CBD oils seem to be popping up everywhere after a 2014 bill made it legal to sell and consume it in the U.S. But what is CBD, where can you find it, and how do you know if you’re buying it from a reputable shop? Here are a few tips to help you better understand the benefits of CBD oil and how to make sure you’re getting exactly what you expect from the places you shop.
CBD is Not the Same as THC
CBD is the commonly used term for cannabidiol, which is a natural oil that comes from the cannabis plant (yes, the same plant as marijuana). However, it’s important to note that while they are derived from the same source, marijuana and CBD are not synonymous. The cannabis plant Cannabis sativa has over 100 chemical compounds (cannabinoids). One of them is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive compound that causes people to feel “high” when they use marijuana and is different from cannabidiol.
CBD oil, while derived from the same plant, does not contain any THC and therefore does not have the same psychoactive effect when used. For that reason it has become a popular choice for people who want the benefits like pain relief that can come from cannabis, but do not want the potential mind-alternating effects.
Finding the Right CBD Oil Shop
Unfortunately not everyone selling CBD oil is necessarily a reputable company. In some cases that could mean getting a product with more or less CBD oil than is advertised on the product label, but in other cases it could lead to larger issues. There are plenty of instances where poor manufacturing controls lead to trace amounts of THC in CBD oil, which could have a negative impact on the person taking it, or could even show up on a drug test.
It’s important not to let the scary stories deter you from the benefits that CBD oil can offer. Buying from a reputable company can help you avoid the pitfalls of unscrupulous CBD oil sales. Check for a shop that offers these things:
- Full-spectrum CBD oil rather than CBD isolates, with compounds like proteins, fatty acids, chlorophyll, fiber, and flavonoids
- Third-party testing to ensure the accuracy and safety of the product
- Owners and employees with knowledge of hempseed oil and CBD oil benefits and uses to help you find the correct products for your needs
- Certified 100% THC-free formulations so you won’t fail a surprise drug test at work
- Small-batch and artisanal products that meet your specific needs
- Strict quality standards
CBD oil can offer many benefits when you get the formulation you need and the highest quality oils available. Visit a Koodegras store in Sandy, Millcreek or Fort Union today to see why we’re the leader in CBD oils in Utah.