Buying CBD Products
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There’s CBD everywhere! Or so they want you to think.
It is legal to purchase and consume hemp-derived CBD in all 50 states. And if you are like many others, you probably read that and summed up that CBD is legal. However, I’m pretty certain that you are not familiar with different types of CBD or how to distinguish an actual CBD product from a fake. Well, we’re here to help!
The last thing you want to do is spend a hefty chunk of change on a product that claims to be CBD, come to find out the product you bought contains little to no CBD at all. Let’s face it, the reason why CBD hemp oil is so expensive is because of the extraction process, labor, lab tests, and most of all because of its medical benefits. (It wouldn’t be medicine if it wasn’t expensive, right?) But before you go digging in your wallet, you should be educated about how to buy CBD products. And, beware of those imitation brands!
Hemp seed oil vs. hemp cbd
Take a look at a product that claims to include CBD in its ingredients. If you find “Hemp Seed Oil” or “Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil,” you’ve been duped. Companies like Hempz, MILK Makeup and The Body Shop have products that advertise CBD, but in fact, they contain none at all. If you take a closer look at the ingredients, you will see they either include hemp seed oil or cannabis sativa seed oil. Now, look at that ingredient just a little closer. It’s all in the name: Hemp SEED Oil doesn’t even contain CBD in its name, therefore, there’s no CBD in the oil either. And the same goes for cannabis sativa SEED oil - again, there’s no CBD.
Hemp seed oil is extracted from the hemp seed. It is high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, but contains no CBD or other cannabinoids. The same goes for cannabis sativa seed oil, except this oil is derived from the seed of a cannabis sativa plant as compared to the hemp plant. Products containing hemp seed oil have been available in stores for decades because it is considered a superfood that is great for adding nutritional value to your diet. On ingredient labels, it may show up as hemp seed oil, cannabis sativa seed oil, virgin hemp oil, or hemp oil. But don’t get it confused, it is in no way considered or classified as CBD.
MILK Makeup has a collection called “KUSH,” seemingly created to attract herbalists who wear makeup. However, their KUSH line of mascara, lip balm, brow gel, and more contains absolutely no CBD. The products are advertised with marijuana leaves, but have no relation to the plant at all. At a closer look, the ingredients contain cannabis sativa seed oil, and its wayyyy down towards the bottom of the list. The even made their products green to resemble marijuana. Don’t be fooled!
Hemp CBD, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, or just plain CBD is what you’re looking for. Hint #1 that you’re looking at a good CBD product is if the first, or one of the first, ingredients on the label is one of the three that we just named. CBD oil is extracted from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the cannabis or hemp plant, as compared to the seeds. Although CBD is not psychoactive (it won’t get you high), it is an active ingredient, which is why it is considered medicinal as it provides pain relief for conditions like muscle aches, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis and more.
CBD oil improves homeostasis of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), responsible for keeping the body in a state of balance by regulating the body’s functions of sleep, mood, pain, appetite, hormone, and immune response. CBD hemp oil is extremely low in THC and high in CBD.
how to pick a good cbd product
Realistically speaking, the marijuana industry is growing a mile per minute. There are people from all walks of life trying to get their hands on some of the billions of dollars generated in this industry, but not all have the same intentions, passion and knowledge as we would like to think. And let’s face it, a lot of the industry is being monopolized by big businesses and corporations that care nothing about about the product as long as it makes money. So don’t get caught out there investing in brands, companies and individuals who talk a good talk, spend thousands on ad campaigns and promotional giveaways. Don’t jump on the bandwagon and buy what everyone else seems to be getting their hands on. Be an educated herbalist who knows to:
Buy products with CBD oil, Cannabidiol, Hemp CBD, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil as one of the first ingredients
Steer clear of hemp seed oil or cannabis sativa seed oil
Ask for lab tests!
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what we recommend
As our research continues on CBD, we will continue to learn about and try new products. Adding CBD to our daily regiment is on our to do list. But as of right now, one product we extremely recommend are the Kush Queen product line. Not only is the company run by a passionate, well-educated woman who puts great pride into her brand, the bath bombs offered are relaxing and also help with your mood, sleep, pain and more.
Check back for upcoming reviews on CBD products!