CBD products are cropping up everywhere and are becoming an international sensation. There isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of this wonderful cannabinoid. However, many confuse CBD’s relation to marijuana. Then there is hemp. So, where does that fit into all of this? It can get quite confusing. 

CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. You see, it has a complex makeup consisting of many compounds, CBD is one of them. When extracted, CBD doesn’t contain any hallucinogenic properties. Instead, it has amazing beneficial therapeutic qualities.  However, remember that not all CBD is exactly the same.

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5 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid While Buying CBD

  1. Not All CBD is the Same

You may think CBD is CBD, right? Wrong, not all top quality CBD products are the same. Your CBD can come from either the hemp plant or the marijuana plant. Aren’t they the same? Yes, and no. Hemp is part of the cannabis family, think like a first cousin. It differs from the Marijuana plant. You will realize that most of the CBD products you find in stores or online are CBD products derived from hemp. Meanwhile, the CBD you find in dispensaries comes from the marijuana plant. What is the difference? 

The Hemp plant is a little taller in structure and solid compared to the marijuana plant. It is valuable for its seeds, flowers, and stalk and is mainly used for cosmetics, clothing, and cannabinoid contents (derived from the flower). The CBD from hemp has a low THC level. CBD from the marijuana plant comes from certain special strains of marijuana that have low THC count and a higher level count of cannabinoids. The CBD extracted from each plant on a molecular level is identical, yet there are some important factoring differences.

  • Hemp/CBD have less resin than marijuana CBD.
  • Marijuana/CBD may contain a higher THC level than the regulated 0.3 percent.
  • Hemp/CBD can come in CBD isolate or CBD full spectrum. CBD isolate is CBD with 0 percent  THC or any other found compounds. That means no terpene, THC or other cannabinoids/flavonoids. CBD’s full spectrum contains all the elements of the CBD along with low levels of THC.
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  1. Price Over Quality

When purchasing CBD oils as listed by Herbonaut quality over a good price remains the advisable route. Go online to purchase CBD oil and you will find many choices. Unfortunately, not all are the same. Normally if you buy cheap, you will get cheap. Make sure the vendor you are purchasing from features:

  • The CBD extraction method
  • The CBD THC count
  • Where it is sourced from (look  to see if it’s European or USA organic grown.)
  • If the CBD is ISO (isolate.) or full-spectrum. This is significant if you are aiming for CBD that is THC-free.

Always use these guidelines to guarantee you get high-quality CBD. 

  1. Blind Purchasing

Some consumers go in ‘blind’ with only an ounce of information about CBD. This leaves them open to pitfalls of shady vendors and products. Don’t just buy blindly. Read the labels and know your facts. This way you can feel secure about your purchase and find the right brand that will work with your body’s needs.

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  1. High Expectations

Many people get into CBD after hearing all the remarkable stories of what it can do. It makes CBD sound like it will correct everything. They buy it expecting fast-acting results when this is not necessarily the case. What can CBD help with? Here are a few ailments they have proven CBD can treat.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Pain from Arthritis, spinal cord injuries, MS, and muscle pain.
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sleep disorders
  • PTSD
  • Cancer pain
  • Inflammation
  • Glaucoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s

Many people get disappointed hoping for direct results. This goes back to not doing proper research. CBD is known to be a trial and error case. The dose recommendation may be right for some and not for others.  Remember, you can’t O.D on CBD as you can increase/decrease the dose, adjusting the levels as you see fit to get the best results.

  1. Not Checking the Extraction Method

Another rookie mistake is not knowing how companies extract the CBD. There are four principal ways.

  • CO₂ extract: This process uses  CO₂ to extract the cannabinol from the plant. It’s expensive to use but it is safe, clean and the result is the best quality extract.
  • Olive oil extract: This is inexpensive to do but it’s safe and will produce a good quality oil but it is not the purest.
  • Dry Ice: An embraced method of choice for many, it produces a low-quality level of extract though, and can even damage the plant itself.
  • Solvent: If you see this extraction method run! It uses harmful chemicals to extract the CBD that can seep into the ultimate product.

Conclusion: Buy Smart

Your vendor should be a respectable business with a list of everything for you to see or allow you to request a copy of how they manufacture it. As a consumer, it is your right and but it’s also important to do your research.  Educate yourself and remember your health is in your own hands. So, be sure to step into the CBD world knowledgeable as you prepare to embrace the ever-growing product of CBD oil.