5 Do’s and Don’ts of Buying CBD

Ask to see independent lab results

Buy from a reputable company/store.

Go organic

Limit your dosage if you’re a first timer

Talk to your doctor


1. Do ask to see a CBD product’s independent lab testing.

Contrary to many beliefs, the FDA does not regulate any CBD products other than Epidiolex—an FDA approved, CBD-based medication for the treatment of certain types of seizures. Without regulation, it’s basically the Wild West when it comes to CBD products and how manufacturers are labeling and promoting their brands.

In a 2017 study by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), they found that out of 84 CBD products, only about 31% actually contained the amount of CBD listed on the label. Additionally, some of the products tested contained more THC than the federally mandated limit of .3%.

So, how can you be sure that your CBD contains the stated amount and doesn’t have more than .3% THC?

Simple. Ask to see (or look for on the company’s website) their independent, third-party lab results. Transparency is key in the CBD market. So, if they can’t show you their testing, then it’s not worth your money.

You can view our lab results here.

2. Don’t buy CBD products from a gas station or convenience store.

The market for CBD has exploded over the past couple of years and products are popping up in grocery and health food stores, gas stations and corner markets. While it is quite convenient to head down the block to your local gas station and grab some CBD gummies or tinctures, you’re most likely wasting your time and money.

As mentioned previously, many CBD products have been found to be mislabeled, containing less CBD than stated or even worse, more THC than the federal .3% limit. Certified, independent lab testing is the only way to know for sure what your getting. Go ahead and ask the gas station cashier to see the lab results for that CBD. It would be shocking if you get more than a “huh?”

Speaking of cashiers, part of buying CBD is having a knowledgeable staff that can answer all your questions before you buy. It’s important to do your research before putting any supplement into your body. A reputable business that sells CBD should have staff that have tried their products, can show you lab results, and have a variety of different product types and brands.

3. Do buy CBD from organically grown hemp.

In a recent guide by the Mayo Clinic, they recommended that when looking for a quality CBD product, find one whose hemp “…is certified by the US Department of Agriculture as organic, and has been tested for pesticides/herbicides, which have been found in some products.”

The debate between buying organic foods versus non-organic has been ongoing for some time. A 2012 Stanford study actually found that, “…fruits and vegetables labeled organic were, on average, no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts, which tend to be far less expensive. Nor were they any less likely to be contaminated by dangerous bacteria like E. coli.”

However, when it comes to hemp, the benefits of organics can outweigh the costs. From a 2018 article in the Modern Farmer:

“Hemp is an ideal plant for organic farmers because it requires minimal inputs, is fairly resistant to pests and diseases, and grow so fast and tall that it outcompetes weeds, minimizing the need for hand cultivation – a major labor cost for most other organic crops.”

In other words, there really isn’t a cost savings for buying non-organic CBD products. So, go ahead and look for organic CBD, your body will thank you.

At CBDPlusCo, all of our full-spectrum CBD products come from organically grown hemp.

4. Don’t buy the highest CBD concentrate (if you’re a first-time user).

If you’re just starting out with a CBD product, you may think that a stronger dosage will equal better results, but that’s not always the case. While the Mayo Clinic Guide states “Cannabidiol doses up to 300 mg/d have been used safely for up to 6 months,” truth is that the majority of people will respond to somewhere between 40 and 100 mgs of CBD/day, according to Dr. Danial Schecter, an Ontario-family physician.

We’ve actually published a comprehensive guide to dosing, so we won’t get into too much detail here. However, the best advice is to start low and go slow. If you do decide to take a large dose of CBD, you may experience mild side effects like drowsiness, decreased appetite or diarrhea. Which leads to the last, and most important DO on this list…

5. Do talk to your doctor before starting a CBD regiment.

It is always best to consult with your medical care provider before buying or taking any CBD product. At CBDPlusCO, we are not doctors or pharmacists and as such do not know specific things like your personal medical history or interactions with other prescribed or OTC medication. That is for a medical professional to figure out and offer guidance on whether or not CBD is right for you.  

Additionally, be skeptical of any CBD company or distributor that makes bold claims like how their product cures cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease or other major malady.

If you’re looking for CBD-related research, check out our Research Page.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Consult your care provider before taking any herbal supplements.

The statements regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Results from products may vary. These items are not intended to cure, treat or prevent any diseases.

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