When you first consider using CBD products, it can feel a little confusing. Actually, let’s be real, it can feel overwhelming.

It’s OK. We’re going to take you through this step by step. We’ll help you figure out which product makes sense for you and how to find the best quality products.

Deciding which one to choose really depends on you and your needs. You may need help staying focused because you feel anxious too much of the time. You may need some help with managing aches and pains. You may want to just chill out more, especially with a weekend approaching.

With such a variety of products available, there’s no one way of using products. Each product has its own unique quality and flavor, a lot like you.

But, let’s start with answers to some of the most popular questions about CBD.

These answers will give you the basics of what you need to know to make smart choices about the product that’s right for you.

  • What is CBD?

  • What is hemp? Is hemp legal?

  • How do you know the CBD is High-Quality?

  • What are the best CBD extraction methods?

  • What’s the difference between full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate?

  • Whose names are behind the brand? 

  • Is there a variety of products available?

  • What CBD products are available online?

  • is there a range of sizes and affordable pricing?

  • What size ranges are available?

what you need to know


What is CBD?

While Cannabidiol (CBD) is associated with the marijuana plant that has 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids, CBD is produced through an extraction method associated with hemp seed oil.

CBD is the essential ingredient in all of these different product lines that are springing up on health store shelves and on any number of websites.

The pressing question that so many consumers ask is…

Does CBD get you high?

The answer is no.

The “high” that everyone links to marijuana comes from Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis.

Cannabinoids exist in our bodies and in the hemp plant. There are over 80 natural compounds that are essentially cannabinoids. They work with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to support a slew of functions that our human bodies rely on.

The ECS regulates sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction, fertility, and the cardiovascular system among other important functions. When there are problems with ECS, whether it’s a dysfunction or a breakdown in the system, there can be vast negative repercussions to the human body’s ability to function.

Innovative research theorizes that CBD may help return this broken system to normal or at least alleviate the pain associated with it.

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What is hemp and is it legal?

If CBD oil is extracted from industrial hemp and contains no more than 0.3% THC, then it’s federally legal to sell CBD products.

Manufacturing CBD involves extracting cannabinoids from the hemp plant. This is the ingredient that researchers and consumers are claiming has more benefits than many over-the-counter drugs.

Moreover, even if CBD is extracted from a cannabis plant, it can’t give you a “high” like marijuana or THC.

Hemp is a cannabis plant with less than 0.3% delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration. Although THC is a cannabinoid that produces psychoactive effects, CBD and hemp just don’t have enough THC to cause that kind of effect on consumers.

Moreover, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and removed CBD from the federal Controlled Substances Act that’s managed by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the hemp and CBD oil industry.

It’s also important to note that CBD hemp and industrial hemp are cultivated for different reasons. Cultivating industrial hemp basically means it’s grown for its seeds and fibers. On the other hand, CBD hemp is grown for its flower in order to extract its cannabinoids.

After cultivation, manufacturers focus on processing, extraction, refinement, and isolation of the CBD. Understanding these elements helps consumers feel confident in the kind of CBD oil that they will receive upon purchase.

CBD oil Quality

How do you know your CBD is high-quality?

Before we get into the details of those other processes, make sure you pay attention to this.

If you really want to know that you are choosing a high-quality CBD product, you need to know where it’s sourced or grown.

Knowing where the CBD is sourced gives you insight into the value of the CBD oil that’s being used to produce gummies or tinctures. One of the best places to grow and manufacture CBD is in Oregon. The state’s soil, weather, and overall landscape make it a perfect place to grow a quality product from the start.

On top of that, Oregon’s agricultural department also provides the required testing to make sure the hemp crop is 0.3% THC or less. It also tests for contaminants, including pesticides, ensuring that the best quality hemp begins and ends right in Oregon, according to Why Oregon May Be the Best Hemp-Growing State.

What does buying CBD products sourced in Oregon mean for you?

It means that products infused with hemp that was sourced in Oregon are packed with a powerhouse of CBD oil, Delta 8, and other hemp-derived cannabinoids.

When you purchase gummies from a company that sourced its products in Oregon, you can feel confident that your purchase is worth it. That confidence spreads to other purchases as well.

You see, the Smilz mission truly commits to providing people with the most affordable and highest quality products on the market.

You won’t have to guess whether or not the CBD oil infused into your gummies will have the desired effects because it will likely live up to your expectations.

Given the fact that it was sourced Oregon, you will know that product was treated well because they take pride in helping their hemp farmers produce quality hemp.

Outside of knowing the source, one of the most important parts of the manufacturing process consists of the extraction method. Many manufacturers prefer the CO2 extraction method because it produces CBD in its purest, most potent form, according to the CBD Awareness Project’s article, How are CBD Products Made?

What are the best extraction methods?

If you’re going to buy CBD products, you’ll want to know how the CBD was taken out of the hemp plant. It’s called the extraction method.

There are several different types of extraction methods and these methods matter a lot. Knowing this will help you decide whether it’s worth paying more for a particular product or whether you want to buy that product at all.

Some of the very basic methods involve soaking the hemp plant in a solvent that removes the compounds. This method is commonly known as the Rick Simpson Method. The main problem with this method is the fact that the solvents end up contaminating the CBD.

In general, most companies don’t find this method useful or profitable, so it’s not really a concern for the kinds of products consumers will find on the market today.

