How to Read CBD Labels And What To Look For When Buying

Cannabidiol (CBD) products are one of the fastest-growing segments in the legal cannabis industry.

Walk into any dispensary and you can now find CBD in numerous forms: capsules, tinctures, vapes, and much more. Pretty soon, we can expect to see them on the shelves of pharmacies, thanks to the increasing awareness of this cannabinoid in treating a wide range of conditions from cancer prevention to general well-being.

Here is a useful guide to deciphering CBD labels to eliminate the guesswork involved in finding a product that works best for you.

Storage Information

Like other medications, CBD products should include information on how to best store the product to ensure its quality and potency. Some manufacturers have made their products in such a way that it requires being kept in the refrigerator once opened, while others need to be kept away from light and heat. Check the product’s expiration date as well to make sure you’re always consuming fresh, potent CBD product.

Hemp Oil Content

Most CBD products in the market are derived from hemp, and such products will usually include information on the quantity of hemp oil available in each serving. For example, if a 0.5 gram serving of a product also has 0.5 grams of hemp oil, this means that it hasn’t been diluted or mixed with other ingredients. On the other hand, some CBD product manufacturers mix them with other ingredients which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Just read up on these ingredients before making a purchase.

CBD Content

Of course, the first thing you’ll want to look out for is the CBD content available in every product serving. If it contains some tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the labels will include this information too, so that you’ll have an idea of its potency and/or if it can get you high. CBD and THC information is usually measured in milligrams. For example, a 0.5 gram serving of CBD may have 50mg of CBD. Finding out the ideal daily intake of CBD required for the purpose you’re using it may be best determined by you and your doctor, because varying levels of CBD will have its own assigned health benefits depending on your condition. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about overdosing because it’s virtually impossible. Having said that, getting the right dose is still key so that you know how much product to consume.

Sugars and Sweeteners

There are some CBD products in the market that have been made with sweeteners which are used to improve flavor. Depending on the reason you’re consuming CBD, you may or may not want to ingest products that have sugar or any other form of sweeteners. This is particularly important if you have diabetes, or are trying to lose weight. In this case you’re better off using a pure CBD product even if it doesn’t taste as good.

Storage Information

Like other medications, CBD products should include information on how to best store the product to ensure its quality and potency. Some manufacturers have made their products in such a way that it requires being kept in the refrigerator once opened, while others need to be kept away from light and heat. Check the product’s expiration date as well to make sure you’re always consuming fresh, potent CBD product.

Other Ingredients

CBD products derived from hemp oils generally contain other compounds found in the cannabis plant. The exception would be if you are consuming an isolated CBD product. Keep in mind that the hemp plant has hundreds of other compounds, such as terpenes, which also have their own health benefits.

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