organic. 

Above all, never shop by price alone. 

Those cheap CBD candies you see at the local bodega and online bottles of CBD oil selling for a song? They're certainly not third-party tested, and they're likely not even truly CBD. A good quality CBD oil can easily run you $100 per bottle. 

Full Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate Oil

In general, there are two main types of CBD oil: full spectrum and CBD isolate. 

If you're looking for something that's strictly CBD, go with CBD isolate. This means there aren't any terpenes, it's totally free from other flavinoids, and that it only contains CBD cannabinoids. 

If you're planning on vaping CBD oil, go with isolate. 

This is best for those looking for a seriously potent CBD oil, as well as those who want something tasteless. So, if you want to cook with CBD oil, try this option. 

Full spectrum CBD comes with lots of different cannabinoids, and it's responsible for creating the "entourage effect" we discussed earlier. If you're using CBD for pain management or for mental stress relief, we suggest you use full spectrum CBD.

However, be aware that full spectrum CBD may have a slightly higher THC content than other kinds. 

Ways to Use CBD

Of course, no CBD oil buyers guide would be complete without a quick overview of the different ways to take CBD oil. 

Everyone has their own "preferred" way of enjoying CBD, and you'll likely learn best through trial and error. Additionally, remember that the method you select also depends on how much control you need to have over your exact dosage. 

Some ways of using CBD oil allow you to measure out exactly how much you're taking, while others are nearly impossible to precisely dose. 

Let's take a look at your top options now. 

Tincture CBD Oil

One of the most popular -- and easiest -- ways to enjoy CBD oil is through the tincture method. 

Essentially, all you have to do is drip about 50mg or 1ml underneath your tongue. Most CBD tinctures come with a measuring droplet so you can calculate your exact dose. 

There are tons of flavor options, and the effects usually kick in about 45 minutes to an hour after taking it. Though it takes a while for you to feel it, tinctures also provide the longest-lasting relief. 

There are all different levels of potency available, as well. 

CBD Edibles

Whether you're interested in trying different types of CBD oil in chocolate, granola bars, breath mints, or even water, companies today are figuring out all kinds of new ways to get CBD oil into edible products. 

These usually contain smaller dosages of CBD oil, so they're ideal for beginners. Plus, you can take them anywhere.

Don't expect the effects to last for much longer than two hours, however.

CBD Oil and Beauty

The beauty industry is all cashing in on the CBD oil craze. 

Whether you're looking to clear up/brighten your skin or if you need to soothe sore muscles, many people enjoy applying CBD oil topically. 

Topical application is best for those who need serious pain relief, and it takes effect quite quickly. 

Which Types of CBD Oil Will You Try?

We hope this post has helped you to better understand the many types of CBD oil available to you. 

No matter the flavor, the dosage, or the method you use to enjoy CBD, remember to talk to your medical professional before you begin a CBD regimen. Though most people can enjoy CBD with no issues, it's always better to be safe rather than sorry. 

Need more information on how to find a local CBD shop? Want to understand how to break into the CBD industry? Maybe you're interested in learning about other natural ways to bring down your stress levels. 

No matter what you want to learn about, you want to find the way to do it efficiently and effectively. 

Our blog makes that happen. 

Keep checking in with us for more amazing how-to guides that you can't afford to miss out on.

 

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