7 Factors to Consider When Buying CBD Oils
Since CBD oil sales were legalized in 2019, Texans have gleefully rushed to purchase their favorite CBD products for both health and play.
As long as the products contain less than .3% of the psychoactive element in marijuana, consumers may purchase and enjoy CBD products however they fancy.
For some, this means pain or anxiety relief. For others, this means that sexual experimentation with the substance can finally begin in a legal capacity. Sexy, right?
Before jumping into bed with a new product, it’s important to do your research. Keep reading for everything you should consider before buying CBD oils.
What Is CBD?
CBD– or, cannabidiol–is derived from the cannabis sativa or hemp plant. When derived from hemp, CBD contains the lowest traces of THC– the psychoactive properties of the plant. It is currently sold as an unregulated therapeutic compound with many potential benefits.
CBD is often used to treat anxiety, insomnia, pain, IBS relief, skin issues, cardiovascular health, and inflammation. When used topically, it creates a serious sense of comfort and relaxation. When used in the bedroom, it can relieve partners of their stresses and insecurities by interacting with the central nervous system and potentially affecting serotonin levels.
Factors to Consider When Buying CBD Oils
Not all CBD is made equal. You’ll want to consider your reasons for purchasing, as well as where your CBD has been sourced and tested for purity.
1. How Will You Use Your CBD?
How are you using your CBD? The benefits of CBD can spark many ideas for its possible use, including:
- Therapeutic or sensual massage
- Deeper sleep
- Comfortable exercise
- Better orgasms through blood flow and stress relief
- Improved mental health
While most options for CBD oils are multi-purpose products that can be used for various pain points, determine your reason for bringing CBD into your routine. Ask yourself (and your partner) what the outcome should be before making your purchase.
2. What Kind of CBD Product?
Different CBD products are available depending on your needs. Options for CBD oils include:
- Topical massage and lubricant oil
- CBD oil capsules for consumption
- Cooking oil
- CBD E-cig oils
Choose just one brand to start, or try out sample sizes of the products that intrigue you. We recommend a topical massage oil for newbies.
3. Where Is It Sourced?
CBD is derived from either the cannabis sativa plant, or its cousin– the hemp plant. Most legal CBD is derived from the hemp plant due to its lower THC content– a compound that is still illegal in many states.
After you determine if your CBD is hemp or marijuana-derived, it’s always good to consider the environment in which the CBD was grown. Because both plants and your body absorb toxins and pesticides in whatever they come into contact with, look for CBD that has been grown and processed with natural methods.
4. Extraction Process
There are three common extraction methods to consider when purchasing CBD. These include:
- Solvent extraction method – quick and effective process, but may remove terpenes that affect healing properties
- Olive oil extraction – very cost-effective, but may result in fast product expiration
- CO2 extraction method – least effective, has the potential for a low-quality product
While all of these extraction methods are approved by manufacturers, it’s important to determine how you’ll be using the product. Think about whether you require a shelf-stable product, a high-quality therapeutic product, or one that is easier on your budget.
5. Third-Party Testing
A third-party testing company will be able to provide unbiased evaluations of the product. Wondering where to begin? Ask the experts at your local CBD provider to learn more about the quality and integrity of the product they are selling.
Additionally, a Certificate of Analysis from an independent laboratory will give you peace of mind in knowing that the oil you are purchasing contains less than 0.3% of THC.
6. CBD Concentration
Understanding the concentration of CBD will be crucial in the product’s therapeutic effects. Some users may require a higher concentration of CBD to feel the effects or to help with their pain.
Remember– the CBD content will not be the same volume as the amount of oil you are purchasing. Because of this, a larger bottle is not necessarily better!
Most CBD oil comes in 10mL to 20mL bottles, though they usually contain 250-1,500mg CBD per bottle. Look to the recommended single-serving dosage when determining the right size for your needs.
7. Where to Buy CBD
If you’re looking to buy CBD for the first time, consider the pros and cons of where you’ll be making your purchase.
If you decide to buy CBD oil online, make sure you are dealing with a reputable online dealer. Buying CBD oils online can give you the widest range of options possible when browsing tinctures, capsules, vapes, and topicals. A business with an updated website can provide accurate laboratory reports and online customer reviews.
Buying CBD oil in stores might make for limited options, as businesses must choose just a handful of their favorite products to keep in stock. However, a brick-and-mortar store can often provide a wealth of knowledge with a highly trained staff.
We personally prefer a dealer that can provide both an in-store experience as well as a best-in-class online store!
Bring the Benefits to Your Bedroom
If you’re new to buying CBD oils or already an experienced user, the benefits in the bedroom are outstanding and customizable. Whether you like it for pain relief, a new kind of lubricant, or the mental release it provides you, CBD is a great addition to your sex life.
Needing to restock your CBD supply? Browse our full line of CBD products — including topicals, e-cigarettes, lotions, candies, and oils. Refill your nightstand with your favorite form of CBD and get ready for a really fun night-in.