For anyone considering buying CBD oil for the first time, where to buy the best products can be a confusing question. And what do we even mean by ‘the best’ CBD oil anyway? In this article, we’re going to personally guide you through the tricky process of choosing a CBD oil product, so that by then end, you will feel equipped to make an informed decision about buying the best CBD oil for you.
What is CBD oil?
CBD, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, is a type of compound known as a cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike the other well-known cannabinoid THC, CBD is not psychoactive. However, that does not mean it has no effect on the body. Right now, scientists are studying CBD’s anti-inflammatory, antiepileptic, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, and anti-tumoral activity, although most of the research has been at a preclinical level on cell cultures or animals models.
The majority of CBD oils on the market are full spectrum hemp oils, meaning that as well as the cannabinoid CBD, they also contain other minor cannabinoids as well as terpenes and flavonoids. While it may be tempting to choose an oil containing just CBD, a whole plant extract is usually considered preferable because of what’s known as the entourage effect. This relates to the synergistic relationship between all the compounds in the plant, whereby the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.
Most CBD oils have been decarboxylated, meaning they have been through a gentle heat process in order to turn CBDa - the cannabinoid’s acidic precursor - into CBD. However, there are some Raw Hemp Oil products on the market that contain both CBD and CBDa, which many customers prefer.
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Why Do People Buy CBD Oil?
Everyone has their own unique reasons for buying CBD oil. Many use it as a nutritional supplement in order to maintain balanced health. Others have found conventional medicine ineffective at treating their health condition and believe CBD might be of benefit. Increasingly, as more information becomes known about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) - the complex cell communication network that brings homeostasis to the body - more people are taking CBD in the hope that it will strengthen their ECS.
But whatever their reason, each and every person is faced with the same question: “How to buy the best CBD oil?”
How To Buy the Best CBD Oil?
Step 1 - Look for the Cleanest, Safest CBD oil
Before looking at the myriad of CBD oil products on the market, it’s important to narrow down your search by choosing a company that offers organic certified CBD oil that is made using the cleanest possible extraction methods.
Why go organic?
Did you know that after environmental disasters where areas of land have been polluted, hemp is often grown to clean the contaminated soil? That’s because hemp literally absorbs pollutants from the soil, leaving it chemical free. Why does this matter when it comes to choosing your CBD oil? Well, imagine the hemp plant material used was grown in China next to a contaminated river. You would then be pumping chemical nasties into your body instead of CBD goodness. The only way to ensure your CBD oil comes from a pure source is to choose a brand that has organic certification.
Next is the extraction process. Some of the more artisan CBD oils are made using ethanol, and it’s not always possible to ensure that all the alcohol has been removed. The current best practice method is supercritical CO2 extraction, using carbon dioxide to obtain pure plant extracts free from solvents or hazardous chemicals.
Endoca CBD oil meets these industry standards and more, as we control the whole production process from seed to shelf. Not only do our oils have organic certification, but we also have Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificates, showing that we ensure our products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.
Step 2 - Find out Exactly What Your CBD Oil Contains
Ok, so you’ve found a company that has organic certification and uses the best extraction methods. Next step is to make sure that they can verify what’s in their CBD oils. What we’re talking here is the cannabinoid content, i.e. CBD and other minor cannabinoids, the different terpenes, flavonoids, etc. We’re also interested in ensuring that the CBD oil does not contain any unwanted chemicals, moulds or heavy metals.
Any company worth its salt will offer lab test results for their CBD oils on sale. Many will do this per CBD oil batch. So it’s simply a matter of cross-referencing your batch number with the numbers provided on the website.
Endoca CBD products are third party lab tested, meaning we hire an independent lab to do the tests for us, which are then published online for our customers to see. See here for more information about our third party lab testing.
Step 3 - Choose the Best CBD Oil Product for You
Now comes the confusing part. Most CBD companies offer a myriad of CBD oil products and as a CBD novice, it can be overwhelming at first.
CBD Oil Drops, CBD Oil Softgels, CBD Vape Oil, CBD Suppositories, CBD Paste, CBD Crystals; the list goes on and on.
Each category of CBD product represents a different way of taking CBD, with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Things to consider are:
- Bioavailability/ absorption = Value for money - If you are spending your hard-earned money on CBD oil, you want to make sure as much of it as possible can be used by your body. This is known as bioavailability. As a general rule, if CBD has to pass through the digestive system, less CBD is available to the body than if it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, for example through inhalation into the lungs or by capillaries under the tongue.
- How long until the CBD takes effect? Some people want to feel the effect of CBD immediately, while others are more interested in maintaining a constant level of CBD in the body. Again if CBD is swallowed and passes through the digestive system, it will take a lot longer to take effect than if it is inhaled through vaping.
