Here’s Where You Can Buy CBD Oil Today
The FDA has very recently approved a new cannabis-derived drug called Epidiolex. Containing a high concentration of cannabidiol (CBD), Epidiolex will be used to treat seizures in patients suffering from severe epilepsy. This is a huge milestone for the medical cannabis industry. And it also underlines the growing recognition of CBD, in particular.
But, while some people will now be able to acquire CBD in the form of Epidiolex with a prescription from their doctor, where can the rest of us buy CBD oil from today?
The brief answer is that CBD oil can be bought legally in all 50 states, either online or in a store. However, there are some things you should be aware of when buying CBD oil. This article will help you to know what to look for in a high-quality, reliable product as well as help you to find a trusted and honest vendor.
THE CBD CRAZE
CBD oil is the new darling of the wellness world. It’s even making headlines across the world for its potent therapeutic effects, all without the ‘high’ you would usually associate with the use of cannabis. But just what is CBD oil and is it really legal?
To understand exactly what CBD oil is, let’s take a look at the controversial plant it comes from; cannabis. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound that belongs to a group of chemicals known as cannabinoids. THC is the most well-known cannabinoid as it’s the one that causes the euphoric effect that people traditionally smoke cannabis for.
CBD, on the other hand, has no intoxicating or mind-altering effects. The reason it’s going mainstream is that it seems to offer many, many benefits, is 100% natural and comes with very few side effects. For example, many people who use cannabi are finding CBD oil and CBD-containing products to offer an attractive alternative to high-THC preparations. While there is no doubt that THC is a valuable medication, not everyone enjoys the ‘high’ that it comes with it.
IS IT LEGAL?
As well as asking, ‘does it get you high?’ – to which the answer is, of course, no – many people when they first hear about CBD oil also have concerns over its legality. And while the laws surrounding hemp and cannabis (hemp is simply low-THC cannabis grown under licence) are a bit confusing, we can confirm that CBD oil is completely legal, providing it has come from the right source.
You see, to be lawful, CBD oil must be made from hemp, which can be legally grown in the U.S. and most of the rest of the world, rather than high-THC cannabis, which is illegal in a number of states and most other countries. Hemp farmers in the U.S. have to have a licence to grow and process hemp, and the hemp plants themselves must not contain more than 0.3% THC. This ensures the crops cannot be used for recreational purposes.
Due to the many restrictions on growing and processing hemp, the U.S. domestic hemp industry is lagging some way behind Europe and China. Because of this, many companies import their CBD oil from abroad. We are one of a handful of companies that use hemp grown in the U.S.; we use organically-grown, high-CBD hemp grown under license in Colorado.
WHO CAN BUY CBD OIL?
As mentioned above, so long as CBD oil is made from legally-grown hemp, it is fully allowed to be bought and sold in all 50 states. But does that mean that just anyone can buy it? Pretty much… unless you’re a minor, that is. While there is no age restriction regarding the sale of CBD oil, most companies will not sell to under 18s, and some ot under 21s.
WHERE TO BUY CBD OIL
So you’ve heard about CBD oil from friends and read about it online, but where can you actually buy CBD oil? Well, you have a few options to choose from. Some are safer than others, however, so read the following sections where we break down where the best places to buy CBD oil are.
The internet is probably the most convenient place to buy CBD oil for most people. There are hundreds of online vendors and thousands of different products to choose from. However, as with any industry that grows at such a large pace – especially when it is unregulated, as the CBD industry is – there will always be a small subset of trustworthy vendors and questionable products. Therefore, it is imperative to do your homework on a company before purchasing from them.
More and more health stores around the country are now filling their shelves with CBD oil and other CBD products. Unfortunately, not all shops do their due diligence and some have been known to stock untrustworthy brands and mislabelled products. Additionally, in some states, stores have been raided by misguided police forces and/or the federal authorities.
If you happen to live in a state where cannabis has been legalized to some degree, you may be able to purchase CBD oil in a cannabis dispensary. However, in states that have not legalized recreational use, you may need a medical marijuana card or prescription from your doctor to be able to purchase CBD oil. The good thing about dispensaries is that they are usually very thorough and only stock reliable, third-party tested products.
TIPS FOR BUYING CBD OIL
When it comes to buying CBD oil, you’ve got to be very careful. As mentioned above, the industry is unregulated and has attracted quite a few cowboys looking to make a quick buck. It is well known that some sellers are marketing products with much less CBD than they claim, more THC than is legal, and made from poor-quality hemp grown with pesticides. These products can put your health at risk as well as leave you liable for prosecution.
It is, therefore, imperative that you shop smart when buying CBD oil either online or in person. The risks are too great not to. The following tips will help you do this so that you try a high-quality CBD oil from a reliable and trustworthy vendor, like ourselves.
- Make sure third-party lab tests are on display
This is vital to ensuring that what you are buying is what it says it is. By displaying lab results conducted by a third-party lab (i.e. one that’s not associated with the producer or seller), it shows that the company are honest and upfront about what’s in their products. The most common test results you’ll see are for cannabinoid content (make sure THC or THCa is below 0.3%), although some companies go a step further and do tests for pesticides and other contaminants.
- Vet the brand/shop
Look for online reviews or search google for mentions of the company you are vetting. Most well-established companies will have some discussion about them on various forums and websites that will give you an idea of whether they are trustworthy. There are also a number of CBD oil-focused groups on Facebook that you could join and then ask its members for their experience with a particular brand or shop.
- Read product reviews
Check to see if there are any product reviews on the shop or brand’s website. If there are, read them thoroughly and use your judgement to see if they seem legitimate, are positive, or highlight any problems you may face.
CBD oil is taking the wellness world by storm. Not only does it offer numerous benefits, CBD is safe, all-natural, and 100% legal. This means it’s readily available to buy in many stores across the country as well as in hundreds of online shops.
However, as CBD is so popular and the industry is still unregulated, ensuring you are purchasing a reliable and accurately-labeled product is vital. Not only could it have less CBD and more THC than advertised, it could also contain pesticides and other harmful contaminants.