Questions to Ask Before Buying CBD

Buying CBD

It seems like there are new CBD products from new CBD companies coming out every day. How are you supposed to know what will work for you and if that company is trustworthy? We’re giving you a few questions to ask and things to consider when choosing the company you want to purchase your CBD from.

Questions to ask yourself.

Do you want to purchase from someone who makes CBD products at home or an established company?

There are benefits to going with both options. People that make CBD products in their home for sale typically can make more customized product for you. This can include carrier oils used, flavors, essential oils, concentration, etc. 

While going with an established company you don’t have as much customization, you do have consistency. You know that every single tincture you buy is going to be exactly the same. This is important. Once you find a CBD product that works for you you’ll want to know that you’re getting the same thing time over time.

Do you want THC or no THC?

Understanding exactly what you’re looking for is important. To learn more about the differences between broad spectrum and full spectrum check out our blog post. In order for the CBD product to be federally legal you’ll want to ensure that it has 0.3% THC or below. You can find this information on the COA that the company provides.

What dosing do you need?

Understanding the dosing you want is super important when you’re purchasing CBD products. We recommend starting with a full dropper of our 55 mg/ml tinctures and titrating up as you need. That means a 1 oz bottle will last you a month.

If you’ve been using CBD for a while you might be at a much higher dose. In that case, our Full Spectrum 125 mg/ml tincture might be a better option, or a concentrated syringe so you can control the dosing.

If labels don’t have clear communication about how much CBD and THC are in the bottle that’s definitely a red flag. It’s also great when they include other secondary cannabinoids that are present, like CBG or CBN. You can also find that information in the COAs.

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Questions to ask the manufacturer.

Do you provide third-party test results?

This is the most basic question you’ll want to ask. You never want to buy a CBD product that doesn’t have a Certificat of Analysis (COA). This is a test done by a third-party lab and shows the potency of the product you’re purchasing. You can easily see COAs for all our product all on one page or on each product page.

COAs will show you the potency of CBD, THC and other secondary cannabinoids found in the test batch. You’ll also see if any solvents have been left behind during processing.

These test results are also important once you find a product that works for you. That way you know what you’re getting each time to make sure it continues to be the right product for you.

Are the products created in a food grade lab?

A food-grade lab carries with it a different set of criteria. You’ll know that the materials used inside and the cleaning required are at a high standard. This isn’t necessarily about how the products are made, but knowing that they are made in a clean facility.

Do you use Isolate or Distillate to create their products?

At Freedom CBD we sell more products made from our Full Spectrum Distillate than anything else. This is because there is power when more original plant is used and there is less processing. Often referred to as the “entourage effect,” when you have more of the cannabinoids and terpenes naturally present in the product it works more synergistically with your body. Broad Spectrum Distillate is a great option as well if you want to eliminate the THC while still keeping some secondary cannabinoids.

Product made from isolate means that they’ve isolated just the CBD molecule. There are no other cannabinoids present. The benefit here is there is no taste or smell. However, you lose the benefit of using more of the flower.

You can learn more about Isolate vs Distillate by watching the replay of our Live Q&A on the topic with our team.

Conclusion

These are just a few questions we recommend you asking before you purchase. Some questions you’ll need to determine yourself and understand what you’re looking for before you buys. Some questions will have to be answered by the company you’re purchasing from.

Transparency is key. And having a company that’s willing to share what’s in their products, and provide third-party tests is critical. Our customer service team is available to answer any question you have from 8:00 AM PT / 4:00 PM PT via the phone at 541.203.0224, email and social media. We love to answer your questions so don’t be shy.

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