- Convenience - We live in a society that values convenience and this is a principal that can be applied when choosing a CBD delivery method. Questions to consider are: Can my CBD Oil be taken on the go without drawing any attention to myself? Can I carry my CBD oil with me in my pocket or handbag?
- Taste - For many people the hempy taste of CBD oil can be hard to bare at first and can be a reason why they choose softgels or vaping.
1. CBD Oil Drops
CBD Oil drops perform well on the ‘bioavailability = value for money test’ as when taken correctly under the tongue, much of the CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and can therefore be utilized by the body. However, you should allow 30-60 minutes to feel an effect, so if you are looking for immediate relief to an acute problem, this may not be the best method. In terms of convenience, CBD Oil Drops are small, discreet and can fit into any pocket or handbag.
2. CBD Oil Capsules or Softgels
Many people find softgels or capsules the easiest and most convenient way of taking CBD. There’s no hempy taste and they slip right down like any other vitamin or nutritional supplement. There’s also no headache about dosing, as you always know just how much CBD is in each capsule. However, because the softgels are swallowed and have to pass through the digestive system, this means less CBD is absorbed by the body.
3. CBD Extract
CBD Extract is full spectrum hemp oil in its most natural form as unlike the drops, none of the plant waxes have been removed in the extraction process. Advantages are that you get the whole plant and the full entourage effect. Disadvantages are that it is less easily absorbed and it can be difficult to measure an exact dosage. If you’ve got an aversion to a hempy taste, CBD extract will not be the best CBD oil for you, as the flavour does not pull any punches.
4. CBD Suppositories
Many people are put off by the idea of CBD Suppositories. But really, there’s nothing to be afraid of. That’s because once you get over where you have to put them (anal or vaginal insertion), there are some great advantages to this underrated CBD delivery method. Would you believe that suppositories allow for some of the best bioavailability rates and are therefore great value for money? Plus, suppositories provide a useful alternative for anyone who has difficulties swallowing or digesting CBD.
5. CBD Vape Juice
For someone needing to feel an immediate effect from their CBD oil, vaping is the quickest method of getting CBD into the bloodstream. It also offers a high absorption rate through the capillaries in the lungs. Be sure, though, to vape CBD oil that has the minimum amount of chemicals and flavourings. Some people choose to make their own vape oil using our CBD crystals, which is a great alternative. One downside, however, is that when using CBD alone, the benefit of the entourage effect is forfeited.
Step 4 - Choosing the Best CBD Oil Strength
Ok, so hopefully by now you have chosen which delivery method is best for you. Next question is, ‘should I buy a low or high strength CBD oil?’
Here once again, there are different factors to consider:
1. Value for Money
When buying CBD oil, it’s easy to fall for the age old marketing trick of thinking that a bigger bottle means better value for money. But when it comes to CBD, it doesn’t work like this. What you need to consider is how many milligrams of CBD does my CBD product contain and what is the price of the CBD per milligram. After some simple calculations, you might be surprised to find that a small 10ml bottle of CBD is better value than a 100ml bottle.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to CBD dosing and we encourage our customers to use the up-titration method; starting at a sub-therapeutic level and gradually building up, until an overall effect is felt.
However, there may be some instances when a higher dose is needed. This is when the higher percentage CBD oils may be of interest, as instead of taking 5 drops, you can just take one, which is ultimately more convenient. However, for pets and customers taking low dosages, the low strength oils are more appropriate.
Step 5 - Check Peer Review Sites
A CBD company may profess to have the best CBD Oil on the market, but the ultimate litmus test is what past customers have said about buying their CBD products. Watch out though, we’re not talking testimonials here on company websites, as they can be easily faked.
Thankfully, we live in an age where there are a host of peer review sites such as TrustPilot, where customers get to leave their honest feedback - warts and all. At Endoca we’re proud of the overall positive reviews and in the instances when a customer isn’t happy with their product or customer service, we will always go that extra mile and correct any mistakes we’ve made.
Now You’re Ready to Buy the Best CBD Oil!
Wow, what a journey you’ve been on. Hopefully if you’ve reached the end of this article, you will have gone from CBD novice to feeling primed and ready to make your first ever CBD purchase.
I know we’re biased, but if you follow all these steps, there’s a good chance you’ll come across our Endoca CBD Oil products. We won’t be offended if you also want to check out the competition. In fact, we’d rather you did. But in the end, an increasing number of customers are equating best CBD Oil with buying Endoca. We hope that after doing your research, you will reach the same conclusion.