With so many cannabidiol (CBD) products on the market, you’re likely asking not only “Who do I purchase CBD from?” but also “In what form do I take CBD?” Whether you’re considering a tincture, an edible, a hemp extract concentrate, or another form, each method of consuming CBD has unique characteristics. Depending on your reasons for taking CBD and your familiarity with it, certain products may best fit your needs over others.
If you are looking to consume CBD in its purest, most potent form, you’ll want to consider a concentrate. Concentrates contain CBD-rich oil extracted directly from the hemp plant, with no additives.
If you’ve purchased products made with cannabidiol (CBD), you may have seen the phrase “Certificate of Analysis.” It is very important to look for this term when purchasing CBD. Today, we’ll tell you why.
The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill in December was a positive step forward for hemp and products made with CBD in the U.S. However, the CBD market remains a wild west of products, as CBD supplements are not yet regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
As of this posting, just one medication containing CBD has been approved for medical use by the FDA: Epidiolex, a prescription medication used for the treatment of seizures caused by severe forms of epilepsy. Now that hemp is legal across the nation and more research is being conducted on the use of CBD to treat medical conditions, it’s likely that additional CBD-based medications will begin to be tested and approved.
You may notice that some of the CBD products on our site contain terpenes. But what exactly is a terpene?
Terpenes are essential oils found in several plants (and some insects.) A terpene is made up of organic hydrocarbons, which affect the scent given off by a plant. These aromatic compounds were developed by plants both to attract helpful pollinators and as a defense mechanism to ward off animals who might eat them.
Plants in the cannabis family, of which hemp is a member, are known for their wide range of aromas—over 100 different terpenes have been identified in cannabis plants. Terpenes are what allow these plants to have such unique scents.