While it may seem counterintuitive, in 2021, many Californians have become more interested in health that is based in nature – not technology. This often means turning to supplements and solutions that come from plants instead of Big Pharma. It isn’t surprising, then, that so many Californians are choosing to use CBD.
Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp – the source of CBD – is now legal throughout the United States. CBD products have flooded the marketplace, making it incredibly easy to purchase oils, capsules, creams, lotions, and edibles. Yet while CBD may be readily available, it can be hard to know what products you can actually trust.
There are a number of things to look for when purchasing CBD oil, including the source of the hemp used to make it, how the CBD was extracted, and (most importantly) whether the product was independently tested. Shopping online at a trusted retailer like Green Wellness Life can help you make the best choice to suit your needs.
What Do I Need to Know About CBD Oil?
CBD is the shortened version of cannabidiol, a naturally-occurring compound found in the cannabis family of plants. It is one of hundreds of cannabinoids found in cannabis, and is associated with a number of health and wellness benefits.
You may be familiar with another type of cannabinoid, THC, which is associated with the marijuana plant (a type of cannabis). While THC has beneficial properties, it can make you feel high. CBD isn’t psychoactive, so when you take CBD oil, you won’t feel stoned.
CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids work by interacting with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex, cell-signaling system that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in the body.
As part of the ECS, our bodies produce endocannabinoids. CBD is considered a phytocannabinoid because it comes from a plant. If our bodies are out of balance in some way, taking CBD oil may help to boost the function of the ECS.
While scientists aren’t entirely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS, they have discovered that CBD may help to alleviate symptoms of a number of medical and mental health conditions. Research in this field is still developing, but early studies have found that CBD can help:
Before you start taking CBD – or adding any supplement to your diet – be sure to talk to your doctor. They can help you figure out whether CBD is right for you, any possible drug interactions, and the right serving size for your needs.
CBD is typically extracted from the hemp plant. In states where marijuana is legal – like California – locally-made CBD products may be made from marijuana. While hemp and marijuana are members of the same family of plants (cannabis), there are some important differences between the two.
Under federal law, industrial hemp can contain no more than 0.3% THC. By contrast, marijuana may contain up to 33% THC. The THC content of these plants is directly linked to legality: hemp-based CBD is legal federally, while CBD products made from marijuana may be illegal federally based on their THC content.
Taking CBD made from marijuana may also produce unwanted side effects, like an altered mental state. It would also likely cause you to fail a drug test, whereas CBD generally won’t lead to a positive drug test. For this reason, if you have any concern about taking THC, you should focus exclusively on CBD oil that was extracted from American-grown hemp.
Tips for Buying CBD Oil in California
You can buy CBD oil almost anywhere these days, from your local pharmacy to big box stores and even gas stations all over CA. But just because a product is available doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for you.
While CBD is legal under federal law, it isn’t currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that there isn’t a government agency making sure that you are getting what you pay for, that the product is pure and safe, or that the product is what it says it is. This can make buying CBD a bit overwhelming for the average consumer.
Fortunately, the CBD industry has come up with a way to put your mind at ease: independent testing. While not every CBD oil manufacturer has their products tested by a third party laboratory, the reputable ones do. These lab results are then made available online so that you can see for yourself what is in each bottle of CBD oil.
When you’re browsing at a boutique or the grocery store, you probably won’t have the time to research whether a particular brand of CBD oil has been independently tested. That is why many Californians turn to online shopping for CBD instead. In this way, you can take your time to research various products, take a look at the lab results, and make an informed choice.
The right kind of CBD oil for you will depend on a number of factors, including why you want to take CBD. The first step is to decide whether you want full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate:
- Full Spectrum CBD: contains all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. It may contain trace amounts of THC. Taking all of these compounds together gets you as close to the whole plant as possible – and may increase the benefits of the CBD oil. This is known as the entourage effect.
- Broad Spectrum CBD: has all of the same compounds as full spectrum CBD oil, without the THC. This allows you to take advantage of the entourage effect without any possibility of having a false positive drug test.
- CBD Isolate: contains only CBD, without any other compounds (including THC). While you will get the benefits of CBD, you won’t experience the entourage effect.
Shopping online gives you the ability to make a careful decision about the type of product that you want. This is particularly important in California, where locally-made CBD products may contain high levels of THC if they are made from marijuana instead of hemp. If you are taking CBD oil to improve their health – rather than to get high – then your better option is to search online for CBD that has been extracted from American-grown industrial hemp.
As you shop, you should also look closely at the label to learn the CBD content of each bottle of oil, instructions for us, serving size guidance, and net quantity. This can help you make a decision about which CBD oil fits into your budget and will be beneficial to you.
Finally, be wary of any retailer – online or in California – who makes lots of claims about CBD oil being a cure-all. The science on CBD is incredibly promising, but it is still in its early stages. We don’t fully understand just yet how CBD works and what all it can do. Any company that makes big promises is probably trying to scam you and should be avoided.
Buy High Quality CBD Oil at Green Wellness Life
We know that you have lots of options when it comes to buying CBD oil. That is why our goal is to only provide the highest quality, independently tested CBD products – each of which is extracted from American industrial hemp. Put simply: we don’t sell any CBD products that we wouldn’t use ourselves.
Our team at Green Wellness Life is passionate about natural wellness – and incredibly knowledgeable about CBD and hemp. While we aren’t doctors and can’t diagnose or treat any condition, we can offer you the latest research on CBD so that you can choose a product that truly is right for you.
If you’d like to learn more about CBD or want help picking out a CBD product, we are here for you. You can contact us anytime online by filling out a contact form, hitting the “live chat” button, or calling us at (888) 772-7875 between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. PST.