CBD is not a cheap supplement, and there’s a reason for this. A lot of hemp needs to be processed to produce each bottle of CBD oil. Additionally, everything needs to be sent to independent labs for testing, and oil needs to be added to dissolve and preserve the CBD crystals. Each stage increases the cost to manufacture a CBD supplement.
No matter what way you look at it, cutting corners to save costs and bring the price of the oil down almost always cuts down on the quality of the oil. If you want your CBD oil to work, and avoid exposure to harmful contaminants, we highly recommend you avoid the temptation of a cheap CBD oil.
A lot of cheap, low-grade hemp oils lack any real hemp flavor, and often companies will try to mask this by adding synthetic flavorings instead. Royal CBD does sell flavored oils, but they also offer an unflavored version if you want to experience the true taste of a high-end CBD oil.
2. Look for the “Low THC” Stamp
I much prefer ordering my CBD oil online to avoid all of this.
Gold Bee is a California-based manufacturer specializing in all-organic hemp supplements. There’s a reason why this company has a bee in its logo. The guys at Gold Bee started out in the superfoods industry (with honey being their staple product), gradually diversifying their activity with CBD extracts. As of now, Gold Bee offers two types of CBD oil (natural and kiwi-flavored), high-potency capsules, and CBD-infused honey sticks — all of which are tested in third-party laboratories for potency and purity.
If you have a look on Amazon.com you’ll find a variety of “CBD oils” for sale, despite the fact that CBD isn’t permitted on Amazon’s website. When you take a closer look you’ll find these oils are actually just hemp seed oils — there’s no CBD whatsoever in these products yet the price is the same as a true CBD oil would cost.
Some companies are selling CBD oil at significantly lower prices than the industry standard. This should be a red flag for most users. Ask yourself… what is this company doing to make the CBD oils so cheap?
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To find these stores, you will be best served by turning to online searches, especially cannabis-specific search tools and apps such as Weedmaps.
When searching for CBD oil retailers, for more targeted searches, use apps like Weedmaps that are specific to cannabis and cannabis products. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Currently, there is no reason to automatically assume that CBD purchased at dispensaries will be better than CBD purchased elsewhere. You can generally expect to see dispensaries selling consistently high-quality products, but you can also find equally high-quality products at CBD-specific retailers and other retail locations as well. That’s especially true of health stores and other shops or retailers targeting the health and wellness market.
Where to find other CBD products
Cannabidiol, more commonly known by its acronym CBD, is certainly having its time in the spotlight. CBD products are popping up everywhere you look: marijuana dispensaries both recreational and medical, stores that sell only CBD products, cafes and coffee shops that sell CBD-infused foods and drinks. Even convenience stores and gas stations have started selling CBD oil and similar items.
Full-spectrum means that the CBD has been extracted from a hemp plant along with all other cannabinoids and terpenes, including whatever trace amounts of THC the plant may have produced. Consuming full-spectrum CBD may yield better results thanks to the entourage effect, a phenomenon in which the mixture of cannabinoids and terpenes work together to produce a more pleasant experience.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating substance found in cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
As one of the cannabis plant’s primary compounds, CBD is known for its potentially therapeutic properties. While the cannabis plant naturally produces hundreds of different chemicals — known as cannabinoids — the two most well-known and arguably most important are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD.