There is a lot of talk surrounding CBD. Especially in a place like Florida! Despite the restrictive system Florida has on medical marijuana, Florida is “cannabis & hemp crazy”. As soon as Floridians figured out that we can legally sell CBD as long as it is derived from hemp, overnight CBD was sold in every head shop, smoke shop, gas station, bodega, and corner store. Although we were the first in the Tampa Bay area, CBD stores started popping up on every corner of every neighborhood. It was very easy to find “CBD near me”! Almost so easy that it got kind of scary and confusing.
In addition to CBD “brick and mortar stores” and in addition to being able to find CBD stores in most retail stores, you can also buy CBD online!
Ok! This is getting to be too much!
Not to mention the fact that CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA! How do I know any of these CBD salespeople are telling the truth? How do I know they are a reputable company? And how do I know the product is even what they say it is? In this article, we’ll discuss everything situation you can come across buying CBD both online and in a store also we will discuss the pros and cons of buying CBD, no matter where you are buying it from.
There are a bunch of CBD companies at this point! Way to many to count! Unfortunately, as mentioned above, the FDA doesn’t regulate CBD. Being the first CBD store in Tampa, we saw the explosion happen within the doors of our store. At one point we would see maybe 3 or 4 sales reps walk through our door a day, all of them with their own line of CBD products they were looking to sell. Chillum was once the only CBD store in the area and, soon after, we saw CBD become a saturated market.
So, how do you navigate the marketplace? I can make a long list of things that you can look for but it all boils down to one thing:
Instead of walking into the first CBD store you see, asking a few questions, and making a purchase. Walk into several CBD stores and ask them all a bunch of questions. Take a look at the several products they have and ask a bunch of questions about those products.
There is a lot of them! It is hard to find the right one! We have made it a top priority to find the best and safest product for our customers. We have been receiving CBD samples in the mail for two and a half years now and we have seen almost everything….. from a CBD pillow to CBD tampons. It isn’t far fetched to think that a company can just slap the letters CBD on the side of their product’s packaging, in hopes of increasing sales, and the company knowingly leaves CBD out of their product. Actually, it happens more often than you think.
Just like finding the right CBD store. Finding the right CBD product is going to require research. Don’t just take the store owners word for it. Here are some easy ways to make sure you are finding the right CBD product. Many people will tell you to look for certain things on the label. Although this is useful…. Your job doesn’t end there! The information displayed on the label is put there by the company. You will have to make sure the company is honest and trustworthy too!
Okay… you’ve researched the CBD company and now it is time to take a look at their individual products. Good CBD companies are as transparent as they possibly can. They especially let you know exactly what is in their product and that they are capable of offering a consistent product to their customers.
The state of Florida has recently began regulating CBD products for sale in their state through the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). In doing so they have required that CBD products for sale provide certain info on their labels to ensure quality and consistency. We feel that their requirements are more than suitable to ensure a CBD product is a quality product. Also, if you are buying CBD in Florida without the following information on it, it is important to know that the person selling it to you is performing an illegal act and should not be trusted.
It really is up to you! Buying CBD oil online can be very convenient. It is equally likely that the website selling CBD is just as trustworthy as the CBD store owner. On the other hand, they could be equally untrustworthy. The truth about the CBD business is that these companies all self-regulate. The CBD store owner or the CBD website owner is the person that decides what the quality of their product will be. Some are more trustworthy than others.
Hopefully the theme of this article is that you need to do your research. When deciding if you want to buy CBD at a store versus online it comes down to… How are you most comfortable doing your research?
If so, then visit as many CBD stores as you can. Make sure to look them up before and after you are in the store and be sure to visit several before you make your purchase. Understand that you have to do as much research as possible. If visiting the store it is important to research the store itself and the product you are interested in before actually exchanging money.
Again! You have to do your research! It is equally likely that the owner of the website is as untrustworthy as the CBD store owner! It might be easier to hide an untrustworthy product when the owner is hiding behind a computer, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t transparent about their company.