There is a lot that a careful consumer needs to consider when shopping for CBD products. There is a CBD gold rush going on around the world. And where there is money to be made, there will be scammers to be found.
Look up “CBD Oil” on Amazon if you want to see some examples. The e-commerce giant banned the sale of CBD products back in 2019, and yet there are still plenty of CBD products to be found in the platform. Many are actually made out of hemp seed oil, which is healthy, but it does not contain CBD. It is also much cheaper than the prices sellers are charging.
That said, there are legitimate CBD products being sold on Amazon. Which raises the question: where should you buy your CBD?
Buying CBD Locally
Your two options are buying CBD locally or buying it online. Your local health store or headshop likely ordered their CBD online too, so you are just adding an extra step by going to a store. And while local shopping comes with some benefits, there are also extra risks.
Buying locally lets you have the product right away, and you also support local businesses in the process. On top of that, you’ll be able to examine and maybe even sample the CBD product on the spot, which helps you get a better sense of what you’re paying for. The downside is that stores give you few guarantees beyond the word of the store’s owner.
Quality CBD needs to not only be extracted and stored correctly, but the soil beneath the hemp needs to be tested for contamination regularly. Hemp has a tendency to soak soil contaminants into its biomass, which is how pesticides and heavy metals usually end up in CBD products around the world.
Buying CBD Online
Online shopping, on the other hand, lets you buy straight from the manufacturer, with all the extra safety that provides. You’ll be able to browse hundreds of user reviews to see if that manufacturer is reliable, and you’ll have access to test results that verify the purity of their product. On top of all that, online shopping often lets you get quality CBD for less than you’d pay at a store.
This is not to say that you should never trust CBD stores in Birmingham. Just be careful with what you buy, be it locally or online. And while shopping online makes it easier to verify the background of a product, you can also look into the precedence of store products. Ask the store owner where the CBD comes from, what precautions the manufacturers took, and then verify all that information yourself. Try taking a picture of the product’s label in your local store, and then look up that manufacturer online to see what comes up.
Doing your homework on a product’s safety is time-consuming, but the good news is that you only have to do it once. Once you find a manufacturer you trust, you can stick with them for your CBD needs. If you’d like to learn more about CBD safety, check out this Cibdol guide.