Your Buyer’s Guide to Hemp-Based CBD Products

on December 27, 2021

If you’re a longtime cannabis user, you might wonder how different CBD products differ. In particular: what’s the difference between CBD from hemp and cannabis? 

CBD can be derived from hemp and marijuana both hemp and cannabis, so how are they different and what should you look for?

If you’re new to hemp products, it can be a little intimidating when trying to find the right product to meet your needs. We’ve created a guide for you to highlight essential aspects when finding the perfect CBD solution for you.

Here’s your buyer’s guide to hemp-based CBD products.

Hemp vs. Cannabis

Hemp and cannabis are actually the same species. The one big difference? Hemp CBD always has less than .3% THC, while cannabis CBD can have greater than .3% THC.

THC, of course, is the well-known cannabinoid found in medical marijuana that gives users the “high” feeling. CBD, on the other hand, is known for giving a gentle, calming effect and even helping users with sleep and anxiety.

Hemp CBD is known to help users with a variety of ailments, such as stress, anxiety, or a skin disorder. But how do you know where to purchase your CBD?

How to Buy Hemp CBD

1. Do your homework. 

Before visiting your local dispensary, start by reading some online reviews. See what customers are saying about the products that you are considering. Just like shopping for a product on Amazon, using reviews and ratings will be incredibly helpful to choose the right dispensary for you.

2. Prioritize what matters to you. 

Ask the right questions to figure out what you prioritize when finding the right hemp-based BD:

  • Do you value taste? 
  • Is it price that makes the biggest difference for you? 
  • How quickly do you want to feel the effects? 
  • Do you want slow releasing or longer lasting effects? 
  • Do you need immediate relief?
  • Do you want something easy to use, or are you ok with trying new things and learning how to use vaporizers and other forms of CBD consumption?
  • How important is the strength of hemp-based CBD for you?
  • Do you want a “full spectrum” CBD that gives all potential benefits?

3. Dig even deeper.

Now that you’ve read the reviews and decided what is on your “maybe” shopping list, you can now dive deeper into the products. 

Consider where the hemp is grown:

U.S. growers are regulated by the FDA, meaning that if they want to label as certified organic, they have to show proof. 

Check out the labs:

Reputable hemp-based CBD products will be tested by a third party and can easily supply results. Testing ensures a pure product.

Check the ingredients:

It’s not uncommon to see sweeteners and flavors in CBD products. Check the ingredients to make sure you’re not consuming unnecessary additives.

Hemp CBD may be the product you’ve been searching for! Be sure to follow our simple buyer’s guide if you choose hemp CBD is the right fit.

At Hive Medicinal, we’d love to help with your medical marijuana needs as your local Maine dispensary. Take a look at our current medical cannabis products or, better yet, stop by in person!

Hive Medicinal

Hive Medicinal is a medical marijuana dispensary with two locations in Maine. You can visit us at 65 River Road in Chelsea, Maine or 210 College Ave in Waterville, Maine.