Are there any risks when buying CBD?
CBD is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, with almost six million users in the United Kingdom alone. But despite the widespread use and general health benefits associated with CBD, buying good CBD remains complex. There is a large number of CBD brands out there, with varying degrees of effectiveness. Sophisticated advertising campaigns might make you believe that you are purchasing high quality CBD instead of lower quality products that simply don’t do the job.
Understand the difference between CBD and THC
The first thing we recommend is to understand the difference between CBD and THC. Although CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, it doesn’t get you high as it contains next to no THC: the psychoactive compound in cannabis. Indeed, any product sold in the UK containing more than 0.2% THC is illegal.
Be wary of low price tags, do your research
While everyone loves a bargain, the truth of the matter is that buying cheap CBD oil is a false economy. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Producing a full-spectrum CBD oil that is extracted in an optimal way is expensive, which is why many of the reputable CBD manufacturers charge a higher price for their products.
Of course, a high price doesn’t always ensure high quality. Many products can be labelled incorrectly, so it’s wise to conduct your own research into the company and the CBD concentration – which is stated in milligrams.
Seven red flags to look out for when buying CBD:
- Be very careful with “just pay delivery”: this is a well-known scam for all sorts of consumer products, not just CBD and you could end up paying monthly charges
- “Only available to buy on social media” – if it’s cheap, there’s often a reason. A lot of these sellers can’t provide details on authenticity or lab results
- If lab results aren’t readily available, it’s time to shop elsewhere. Don’t take the risk
- Check reviews before you buy. And always check independent review sites as well as the seller’s own. Bad review will give you an idea of the quality of product
- Be wary of such outlandish claims as “miracles”. Very few products provide miracles. Actually, make that none!
- Marketing can get ahead of the facts, so ask people you trust about the product you are buying
- If the seller isn’t willing to talk to you or is difficult to contact, this is a major red flag. Unlike some vendors, ULU has real people at the end of the phone.
For more information on how to avoid the risks associated with CBD, read our blog post: https://www.ulu.com/guide-to-buying-cbd-oil-7-red-flags/