Buyers Guide

CBD’s Rise in Popularity

As regulations on CBD have slowed in recent years, its popularity has risen dramatically. Consumers used to fear that the substance could have negative effects on their health, but more research has shown that it’s quite the opposite. And, people used to believe that CBD had the same psychoactive effects as marijuana. In believing these kinds of lies, so many people have missed out on the great benefits that come with taking CBD oil. CBD oil can offer immense relief to those who have suffered from untreatable, chronic health conditions for years.

Even with CBD oil’s increasing popularity, people still have a lot of questions. Suddenly, a market that used to be largely closed off to the public is open—and people want to know more! If you’re new to CBD, it’s important to become educated about cannabis, the industry, and CBD’s effects, so you can purchase the product that’s right for you.

CBD Oil Fraud

Whenever an industry experiences a sudden increase in demand, more people want to be a part of it. This can be problematic for consumers, especially if they don’t know much about the product. The CBD oil industry is no exception. Sometimes people enter the industry before they know very much about CBD, which can put consumers at risk. Unfortunately, there are also companies that purposefully take advantage of consumers.

Consumer confusion with CBD is common, too. There are so many terms like “full-spectrum” and “isolate” that consumers don’t know or understand. And if a company isn’t willing to explain these terms, customers may end up too confused to make a decision. A lot of customers simply don’t know what they want or need to address their specific concerns.

Because there is so much fraud and confusion in the industry, it’s important to find a company you can trust. You need to know you’re putting your money toward a high-quality, beneficial product with little to no downsides before you spend it.

CBD Versus Marijuana

The most common type of confusion about CBD is whether or not it’s the same thing as marijuana. The short explanation answer to this question is “no”—CBD and marijuana are not the same things.

Here is the long version. All CBD is derived from the cannabis plant. There are two main types of cannabis plants: marijuana and hemp. Marijuana contains a greater amount of THC, which is the psychoactive component that gets you high. Hemp, on the other hand, contains hardly any THC. HemptopiaCBD gets its CBD oil from industrial hemp plants, so you won’t have to worry about getting high when you use them.

You can also find CBD in marijuana, but it is just one component of marijuana. It’s rare to find a CBD oil company in the United States that extracts their CBD oil from marijuana since marijuana is more restricted in this country.

But because hemp CBD oil comes from hemp and not marijuana, you won’t have any problems purchasing or using it in the United States. No matter what state you go to, you’re free to use CBD without legal repercussions.

The Importance of American-Grown Cannabis

Although importing hemp plants and CBD oil used to be very common, there’s no need to do this under the new laws regarding CBD. Yet, some companies insist on still importing their CBD products. HemptopiaCBD only uses domestically-grown hemp. We think this is important because the United States has more rigorous standards for growing hemp. The industry regulations implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture help preserve the reputation of the industry and the quality of the products sold. It may be easier to grow hemp in other countries, but we know that the importance of quality and consumer safety far outweighs the convenience of less regulation.

Safe, Non-Toxic CBD

Frankly, a lot of times when you get CBD oil from another country, you don’t know what you’re getting. Not only can the CBD oil be impure, but it can also be dangerous. Often times in Asian, European, and South American countries, hemp is used as a rotation crop. Farmers plant hemp one year and a different crop the next, then keep going back and forth between the two crops year after year. The problem with this method is that hemp actually has the power to absorb metal from the soil it is planted in. In these foreign countries where CBD oil is not as regulated, it’s easy for this unreliable hemp to hit the market. You might end up purchasing CBD oil that has trace amounts of metal, which is completely unsafe.

Organically-Grown Cannabis

Another advantage of getting American CBD oil includes the fact that the plants aren’t exposed to harmful pesticides. If you adhere to an organic lifestyle, you can still use American CBD oil. It’s derived from healthy cannabis plants that are grown the right way!

Protection from Tampering

Our CBD oil is carefully monitored from harvest to lab and to distribution. When CBD oil from HemptopiaCBD gets on a truck to be delivered, it’s tracked. This way we don’t ever have to worry about our products getting tampered with, and we stay compliant with federal laws.

Environmentally-Friendly Crops

Unregulated hemp farms can also cause major environmental harm in their surrounding areas. Without the kind of regulations that apply to American hemp farmers, these farms cause soil erosion and even problems with water usage. Although all industrial hemp farming will cause some environmental impact, CBD oil that’s been produced in the USA is a much more environmentally-conscious option. 

HempotpiaCBD is proud to follow environmentally conscious practices while growing our hemp for CBD oil. We never use harsh pesticides that have a damaging impact on the environment, and we never practice soil stripping. You can feel good about purchasing our CBD products!

Extraction Method Matters

Quality CBD oil is about more than just the growing process. The extraction method is just as important. Previously, the most common way to extract cannabinoids (like cannabidiol) from cannabis was using ethanol or petroleum. But this was not a very effective means of extraction. This method left about half of the cannabinoids still inside the plant, wasting them. In addition, this method left some solvent in the extracted oil, which could harm the consumer. Thankfully, these are no longer the main methods of extraction. Today, the two primary methods are natural solvent extraction and carbon dioxide extraction.

