Where Can You Buy CBD Oil and What Should You Look For? A CBD Shopping Guide
CBD oil from hemp extract continues to dominate health and wellness news. This health supplement is getting attention for a variety of reasons, namely because many people are seeing positive effects, and these are not special cases. Decades of research show phytocannabinoids to be potent aides in supporting overall wellbeing in human bodies. But, while many companies claim to have harnessed the amazing benefits of the hemp plant, there can be huge differences in both quality and purity that depend on many different factors.
Continue reading to learn where you can buy CBD oil, how to buy CBD oil online, and how to make sure you buy only the best CBD products:
Where Can You Buy CBD?
Depending on the state you live in, you can buy CBD oil both online and from brick and mortar stores. In states where the in-store sale of CBD is allowed, you can purchase CBD from specialized CBD retailers or from any drug or grocery store with a supplements section. Specialized CBD retailers, such as natural foods stores, are a good option for those new to CBD as they have staff members with extensive knowledge of CBD and its benefits that can help you find the right products for your needs.
We make buying CBD oil online easy. Charlotte’s Web™ ships directly to your door no matter the state you live in while also being available in stores as well.
What to look for when choosing a CBD oil or tincture
The first step in identifying the right CBD hemp extracts is to find the best in terms of the quality and consistency of the product. Clearly, not all hemp extract products are created equal. Knowing what to look for when purchasing CBD products is critical. Keep reading to find out what you should look for when buying CBD:
Where Was the Hemp Grown?
Hemp is a powerful and very special crop, and one of its powers is the ability to clean soil by pulling toxins and other contaminates up through its roots via a process called phytoremediation (more on that here). Therefore it’s imperative that hemp products be sourced from the best raw ingredients, starting with soil that’s clean and has been tested by companies with the highest quality standards. That applies to every single stage from growing to extraction to production!
When looking through all the options, use this following checklist to find the best product you can trust from a company with high standards for its CBD oil hemp extract production:
- Confirm that the CBD brand grows its own hemp and extracts the oils themselves, or if they just put their label on outsourced hemp extracts.
- To that end, if they don’t do their own extracting, find out who they are having to do it and what solvents they are using for extracting.
- Make sure the hemp comes from American farms.
- Ask if the manufacturer controls the production process from seed to shelf.
- Review the Certificate of Analysis especially if the hemp is grown in non-US countries, to make sure there aren’t harmful amounts of contaminants, toxins, heavy metals, etc.
- Find out if the CBD company is U.S. Hemp Authority™ Certified, which means that they meet the extremely high standards for quality, trust, and transparency throughout its growing and processing.
Have the products been thoroughly tested?
To make sure you’re getting the best CBD for your money, you’ll want to look for batch reports or certificates of analysis (COA) from the manufacturer of the CBD product. These documents detail important information about things like the quantity of specific cannabinoids and the levels of heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, and THC found in an individual batch of products. Learn how to read a COA here.
Charlotte’s Web is committed to making every single product the best possible extraction from the goodness of Mother Nature, and we do so by overseeing the entire production process. This starts by testing soils, hand tending to keep weeds at bay, and testing the plants as they grow to ensure correct phytochemical profile, testing the final product, and more testing in between. Find a COA for any Charlotte’s Web lot number here.
Hemp Extract vs Hemp Seed Extract
Additionally, while wading through the vast array of hemp-based options on the shelves, remember that you want hemp extract with CBD and other phytocannabinoids, not hemp seed extract. CBD and other phytocannabinoids are found in the aerial parts of the plant, not the seeds. Oils made from hemp seeds carry their own beneficial properties, but they are not going to deliver the internal wellness benefits you may be looking for.
Learn more by reading our blog post on the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil.
What type of CBD is it?
Finally, more than just CBD matters. Since CBD is the big buzzword in the health and wellness space currently, you’ll see those three letters on many products. Before investing in one, know the differences between CBD-only extracts and a whole-plant hemp extract with CBD like Charlotte’s Web. While CBD can support many healthy processes within the body, pairing cannabidiol with its fellow phytocannabinoids — all naturally occurring in hemp — can support the body even further. More here. All of our products (except our specially crafted CBD Isolate) include a full range of phytocompounds, which makes Charlotte’s Web more than just CBD.
Let’s go over the differences.
Types of CBD
Pure CBD or CBD Isolate: Pure CBD products isolate the CBD (cannabinol) found within hemp extract to ensure no other cannabinoids, including THC, are included. These products allow you to personalize the level of CBD in your daily routine to support overall wellness without any of the other cannabinoids found in hemp. Check out our blog post on if CBD can show up on a drug test for more information on why some people prefer a CBD Isolate.
Full-Spectrum CBD: While CBD can assist in many healthy processes within the body, pairing cannabidiol with its fellow phytocannabinoids —all naturally occurring in hemp — can support the body even further. Full-spectrum CBD utilizes every cannabinoid found in the hemp plant to deliver the most benefits possible by taking advantage of what’s called the “Entourage Effect.”
The Charlotte’s Web Difference
Here at Charlotte’s Web, we are committed to making every single product we sell the best possible extraction of Mother Nature. To do this, we use only the best organic hemp and test at every stage of the process to ensure our products are pure and contaminant free. To learn more about Charlotte’s Web, read through our CBD 101 resource page, take a look at our selection of CBD oils, gummies, and topicals, or contact us directly.
Ever ask, where can I buy CBD? Charlotte’s Web ships to all 50 states. See the questions to ask when buying CBD oil online today!
At CFH, We feel it is Important to Do Your Research and Ask Your CBD Source These Important Questions:
Is your product from a single farm?
Product from a single source provides consistency & reliability.
Can your supplier tell you where the product (flower &/or oil) comes from?
We feel that all suppliers should have a quick answer to this and know exactly where their product is from.
Are they using flower only or stalks, stems, leaves, seed or “aerial” parts?
The majority of hemp currently produced is industrially grown, mechanically harvested whole plant hemp material that can often include cuttings of seed, stalk, leaves and even weeds. The trichomes of the flower are the part of the hemp plant that includes all of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes that result in increased efficacy. Full Spectrum Hemp Flower Oil is harvested from flower only.
Remember to read your labels! Marked indicators like “Hemp Oil” reveal an ingredient made from the seed of the hemp plant.
CBD and hemp oils are made from different parts of the hemp plant. Hemp seed oil is high in essential fatty acids and minerals and great for nutrition and skin health, but is not Full Spectrum Hemp Flower Oil.
Marketing vs. Efficacy is an important distinction.
Some Marketing Terms to Keep your Eye Out For:
Aerial Parts: These are the other less desirable parts of the hemp plant including stalks, stems, leaves & seeds.
Hemp Extract: This is a misleading “buzz word”- Many of the products that are generally using this term are not using full spectrum hemp flower oil only and are not even indicating how much CBD is in the product
Questions To Ask