What to Look for When Buying CBD

Posted by ZuRI on Mar 10th 2020

What to Look for When Buying CBD

The process of picking out and purchasing CBD products has become no simple task. With the many variations of strengths, sizes, flavors, forms and increasing product innovations as well as range of brands popping up left and right, it is no wonder that the process is confusing. Unfortunately, not all CBD products are created the same. It can be very difficult to decipher between the good products and bad. Keep in mind, whether you use a high-quality or low quality product will greatly affect the experience you have while using the product. Here are our best tips to finding the best CBD product for you!

1. Look at the THC Content

Before buying any CBD product research the laws in your state regarding CBD oil and cannabis as a whole. Federally, CBD is legal as long as it contains less than 0.3 percent THC. If you are looking at a product with a higher percentage of THC, you will only be allowed to purchase it in a state in which recreational cannabis is legal. State laws are not always in complete line with the federal law and will vary from state to state. 

2. Look at the Ingredients

Always read the ingredients list when comparing potential CBD products. There are two ways in which this can go. On one end there are CBD products with additional ingredients that provide their own potential health benefits. For example, ZuRI-Sleep contains melatonin, a known sleep supplement that helps the body recognize that it is time to sleep. On the other hand, there are CBD products with poor ingredient quality, such as propylene glycol which is potentially harmful and is found in some CBD vape oils. 

3. Pay Attention to Where the Hemp Comes from

CBD can be derived from both the hemp plant and marijuana. To remain on the right side of the law no matter where you are, it is advisable to source CBD products that were derived from the hemp plant. Hemp from states where marijuana is legal, either recreationally or medically, tend to have superior regulation over use of pesticides and poor hemp plant quality. Products produced from hemp grown outside of the U.S. are not recommended. These products are not required to have any state or federal testing and countries, such as China, are more focused on quickly exporting CBD rather than producing a high-quality product.

4. See if there are Third-Party Lab Tests

Any established CBD company will third-party lab test their products and provide these lab results, known as certificates of analysis, somewhere on their website. This is a document that confirms a product has been thoroughly checked for proper CBD and legal THC content levels. It also verifies that the product is free from any and all contaminants such as pesticides and heavy metals. Brands that do not third-party lab test their products are not being transparent. There is no other way to truly know what is in the product or if it is safe to consume.

5.  Topical vs. Ingestible vs. Tincture

What you want out of your CBD experience highly influences which means of using CBD you are going to choose. There are topical CBD products that when applied, the CBD permeates the skin. The CBD can then be localized specifically to problem areas such as sore muscles or achy joints. On the other hand there are ingestible CBD products. These products appeal to those who want their CBD to not only taste good, but is convenient to take, such as CBD infused gummies, energy shots, and tablets. Last but not least is the CBD oil tincture. This is known as the quickest form of CBD, especially when placed under the tongue for a sublingual absorption. CBD users often get creative with oil tinctures, adding them to different foods or blending them into their favorite smoothie recipe for an added boost.

6. What type of CBD is being used in the product?

CBD products can be made with different forms of CBD. There is CBD isolate which is pure CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant, and then isolated from other cannabinoids that were present, resulting in 99% pure CBD extract. Products made with isolate appeal especially to individuals who are concerned about any THC showing in drug tests. Full Spectrum CBD is extracted from the hemp plant in addition to all of its naturally occurring cannabinoid counterparts, including THC. Depending on what your needs are and the legality of THC in your states, a full spectrum CBD product may not be best for you. In this case, a product made with CBD isolate may be your best choice. 

Why Buy ZuRI

ZuRI products will never contain more than the federally legal limit of 0.3 percent THC.  We take pride in sourcing USA grown, hemp-derived CBD, using only the highest quality ingredients, and manufacturing all products in our very own manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Ohio. ZuRI third-party lab tests not only at the product level, but our raw ingredients as well. These lab results are always available here. Our product assortment is quite the array. With everything from oil tinctures, to ingestible products, to CBD formulated specifically for your pets. We make CBD for everyone, no matter what your lifestyle needs are, with both CBD isolate and Full Spectrum options.