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What To Know Before Buying CBD | CBD Oil Help Guide

CBD, or cannabidiol, has exploded in popularity in recent years as more people look for natural ways to support their health and well-being.

With its potential benefits for reducing anxiety, easing pain, and promoting relaxation, CBD has become a go-to option for many. But before you jump on the CBD bandwagon, it's important to know what you're getting into.

In this blog, we'll explore the key things you need to know before buying CBD, so you can make an informed decision and find the right product for your needs.

Before you buy your first CBD product, you should conduct careful research to find a trustworthy CBD company with products that are right for you.

This information teaches you what you should know before buying CBD and what red flags to be aware of. 


What to look for when buying CBD?

There are three important things to look for when finding quality CBD products. Those three things are location, lab testing, and return policy. Each of these types indicates that the CBD business is reputable and trustworthy. Let's take a look at the details. 



The first thing to research when looking for quality CBD products is where the company sources its CBD. Hemp grows best in soils that are "sufficiently deep, well-aerated… with good moisture and nutrient holding capacity."

Unfortunately, some of the most common places to grow hemp (China and other overseas countries) contain heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic chemicals in their soil that may be harmful to us.

Choosing a CBD brand that sources its hemp from either the United States or Canada is the safest option. Both countries have strict regulations on growing to ensure quality.


Lab Testing

It's quite possible that a business selling CBD could lie about where their product is grown, but what they can't lie about is their third-party lab testing results.

An honest company will provide the following third-party lab testing: COA of the product, Terpene results, pesticides test, microbial tests, and heavy metal tests.

Third Party Lab Test

If a company is too new to the market or they have a false CBD product, it will not provide third-party lab tests because if it did, no one would buy its product. These tests show you everything in the product, including the amount of cannabinoids. 

Third-party lab testing is a great way to check if the product is authentic and safe for you to buy. 



Another helpful thing to look for when buying CBD is whether the CBD company you are looking at offers satisfaction guarantees.

A satisfaction guarantee is important because a company that offers it is typically offering a more legitimate product, and it shows confidence in their product.

So, companies that offer these satisfaction guarantees are considered more legitimate and trustworthy than those that don't.


What CBD product is right for you?

When looking for the right CBD product, it's important to pick a CBD strength and type that fits your needs. Both factors will play into the results you receive from your CBD product. Let's talk about why.


What dosage of CBD do I need?

When it comes to taking CBD, there isn't a one size fits all option. Everyone is different, so everyone will require a different amount of CBD to receive the desired results.

Don't be fooled by the amount of CBD on the front of the bottle because that doesn't truly indicate the correct strength of the CBD product. Look at the per-serving amount to figure out the strength of your CBD product.

For example, if a 1 oz bottle of CBD Oil contains 300mg of CBD with 30 servings, you can divide 300mg by 30 servings to get 10mg per serving. This same equation works for any CBD Oil you'll purchase.

For someone experiencing minor discomfort, a small amount of CBD may be enough to provide relief. However, if someone is struggling with more severe discomfort, a stronger amount of CBD may be recommended.

The chart below was developed by Zatural's in-house naturopathic doctor as a starting point for those trying to find the right strength of CBD.

Zatural CBD oil dosage chart

This chart should be viewed solely as a recommendation as it is only based on weight and does not calculate other factors like gender or age.

Find your body weight on the chart, and then use your intensity of symptoms to find the right dosage for you.

Factors like weight, metabolism function, age, gender, and more will play into the effectiveness of CBD. If you try CBD and experience no results from the product, you may need to take 2-3 servings more to see the results you're looking for. Don't be discouraged if CBD doesn't work for you on your first try.


What type of CBD oil is right for me?

There are three different types of CBD. The different types are Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate CBD.

Full Spectrum CBD is most commonly considered the most effective form of CBD because it contains key cannabinoids from the hemp plant, including Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The reason Full Spectrum CBD is considered the best is due to the 'CBD entourage effect.' The entourage effect occurs when other cannabinoids are present, and they work together to increase the benefits of each other.

Broad Spectrum CBD is similar to Full Spectrum, except it does not contain THC. The entourage effect still takes place, but it may not be as effective as it could be if it had THC.

Please don't take that the wrong way; Broad Spectrum CBD is still highly effective, and it is the perfect option for those who can't take CBD products that contain THC. Broad Spectrum CBD is considered the best option in states where products like Full Spectrum CBD oil might now be legal.  

