CBD holiday shopping tips

Cannabidiol products containing CBD have grown in popularity over the years, and for good reason. This naturally occurring compound can help with pain, anxiety, muscle aches and more. It can be found in many forms, including tinctures, oils, creams, capsules and even tea. More people than ever are using CBD daily and may be inspired to share their love of CBD this holiday season. 

If some CBD products make their way to your gift list this year, we can help. Here are some tips for finding quality CBD products for everyone on your shopping list. 

Comparing quality and price

Quality is especially important with CBD because low-quality products may have little to no impact for the user. This may lead people to believe CBD is not effective when in reality, they did not experience benefits because they were using low-quality CBD. The problem with low-quality CBD products is that they may have low concentrations of CBD, be manufactured in a way that does not preserve the integrity of the CBD or may even have “fake” CBD!

Here are a few points to look for to get high-quality CBD products:

1. Look for products that have been third-party quality tested to help ensure the quality of the product. This process can verify the cannabinoid profile, analyze the terpenoids to ensure that the right therapeutic effect is achieved and rule out impurities.

2. Be extra cautious of low prices on CBD products. This does not mean you cannot find a deal, but cost does correlate to quality to a degree. If something seems “cheap,” take extra care examining the product’s label and website claims. If you do not see information about being lab tested or any details on the purity and concentrations, look somewhere else. 

3. Are you seeing clear bottles for CBD products? This is a warning sign because UV light can break down compounds in the oil. To preserve the CBD oil benefits, most reputable manufacturers put products in darker bottles or containers.

4. If you see over-the-top claims, there might be a problem. You may see cheap products with serious claims about the many amazing benefits of using their product. Using bold claims is one tactic sellers use to draw people in and get a sale. Look somewhere else if you see these types of claims, especially claims that the product can “cure” ailments.

Consider the recipient’s needs

Think about your goal when gifting someone with a CBD product this year. Do they exercise a lot and you think CBD may help them do more and hurt less? Maybe they have trouble relaxing and you want to share your favorite CBD solution. Or perhaps you just think everyone is better off with some CBD in their morning coffee. Whatever the reason, think about your goal for the recipient and let that guide your CBD selection. For example, a CBD muscle balm might be perfect for the weekend -warrior on your list.

Consider their preferences 

Do not forget to consider the recipient’s preferences when shopping for a CBD gift this holiday season. Some people are not comfortable taking a tincture or are sensitive to scents from creams or lotions. Fortunately, there are many formulations that can match nearly any personal preference, from tinctures and teas to candies. And for good measure you can give the recipient some tips on using CBD, so it is even easier to try. For instance, a high-quality tincture is a powerful tool for CBD delivery, so let your recipient know they can put it in their coffee or morning smoothie.

Easy CBD gifting options 

1. Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tinctures:  These CBD tinctures maintain the plant’s original terpenes and phytocannabinoids to deliver the most powerful results possible.  Some may include additional beneficial ingredients like MCT oil to make the product even more effective.

2. CBD Isolate Tinctures: CBD-isolate is the pure, isolated CBD compound without additional active compounds. It has no taste and may be best for those sensitive to other cannabinoids or concerned about drug testing. It is important to understand that CBD is NOT the same as THC and cannot get you high. However, full spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC (no more than 0.3 percent) so those that must take drug tests may want to use CBD isolates.

3. CBD Balms: CBD balms are oil-based products that are thicker than lotion and creams. They are typically semi-solid and become more liquid as you rub them in due to body heat. They can be very nourishing and hydrating, making them a great delivery method for CBD.

4. CBD Gel: CBD gel tends to feel lighter and contain more water than creams or lotions. They also dissolve fast and absorb quickly, a bonus for CBD formulations. It is common to see CBD gel with nourishing ingredients like aloe or coconut oil.

5. CBD Cream: CBD creams are thicker than lotions but less thick than a balm. They tend to have heavier concentrations of oil and moisturizing agents like shea butter, coconut butter and natural waxes. This makes it an ideal choice for dry skin or for rubbing into sore muscles since it stands up to friction and is effective at adding moisture to the skin. 

CBD products make fantastic gifts and may give your loved one a little push to prioritize self-care in the new year. Just make sure you buy quality products, shop from trusted CBD companies, and match the type of CBD product to the recipient so they are more likely to give it a real try. And last but not least, do not forget about yourself when you shop. Afterall, you deserve high quality CBD too!