As with medical marijuana, the wonderful world of CBD can be slightly overwhelming for a newbie because the mainstream media is going crazy about its health benefits. More companies are popping up selling a variety of different CBD products, such as vape pens, capsules, gummies, and other edibles, CBD isolate, a tincture or two, and even CBD dog treats. With so much information (and misinformation) online and through word of mouth, many of those who are curious about experiencing the benefits of nature’s miracle supplement are finding themselves confused.

So, in a bid to clarify things and debunk some myths about CBD, or cannabidiol oil, along with its potential effects and benefits, this guide will show you everything you need to know about how to get started with buying CBD for the first time.

Not All CBD Oil Is Created Equal

The very first thing you need to understand in order to get started with making a CBD purchase is that not all oils will be effective, and the effects of CBD will differ from product-to-product and person-to-person. The rise in popularity with regard to CBD products means that every day, new CBD companies are popping up. Unfortunately, many of them offer poor quality oils at exorbitant prices. You should always look for the following criteria before deciding about which brand to purchase.

• Full spectrum CBD, not isolate
• Organic, GMO, and pesticide-free
• CO2 extraction method for purity
• Transparency with regards to ingredients and concentrate
• Third-party lab tested
• The company is willing to provide a lab report on request
• Legal amount of THC

Buying a full spectrum oil means that you will also be able to enjoy all the benefits from the whole plant and not just the isolated cannabinoid compound.

Don’t Be a Penny Pincher

Absolutely everyone loves a bargain. If someone knows they can save money when buying CBD oil, they will. This is fine when it comes to topical products, but not when it comes to a product that we ingest into our bodies. Producing a pure, full spectrum CBD oil that is extracted in the purest way is expensive. If you purchase premium quality oil from a reputable vendor, you might pay a higher price, but you will also be safe in the knowledge that positive benefits are in sight.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Every one of us has a completely unique endocannabinoid system and the efficacy of a particular dose of CBD depends on the following factors:

• Severity of your condition
• Body weight
• Height
• Metabolic rate
• Tolerance
• Fitness level

This means that two drops of CBD oil might work really well for some people but won’t even have an effect with others. As it stands, dosage is one of the biggest hurdles that causes new CBD users to become frustrated. Before purchasing CBD oil, consider how serious your symptoms are and how you usually respond to medication. If you usually need a higher dose to feel an effect, then you might need to gradually increase your dose of CBD to several drops each day, in which case buying a bigger sized bottle could end up saving you money in the long run.

Do Your Research

Google should become your best friend until you decide which CBD oil to purchase. A simple search of “most reputable CBD companies in your area” should produce a list of rated and reviewed companies. This means that a genuine company will have received reputable reviews and a company offering poor products will also be revealed. A good quality CBD brand will have received media praise as well as recommendations from users online.

If in Doubt, Ask!

2019 has seen a rise in small businesses, especially within the CBD industry. Many of the companies offering CBD oil online will happily take the time to clear up any questions you might have, and the better websites will offer an in-depth FAQ section.

Check the THC Levels

One of the common myths about CBD oil is that it will get you high. This is categorically not true and here’s why:

The Cannabis or Hemp plant is made up of hundreds of compounds, the two primary ones being CBD and THC. THC is the compound that gets you high and it is only found in limited quantities in full spectrum oil. Legally, there cannot be more than 0.3% THC in CBD oil and this tiny amount will not produce any psychoactive effects when combined with CBD.

If you live in a state where marijuana has been legalized, then it is possible that some dispensaries will sell oils containing a higher amount of THC. If in doubt, always check before making a purchase. This information should be prominently displayed on the packaging of the product you want to buy.

Final Thoughts

The power of word of mouth goes a long way, especially when it comes to “hot topics” like CBD. Thanks to the Internet and public forums, scam artists are quickly exposed. In turn, good products will receive praise from consumers, media outlets, and, of course, social media. Spending some time browsing the Internet for CBD oil recommendations makes navigating much easier and if you find a brand you feel confident about, a quick Google search of their company’s name will reveal everything you need to know about their products.

This edited article is originally published at  SundayScaries