March 12

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How To Choose A Quality CBD Oil In Canada

With the thousands of CBD products available on the Canadian market, it can be difficult to determine which ones are good and which ones are not. Luckily, we've got some tips for you on how to choose a quality CBD oil and ensure you're getting a great product every time.

Whether you're looking to treat anxiety, chronic pain, skin issues like eczema, or want to try CBD oil to help you sleep better, follow these tips, and you'll be set.

Choose a great CBD company

This is number one on the list. You can't choose a quality CBD oil without first researching the company that it is coming from. With the many CBD shops that have popped up online in recent years, it is important to distinguish the ones that have your best interest at heart from the ones that are just trying to make a quick buck.

All companies that you are potentially looking to buy from should meet the following criteria.

Third-party testing and lab reports

This is the most important part of choosing a great CBD company. The company should have COA's (certificate of analysis) for every CBD product they have on-site. Why is this so important? This report details everything about the product - from the cannabinoid content, THC content, any terpenes, etc. It also shows whether there are any toxins, heavy metals, pesticides, or any other harmful chemicals detected.

When hemp is grown (which is where your CBD is coming from), it sucks up anything in the soil, air, and water around it. If hemp is grown using harmful pesticides and chemicals, it will show up on the report.

Always choose a company that has these reports readily available for you to view, and ensure that they are being completed by a third party laboratory, and not by the company itself.

Organically grown hemp

This ties into the first rule. As with anything you're putting into your body, fruits, vegetables, etc., the same thing applies to your CBD oil. Companies that source their hemp from farms that use organic growing methods ensure that they aren't grown with any pesticides.

All legitimate CBD companies in Canada recognize this and only source their hemp from farms that follow 100% organic growing and manufacturing methods.

Customer service

The customer journey doesn't end once you've purchased your oil. What happens if the bottle arrives damaged, or you receive it and find out you really don't know a thing about how to take it properly.

Any great Canadian CBD company will have great customer service, either by offering an instant chat service on their site or by quickly responding to emails.

So how do you know if a company has good customer service? Reach out to them before you buy, and ask a few questions. The length of time it takes and the response you get will give you a good idea of what the service will be like in the future if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Read reviews

Nowadays, in the age that we live in, you can hop online and get a ton of information on just about everything there is available to buy. It is no different with CBD. Make sure you are looking up the company and products and reading the reviews online.

If you can't find much about them, there are no reviews, or every single review is a 5 star? These are all red flags. Even the best company out there is not going to be able to please everyone, so it's important to be reading the negative reviews and the positive. And if all you can find are glowing reviews, it may be a sign that these are paid or bought reviews.

Now that you know what to look for in a company, here's what you should be looking for in quality CBD oil in Canada.

How to choose a quality CBD oil in Canada

CBD oils in Canada come in all sorts of different concentrations, with some of them having many ingredients and others just sticking to the basics. Pay attention to what is in your oil, as some companies may add things that you may not necessarily want to be taking.

Identify the carrier oil

All CBD "oils" come with a carrier oil. This is the base oil that the CBD extract is dissolved into to distribute the CBD and make it easier to dose.

While many different kinds of oil can be used as carriers, each one has different qualities and can affect your CBD oil's bioavailability. The bioavailability rate is the rate that your body absorbs and uses the CBD that you ingest. The higher the rate, the more effective the CBD will be.

By far, one of the best carrier oils for CBD is MCT oil. MCT oil is sourced primarily from coconuts and has been shown to increase the bioavailability rate of CBD. Another perk to this carrier is that it is essentially odourless and tasteless, making it the perfect canvas for companies to build their CBD oils and taste and scent profiles.

Another good option, though not quite as good as MCT, is hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing the hemp plant's seeds and does not contain any CBD by itself. A lot of people like to go with hemp seed oil as a carrier is to stay as close to the whole plant as possible.

Still, like Mellow, other companies like to use a blend of both of these carriers, essentially giving you the best of both worlds.

Read the label

Ideally, your CBD oil should contain CBD extract, the carrier oil used, and any flavourings that have been added. You don't want to see many words you can't pronounce and other added chemicals and preservatives.

Your CBD oil will last a minimum of 6 months, up to 2 years, if stored correctly (away from heat, light, and excess moisture). This makes preservatives unnecessary, same with any other chemicals.

All legit CBD oils should be properly labelled and include the CBD content, mg amount, and instructions for use.

Get the proper concentration

CBD oils in Canada can come in amounts anywhere from 250mg to a whopping 5000mg. You want to choose an oil that is properly-suited to your personal needs.

Keep in mind that the higher concentration you go with, the less actual product you will need to take, as the oil will contain a higher amount of CBD per drop.

Look for the amount of THC in the oil

This amount will be in the product's COA. Full Spectrum CBD oil will generally contain 0.3% THC, while Broad Spectrum CBD oil will have the THC removed so that it is ND (non-detectable) on a drug test. CBD Isolate is just CBD and nothing else.

Because marijuana is legal here in Canada, many companies offer THC-infused CBD oils, so it's important to see this information before buying. Generally, in this case, though, the label will clue you into whether or not it has a higher THC count.

Cost of product

Don't feel bad for shopping around and trying to find a better price; this is completely normal. Just be aware that some shady companies offer oils for far below market value in the attempts to make money off of a product that often turns out to contain no CBD at all.

Comparing a wide variety of CBD companies here in Canada will give you a good idea of the normal price range. Another thing to consider is that the higher mg amount you purchase generally will drop the price per mg. Example - 500mg of CBD at $59.99 vs 1000mg of CBD at $89.99. You're obviously getting a better deal by buying the 1000mg bottle.

You can also save money by shopping online, as some companies offer exclusive discounts available only to online shoppers. A quick search online for discount codes and through reviews can net you some big savings.

Final thoughts on choosing a quality CBD oil

Choosing a great CBD oil in Canada doesn't have to be difficult, but you need to be prepared to do your research beforehand. Like anything that you decide to put in your body, your CBD oil choice is an important one.

Take your time, compare different companies, and don't be afraid to switch things up if the oil you are currently taking doesn't seem to be working.

For a look at some great CBD oils here in Canada and other CBD products, check out our CBD products page.



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