CBD 101 For Beginners - How to Buy and Use CBD

CBD 101 For Beginners - How to Buy and Use CBD

If you are considering purchasing CBD for the first time, you’ll want to make sure you are researching all the right things. There are many CBD uses and products so you’ll want to know which product is right for you and the best way to use them. Here’s all you need to know about buying CBD for beginners. 

What is CBD?

Before you become a cannabis connoisseur, let’s start with the basics. What exactly is CBD? Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a non-intoxicating compound whose derivatives are the active constituents of cannabis. CBD can come from either a hemp or marijuana plant, both species of the cannabis sativa plant. The main difference between hemp and marijuana CBD products is the amount of THC they contain. CBD derived from marijuana can have between 5 - 30% THC, thus lower CBD levels, and CBD derived from hemp has only .03% THC, thus higher CBD levels, which allows for CBD effects that are less toxic but more potent. 

What type of CBD should I buy? 

Before you buy, you’ll want to research what you need. There are a variety of products available to consume CBD. Everything from sleepy gummies to candles to lip balms and even CBD water are now on the market for consumers to utilize CBD in multiple ways. This includes everything from CBD oils and tinctures, pills, food, gummies, creams, and even water-soluble CBD. Depending on the physical location of pain and/or symptoms you are experiencing, topical creams versus ingestible CBD, offer alternative delivery and product options for different purposes like sleep, stress, beauty, and more.  

Is it legal to buy CBD?

While the Farm Bill of 2018 was passed which allows farmers to grow and cultivate hemp, manufacturers to process the hemp, and consumers to purchase hemp and thus in essence, CBD, the FDA differs in their policies between the CBD age limits on different types of CBD whether it be edible gummies, topical creams or skincare products. It’s a bit of a gray area, though the most recent statements have set an 18+ minimum age for CBD vaping and smoking, meanwhile creams and skincare does not fall under those restrictions. You’ll want to check with what your local city says on age restrictions. 

Where do I buy CBD? 

Once you’ve decided which product best fits your needs, you can do a quick online search to find the best product. Check out Holistik Wellness for our line of CBD-exclusive products. 

The location and the seller can be great indicators of CBD quality and safety when purchasing CBD products. Aim to buy domestically-grown, American CBD products as they tend to be safer with more controlled growing practices. By buying certified organic, or non-soil touching, greenhouse grown, you know the CBD you are buying is less likely to be exposed to pesticides and harmful chemicals. When buying CBD, higher prices don't always mean higher quality. Our hemp, for example, is grown at a biodynamic greenhouse in Buffalo, NY. Depending on the product you buy, don’t just assume that the name says it all. Check the product label and if there’s something you don’t recognize, check with your dispenser or do your own research.  

I’m ready to buy!

Once you’ve selected the product that you want and are able to, you can buy it for your consumption. Before using, make sure you’ve read all the ingredients and know the effects your CBD product has to use it correctly. 

Conclusion

Whether it’s your first time buying CBD or you are a regular consumer, it’s good to know these basics on how to buy CBD and all the various CBD uses and products for your consumption. Doing a solid amount of research to know what you’re buying, what will best serve your needs, and where you’re buying from are all factors you will want to take into consideration when buying your first CBD product.

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