CBD 101—What to Know Before Buying 

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Ready to try CBD (cannabidiol) oil, but unsure how to use it or how much to take? Here are a few things you should know about CBD. Though it’s often simply referred to as CBD oil, the oil you consume should be a full-spectrum hemp oil made with a CO2 extraction method. In general, the whole plant is always better than an isolated part (just CBD). The real magic of this plant is in how the compounds have a synergistic effect, and there are more than 100 cannabinoids (like CBD, THC) in the plant plus terpenes (essential oils). Note that there is a difference in hemp oil cultivated for its omega content (found in supermarkets) and hemp cultivated for higher levels of cannabinoids, like CBD. In New York, hemp oil with concentrations of CBD is legal when it contains less than 0.3 percent THC. When shopping for a reliable product, look for product lab test results posted on a company’s website showing no evidence of contamination from solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, or microbes. The hemp plant is a bio-accumulator, making it a great plant to replenish toxic soil for agricultural purposes, but the oils you consume shouldn’t contain harmful substances. Finally, as for serving size, start low and go slow. Work your way up to a serving that feels right for you. 

Source: Alicia Salazar, of Stay Balanced. Part of her role at Stay Balanced as a CBD specialist is to vet the companies that she recommends to clients so that they don’t have to do all the guesswork. For more information, visit StayBalancedllc.com.

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