Your first visit to a CBD online store can be a lot to take in and research if you have never bought a CBD or cannabis product online before. With many states in the U.S. updating their laws regarding cannabis, THC, and CBD products, many more items are available for legal sale and consumption.
Learn about different CBD product types, how they are used, their strengths, their strains or types, and which products may be best for you depending on your goals.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis (marijuana) plant. It is the second most prevalent of the active components in cannabis, after Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and accounts for about 40% of the plant’s extract.
CBD is an active component of many cannabis products, alongside other substances that provide pain relief, euphoric feeling, relaxation, sleep aid, and other effects.
CBD is a non-intoxicating, non-psychoactive compound that is derived directly from cannabis or hemp plants. Hemp is a cousin of the marijuana plant, which is often used for clothing, crafting, and other commercial products.
Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are federally legal, though still illegal or face restrictions in some U.S. States. Cannabis-derived CBD products are legal under some state laws (such as California), but have not been federally approved for use in all states.
CBD can be found in both cannabis products with THC or CBN and in topical products and oils without the presence of THC.
One of the most important questions to answer before your first visit to a CBD online store is how you plan to use the products you want to buy.
Will you be using the products to reduce pain, to sleep better at night, to help you relax, just to try it out, or for recreational uses such as mood enhancement?
Does an edible or liquid version of a product make more sense for you than a vape or topical cream? Each CBD product has its own benefits, so it makes sense to do a bit of research on each product and determine whether it will work better than others for your use.
What you plan to use CBD for will help you narrow down product options and select the best item to achieve your goals. You can also pick up any items that spark interest or that you are curious about trying out.
When first browsing CBD products, you will find that there are a many, many options. Oils, vapes, pre-wraps, gummies, flower, extract, tincture, topical, capsules, and even drinks- it can be a lot to take in, even for experienced members of the community or long-time consumers.
CBD products provide a variety of pain relief and wellness effects and can be found in products with or without THC. If you’re considering trying a CBD product for the first time or just venturing out to try another brand of CBD product, there are some things that are helpful to know before getting started.
As a tip for your first visit to a CBD online store, get to know what products are available and what they consist of.
- Oils/Tincture – CBD oil is created by extracting cannabidiol from a cannabis or hemp plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. Oil is often taken sublingually (a drop or two under the tongue).
- Vapes – Vaporizers allow users to inhale CBD oil vapor from a cartridge inside, or even use a vape pen to inhale sugar wax concentrates with CBD or THC. Vapes have become incredibly popular due to the different flavors available and the ease of use.
- Pre-Wraps – Pre-wrapped joints with ground up CBD flower are meant to be smoked, and typically also contain some amount of THC or CBN. Companies may also offer CBD wraps and gear for smoking.
- Flower – One of the most popular ways to consume CBD is to smoke highly concentrated-CBD cannabis flower in a joint or other cannabis gear. Cannabis flower comes in many different types and strains, some naturally containing more CBD or THC than others. Typical flower strains you may see are Sativa, Indica, or Hybrids of the two.
- Topical – Topicals are meant to applied directly to the skin and include a huge variety of CBD creams, lotions, and gels. Topicals are a great choice for treating localized pain since they provide concentrated relief to the application site.
- Capsules – There are also CBD pills that can be swallowed, similar to edibles. CBD capsules tend to work faster than edibles and usually don’t contain the sugars or preservatives found in foods or sweets.
- Edibles – Edibles often come in gummy form, but can also be made into cookies, brownies, chocolate bites, mints, or other edible treats. Since they are digested in the stomach, edibles can take a bit longer to kick in.
- Drinks – Some brands and dispensaries have introduced drinks with CBD, often in the form of sparkling waters or juices with a concentrated amount of CBD or THC present.
CBD Strength & Ratio
Before your first purchase from CBD online stores, you should get a better understanding of the CBD concentrations in various products and what those amounts mean.
CBD concentration is typically measured in Mg (milligrams) per serving. Additionally, many products have a primary ratio of CBD to THC or other product composition (such as CBN), along with the product ingredients.
THC is the primary psychoactive and “high” inducing cannabinoid, whereas CBN is the non-intoxicating compound that is created when THC ages.
Product ratios are typically shown as the composition of one cannabinoid to another, though there may be others present.
For example, here are some common ratios for CBD products:
40:1 ratio, 30:1 ratio, 20:1 ratio, 18:1 ratio, 1:1 ratio, 1:3 ratio, 3:1 ratio
Products also tend to have the ratio composition listed out, such as:
1:3 CBD:THC [50ml] (100mg CBD/300mg THC)
There is no single right or standard ratio for CBD. Each person has a different level of sensitivity to CBD and THC which determines the appropriate ratio and dosage for achieving desired affects.
Though there are general suggestions for first time users of a product based on weight, gender, prior use, and desired effect, you will need to find the right combination of CBD, THC, or other cannabinoid extracts that work best for you. Try starting out with a small amount (mg per dose) of CBD and THC and increasing the amount or changing the ratio as desired.
CBD Brand or Source
It’s important to get CBD products from a reliable brand or source–that way you know that there are no dangerous chemicals or other unwanted substances in a product you plan to consume.
Since not all CBD products are regulated in the U.S. by the FDA, it’s important to ensure you know exactly what is present in the products you are consuming.
Additionally, purchasing CBD products from a legitimate, regulated brand guarantees that you are getting a quality product that contains what it is supposed to–as opposed to relying solely on what a company claims. To ensure you receive the best quality CBD products, it’s best to purchase products from a reputable, state-licensed dispensary.
One of the best tips for your first visit to a CBD online store is to ensure they are a licensed dispensary with reputable products. As a state licensed cannabis dispensary, every product that reaches our shelves has gone through rigorous testing to meet quality standards (the same standards that every agricultural product in the state of California must adhere to).
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