Many consumers today buy CBD online, but some care must be taken to ensure that the CBD products you buy online are safe and of the highest quality. Here we explore what to look for when buying CBD products from retailers online.
So you’ve heard about the natural balancing properties of CBD and have made the decision to give CBD oil supplements a try! We’re very happy you’ve decided to take this important step toward greater wellness.
If you’ve never shopped for CBD supplements online, there are several things you should consider because, now that CBD is in hot demand, new manufacturers and products have flooded the market. While this is good news, not all CBD supplements are created equal, and it’s important to do a little research before you make that online purchase.
To help you maneuver through the abundance of confusing and contradicting information about CBD supplements that can be found online, we’ve created this guide so you know what to look for in a CBD product and what questions to ask before you buy CBD hemp oil online.
This CBD supplement online shopping guide will help ensure that you buy only the safest and highest quality CBD products. You’ll also find important questions to ask before buying CBD supplements online.
Let’s get started.
How and Where is the Hemp Grown?
The way the hemp used to extract CBD oil is grown can greatly influence the final CBD product. When shopping for CBD online, knowing the source of a manufacturer’s raw hemp can help you rest assured that you are getting the safest and highest quality CBD possible and will protect you from inferior products.
CBD oil is extracted from hemp, a sustainable and versatile plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years. As you look to buy CBD online, understand that how this botanical powerhouse of a plant is grown is extremely vital to the safety and quality of your CBD supplement.
Cultivating hemp only became federally legal in the United States in 2018. Before that, it had been illegal since before World War II. However, in Europe hemp has been farmed continuously for at least the last 700 years. Over those centuries, Europeans mastered cultivation of this amazing plant – while US farmers are only just beginning to put into practice.
That’s why our CBD oil is made from hemp grown on a generational, family-owned farm in the Netherlands, one of Europe’s leading agricultural countries. After searching all across the world for the ideal growing microclimate, safe farming practices, and the perfect cultivar of hemp, we chose to cultivate our hemp with our farm in the Netherlands.
As you shop for CBD supplements online, check to see whether the manufacturer has strict growing and harvesting standards. All forms of cannabis plants, including hemp, are bioaccumulators (they absorb compounds and substances from the soil). This is why our farms use centuries-old cultivation techniques, meaning they grow our hemp without using chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides that can contaminate our CBD supplements.
How is the CBD Oil Processed?
When you buy CBD online, another place you will want transparency from your CBD products is how the CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant. CBD oil can be extracted from the hemp plant using a number of extraction methods, and the degree of safety for each can be vastly different, which is important to note as you look to buy CBD online.
Medical Marijuana, Inc. uses a supercritical CO2 process to safely and carefully pull the compound-rich oil from the plant. Other companies may use chemical solvents like butane, hexane, and acetone, which can linger in the extracted oil if not purged correctly and make the oil toxic and dangerous to consume.
Because it is nontoxic and nonflammable, supercritical CO2 offers greater safety and stability than other extraction methods, allowing most of the compounds to be extracted with little damage to the oil’s integrity or danger to the consumer. This is why supercritical CO2 is a popular method in the food industry.
Is the CBD Oil Tested for Safety and Purity?
When you shop online for CBD oil supplements, ask the manufacturer for testing certificates. Reputable, trustworthy businesses will happily provide you with copies of testing results, ideally from an independent, third-party laboratory.
All CBD supplements from Medical Marijuana, Inc. undergo our rigorous Triple Lab Tested® process. Three separate times throughout the production process, our hemp oil is tested for outside contaminants and to ensure optimal cannabinoid content so you can rely on the safety and quality of our CBD products.
When you buy CBD supplements online from Medical Marijuana, Inc., you know that an ISO /IEC 17025:2005 accredited lab has checked for microbes, mold, heavy metals, and other possible contaminants, as well as for potency of CBD and other cannabinoids.
Does the CBD Manufacturer Have a Reliable Track Record?
While the CBD hemp oil supplement industry is only a few years old, it’s important to buy CBD online from a company or brand that has some degree of longevity, as well as a proven track record of providing safe and high quality CBD products.
New CBD oil retailers have popped up trying to take advantage of the growing demand for CBD. They may make questionable claims and promises, and in some cases, lack quality and safety standards and processes.
As a Company of Firsts™, Medical Marijuana, Inc. pioneered the growing CBD supplement industry. We were the first to create an international CBD hemp oil pipeline and the first to create quality control processes for hemp oil products.
Is the CBD Company Making Medical Claims?
It’s important to be wary of any CBD manufacturers who make medical claims about the efficacy of their CBD products to treat any medical condition or symptom. Doing so is in violation of basic guidelines for retailers of supplements.
Medical Marijuana, Inc. always complies with all regulations and does not endorse any specific medical benefits of CBD oil beyond general wellness. Instead, we encourage you to do your own research. We also recommend that you discuss whether a CBD supplement is right for you with your doctor.
Does the CBD Product Have Clear Labeling?
When shopping for CBD products, you will want to make sure the CBD product you choose features a clearly designed, easily understandable label. The amount of CBD in any product should be clearly marked. Some companies may list the amount of hemp extract or cannabinoid content, rather than clearly listing CBD content.
The ingredients, like with any food product or supplement, should also be listed so that you’re aware of any that are questionable or conflict with your dietary restrictions. Product labels should also reveal proper storage and use information.
All hemp CBD oil products from Medical Marijuana, Inc. feature clear product labels that fully list their all-natural ingredients. The labels also reveal information on standard serving size, expected shelf live, and how best to preserve your CBD oil.
Where to Buy CBD Online
Now that you know what to look for when shopping for CBD products online, where should you buy your CBD? Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s online shop offers CBD oil supplements in a wide range of categories, including:
Need some help to find which type of CBD oil supplement is right for you? Try our online CBD Hemp Oil Product Recommendation Tool. Want to learn more about CBD, like “Is CBD Psychoactive?“, “What Does Full Spectrum Hemp Oil Mean?“, and “Should I Take CBD Oil with Food?” We have all the information you need on our CBD Oil Education page!