Natural Solvent Extraction

With natural solvent extraction, you use a natural solvent such as olive oil to remove the CBD oil from a cannabis plant. This is natural and safer than petroleum or ethanol, but you sometimes still end up with residual solvent. This method does not always extract the right amount of CBD.

Carbon Dioxide Extraction

Carbon dioxide is the most effective way to extract CBD oil from cannabis. You’ll get the maximum amount of essential oils but avoid getting the residual solvent. This is the safest way to extract CBD oil, and it gives you the most control over the extraction. HemptopiaCBD knows this is the superior method for extracting CBD oil, which is why it’s the only one we use. We want to give our customers the most high-quality and safe CBD on the market.

Understanding CBD Oil Terminology

If you decide you want to start taking CBD oil you need to decide if you want CBD isolate or full-spectrum CBD. Both types of CBD can be beneficial in different ways. Which one you want will depend on your needs as well as your own personal preferences. Generally, you can get either type of CBD in just about any form possible.

CBD Isolate

With CBD isolate, you are getting just CBD. This is generally thought to be the most beneficial part of the cannabis plant, so some people enjoy the idea of only getting a highly-concentrated dose of it. There is usually a binder to preserve the CBD oil, but that is the only extra component. While some see this as a good thing, other people miss out on the other components of CBD oil that have health benefits of their own. These include amino acids, essential oils, and terpenes.

Although full-spectrum CBD cannot get you high, it still contains a very small amount of THC. If you’d feel more comfortable taking something without THC, CBD isolate is your best choice. This is the purest form of CBD, void of any taste or color. If you are sensitive to the taste or smell of CBD oil, or if you want to cook with it, CBD isolate is right for you.

Full-Spectrum CBD

Sometimes CBD isolate isn’t enough. If you’re taking CBD for medical purposes, the isolate won’t necessarily give you all the effects that you need. That’s why there’s full-spectrum CBD! With this type of CBD, you get the parts of the cannabis plant that you’re missing with CBD isolate, including terpenes, amino acids, and essential oils. This type of CBD does have some taste and smell, which some people prefer. It’s part of the experience of taking CBD oil. This type of CBD is also more natural. While CBD isolate undergoes an extensive process to become truly isolated, the full-spectrum CBD is closest to the plant itself.

With full-spectrum CBD, you can experience what is known as the entourage effect. This is when the parts of the cannabis plant are more powerful together. They intensify each other, so you can experience the maximum effect. If you’ve been taking CBD isolate and not getting the effects that you want, it might be time to make the switch.

Sometimes finding the CBD oil that’s right for you will require some experimentation, and both forms of CBD oil will be equally effective for some people. You won’t see much of a price difference between these two types of CBD oil. HemptopiaCBD always sells full-spectrum CBD oil, because we believe it is the most beneficial. We want our customers to experience the powerful entourage effect for relief from physical or mental ailments.

Expense Doesn’t Equal Quality

So, after you’ve found a few companies in the hemp industry that you could buy from, you need to decide who you’re going to buy from. There are a variety of ways you can narrow this down. One factor you should not take highly into consideration is price. Remember that just because a CBD oil product is more expensive does not necessarily mean it’s worth your money. You may be able to find something just as effective for a more affordable price.

Every year the FDA discovers products on the market that claim to be rich in CBD but don’t contain any cannabidiol and even more products that lie about how much CBD they contain.

Bear in mind that it’s not just the vendors offering a bargain who are conning customers. Even the more expensive CBD sellers are passing off low-quality products as superior CBD oil.

When it comes to CBD oil, don’t ever take a price and a label at face value. Do your research on the company before making a purchase. Specifically, find out as much as you can about how the company is extracting CBD oil from their plants and their lab practices. It’s also helpful to do the math to find out how many cannabinoids you are actually getting in one serving of CBD oil.

Where to Buy CBD Oil

As regulations have decreased, you can find CBD oil more and more places, including online stores, specialty shops, and even medical dispensaries. Each type of location has its pros and cons.

Buying CBD Oil from a Specialty Shop

If you’re going to a specialty shop, it’s possible that you are purchasing CBD oil that’s already been sitting in the store for months, going bad. Especially with products that have a shorter shelf life (such as CBD vape oil) you may end up getting inferior quality and even expired product. It won’t be as effective and could even be dangerous.

Buying CBD Oil from a Medical Dispensary

You might think that a medical dispensary is your best option for safe, high-quality CBD oil, but that’s not necessarily the case. Most CBD oil from medical dispensaries contains THC. If you’d prefer CBD oil that’s free of psychoactive effects, don’t buy your CBD oil here.

Buying CBD Oil from an Extractor

If you buy CBD oil straight from the extractor, you can have the most information about the company’s extraction process. You’ll be a more informed customer and know exactly what you’re getting. Extractors will have more experience and knowledge of proper methods for storage and extraction. Extractors can expertly maintain quality and deliver consistently fresh products to their customers.

