With literally thousands of CBD products options now available, how does a consumer go about safely buying CBD topicals, either online or in-person? Expanding upon a “step-by-step” guide written by Lisa L. Gill for Consumer Reports, we focus on creating a safe strategy for purchasing CBD topicals.
Safely Buy CBD Topicals
In a world filled with artificial products, a major appeal of CBD-based products is the all-natural composition. However, with literally thousands of CBD products options now available, how does a consumer go about safely buying CBD topicals, either online or in-person?
Is CBD Legal?
Generally speaking, CBD is legal, provided it is derived from hemp and not from marijuana. The key difference is the THC content, hemp contains very low concentrations of THC (0.3% or less), and marijuana contains much higher concentrations (between 15% to 40%).
Yes, CBD is legal, however, it technically must come from hemp, and not marijuana. The FDA considers hemp oil and its derivatives, such as CBD, to be dietary supplements because they are made from industrial grade hemp plants, which is not to be confused with the medicine classification. Inside the United States, you can legally buy and consume CBD in any State of the Union, without the need for a medical prescription.
However, it is important to check your local laws, because there may be CBD specific prohibitions.
For more information on CBD, check out “CBD 101: Basic Cannabidiol Education“.
CBD topicals are cannabis-infused balms, salves, lotions, and oils that you massage directly onto your skin.
[They] are infused with hemp oil rich in CBD (cannabidiol), a natural, non-psychoactive compound extracted from the seeds, stalks, and flowers of cannabis plants that helps keep your functions in balance and your performance at its best.
These active compounds of the CBD oil are absorbed through your skin, where they can interact with nearby receptors without ever reaching the bloodstream.
CBD hemp oil topicals also contain an array of other essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids, to encourage health so you can function every day at your peak.
Like all CBD hemp oil products, CBD topicals are non-psychoactive, so you can take advantage of CBD’s balancing properties without concern that you’ll get high.
Safely Buy CBD Topicals In 7 Steps
The following “step-by-step” guide was based on work by Lisa L. Gill for Consumer Reports; it’s a great starting point for our purposes.
- Decide Why You Want to Use CBD, and in What Form
- Consider How Much THC the Product Contains
- Know Where Your Hemp Was Grown
- Ask for Test Results
- Look for Products That List the CBD Amount
- Know What Other Terms on the Label May Mean
- Avoid Products That Make Sweeping Health Claims
The 7 Steps
Let’s break down each step and apply the logic for CBD topicals.
Step 1 – Decide Why You Want To Use CBD, And In What Form … CBD Topicals
As indicated by the title of this article, we will be focusing on CBD topicals. CBD topicals are a great way to directly apply the compound to your afflicted areas, regardless of condition. You can also easily control the amount applied and re-apply as needed to guarantee continuous relief.
Step 2 – Consider How Much THC the Product Contains, 0% Is Ideal
While you may live in a state that has decriminalized medical marijuana, the substance is still illegal federally. Due to this fact, we recommend only using products that contain 0% THC. Another added benefit, you’ll never have to worry about potential false positives on employment drug screens.
Step 3 – Know Where Your Hemp Was Grown
When it comes to hemp, where it comes from matters. Hemp is a bio-accumulator, meaning the plant naturally draws potentially harmful toxins from the soil. Always make sure your hemp comes from a legal, all-natural source, and is free from harmful pesticides.
CBD can be tested. Just how much CBD is in the product you are using? How pure is it? Did you know? Today’s technology limits the purity of full-spectrum CBD to about 60%, while CBD isolate, like the one used in TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, can test up to 99% pure. Look for test results.
Step 4 – Ask for Test Results
If you aren’t familiar with your product’s COA, or certificate of analysis, now is the time to make yourself so. This document shows how a given product performed on tests checking for CBD and THC levels, as well as the presence of contaminants.
Did you know? For products made with CBD from hemp, even Colorado doesn’t require testing of the finished product. So any COA for those final products comes from testing the company arranged on its own.
Step 5 – Look for Products That List the CBD Amount
With CBD being all the rage these days, it shouldn’t be surprising that some less savory marketers are trying to take advantage of the temporary market confusion. Some products, that don’t even contain CBD, market themselves as “whole plant” or “full spectrum” hemp products. They will sometimes state they are rich in other compounds from the plant, such as various fatty acids. While it is possible that those other compounds can provide additional health benefits, that’s still uncertain. When in doubt, check the COA, so you can verify CBD content, and possibly even steer clear of the product altogether.
Step 6 – Know What Other Terms on the Label May Mean
The CBD space comes with its own lexicon of terms. Terms used to describe CBD extraction methods, and CBD source. It’s important to know what the terms on your CBD product label mean, so you can properly understand it. Generally speaking, when it comes to extraction, we prefer to avoid solvents, and when it comes to CBD source, we prefer non-GMO, organic hemp from Switzerland.
Step 7 – Avoid Products That Make Sweeping Health Claims
CBD is amazing, and it has a number of well documented therapeutic uses which include being a powerful anti-epileptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseate, sleep aid, muscle relaxant, sedative and anti-proliferative. However, CBD is not a magical cure-all. Be wary of any company that markets their CBD product with sweeping and unrealistic health claims.
At TheraJoy, we are proudly a market leader in topical CBD products. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed.
Always consult your doctor or physician before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not medical advice; it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.