The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) has steadily been on the rise for nearly a decade. Scientific research and national news stories — along with a litany of endorsements from professional athletes and performers — have done plenty to establish CBD’s place in the American mainstream. Now, a growing number of consumers are turning to CBD for relief from everything from chronic pain and anxiety to acne breakouts. But what exactly is it? How do you use it? And how do you know which CBD products to buy?
CBD is one of over 100 compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its counterpart cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it doesn’t make you feel high or “stoned.” CBD is non-intoxicating, which means it won’t get in the way of your productivity or work prospects.
CBD is believed to have many medical benefits. For instance, research suggests that CBD can significantly reduce symptoms of chronic pain, inflammatory and mood disorders. It’s also a proven form of treatment against epileptic seizures, and may even help people with insomnia get a better night’s sleep.
If you’re in the market for CBD products to use as a form of health supplementation, or an add-on to conventional medications, it’s important to use quality products from reputable sellers. But it’s worth noting that good products don’t have to break the bank! In this post, we go over four tips for saving money on quality CBD without compromising on quality, potency and ethical manufacturing practices.
Throughout the year, CBD giants and small brands alike hold promotional events (e.g. April 20th) where the majority of their products are 10-30% off. Newer product manufacturers are also prone to holding opening day and anniversary sales within their first few years of operation. The point is there are plenty of opportunities for prudent shoppers to save a significant amount of their hard-earned cash without compromising on CBD quality.
Even well-established brands regularly hold sales around the holidays, or to celebrate the opening of a branch in a new location. Luckily, online channels such as social media and the manufacturer’s own site make keeping up with sales events much easier for consumers than it was before the age of the internet. Use sales to buy your CBD in bulk and watch those savings add up in the long term!
With long-term membership and patronage — or even just as an incentive for new shoppers — coupon codes are commonly available via the websites of CBD product companies, and will allow you to save quite a bit on select purchases. For example, CrescentCanna.com has a coupon code CBDME30 which saves you 30% off your order upon purchase.
If you shop at brick and mortar CBD retail outlets, be sure to stay up-to-date as to your store’s promotional events schedules; it’s likely they have a rewards or vouchers program for loyal shoppers. Also, if you have a rewards card with any major retailer like Amazon or Target, they may offer you an extra percentage off when purchasing products in-store or online. With regular use of coupons, some of your CBD purchases could pay for themselves over time.
As any discerning shopper will tell you, a little due diligence keeps the market honest. This is true for everything from CBD products to handbags. By comparing prices between quality products, it’s easy to tell what is and isn’t a reasonable price when held up against the industry standard.
In CBD’s case, the average pricing model is roughly $1 per milligram up to $5 per milligram. The concentrations (i.e. potencies) of different CBD oils is measured in milligrams per milliliter, or mg/ml. This value is influenced by the costs involved in the manufacturers’ respective sourcing, isolation and refining processes which can vary in quality depending on the equipment used. Ethically manufactured, high potency hemp-sourced CBD isolates will likely cost more than broad- or full-spectrum CBD.
In order to ensure you aren’t overpaying for quality CBD products, be sure to compare them with competing products with similar potencies, ingredient compositions and manufacturing protocols.
If you’re dealing with chronic pain, inflammation, mood or anxiety disorders and are considering trying CBD for the first time, it’s best to start with standard potency products in smaller amounts. Though the therapeutic potential of CBD is increasingly well-established, its positive effect on physiological processes varies from person to person, influenced largely by factors like gender, weight, age and so on.
A prudent strategy to avoid overspending is to see what CBD can do for you before overcommitting with a large purchase. If you notice a difference in the severity of your symptoms, try a new product with higher potency, still in a smaller amount. Once you’re sure CBD can significantly benefit your particular health conditions or overall quality of life, it’s safe to commit to a large purchase of quality, high potency CBD.