A Simple Guide to Buying CBD Online

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A Simple Guide to Buying CBD Online

20 July 2020

Useful Tips and Terms Edition
When you’re looking to buy CBD online you certainly have freedom of choice at your fingertips. With so many different and constantly evolving infusions, you’re bound to discover just the right CBD product for you. But sometimes, when options abound, one can easily become a bit overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve developed this simple to use guide for buying CBD Oil in UK. With guidelines clearly defined and burning curiosities finally answered, we’re confident you’ll have the tools you need to make the best decision and purchase to suit your needs.

Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?
Before you can go buying CBD Oil, you must first know where to look. The best and most abundant place as far as options go, is the internet. And who can be surprised, really? Although retail giants like Amazon don’t technically permit the sale CBD products, you can still find them guised by others names to meet compliancy standards. Because Hemp is a term that is broadly used, it often replaces CBD on product labels. While this adds to existing confusion in regard to terminology, it allows for reputable CBD companies to make use of the most dominant marketplaces online. Which you and I, in turn, are more likely to use.

Alternatively, you can buy from suppliers like Elixinol directly.

Depending on the level of legal scrutiny in your local sector (as this varies depending on local government interest and compliance enforcement), you may or not have the privilege of finding CBD Oil products at places like pharmacies, whole foods retailers or independent shops in your neighbourhood. Which is why the internet offers the best opportunity for reliable, one-stop shopping.

Are CBD Oil and Hemp Oil the same?

And now for some clarification to help you with  your online searches.

CBD Oil is often marketed as Hemp Oil in order to comply with regulatory demands. Hemp Oil should not be confused with Hemp Seed Oil, which is of culinary origin,. Hemp seed oil is made from pressed hemp seeds whereas CBD Oil, aka Hemp Oil, can be extracted utilising different, more complicated techniques. CBD Oil contains the active compound, Cannabidiol (CBD) while Hemp Seed oil is void of it, lacking the crucial components which lie in the remaining parts of the plant.

 

What is the Acceptable Legal Content of THC in CBD Products?
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is a cannabinoid, one of 113 including cannabidiol (CBD), found in the Cannabis Plant.  Cannabis is also referred to as Hemp, especially when viewed from self-care or industrial application. It is specifically from Cannabis Sativa that CBD is obtained. Products containing CBD do, in fact, contain negligible amounts of THC, however when we say negligible, we mean < 0.2% so nothing worth the worry. Any CBD product containing <0.2% THC complies with nearly all European standards with Austria and Luxembourg more leniently delivering a legal compliance level of <0.3% THC and the UK stringently upholding a legal THC limit of 0.01%.

Quality Assurance to Look For
Though your choices are broad, not all products containing CBD are created equally. If you want to be sure the product you’re choosing is of high standard, then there are certain key pieces of information you should look for.


Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Extract

Any advertised combination of these terms mean you’ve found a product worth keeping. CBD or Hemp Extract contains full spectrum benefits including a rich compilation of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. These naturally occurring phytonutrients are extracted along with the CBD and then transferred to you, allowing you to reap the benefits of their synergistic combination. The inherent cooperation of CBD and phytonutrient compounds can be demonstrated by Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Extract only.


MCT Oil, MCT Coconut Oil

If you’re in the market for a quality CBD Tincture, it’s critical to find one which utilises MCT Coconut Oil. MCT Oil is most often derived from Coconut Oil so some brands might not specify its origin. Its a super oil that improves CBD absorption, delivers a higher CBD potency, increases the rate at which CBD is metabolised by the body, and even extends the shelf-life of your CBD.

Supercritical Co2 Extraction
Hopefully, your prospective CBD Supplier would willingly disclose their extraction method somewhere on their packaging or website. The way in which the CBD is extracted matters. Supercritical CO2 Extraction or sometimes shortened to CO2 Extraction is, by the far, the best method to extract CBD. Its environmentally friendly, eliminates moulds, mildew and microbial bacteria during the extraction process, leaves no residual solvent for a purer yield, and avoids degrading the CBD you ultimately buy through gentler processing.

CBD is Considered a Novel Food
As of January 2019, CBD has been officially recognised by the European Commission as a Novel Food. This is a good thing because it protects consumers from frivolous CBD Companies and unauthentic products. Through the Novel food regulation, CBD Manufacturers pursuing the European Market must first declare their product with the EU Commission, then file a lengthy request for approval by detailing all aspects of production from seed to shelf. CBD Manufacturers have been given until 31 March, 2021 to comply with the stringent regulations or be forced to remove their product from the market entirely.

While this novel food declaration spells good news for consumers it’s a guarantee that’s not fully being enforced until next year. Which means, in the interim, knowledge is power.

Conclusion
Until consumers are fully protected under the Novel Foods Act, it’s up to them to protect themselves.  The most effective way to do this is to through education, a pillar at the centre of the Elixinol ethos.  The more you know about CBD Oil and Hemp Products, the more likely you are to make a quality selection. By knowing and utilising these buying tips you can guarantee yourself a positive CBD experience.