It's a bit of the Wild West out there.
Everyone and their mom has a new CBD brand.
Okay...maybe not the last one but give it 12 months!
The point is...it's a very new market.
There's a rush of companies to it which makes sense.
It started with epilepsy
These are NIH (National Institute of Health) submitted studies!
It feels like we're in for a slew of new research that speaks to CBD's wide-felt positive effects in the body.
Of course, marketers see this and they only see dollar signs.
Capitalize on people in the mass market who don't know what questions to ask.
Slap a label on a bottle and off to the races.
This article is the antidote to all of them.
If you want to get right to it, we've screened the products online to meet all the specifications below here:
Otherwise, let's look at what is important when shopping for CBD:
Lots to cover.
Let's get to it!
This is how it usually goes.
You hear from a friend about CBD and how it worked so well for them.
You have the same knee pain or anxiety or gut issues.
That list keeps growing in terms of what CBD can help with:
So...they may have a brand they use but do you really know anything about that company?
Or that CBD oil?
You are putting into your body after all.
We spoke off record with one of the largest wholesalers and extractors of CBD in the US.
They actually used a different phrasing than "not great"� but we'll keep this article G rated!
Did I ask why?
They said that they sell a lot of the bulk CBD to the companies and the companies then turn around and dilute the oil or further process it with negative effects.
It really is the Wild West.
CBD derived from hemp oil (just means a cannabis plant with less than .3% THC...more on that here) is treated as a nutritional supplement.
That means the FDA is pretty much hand's off.
A company can say anything they want really.
Up to a point.
Since CBD is exploding on the scene, you have plenty of companies saying great stuff about an inferior product.
CBD is showing impressive promise but only if it's free of bad stuff and has pure CBD at the right amounts!
That's the main reason we created this page.
You can read from our personal story with CBD on why we're borderline zealots about the stuff here.
If people can be helped, we want them to actually get help!
That means we need to buy the best CBD.
Below is how to do that!
Let's start with some housekeeping basics!
It is legal to purchase CBD oil online in all 50 States...
With a few caveats!
The source of the CBD must be from industrial hemp
There's a good State by State CBD legality summary here.
Any brand or company we screen on this website will offer the legal kind of CBD oil for sale.
It's like buying a bottle of Vitamin D in the eyes of the law.
Again, we only screen companies that offer the legal variety of CBD here:
The big difference is that many of the CBD products in a dispensary have a level of THC also present above .3%.
The reason they're in the dispensary to begin with is because of the THC!
The CBD oils and products available online do not have THC present above .3%.
That's the big difference between THC and CBD.
The brands and CBD oils screened on this website are the legal variety available online in all 50 States.
This is an inconvenience if buying a new pair of kicks (believe me, I know!).
It's quite different with something you're ingesting into your body.
Or anything we're ingesting into the body.
Any company in China can exactly duplicate the packaging and labeling of a given product.
Heck...it's what they're great at!
Our personal opinion but one shared by a growing number of people.
So...what do we look for when buying CBD online?
This is our CBD Buyer's Checklist:
Let's get into each of these with more detail.
We really screen for the following items when comparing CBD oil companies and brands online.
3rd Party Testing is crucial!
It's a good way to clear out the riff-raff.
On the testing, you should be able to see the following:
Let's look at each of these in more detail. They're ALL important!
This is critical!
You are ingesting CBD after all.
On top of this, the oil is concentrated from the plant itself.
We'll talk about the whole "organic" question with CBD below.
For now...the CBD needs to show proof that pesticides are not present.
There are many different ways to extract CBD from the plant biomass itself.
There can be various solvents involved in the process.
Some will also use solvents like butane.
We want no signs of the solvents in the resulting CBD.
CO2 Extraction is the cleanest option and highly regarded.
That should be reflected in the 3rd party testing.
All crops can have mold or bacteria present.
It's a natural part of raising crops!
We obviously don't want it in the final product and that should show in the testing.
Industrial hemp (the plant from which CBD comes from) is an interesting plant in many ways.
It grows very quickly with an extensive root system.
This is one reason it has such a great mineral profile.
We just want to make sure it doesn't have the "bad" minerals.
Of course, we want our brands to start with organic farming from the start.
This should be reflected in the 3rd party testing we keep mentioning!
Technically, CBD is legal in all 50 States if it has less than .3% THC.
Many brands will actually advertise ZERO THC.
That's generally not possible directly from a plant.
It's definitely possible but requires more technical prowess.
We look for companies that are capable of this.
It shows a level of sophistication and technical skill.
Plus it means they give a #$%#!
Organic gets a little tricky.
One doesn't necessarily mean the other!
The certification of "organic" requires a federal agency review of industrial hemp.
The Federal legal status of hemp is still evolving since the raw crop itself could have traces of THC.
That can cause some confusion at the Federal level.
So...we're left with confirmation that a crop is grown "organically".
How can we tell?
You guessed it....third-party testing.
There should be no pesticide or heavy metal presence in the...wait for it....3rd party testing.
We discussed above what to focus on when buying CBD online.
The better approach is to use our comparison of CBD brands and companies here.
There are SO many brands available online.
If our inside resource who wholesales and provides many brands with their CBD oil is correct...
We need a comparison and review of CBD.
You can then get a price comparison that actually matters for the screened brands here:
A few items to look at here:
Let's look at each of these.
Here are typical ways to take CBD:
Tinctures and balms are the two most popular deliveries and work well for most people!
Full-spectrum requires its own article (available here) but here's the net net.
CBN, CBG, there's a whole range of them.
Also the Terpenes and Flavanoids.
These are not factions in Game of Thrones (that we know of...but maybe).
The purported benefit of "full-spectrum" is that the cannabinoids can augment each other.
The biggest cannabinoid present will be CBD either way.
Apples and apples...we prefer CBD Isolate.
That's a function of histamine response which we'll break out separately.
The "entourage effect" was originally based on how CBD helped to offset the negatives of THC.
You can see screened examples of both with cost comparison here:
This can be very confusing to new shoppers of CBD.
We have an entire article about CBD dosage here.
Dosage is really dependent on the issue we're trying to address, the individual person, and general sensitivity.
Here's a good guidance but go slow!
Build up and adjust as you go.
Make sure to check out the CBD dosage article with:
First, we want the best quality CBD available.
Our whole purpose of this site is to screen for this exact goal!
Check out the CBD comparison page with 3rd party testing results.
What about pricing?
Look...you're probably going to love CBD.
It's going to be part of your general wellness regime.
Since it's part of our monthly lives, we need the best value.
We take that into our account on our Best Of CBD list here.
The best pricing for superior CBD can be found here:
Of course, you can check out the Comparison page for more detail on pricing.
Different brands are strong depending on what you need.
You can quickly compare the pricing by:
Our top performers in the screening combines the best pricing with:
The cost per mg of CBD becomes critical since the better brands screened all meet the safety requirements.
You can compare the big CBD brands here:
We're happy to help with any questions.