CBD Isolate is generally considered less effective because it only contains one or two cannabinoids and offers only the benefits of that one cannabinoid. However, Isolates are usually combined with other isolate cannabinoids to increase effectiveness. 

Isolate CBD products are typically made and used as a way to target specific needs. For example, CBN Isolate products are created as a way to assist with sleep. Whereas CBG Isolate products are more for targeting mood-related issues. 

However, isolates are also considered the most versatile CBD product. Isolates are generally easier to add to creams, food, or drinks. 


Commonly Asked CBD Questions

What is a good price for CBD?

CBD is an uncontrolled substance, which means that businesses can sell CBD at whatever price they want. Typically, a good price for CBD is anywhere from $0.05 to $0.10 per mg. Some companies offer crazy high markups on their products and overcharge customers.

Use this method below to calculate the price of CBD per milligram and make sure you aren't paying too much for CBD. Zatural's 300mg bottle of CBD Oil is sold for $27.50. To find the price per mg, we will divide the strength by the price, or 300mg, by $27.50 to get $0.09 per mg.

You can use this same formula to find the price per mg of other CBD products. It's always recommended that you read Google reviews and ask for third-party tests; this should help you find a legitimate CBD product.

Still, wondering if you are overpaying for CBD? Learn how to break down the pricing on CBD oil, to see if you are being ripped off. Click the link above (overpaying for CBD) to learn more.


Do you need anything to buy CBD?

Some people often wonder whether they need a medical card or doctor's note to purchase CBD. The only rule about buying CBD is that you have to be at least 18 years or older.

No medical card or doctor's note is required to purchase CBD, and this is because most CBD products available on the market today are derived from the hemp plant.

Broad Spectrum CBD and CBG Isolate Oil

The hemp plant has lower levels of THC than the marijuana plant and is more widely available, making it the best source of CBD.

Hemp-derived CBD is safe to purchase without a medical card or a doctor's note. Suppose you come across a CBD product that is derived from the marijuana plant.

In that case, it will most likely contain higher levels of THC and may require proof of a medical marijuana card prior to purchasing.


Is CBD legal in my state?

Hemp-derived CBD products with 0% THC are legal in all 50 states! The federal limit for THC is less than 0.3%, and CBD products with this amount of THC are legal.

As always, it's important to research the product you are buying to make sure you are purchasing something with the legal limit of THC in your state.


Does CBD have side effects?

CBD may offer many therapeutic benefits related to mood, discomfort, sleep, and overall wellness and should not result in any side effects. Cannabidiol (CBD) is not a psychoactive compound like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

This means that you should not experience any of the side effects associated with THC, like appetite changes, hallucinations, drowsiness, or fatigue. If any negative or unusual side effects occur, it can generally be attributed to the purity and quality of the CBD product.

This is another reason why it is so important to ask for third-party lab tests to ensure you buy high-quality CBD. It is also possible that one might be allergic to CBD. It is always wise to do an allergy spot test before taking in a large quantity.


Can I overdose on CBD? 

No, you cannot overdose on CBD. The World Health Organization has determined the toxicity of CBD to be "relatively low." Even if the CBD product you are taking contains THC, it will take an unrealistic amount of the product to result in lethal side effects.

At extremely high doses of CBD, users may experience drowsiness, stomach pains, diarrhea, and other unpleasant side effects. This is why it is important to find the dosage that works best for you by starting small and slowly increasing your doses over time.


To sum it up…

CBD is a natural compound with powerful therapeutic properties. If you want to give CBD a try, pay attention to the location if lab testing is offered, the return policy, the price, and any other potential red flags before buying CBD oil.

CBD is an awesome product, but it is not regulated by the Food and drug administration, so unrepeatable CBD vendors get away with a lot. Until the FDA gives its approval, it's wise to follow our guidelines.

If you have any further questions, reach out to our customer service agents either by phone (208-969-1282), email (, or chat services. 


Why buy from Zatural?

At Zatural, our customers come first. Our mission is to help increase the standard of health through natural means.

Our products are natural, organically grown, and formulated by a naturopathic doctor who ensures you are receiving professional-grade ingredients and formulas that work.

Click here to learn about which Zatural CBD product is right for you

Zatural is transparent with its customers and upfront about its products. Customer satisfaction is key, which is why we offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee that allows you to return your product for a full refund if you are not 100% satisfied.

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