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The cannabidiol industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States and many parts of the world. The reason is a general consensus of the health benefits to worldwide health issues including anxiety, pain relief, certain cancers, and more.

With more countries starting to legalize CBD, there are many Cannabidiol oil products now on the market, and it’s important as a consumer to know your options.

But while the history of medicinal cannabis goes back to ancient times, it’s still important to make informed decisions when you’re purchasing, especially if you’ve traveled to another country.

More than knowing the various options, verifying that cannabidiol oil products are safe and effective is most important. And that’s the focus of this article.

Choosing Safe and Effective CBD Oil Products Around the World

What is CBD?

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This compound which is also known as cannabidiol is naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. It has a lot of therapeutic features which is the primary reason cannabidiol manufacturers have come up with various ways to offer it to the public.

Regardless of the various forms it may come in, the idea is extracting the oil from the plant (especially the female flowers) and making it into therapeutic products.

It’s important to understand that several factors determine the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil products, as listed and explained below.

Hemp vs Marijuana

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CBD oil can’t be obtained from just any kind of cannabis plant. The oil has to be gotten from an industrial hemp plant rather than a marijuana plant.

There is a clear difference between both, one of which is legality. While industrial hemp plants are legal according to many federal laws, the same cannot be said about marijuana.

The reason is that the latter contains an excessive amount of THC compound which is capable of intoxicating users and triggering other psychoactive behaviors. Conversely, industrial hemp is either void of psychoactive compounds like THC that occur naturally or have them in very minute quantities.

Either way, products obtained from industrial hemp don’t cause the undesirable effects that are usually associated wit other cannabis products. This is why policymakers in 2018 through the Farm Act legalized the use of industrial hemp and its products.

The point is that CBD oil products are meant to be derived from hemp and not marijuana. This is something you should pay attention to when getting any CBD product.

Where the Hemp was Bred

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It’s not enough to know that the source is hemp and not marijuana. You should also find out where the plant was bred. This is because a bad industrial hemp plant cannot produce great CBD oil products.

For instance, make sure that the plants were not bred with the help of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Products that are made from oil extracted from such plants can contain some toxins so you should avoid them.

The Extraction Process

This is another thing you should consider before you buy any cannabidiol oil product. The kind of extraction process used to get the oil from the plant will determine the safety and effectiveness of the product to a large extent.

Make sure you buy your products from manufacturers who do not cut corners during the extraction process. Although cannabidiol in its natural form is safe and effective, a bad extraction process might expose it to some dangerous substances.

Several extraction procedures can be used to obtain the oil from the plant, and it’s worthwhile taking the time to understand the peculiarities of each one. This might mean spending some time on research.

We strongly recommend that you use a product that was manufactured using the CO2 extraction process. This is because it is a lot better in terms of purity.

Drug Compatibility

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Regardless of the various forms cannabidiol oil products may come in, they all have chemical properties. These chemical properties can have a positive or negative reaction to other chemicals in the body.

The thing is that there can be very adverse reactions when cannabidiol is used alongside drugs that are not compatible. So, you have to make sure the drugs you take before, during, or after you have used any cannabidiol oil product are compatible.

Cannabidiol in its naturally occurring state is generally considered safe and effective. However, other factors can increase or negatively affect the safety and effectiveness of this drug.

Pay careful attention to the factors listed above when purchasing your cannabidiol oil product.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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