The sad reality is that, currently, there is no way for me to recommend "something better" when it comes to mail order CBD.
So my only recommendation was that one should always see/request a lab purity report before spending money on a mail-order CBD product. The site you had recommended was charging an absurd amount for a CBD tincture (even after a coupon), so I felt it necessary to red flag that fact.
Even though CBD extracts are more or less 50 state legal at this time, this entire area is very immature and rocky. There is no actual regulation of CBD products yet, so a lot of the CBD businesses you find online are unapologetic scammers. Even the claims that CBD can reduce inflammation or improve sleep are worthless until the FDA performs clinical trials on a known application of CBD.
Like notsosicklygirl said, the only sure way to know you're getting CBD right now is to be in a state with legal MJ. These states require that all products sold be tested for CBD and THC content and the amounts are clearly labeled on the package.
For example, these are the labeling requirements for a manufacturer who sells MJ products in the state of Nevada:
NAC 453A.510 Labeling requirements for usable marijuana sold at retail; accompanying materials. (NRS 453A.370)
A medical marijuana dispensary must affix to each container or package containing usable marijuana sold at retail a label which must include, without limitation:
Adopted Regulation R148-15
(a) The business or trade name and the medical marijuana establishment registration certificate number of the cultivation facility that cultivated and sold the usable marijuana.
(b) The lot number.
(c) The date and quantity dispensed, including the net weight measured in ounces and grams or by volume, as appropriate.
(d) The name and registry identification card number of the patient and, if applicable, the name of his or her designated primary caregiver, or, if the patient holds a letter of approval, the name of the patient and the name and number of the registry identification card of his or her designated primary caregiver.
(e) The name and address of the medical marijuana dispensary.
(f) The cannabinoid profile and potency levels and terpenoid profile as determined by the independent testing laboratory, which may include the potential total THC but shall not include any other calculated level of THC.
(g) A warning that states: “This product may have intoxicating effects and may be habit forming.”
(h) The statement: “This product may be unlawful outside of the State of Nevada.”
(i) The date on which the marijuana was harvested.
Until we see something similar to this for 50 state CBD, everyone should be extremely judicious about spending money on CBD products.
Now that is a fantastic response, thank you. I really mean that. I had no idea that was the case. So can I order from those states and be relatively certain I am getting what I am paying for?No. And here is the reason why.
If you don't live in a state where recreational/medical MJ is legal, then you cannot legally buy CBD sourced from cannabis
. The cannabis plant is still a federally controlled substance and is illegal to possess/consume in most states.
The 50 state legal CBD you see for sale on the web, sources its CBD from industrial hemp
. Industrial hemp is an agricultural crop that is being tested/researched by the USDA and certain universities to determine its usefulness.
While industrial hemp and cannabis are quite literally the same thing (same plant species), only the cannabis
plant is subject to the labeling and testing laws that I mentioned earlier.
So a company in Colorado that sells recreational MJ from the cannabis plant to Colorado residents must, by law, abide by labeling and purity standards set by that state.
But a company in Colorado that sells CBD extracted from industrial hemp to all other states is under no obligation to follow those laws.
For this reason, you pretty much need to travel to a MJ legal state and visit a dispensary and try it out legally. For now, that is really the only way to know you're getting what you paid for.