Other methods are safer because they use oils or alcohol. Carrier oil extraction uses different types of oil such as olive or coconut oil to draw out the compounds. Nevertheless, this method doesn’t produce a potent amount of CBD.

Because the FDA approves of ethanol use for extraction, this method can be used to extricate cleaner CBD. The risk of chlorophyll seeping into the oil causes problems. On top of that, the process takes too long and can’t be used to create only some CBD products.

Why is CO2 extraction better?

By far, the CO2 method stands as the best extraction method as well as the industry standard. Utilizing CO2 as the solvent then combining it with the right temperature and pressure, specialized equipment changes CO2 into a liquid when at supercritical temperatures. This environment allows for cannabinoids to be drawn out causing no damage to the plant matter or compounds.

The resulting filtration used in this supercritical process makes it perfect for reusing the CO2 which then makes this a process that companies can use to mass produce CBD products.

Two other types of CO2 extractions can be used. Subcritical and mid-critical extractions offer a softer approach to the process that keeps large molecules at bay. These types of CO2 extraction methods are better when producing other CBD oils allowing for different cannabinoids.

What is CBD oil? Your Guide to Extraction, CBD Types, and More

What’s the difference between full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate?

Besides knowing the extraction method and source of the CBD, consumers need to consider which type of CBD best suits their needs. Right now, most popular products contain CBD isolate, full spectrum CBD, and broad spectrum CBD.

When a product contains full spectrum CBD, it has all of the compounds that are naturally found in the cannabis plant. This only includes 0.3% THC, so you’re getting all the benefits of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the plant as well as trace amounts of THC.

Similar to cannabinoids, terpenes have often been associated by users with offering therapeutic effects to a body that’s riddled with aches and pains. That alone makes full spectrum CBD products one of the most popular products on the health market.

Because full spectrum CBD houses such a multitude of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as well as trace amounts of CBD, people often claim that it has an entourage effect.

If you want a CBD experience similar to full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD delivers similar effects without any THC. Some users prefer to steer clear of THC for various professional and personal reasons, which is why broad spectrum CBD is the better choice for them.

Yet another choice for consumers who want to avoid THC is CBD isolate. This is known as one of the purest and most powerful forms of CBD. Oftentimes, users who haven’t ever tried a CBD product may want to begin with CBD isolate because it’s so refined and has no taste or odor.

What is CBD oil? Your Guide to Extraction, CBD Types, and More

Other Factors To Consider When Choosing a Quality CBD Brand

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Whose names are behind the brand? 

  • Is the brand backed by reputable individuals?

  • Is there a variety of products available?

  • What CBD products are available online?

  • Is there a range of sizes and affordable pricing?

  • What size ranges are available?

Once you’ve looked at the basics behind a CBD brand, consider whose names are behind the brand. Some brands have a long, trusted history while others have powerful investors. A lot of brands have both, and some brands have both trusted and powerful investors.

However, with so many brands that do have both, an often overlooked but important question to ask is, who backs the brand?

A CBD company may have a celebrity spokesperson or even be created by a famous or well-known individual. So, think about it, the name that backs a brand matters.

We choose certain products based on a trusted name. Now, if trusted names associate their names with a CBD product then you know it better be good.

We know this to be certain about the Smilz brand. With such powerful names as Floyd Mayweather and Jas Mathur steering the ship, how can you possibly go wrong?

In fact, everything goes right. Mayweather’s name conjures respect and admiration for generations both past and present. His professional boxing career holds incredible weight with a perfect record of 49-0. No ties and no losses.

In 2018, Mayweather was the best-paid athlete in history. After retiring, Mayweather used his time wisely by investing in sports franchises, real estate, merchandising, and apparel. His dedication to the Smilz brand means potential users can sit back and select their CBD products worry-free.

Add Mathur to the mix and there’s no question that this team delivers the best CBD products on the market. Mathur knows quality when he sees it, bringing an established, successful business background to Smilz that guarantees potential users the confidence necessary to make wise choices when purchasing their CBD products.

Mathur’s trustworthy background in the health and wellness industry gives Smilz the foundation that propels quality and success. As the founder and CEO of Emblaze ONE Inc., Limitless Performance Inc. (LimitlessX), OneShot Keto, and Divatrim. and now Smilz, Mathur’s reputation blends well with the CBD industry and its entrance into the health industry.

What CBD products are available online?

We all know that our online lives have been forever changed because of COVID, even if our lives had already changed beforehand. With that in mind, make sure any CBD product you purchase is available online.

There also needs to be a variety of quality products from full spectrum to CBD isolate. If you’re looking for full spectrum products, check to make sure those products don’t just consist of CBD oils but also include gummies and other forms.

Also, take into consideration whether or not the brand offers different types and flavors of gummies as well as oils, capsules, creams, and even coffee. Flavors matter so much as you begin to explore your favorite CBD products.

Popping a sweet gummy into your mouth at the end of a long workday sets you up for both a fun and calm late afternoon. This is the perfect end to any day that’s taken a lot of energy out of you and now you just need some downtime.

So, ask yourself if you feel confident and secure with the answers to all of these essential questions?

If the answer’s yes, then dive in and get some for yourself. Once you’ve tasted the benefits of one product, you’ll naturally want to try another. Just make sure you trust the brand and feel confident about the answers to those basic questions.