How not to get scammed buying cannabis

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Be careful when purchasing products reportedly containing CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been one of the most popular cannabis buzzwords for the past year, and with good reason. It has a tremendous amount of medical benefits and can also help with general wellbeing. As is the case with anything, though, there will always be those who try to scam the general public and it’s important to protect yourself at all times, even with CBD.

There are probably close to a million different CBD products available today that didn’t exist a year ago. CBD cookies, CBD face masks, tinctures, cocktails – the list goes on. While there has been a lot of evidence supporting its benefits, physician Peter Grinspoon points out, “The enthusiasm for CBD has outpaced the hardcore scientific evidence in humans.”

However, even as more evidence is being uncovered, the World Health Organization has already given its approval to CBD. It states that CBD does not “appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.”

When shopping for CBD products, start by reading the label. It should list the exact amount of CBD and should also include a breakdown of all other ingredients. If these are not listed, walk away. Also look for products that have been verified through private labs in order to ensure they’re safe. This information is sometimes found on the label, but can also be determined by visiting the manufacturer’s website, as well as the local government’s cannabis website, in some instances.

If you’re in a dispensary making a purchase, don’t be afraid to ask. The people serving the products should know what they contain; if they don’t, find a new establishment.

How to consume – capsules, softgels, tinctures, etc. – is a little more complicated to recommend, as this is more of a personal preference. However, talk it over with the local budtender at the dispensary to get the best possible information.