How to Find the Best CBD Oil
Updated: September 3, 2021
So, you’ve decided that you’re interested in trying hemp derived CBD for the first time. Or maybe you’re looking to find a new product line because you’re not satisfied with your current one. Lots of people just aren’t sure where to purchase CBD. Let’s make sure you’re in the know about where to buy the best CBD oils.
The short version is that when you’re shopping for CBD, you want to find the highest quality CBD products that are:
- USDA certified organic
- Full Spectrum
- Third-party lab tested
- Well reviewed by customers and independent reviewers
And you want these products to come from a CBD company that is:
- Offers great customer service
- Has a clear returns policy
Where to Find CBD Oil Near Me
If you know which brand you are looking to purchase, some companies, like Cornbread Hemp, make it easy to find a brick-and-mortar location near you where their products are sold. Just go to their website and use their “retail locator.” Sometimes this page is titled “Where to buy CBD oil near me.” Usually all you need to do is enter your zip code and the site will generate a list, and maybe a map.
However, not all brands make it that easy to find a retail shopping location for their products. You may need to conduct the hunt yourself. Also, maybe you have no idea what brand you’re looking for and want to browse and seek the advice of an expert. In both of those cases, your best bet is to find a retailer that specializes in CBD oils and other CBD products. Sure, you can often find CBD oils at pharmacies, convenience stores, and even gas stations. But while these retailers are convenient, they also have a limited selection and likely no one behind the counter who can answer your questions.
If you’re looking for a store that specializes in CBD, just Google “CBD retailers near me” and look for an entry that is a retailer that focuses its sales on CBD products, like a CBD specialty boutique or a dispensary. There, not only will you find a large selection from varied companies, you’ll also likely find a salesperson who is knowledgeable about the products and is ready to answer your questions. They will also probably be able to provide you with access to third-party lab reports that will show you exactly what is in the products you’re looking to purchase.
Be wary of CBD retailers that only sell one brand of CBD product. The employees there are not likely to guide you to the best CBD product for you, but rather the best thing they can sell you from the same bucket of products. Only trust retailers that sell a variety of CBD oil brands that are well recognized, like Cornbread Hemp.
There may be no CBD-focused retailers near you. Many small businesses have been forced to close up shop because of all the problems that 2020 brought us. If there are no CBD-focused retailers near you, your next best choice is health food stores. They may have a more limited inventory, but their salespeople may have some knowledge of CBD oil products.
Pharmacies are also an option, with the same caveats mentioned above: smaller inventories, salespeople who may not be able to answer your questions. But it’s possible your friendly local pharmacist will have at least some information to share with you.
Lastly, you could go the convenience route—convenience stores, gas stations, truck stops, etc.—but we do not recommend this. At those retailers, you’re basically guaranteed to have a limited, often sketchy, inventory to select from and no one to answer your questions. You will likely be unable to find high quality CBD oils at places like this.
If “convenience” is your priority, the most convenient way of shopping for CBD oils and CBD products is online! The sky’s the limit when it comes to options. You can shop specific brands, like Cornbread Hemp, directly on the company’s website. Shopping online gives you access to product reviews and some companies offer full access to third-party lab test results that let you know exactly what’s in each product.
Where to Buy Full Spectrum CBD Oil
Full spectrum CBD contains all components of the cannabis plant, including a legal amount of THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. Federally legal full spectrum products have less than 0.3 percent THC. In states where cannabis is fully legal, you may also be able to find full spectrum products with higher levels of THC in state-licensed dispensaries.1
Some places have state laws that do not allow full spectrum CBD products to be sold in physical retail locations — Kansas and Idaho, for instance. Other brands with stand-alone stores often only sell THC-free products, like broad spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. This is another reason not to buy from a retailer that only sells one brand of CBD product — chances are they are THC-free. And if you want an effective product, THC-free is not what you want.
Broad spectrum CBD is a product that has had the THC removed, leaving the other compounds behind. And CBD isolate contains only the single cannabidiol CBD compound. However, without THC neither of them can encourage an "entourage effect" on the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help it work at optimum capacity. This is why broad spectrum CBD and pure CBD isolate don't seem to work as well as CBD containing the complete wide range of cannabinoids.
