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How To Buy CBD: 5 Tips For Choosing Quality CBD Oil

Because the CBD industry isn’t highly regulated, understanding what type of CBD product you need and how to choose the right CBD company isn’t easy. There are hundreds of companies and thousands of products available on the market today and sifting through the multitudes of options can feel overwhelming. 

To help you find the right CBD for you, our experts compiled their favorite tips for choosing quality CBD oil. 

Buy from a reputable source

Not all CBD companies are created equally. We highly recommend that you compare multiple companies before you settle on just one. While there are quite a few reputable companies out there, there are twice as many unreputable ones trying to sell their product. 

To figure out what company you should buy your CBD from, we recommend starting with reviews. If you’re local to the area, you can ask your friends who the best CBD company in Kansas City is to find a local resource. You can also look at a few company’s online presence to see what kinds of reviews customers are leaving. 

Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few companies, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty. 

How to pick a CBD company


  • Make sure it’s a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum brand, depending on what you need. Full-spectrum CBD contains all the active compounds extracted from the hemp, including THC (below 0.3%). Broad-spectrum CBD contains all the active compounds except for the THC. This means you get all of the benefits of the plant without the risk of failing a drug test. 
  • Review their standards. Make sure the company has the same standards you do. For example, if you’re passionate about giving back to your community, find a CBD company that is mission-driven. If organic or sustainable products are important to you, seek out a company that adheres to high sustainability and organic standards. 
  • Decide if the price point makes sense. With CBD, prices range from cheap to expensive. We highly recommend landing somewhere in between. Cheap CBD usually isn’t the best quality and may include contaminants or be less potent. When it’s too expensive, you might not get your full money’s worth. Landing right in the middle helps guarantee a good quality product that delivers what it promises.


Know what type of product you need

This is often the hardest part of the entire purchasing process. There are many different types of CBD products available on the market today. Similar to medications, where some are in liquid form and some are in pills, CBD can be taken in different ways depending on what you expect to get out of the product. For instance, liquids typically absorb faster in the bloodstream while capsules offer longer-lasting benefits. 

Before you start shopping for CBD products, we highly recommend reviewing why you want to take CBD in the first place. Being prepared with this information when you start your search will help you narrow down your options faster and more effectively than just browsing the types on a whim. 

Types of CBD products

The main types of products with CBD include tinctures, softgels, topicals, gummies, and vape pens. Each one has its own benefits and drawbacks, and which one is right for you depends on why you’re taking CBD and how you prefer to ingest it. 

For example, gummies are probably the easiest (and tastiest) form of CBD available, but they don’t offer as much relief as other methods, like tinctures. 

Here’s a break down of the most common types and what they’re best for:


Type Description Best for Our pick
CBD oil CBD tinctures are widely applicable for a variety of uses. At-home consumption  CBD Lemon Tincture
CBD softgels CBD capsules are convenient and do not require self-measurement. On-the-go general relief Natural Softgels
CBD topicals These are products that are directly applied to your skin like balms, creams, and salves.  Physical, localized relief CBD Salve Stick
CBD gummies CBD edibles are similar to softgels in their convenience but typically offer less CBD per piece Picky people Strawberry Lemonade CBD Gummies
CBD vape Vape pens offer more immediate and effective relief than other methods but shouldn’t be used as often Immediate benefits as necessary Vape Pen + Cartridge

Understand the product label

Are ingredients listed? If not, that should raise a red flag. There are likely a few ingredients listed that you don’t understand or even know how to pronounce. You should search what those ingredients are to make sure they don’t offer negative side effects and that you’re not allergic.

Positive things to look for include organic products, all-natural ingredients, or added ingredients like melatonin or turmeric for additional benefits. If it is a flavored product, make sure the flavorings are all-natural and don’t have possible allergens. 

Besides ingredients, there are a few other things you should look out for when reviewing the product label, like the source of the hemp and how much CBD it includes.

Know where the product was sourced

A good rule of thumb is to shop for products that source their hemp from the United States because there are more regulations here than other countries. Products grown overseas are not subject to federal or state testing and could contain unfavorable compounds or other materials that will dilute the potency of the product. 

All our products are responsibly and sustainably grown in the United States.

Look for products that list the CBD amount

Not all products offer the same amount of CBD, or cannabidiol, per dose. Typically, CBD companies list their doses in milligrams (mg) on the product itself. Most experts say that you should start with a relatively small dose in the beginning, slowly upping the amount over time. 

Additionally, make sure that the products you’re searching for do not contain THC (especially if you’re in a state that doesn’t allow it). Our products contain zero THC and are exhaustively tested to prove it. 

Mint Tincture 1500mg package right

Read the lab reports

Always search for a certificate of analysis (COA) of a product. Although CBD companies are not required to do any sort of third-party testing on their products, this is a good indicator of product quality. A COA is a document that states that a third party lab has tested the product to make sure it’s free of any contaminants and that it performs the way it is supposed to. 

We go above and beyond to make sure our products are of the highest quality. Every batch goes through rigorous testing for quality, potency, and purity. You can view our lab results here

What to look for in lab reports

When reviewing a lab report for CBD products, it can be pretty overwhelming with all the information provided. Ultimately, you just want to make sure that the lab reports say the same thing that the advertisements or company claims.

The main things you should look for in a CBD lab report are:

  • Type of carrier oil used
  • Free of pesticides or herbicides
  • No harmful contaminants
  • Other types of cannabinoids (THC, CBN, CNC, CBG, and THCA)

Shop in person when possible

Don’t be afraid to ask a company directly for information and recommendations. Visiting a store in person is a great way to ask all of your questions in a setting where you’re not only surrounded by the products themselves, but you’re also with the experts who helped create them. 


Exterior view of the Green Grove Plaza location

As a Kansas City CBD store, we can help you compare different types of CBD products to find what’s right for you. You’ll be able to see firsthand how excellent our products are and walk out of the store with your products that very day. 

That being said, once you figure out your favorite product, it’s very simple to buy CBD online! Just return to our online site and find your preferred product, have it shipped directly to your home, and enjoy.

When it comes to CBD, choosing high-quality products is essential to the overall success of your treatment. And since the industry is still in the middle of figuring out regulations, it’s important that you do the research on your own to make sure you’re choosing the best CBD company. 

At Green Grove CBD, we’re dedicated to providing transparency within the CBD process. Learn more about our mission today.

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