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4 Tips for Buying the Right Cannabis Oil

Whether you’re someone who’s looking to reap the health benefits of medical marijuana in a much safer way than filling your lungs with smoke, or simply a novice enthusiast looking to dip your toe into the recreational enjoyment of cannabis, then using cannabis oil may be for you. Not only is cannabis oil a healthier and safer way to introduce the herb into your system, but it’s also easier, more affordable, and more socially-accepted.

But before you go out and buy the first batch of cannabis oil you see, there’s an issue you need to get straight right off the bat – specifically, how to buy not only the right kind of cannabis oil for you, but also the safest. This article is all about helping you do just that.

First, check the product label. Just like with anything that you buy for consumption – cannabis oil, food, medicine, or otherwise – check the label first. Here are some of the details you should take note of:

  • Manufacturer/Distributor: This tells you who’s manufacturing the oil and who is distributing it. Simple enough. Google these companies and see what other people are saying about them. What do the product reviews say? Are they trustworthy and reliable? Depending on what turns up, you can go ahead with your purchase or look for something else.
  • CBD:THC ratio: This tells you just how potent the psychotropic or the ‘high’ from the oil will be. In a nutshell, the higher the CBD is compared to THC, the mellower the resulting high will be. Medicinal cannabis oil formulated for neurological issues may have a 20:1 ratio, while oils formulated for cancers and severe pain may have a 1:1 ratio. If you just want cannabis oil that will relax you and not give you a high, go for CBD oil or those that have a 1:0 CBD to THC ratio.
  • Other ingredients: Depending on the formulation and how it was manufactured or extracted, the cannabis oil may contain other cannabinoids as well as plant compounds. The terpenes in the oil can affect anything from how it smells and how it tastes to what kind of medicinal effect the oil has.
  • Solvent used: This may or may not show up on labels, but it’s good to ask the seller or company anyway. Solvents are basically oil-based fats that are used to extract cannabis oil from the cannabis plant material. For cannabis cooking oil, the best solvent is grapeseed oil.
  • Trim quality: Again, this is not something that may be printed on the label, but if you’re buying from a trusted source they might have trims on-site that you can check for cleanliness and quality. Ask about the grower and check their online reputation to see if they’re legitimate and trustworthy. If the source isn’t clean and checked out, there’s no reason the oil will be.

Second, always request third party lab results. Before purchasing any cannabis oil, customers should always request for third party lab test results of the product itself. This step is to check for potency, the presence of pesticides, residual solvents, mycotoxins, etc. Any legitimate cannabis company would be happy and quick to supply these at no personal cost to you, the potential buyer. Should this not be the case, consider it as a sign that the product they’re selling is most likely not as advertised.

Third, ask for help and advice as much as you need to. When in doubt, consult trusted friends and experts about the cannabis oil you’re looking to buy. Search for online reviews coming from legitimate and verified users and watch out for paid shills and sponsored hype-pieces masquerading as reviews. Listen to word of mouth, but make sure to do your own research, too. Popular brands can also screw up their quality control from time to time, and that’s from all over – not just cannabis oil producers.

Fourth, listen to your common sense. If a product seems too good to be true – i.e. being marketed as premium quality but is much too cheap, or touts so many health benefits that it may as well cure every ailment there is known to man – then there’s a pretty good chance that it is. Fakes and knockoffs of anything under the sun do exist, including cannabis oil, so don’t let yourself be fooled into buying some. Remember, it’s your body you’ll be putting the product into, so avoid compromises when it comes to product quality.

Just like your own food, you want your cannabis oil to be safe for consumption, of excellent quality, and worth every penny. Remember these tips and enact them as much as you can to avoid the hassle and headaches a bad purchase will inevitably give you.

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