CBD: What to know, what to ask when shopping

Buying CBD in Santa Barbara

Editor’s note: Say “hello” to our guest contributor, Amy Marie Orozco from KopSun LLC. Amy is going to share a peek into today’s CBD craze, specifically about purchasing. For those not familiar with the cannabis education work KopSun is known for, check out KopSun.com.


We’ve heard the hype and have read tons about it: CBD is an amazing cure-all, plus it’s good for you!


Well, I’m here to tell you, “Slow down there, partner. As my daddy used to say, ‘If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is’ [too good to be true].” I realized the hype had reached an epidemic level when I saw CBD products in a national retailer’s summer catalog. (Bed, Bath & Beyond in case you are wondering.)


First, a quick review. CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are cannabinoids and in both hemp and marijuana. More than 100 of these amazing cannabinoids are found in cannabis, which help repair and balance our bodies through our endocannabinoid system. For now, remember this, THC gets you high. CBD does not.


CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and is an ideal alternative to many drugstore remedies. Sold in oil, gel, gum, and supplement forms, among other ingestion methods, CBD can bring relief from arthritis, backaches, and chemotherapy. It can help with nausea, migraines, depression, and anxiety, too.


All well and good, but as CBD comes from hemp, it’s best to know the source of the hemp. Is it from overseas? Is it grown organically? Think about this: hemp is an excellent cleaner-upper of soil. It’s used to extract metals, pesticides, solvents, and other toxins from the land. Hemp is used to remediate the land. You might want to make sure your CBD isn’t from cleaner-upper hemp.


“How do I do that?” you may be asking.


Here’s what I suggest:

  • Ask your retailer where their hemp is grown and what paperwork they have to prove it.
  • If the CBD is labeled “organic,” where’s the certification?
  • What extraction methodologies are used? Are there residuals left in the CBD?
  • Is the CBD third-party tested?
  • What’s the concentration of CBD in each ml and where’s the guarantee of analysis?

The above are standard questions. CBD purveyors should be able to answer them easily and direct you to third-party confirmation.


As always, I advocate purchasing legal and compliant cannabis. I also believe you know your body best. Be patient. It may take some experimenting to find the just the right dose for you.


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