Everything is available online these days, spurred on by the fact that more and more people prefer online shopping. This could leave those interested in cannabidiol (CBD) wondering where they can find it online and how to know if the company is trustworthy. Here at Panacea Life Sciences, we are dedicated not only to providing people with the best CBD products possible but also to educating everyone on CBD. This includes giving you a guide to shopping for CBD online.
An overview of CBD
To understand what makes a good CBD company to buy from, you need to understand what exactly CBD is.
Cannabis plants, like hemp and marijuana, contain a particular class of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. These compounds are very diverse, with there being over 113 that scientists have found so far. CBD is one of these cannabinoids. However, there is another cannabinoid that you have probably heard of much more often than CBD. That would be tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is so famous because of the effect that it has on its users. THC is psychoactive, which means that it creates the inebriating high that is so often associated with cannabis plants. Because they are both found in cannabis plants and because they are both cannabinoids, many people think that CBD and THC are the same. That CBD is also psychoactive. However, this is not true. CBD is not psychoactive at all.
CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana plants, it’s more often extracted from hemp than marijuana. There are a few of reasons for this. One of them is that hemp has exceptionally high CBD levels and low levels of THC, which makes the extraction much more manageable. Marijuana has high THC levels and varying degrees of CBD, making CBD’s removal very difficult. Another reason is that, as of 2018, hemp is federally legal throughout the United States. This is due to its low levels of THC. Marijuana, on the other hand, is still federally illegal. However, some states have legalized marijuana, whether for only medical use or general use.
What makes the right CBD provider?
It’s not difficult to find CBD products online. All you need to do is google “CBD,” and plenty of CBD manufacturers and distributors will come up. What makes an online CBD company worth your time and money is the big thing you need to be asking. Well, let’s talk about how exactly to figure that out.
The main thing you need to be willing to do when looking for an excellent CBD provider is read. You will need to read reviews of the company. You should be looking at reviews not just of the products you are looking at, but also of the company. Because of this you get a good idea of the quality of their products. You should also read the reviews on third party sites, not just on the company’s website.
A trustworthy CBD company should be transparent about its extraction processes. They should have information on how they extract the cannabinoid and manufacture their products. If they do not have anything about that on their site, you may want to stay away. They should also be testing the quality of their products. The testing should not just be in-house. They should also have a third party do some of their testings, to help avoid potential bias. If they do not have information on those tests and, if possible, the results of that testing, you should avoid that company.
Another hallmark of a good CBD company is having information about the latest rules and regulations set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This shows that they are paying close attention and are complying as fully as possible. If a company does not have information like that on their site, there is a chance that they will not work with the FDA as closely as they should be. As a result, you may not want to deal with them.
One thing that may help you decide if a CBD company is one to buy from is their prices. Some companies are trying to milk as much as they can out of the cannabinoid’s sudden popularity. That means that they charge much more than their product is worth. This does not mean that it is the best CBD out there. They are likely charging more just because. There are also companies on the other end of the spectrum that are charging pretty much nothing. This could be an indication of the quality of the CBD. They may not be providing people with the best CBD products that they could. If a price seems too high or seems too good to be true, it may be. It is worth to shop around a bit and figure out an amount that is a bit more middle of the road. Those products are likely to be actually worth what the price says.
Hopefully you have a better idea of what to look for in a CBD company let’s talk about what those companies may offer. There are many CBD products out there, as it is a natural extract to make into just about anything. So, let’s go over your options.
Oils & tinctures
It is only fair that we touch on these first, as they are some of the most common forms to find CBD in. These are CBD extracts that have been mixed with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, for example. There is a certain aspect of flexibility that comes with taking these. You have a couple of options. You can mix the oil or tincture in with your favorite food or drink. But when considering the CBD like that, you do need to wait for the food or drink to digest before the CBD can start working. You can also take oil or tincture by placing the drops directly into your mouth. This is the quicker method, as the CBD just absorbs through the thin skin under the tongue, entering the bloodstream more quickly.
