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Where to Buy CBD Oil: In-Store vs Online

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CBDfx Staff

Okay, so you’ve done a little research, but you’re still trying to figure out where to buy CBD oil.

By now, you’ve likely seen a thousand advertisements for tinctures, gummies, and vape oils all over the internet. You may have also seen CBD from the in-store checkout line, too. 

But which is going to be the right fit? In the following guide, we’ll break down how to go about finding and buying the best CBD out there. 

Where to Buy CBD Oil: In-Store or Online? 

For the first time ever, CBD products can be found in the personal care aisle of stores like Whole Foods and CVS.

Each method of purchasing cannabidiol has its pros and cons. It all depends on what you’re looking for, if you’ve tried CBD before, or if you’re trying it out for the first time. 

The In-Store Advantage

A cart moving down an aisleIn the case you’re looking for a topical productlotions, joint creams, or face masks—these are really easy to find in stores across most American cities. If you haven’t tried CBD in a topical form yet, try searching for it next time you’re in-store.

You’ll be able to determine if the consistency and scent are up to your standards and compare and contrast prices really easily. It’s also a great way to start looking into what ingredients you want. 

A good massage oil will have ingredients that protect and nourish your skin, like sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and jojoba oil. Because when it comes to good topicals, it’s not all about the CBD. Make sure you get yourself something you’ll love to use every day. 

The Online Advantage

Buying CBD online can cause a bit of information overload. But what you give up in in-store simplicity is rewarded in the range of products you have access to. 

Do you want a vape oil that tastes like your favorite dessert?

You can find it.

Have you wondered how a few drops of a full-spectrum 500mg CBD oil is going to pair with your favorite vape fluid? 

You can find out with a stroke of your fingertips and a little skillful selection. With all those options comes a great responsibility to know what you’re putting in your body. 

Another advantage of shopping online is that it improves the likelihood that you’ll find some really good deals. Most companies will have sales throughout the year, and you need to order from them directly to take advantage. 

How to Discern Quality

A crop fieldThis, believe it or not, is the fun part once you’ve made sure the company is legit. When you’re looking at CBD brands, the first thing you want to confirm is that their products are lab tested. 

On a basic level, this is to determine that there aren’t any pesticides or heavy metals in the hemp extract. It’s also a good resource for how much of each cannabinoid is present. 

These tests should be available on a company’s website, and should always be conducted by a third-party. Transparency is the first step in assuring quality. 

Where’s it Grown?

Next, let’s dig into the plant itself. No matter what CBD oil you end up buying, its quality is determined by the quality of the plant it came from. 

As you may already know, the viability of CBD in your system has more to it than just our good friend cannabidiol. Hemp oil is chalked full of terpenes, cannabinoids, essential minerals, and fatty acids. If a company is skimping on their plant matter, it’s going to limit the quality of your “entourage effect”. 

So, make sure whatever brand you’re looking into uses non-GMO, organic hemp. At CBDfx, ours is grown right under the sun, and under strict guidelines in Kentucky. Banking on hemp grown internationally can be tricky because in most cases, the governing regulations on quality are much lower than in the U.S.

How’s it Processed? 

The extraction process matters, too. A lot of brands will use solvents, like butane, to separate CBD oil from the hemp plant matter, but this can leave small traces of the chemical in the extract. 

Instead, look for brands that use a CO2-extraction process. It’s a little pricier than other methods, given all the heavy equipment it takes to make it work, but in exchange, you’ll get the cleanest, tastiest hemp oil in the industry.

How Much Should I Pay? 

A man with five dollarsAs with any product, there are going to be those companies built around offering bottom-of-the-barrel prices. But we’re willing to bet that the cheapest CBD you can find online is going to come from websites that are shaky about their info. 

We’ve found that a great way of determining the best online CBD oil prices is by calculating the price per milligram. You can do this pretty easily by finding the product that looks best to you, and checking out how much CBD it contains. 

Take this 1000mg tincture for an example. It’s on sale for $64.99, but let’s just say for the sake of even numbers it’s $70. Put the price over the mg, and you get $.07 per mg. If you were to go up one level in potency, to our 1500mg offering, that goes for $85. Divide the cost here by 1500, and you get a price per milligram of around $.05.

Now that you’ve got that base price worked out, you can see that our gel caps, which contain 750mg of CBD, will cost you $.08/mg. Whereas a product like our CBD Gummies for Sleep, which we’ve crafted with melatonin and magnesium is going to cost $.16/mg.  

With some companies, though, you’ll see prices as low as $.02/mg, and while we’re not about to judge anybody’s pricing decisions, we really think it’s worth banking on a reliable company. CBD oil lowest prices don’t mean the best bang for your buck.

What if it Doesn’t Work? 

Everyone’s body is different. The way CBD works with you is going to depend on metabolism and body chemistry, and the bioavailability of your chosen product. You should feel a calm clarity ebb into your mind. 

Remember, CBD isn’t a drug. You’re not going to feel intoxicated. The effects of CBD have as much to do with what you don’t feel as what you do. 

Also, be sure to give it time. Cannabidiol works best off what’s called a cumulative effect. When you first start taking CBD, it’s going to build up in your system, stimulating your body’s natural endocannabinoid system. 

With steady use, you’ll start to notice a deeper shift. A solid way to measure this is to keep track of it in a journal. When you’re first starting out, describe the way you feel in a general sense. Be as detailed as possible. Over the following weeks, check in with yourself, and compare it with your old entries. 

Final Answer? 

At the end of the day, where you choose to buy your CBD oil should feel natural. The compound and the products it’s used to craft are made to increase your overall wellness, not stress you out. 

Once you’ve taken a look around the marketplace, and done a little research on the brands that look best to you, have some fun.

We here at CBDfx are here with you for the long haul.

If you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

DID YOU KNOW?

The entourage effect is the cumulative effect of all of hemp's major and minor cannabinoids producing a plethora of beneficial effects in harmony.

DID YOU KNOW?

You should always check the production and testing process of any CBD oil you use.

 

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