CBD Buying Guide

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While shopping around for CBD-rich hemp oil supplements, you will likely notice a discrepancy in pricing between products that appear to be pretty much the same thing. This guide will discuss the differences among various types of products and clearly lay out your options, including the generic things to look for.

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About CBD

Before jumping into what to look for, let’s briefly take a look at our subject, CBD. While education on the compound is growing, many people still hold misconceptions about CBD. You already know about marijuana, but you may not know that the reason it gives users a high is due to the levels of the component THC. Cannabis plants can be grown for all different strengths of THC and CBD and therefore cause different effects.

CBD is completely and utterly different from THC. It does not cause a high, and it does not make you paranoid.

We’ve seen huge outbursts in research on CBD for various properties. While more research is needed to verify those claims, CBD has shown great potential with no serious side effects. If one were to consume a very large amount, they would likely just desire a good night’s sleep or feel some slight stomach discomfort (it is an oil, after all).

Our team at MichiganHerbalRemedies.com has been blogging about new research in the CBD world to bring you even more information, intended to keep you informed on CBD’s potential. We hope to bring you clear, professional information to make it easy to understand anything you want to know. If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered, we encourage you to send it to the email address provided at the end of this guide.

What To Look For In CBD Products

Concentration of CBD

The amount of CBD in a product may range from 3mg to 2,000mg+. These are food supplements, so there is no set serving size that’s guaranteed to be optimal for everyone. A mix of research and trail/error is a necessary part of finding the right amount for your individual needs.

Additionally, compare the CBD amount to the total volume of product. For instance, you may see two vape oils with 50mg of CBD; one is in a 10ml bottle and the other a 5ml bottle. The 5ml bottle won’t last as long as the 10ml, however each puff off your vaporizer will have more CBD than it would with the 10ml, because it’s twice as concentrated. Also consider, a 5ml with 50mg of CBD is the same exact concentration by volume as a 10ml with 100mg of CBD.

Method of intake

If you’re going to invest in a CBD supplement, make sure you understand how to take the product and if that method is right for you. While topicals may be worth trying for certain visible skin issues, they may not be right for assisting something sub-dermal. Below you’ll see information about several types of supplements.

Other ingredients (i.e. terpenes)

CBD may not be the only important thing to look for in your supplement. Although CBD is a hot topic right now, research suggests it me be more beneficial with the so called “entourage effect” when mixed with terpenes. Terpenes are organic hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants. However understudied, researchers have recently suggested that they may be beneficial for a healthy lifestyle. Terpenes are responsible for the varying, unique smells experienced with cannabis. The most common terpenes include limonene, myrcene, alpha-pinene, linalool, among others.

Don’t give up if one thing doesn’t work

If a product doesn’t seem to work for you, consider trying a higher concentration in another form. If you bought something without terpenes, try one that does have them (or if vaping, add your own). With a growing market, unfortunately and inevitably comes the snake oil. As a constant tester of new products, we’re frustrated by the amount of incorrectly labeled products. If you’re set on investing in any CBD product for overall wellness and consistent usage, you may consider having a small sample tested by a local cannabis testing lab.

Product Categories

Now let’s look at a few of the common types of CBD hemp oil supplements. These are listed in order from the lowest CBD strength to the highest according to the max strengths of each category available in our store

Hemp Oil Topicals
10mg ~ 50mg CBD Lotion

There are several CBD-infused topicals available on the market such as salves, lotions, sunscreen, lipbalm, and others. You can also find hemp based shampoos and conditioners.

Popular brands: Fay Farm, Hempotion, +CBD Oil, Hemp-EaZe
See all of our CBD topicals here.

CBD Vape Oils
50mg ~ 300mg

Alternate vape strawberry cbd vape oilVaping is a great way to supplement CBD and, unlike most other options, tastes fantastic. There’s still research that needs to be done surrounding vaporizing, but studies show it to be safer than smoking. In our lab, we make vape oil ranging from 50mg to 300mg of CBD. They are tobacco free (yes, even the tobacco flavored ones) and virtually THC free. It may be worth trying one with a proprietary blend of terpenes in addition to the CBD.

These vape oil, of course, require a vaporizer. They work with most 510, wickless vaporizers. There are a few options available in our store. The best quality vaporizers include the Aspire Sub Ohm, G1, and Green Solutions Vaporizer, while the BUD Touch is more of a starter (the tank is normally used only once or twice before needing a new one). If you don’t already have a vaporizer, you can get discounted vape oil by buying one in a kit.
Popular brands: Tasty Vape, Alternate Vape, Entourage
View all CBD vape products here.


Hemp Oil Drops / Tincture

150mg ~ 30mg CBD

Hemp oil drops, such as Tasty Drops, are dietary supplements in a liquid form. This type of product will come in a sub-lingual tincture. In layman’s term, that just means a glass bottle with contents meant explicitly for oral use. This oil is placed under the tongue (hence the “sub-lingual” part), held in the mouth for a certain period of time, and then swallowed. During your shopping experience, you’ll notice sometimes these will come in a bottle with a dropper top, and other times with a sprayer top. The spray tops are considered quicker, and the dropper more accurate. Neither is necessarily better than the other, this is purely personal preference.

Hemp oil drops are great for those who do not wish to smoke or vape. While there are more potent forms of hemp oil supplements (see “Hemp Oil Tubes” below), those are not flavored like the drops are. While there will always be a slight hempy taste in all products, with the exception of some vapes, the drops are normally available in an assortment of flavors. Personally, we believe cinnamon and peppermint flavors do the best at masking that earthy tone.

Popular brands: Tasty Drops, +CBD Oil, US Hemp Wholesale, Hempotion, Endoca
View all hemp oil tinctures here.


Hemp Oil Tubes (Oral Syringes)

12% ~ 30% (120mg-300mg per gram)

The highest concentrations of CBD in hemp supplements are normally found in tubes, or oral syringes. It comes in either a paste or gel substance and ranges in color from black to bright orange. Just like the drops, this type of supplement goes under the tongue, where it’s suggest you hold it for 60-90 seconds before swallowing to let the oil absorb into your body. Because this type of supplement is so strong, you can take just a small amount instead of several dropper fulls from a liquid tincture. As with any hemp oil food supplement, serving size is completely up to you based off experimentation, recommendations from your doctor and what you’ve learned through your own research.

Popular brands: +CBD Oil/US Hemp Wholesale
See all hemp oil tubes/oral syringes here.

Thank You For Reading!

Thank you for taking the time to read our Buy CBD guide; we hope it’s proven useful in bettering your understanding of the various hemp products on the market. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling or emailing support@michiganherbalremedies.com to quickly reach one of our dedicated staff members. Likewise, if you buy any of our products and would like to share your experience with us, we’d love it hear from you. All of your feedback is taken into consideration when developing new products in our Michigan lab.