You can probably guess what exactly CBD edibles are. They are anything edible (food or drink) that has been made using CBD. These are some of the most popular CBD products. This is likely because they taste great and are easy to take. However, they do have their downside, much like when you mix oil or tincture in with food or drink, you need to wait for the edible to digest before it can start working. Edibles will provide a longer-lasting CBD effect.
FDA approved medications
The FDA has been reviewing many CBD based medications. So far, a handful has officially been approved. Most of them are made to help combat nausea that is a common side effect of many cancer treatments. Another one is Epidiolex, a medication that is made to help keep epileptic seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes to a minimum. There is also Sativex, which contains both CBD and THC, and aims to help fight the pain that is often caused by multiple sclerosis. These medications are just the beginning as it is likely to be more approved in the future.
Capsules and Tablets
If you are looking for something easy to swallow product, but the uses for the FDA approved medications are not something you need, you may want to look for members of this CBD product category. Capsules are the most similar to pills, but they are generally soft gels. That means that they are made using liquid CBD extract. This also means that they may digest quicker and, as a result, may start working more quickly. Tablets are a little bit different. Most CBD tablets are made to be sublingual. That means that you place them under your tongue and allow them to dissolve. Like with oils and tinctures, the CBD absorbs through the thin skin under the tongue and enters the bloodstream very quickly from there.
This category of CBD products includes anything you use on your skin made with the cannabinoid. They could be lotions, balms, creams, salves, or even hand sanitizers. CBD topicals are more than a little different from their oral counterparts. The big difference between them is based on the fact that the CBD in topicals usually will not reach the bloodstream. Instead, the cannabinoid absorbs through the pores in the skin. From there, it does its work, but never moves much beyond where it is placed. This means that they provide a more localized effect, unlike the oral products, which are more likely to give you an overall effect.
These are just broad categories of what is out there at the moment. There many subcategories within each. You may want to try a some different products before you find the right one for you. Be open to exploration, and you could find the perfect CBD product.
How to use CBD properly
It is not uncommon to see a question about how much is the right amount to take when it comes to CBD. There is no set amount of formula to figure out how much you should consider. This is because everyone experiences CBD a little differently due to several factors. This means that figuring out the right level of CBD needs to be found through a certain degree of experimentation. But before we can explain what exactly that entails, we should probably cover what you should be looking out for, to figure out when you have taken too much.
In general, CBD is considered to be safe for use by those over the age of 18 and who are not pregnant or nursing. However, that does not mean that can have negative side effects. These side effects tend to include things like mild nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. While none of these are necessarily what many would consider serious or dangerous, they are still not fun, and you should do your best to avoid them. That should not be too difficult, as the side effects are generally associated with taking too much of the cannabinoid.
So, how do you figure out the right amount of CBD for you? The best way is to start out with low doses. Take as little an amount as possible, and then wait an appropriate amount of time to see how it sits with you. Remember that somethings take longer to start working than others. After you have waited the appropriate amount of time, and you do not feel any negative or positive effects, then you take some more. You should not keep adding on to your amount until you feel the negative side effects. The smallest amount that gives you positive effects, with no negative ones is the right amount for you.
It’s important to remember that some medications do not mix well with CBD. Some do not work well in the presence of CBD, while others stop working entirely. This is why, if you are taking medication and are interested in trying CBD, you discuss it with your healthcare provider first. They should know how your medication will mix with the cannabinoid.
Navigating the world of CBD may seem a little intimidating, especially online, where you do not necessarily have anyone to talk to about it. Hopefully, this blog has given you a better idea of what to look for when shopping for CBD online. Cannabidiol may have a lot of potential to provide many people with help in their daily lives, but it is still important to know that you are getting your CBD from a trustworthy source. If you have more questions about CBD and how it could benefit you, please contact us at [email protected], or [email protected]