CBD oil has quickly built a reputation for being of medicinal use, with qualities suitable for being considered a pain relieving, anxiety-reducing, and generally therapeutic substance.
Not all CBD oil is made equal, however, with different strains of cannabis, growing environments, extraction methods, and cannabinoid makeup leading to variations in quality, strength, and effects.
Here’s a short CBD oil buying guide which addresses some of the most important things we think are necessary to consider when you’re trying to decide which CBD oil to use.
CBD, not THC
Make sure that the CBD oil you’re buying has the right cannabinoid content.
There are 8 major cannabinoid acids produced by cannabis and over a hundred lesser understood ones in total. The two most commonly associated cannabinoids with cannabis are CBD and THC.
CBD is the cannabinoid that has the beneficial health properties and is what you want to be taking for medicinal purposes. Isolated it has different health benefits to when it is working in synthesis with other cannabinoids, each with its own medicinal properties.
CBD oil that also contains the full range of cannabinoids, such as CBG and CBN, is known as full spectrum CBD oil, and most CBD oil producers will champion its qualities. However, full spectrum CBD oil does contain trace amount of THC, up to 0.3% content.
THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gets you high. Ensuring that your CBD oil contains no traces of THC will allow you to take it without fear of not being fit to drive, failing drug tests, or suffering unwanted side effects
The strength of the CBD oil that you’re buying is another key element to consider. What strength you need depends on what you’re using it for, with some applications requiring a higher CBD content.
Generally, CBD oils will come with percentages of CBD content, ranging from 3% oils to 12%.
What strength you need will also depend on several personal factors, such as your weight, height, and internal biochemistry, in a similar way to how alcohol tolerances can vary based on physical makeup.
We’d recommend starting off with small dosages if you’re not consulting a clinician. If you are, they’ll be able to recommend the correct dosage for what you are trying to achieve.
There are several methods of extraction for CBD from cannabis, with different processes that can result in products of varying quality.
The extraction method used to obtain the highest quality product is called CO2 extraction, which uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and combined with low temperatures to isolate, preserve and maintain the quality of the oil.
The low-quality methods of extraction can involve solvents and we’d recommend steering clear from products that use these cheaper extraction methods, as the processes can leave behind contaminants such as chlorophyll.
At Canavape, we sell CBD e liquids with no traces of THC, with a range of strength options. Browse our full range of CBD E Liquids today or get in touch with us for more information.