Buying CBD Oil Online

Purchasing CBD oil online is definitely the most convenient way of buying CBD oil. And since most people make their purchases online nowadays, you’ll find a wide variety of CBD oil sellers online. But despite its convenience, there’s also the least amount of accountability for these vendors. You can’t look at the product or talk to the vendor in person if you have questions. You can’t look at any part of their operation, and you may not even get your CBD oil. If you’re going to purchase your CBD oil online, there are a few key red flags you should be on the lookout for.

Offering Free Trials with Paid Shipping

Free trials are tempting, but in the world of CBD oil, they often spell trouble. If you find a company offering you a free trial bottle, don’t immediately request a bottle. If the company still asks you to pay shipping, you’ll still need to give the company your credit card number. They may end up charging you multiple times using your credit card information. Instead, look for companies who go out of their way to make you feel confident in their reputation. If a company is truly offering a free trial, you won’t have to pay for the sipping.

Buying CBD Oil on Social Media

Don’t ever go hunting for CBD oil on social media sites like Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, or other sites. Even if one of your friends claims to be selling CBD oil from a reputable company, purchasing the CBD oil through their direct messages is technically in violation of Facebook’s and Reddit’s Terms of Service. You also don’t know what you’re getting with this kind of product. You may end up getting CBD oil that doesn’t contain cannabidiol.

Claiming CBD As a Cure

CBD oil has numerous benefits and can treat a variety of physical and mental ailments. But that does not make CBD oil a cure. If you see a company that’s claiming CBD can cure a specific illness (or multiple illnesses), it’s best to walk away. The FDA has never proved that CBD oil is a cure for any illness and thus you should be cautious of any company that claims otherwise. If they don’t provide any scientific evidence of their claims, the company is trying to scam you.

Only Positive Reviews

Good reviews are a good sign when you’re looking to invest in any product or service. But too many positive reviews are usually too good to be true. If you’re only seeing five-star glowing reviews, they are probably fake. Instead, see if there are a variety of reviews. You want a high average rating, but if not a single customer has given a lower review, question what’s really happening. Read through many of the reviews to see if they sound authentic or not.

CBD Appearance

Because there are so many scammers out there, it’s important to know what to expect from your CBD before you take it for the first time. You won’t notice much difference between CBD oil capsules and any other capsule. If you look inside a CBD oil capsule, you’ll find a white powder. This powder is a combination of CBD oil and MCT oil which is derived from coconuts. The powder is semi-moist, semi-dry. You won’t be able to taste or smell the powder. If you have a transparent CBD oil capsule, the liquid should either be clear or slightly yellow.  When selecting any capsule, read the ingredients. You shouldn’t find anything besides cannabis and a natural binder.

CBD Oil for Pets

CBD is not only great for people—it can benefit your pets. If you have a pet, you know that awful feeling of seeing them in pain and not knowing how to help. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world for pet owners. CBD oil could be the answer you’ve been looking for your furry friends. If your pets are dealing with pain, health problems, sleep trouble, or just the struggles that typically come with aging, CBD oil can help. Dogs and cats can both benefit from CBD oil.

It’s easy to give your pets CBD oil. Just add a few drops to their food or add it to their treat. Always be sure to follow the oil’s instructions, and remember that effective dosage may vary depending on your pet and their specific needs. More research still needs to be done on the benefits (and possible side-effects) of pets taking CBD oil. But given the current research, CBD oil is safe and effective for your furry friends.

Finding the Right Dose

Remember that with any treatment—whether it’s natural or a prescription medicine—what’s right for one person may not be right for another. Because of this, it’s important to realize that CBD may not be best for you personally. The two most important factors to consider when taking CBD oil are your size and your symptoms. People taking CBD oil for different reasons may require different CBD oil doses to experience relief. Varying degrees of symptoms may also impact how much CBD oil you should take.

Usually, CBD oil will instruct you to take either one full tincture or two CBD oil capsules. You should usually start by taking the recommended dosage on the label unless you have reason to believe it won’t work for you. Continue to take a dosage for two weeks before switching, whether that’s an increase or decrease.

Decreasing Your Dose

If you think the dosage you’re taking is too powerful, slowly decrease until you find one that works. This is easy if you’re using a tincture. Just gradually take a smaller dosage. If you started out taking a full tincture, take a slightly less full dosage. Keep decreasing a little until you’re satisfied with your results. This is a little trickier to do with capsules. If you start out taking two capsules, just take one. If you find that’s still too strong for you, you might want to try a tincture where you have more control over your dosage.

Increasing Your Dose

On the other hand, you may think the recommended dosage isn’t enough for you. Always start by taking the recommended dosage for two weeks. If you’re still experiencing symptoms, slowly increase. It’s important to do this gradually. Although no one has ever overdosed on CBD, larger doses are not always the most effective. So, don’t assume that taking the biggest dose possible will alleviate symptoms. Read the labels, do your research, and always exercise caution.

Did we answer all your questions about CBD oil? If not, just give HemptopiaCBD a call! We know that there’s a lot of information about CBD oil out there, and we want to help you make the decision that’s right for your health.