If you’ve decided to give CBD a try, you may be wondering what CBD product is right for you. This is exactly the question you should be asking before you make a purchase. The hemp industry is young and highly unregulated, so not all products are created equally. This blog will answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get from newbies.
How Can I Tell How Much THC A CBD Product Has?
We know it can be a bit confusing, as both marijuana-derived products and hemp-derived products can be labeled “CBD”. This is because both contain CBD. CBD is short for cannabinol, the active compound that provides marijuana’s medicinal benefits. Here’s how to determine THC levels:
- Hemp-Derived CBD—these products have only been legal since the passage of the Farm Bill of 2018. They originate from a low-THC strain of the cannabis plant that’s farmed to ensure it has .3% THC or less. These products will not get you high.
- Marijuana-Derived CBD—these products are only legal in some states. Some states allow medical marijuana and some also allow recreational use. These products are derived from a variety of strains of the cannabis plant, all of which contain more than .3% of THC. These products will get you high.
- Hemp Seed Oil & Extract—these products are highly misleading, as they are processed from hemp seeds and contain trace amounts of CBD and zero THC. Hemp-seed oil is a cooking oil that has always been legal. While it can be ingested and applied topically as a skincare or beauty oil, it does not deliver the same medicinal benefits as marijuana. Read the label, not the search engine product title. If it doesn’t say “CBD”, it’s a hemp seed product.
If you’re purchasing your product online, it is hemp-derived CBD or hemp seed oil, as marijuana products cannot be sold online. If you’re purchasing your product in a pot shop or dispensary, it will likely get you high, so be sure to ask.
What Should I Look For In A Good CBD Product?
Evaluate your CBD nutritional supplements and topical products using the same criteria you use when evaluating health foods or skincare products:
- Look for a product that is USDA-Certified Organic so you can be sure it’s pesticide-free.
- Read the label to ensure it contains no unnecessary additives, fillers, flavoring, or dyes. For example, Holmes Organics uses fruit juice to flavor and color our CBD Gummies.
- Ensure the company is transparent, testing its product purity using a third-party lab and sharing its lab reports for each batch.
- Verify that the product is derived from US-grown hemp flowers.
- Ensure that the milligrams per serving information is crystal-clear.
How Do I Find The Right CBD For Me?
Most hemp-derived brands don’t have brick-and-mortar locations. While they may offer Wholesale Pricing, their full product line can only be accessed in their online store. Check to see if your local health food stores and wellness practitioners have a brand they keep in stock. For the most diverse range of products and serving amounts, you’ll need to shop online.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to purchase online directly from the CBD brand. Multi-product sites (such as Amazon and eBay) currently prohibit sales of hemp-derived CBD. Type “CBD” into either search engine and a variety of hemp seed oil and hemp seed oil extract product links will populate the results.
Unfortunately, hemp seed oil products are the reason many consumers believe they have tried CBD and determined it doesn’t work for them. However, these products contain only trace amounts of CBD – not enough to be effective, as they’re not a CBD product.
What Form Of CBD Is The Best For Me?
Now that you understand how to determine whether a product is legitimate CBD, you must determine what type of product to try first. Many of Holmes Organics' customers use a mix of products.
CBD Oil Tincture
CBD Oil Tincture is an ideal starter product, as it is the most versatile. You can take it directly from the dropper, placing the oil under your tongue for quick absorption. You can also apply it topically and cook, blend, bake, or mix it into food and beverages. Mixing it into food and drinks will dilute the CBD serving a bit. You can even drizzle oil on dog or cat food suggested by your vet. The only downside is that not everyone loves the taste of CBD oil.
Taking a CBD Softgel makes it easier for you to control the serving amount you consume. Many people don’t notice or mind the flavor profile of CBD, as it’s just olive oil and hemp flower oil extract. But if the flavor isn’t right for you, you can take a softgel. Softgels are also easier to take when you’re out and about.
CBD Gummies are a top supplement trend, as they’re an easy and tasty way to enjoy CBD. Like softgels, they make it easy to control the dose and take about an hour to kick in. Since gummies are so popular right now, they’re also a discreet way to take your supplement.
While oral products will soothe both your mind and body, CBD Cream can target sore muscles and joints. It absorbs quickly through the skin, so you don’t have to wait as long to enjoy the benefits.
What Strength CBD Is Right For Me?
This is a question you should discuss with your healthcare or wellness practitioner. Holmes Organics provides a suggested serving size for each of our products, but these are only suggestions. Factors such as your gender, height, weight, and health conditions will contribute to how many milligrams you should take per serving, and how many servings per day. Most of our customers take 10 to 30 milligrams per serving and experiment with different times of day to see what works best for them.
Have More Questions?
If you still aren’t sure what CBD product is right for you, just ask!