With so many CBD brands and products out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. The Hemp Beginner's Guide series is designed to help guide first-time shoppers as they browse all the different kinds of CBD products.
To kick the series off, we're highlighting five important things to consider before making a first CBD purchase.
- Always buy CBD from a trusted source. Not all CBD is created equal. Be wary of open marketplaces that allow anyone to list their products. These tend to attract bad actors. Open marketplaces have no vetting process and are where unwitting shoppers are at the most risk for spending top dollar on something that is truly snake oil. We're talking literally olive oil being sold as CBD. On a trusted and invitation-only retailer like ehemp, every CBD product is vetted and verified. You can learn more about the ehemp verification process here.
- There are two types of CBD products - ingestibles and topicals. Ingestible CBD products are consumed orally (vis-a-vis the mouth), and include tinctures, softgel capsules, gummies, foods or beverages. Wondering what a tincture is? It's a blend of hemp-derived extract and coconut or almond oil which you drop under your tongue. Topical CBD products are applied directly to the skin. This includes a large range of products like lotions, salves, balms, bath bombs, serums, patches, sprays, cleansers, creams, butters, and mists.
- Shopping for ingestible CBD products. With any and all CBD products, it’s important to consider dosage and potency. Products with a higher potency are more expensive because they contain more milligrams of CBD. If you are new to CBD, a good rule of thumb is to start with a lower concentration and a smaller dosage. Almost all tinctures comes with a dropper bottle lid. Typically, a dropper full is one dosage. If you have any questions about how to take a tincture, what's the right dosage, anything concentration related or are just confused by CBD products, we’re here to help! You don’t need to navigate this uncharted territory alone, our team of hempsters is here for you. At the end of the day, this is an entirely new industry, and these are entirely new products. Take advantage of our personal concierge.
- Temper your expectations. There are all kinds of claims being made about CBD. Some of these claims are very outlandish. There is one claim that is backed by clinical research at this time, and is that CBD is effective in treating epilepsy in pediatric patients. This is why the drug Epidiolex was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. We don’t deny that there are other benefits, but we do believe in accurately representing products. That means being honest, truthful, and transparent. There is an abundance of anecdotal evidence about the positive benefits of CBD. Ultimately, this is about you. Everyone is different, everyone’s bodies respond differently, and no one knows your body better than you do. We’re here to help support you on your path to find the best fit for you. If you have any questions, comments or feedback on how we can better deliver on transparency, please let us know at email@example.com.
- Supply chain matters. We care about where our food comes from. So why would we not care about where our CBD comes from? Companies that care about their supply chain, care about quality, consistency, safety, and efficiency. Some CBD companies even manage and own the entire supply chain - this is known as being vertically integrated. That means farming the hemp, extracting the oil, putting it in a pretty bottle, and getting it to your doorstep. All of our partners have a unique story about why they started their business and the lengths they go to ensure a quality supply chain. Learn more about our partner brand stories at the bottom of every product page or in brand shops, like here for Moon Mother Hemp Company or here for Broken Compass.