The best news is that while full spectrum CBD oil may not be available at a retail shop in your area, it is always available legally online. Federal law permits CBD products with less than 0.3 percent of THC to be sold anywhere in the United States and its territories like Puerto Rico. Because hemp CBD oil is federally legal, it can be shipped to you by the United States Postal Services and private couriers like UPS. Cornbread Hemp believes in hemp products that work, which is why our selection does not offer broad spectrum CBD as of yet. And we offer UPS shipping on our online store.
Where to Buy CBD Gummies
CBD gummies are rising in popularity since many states have relaxed their views on the legality of cannabis products. They’re small and delicious fruit-flavored bites infused with CBD oil. Cornbread Hemp’s gummies are made with CBD extracted from the flowers of the hemp plant, which by law have no more than 0.3 percent THC. How do you know where to buy CBD gummies?
You can buy CBD gummies in many of the same places you’ll find CBD oil: dispensaries, CBD boutiques, health food stores, independent pharmacies, and the occasional convenience market. If you buy for CBD gummies at those locations, each comes with its own caveat. Dispensaries are good if you’re in a state where cannabis is legal, and if you don’t mind marijuana-derived products. Independent pharmacies are also good for buying CBD gummies, but the prices tend to be on the high side. Single-brand CBD stores are only interested in selling you their product, not what’s best for you.
Health food stores, by contrast, have the most knowledgeable staff to help you buy CBD gummies that are best for you. Some feel the best place to buy CBD gummies is online because you can read every lab report before making a decision.
CBD gummies are a convenient and discreet way to take CBD. Because of the familiarity of the gummy form and the great taste, CBD gummies can be a good choice for people trying CBD for the first time.
Where to Find CBD Oil for Dogs
Sometimes, Fido or Fluffy just need a little “chill” in their tough dog lives. Or perhaps they are experiencing the same kinds of discomfort that people deal with. Luckily, we know where to find CBD oil for dogs and cats.
CBD specialty stores and dispensaries will likely have a small section dedicated to CBD oil for pets. As previously mentioned, those locations are excellent for their selection and for the staff’s potential knowledge of the products. They should be able to help you make the best choices and provide you with access to lab test results for the products. But you may not have one in your area.
Pet specialty stores are also a good option for purchasing CBD pet products for dogs and cats. Pet specialty stores can be big box retailers or small boutiques. They often stock supplements and CBD oil for pets.
Look for CBD oil that is specially flavored to appeal to your finicky pets’ tastes. Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Oil for Cats and Dogs tastes like corndogs! No other CBD oil has this signature flavor, and Cornbread Hemp’s furry customers seem to love it.
Where to Buy CBD Online
As we mentioned earlier, if convenience is a high priority for you when you’re looking to purchase CBD products, there’s nothing more convenient than ordering online and having it delivered right to your door. Buying CBD oil online is a safe, legal, and discreet transaction.
Also, a major benefit of shopping online is that you can exercise your due diligence when it comes to research. Shopping online allows you to read reviews of the various products you’re looking into. Many CBD companies, like Cornbread Hemp, give you access to third-party lab test results. In fact, Cornbread Hemp provides lab results for every single one of its small batches.
But where can you buy CBD online? You have three main choices.
Large Consumer Marketplaces
Yes, you can get CBD oil on sites like eBay, Amazon, and Etsy. Alaina Dorsey of Leafly writes, “In the case of Amazon and Etsy, it may be listed under ‘hemp extract’ or ‘hemp oil.’ There are CBD sellers on eBay, but overall, I wouldn’t bother ordering from these sites. They can simply get away with too much—including claims that could be hard to fact check. Who wants to put in all the work of determining that you’re getting what you’re paying for? Only consider CBD items that have enough positive reviews or ratings that you can trust.”2
In other words, do not order CBD from Amazon, Etsy, or eBay. It’s too sketchy out there to risk your money at places like this.
The best place to get CBD oil online is directly from a CBD company’s website. The best CBD websites will feature reviews and a plethora of information about the product they sell. Many also share customers’ stories and editorials not only about their products but also about lifestyle and wellness. You can tell how committed a company is to serving their customers by how much information they share.
When you buy directly from the producer, you’re assured of getting exactly what you researched, not a potential knock-off with a similar-sounding name or brand style. If you found a brand of one product that you like, shopping at the company site allows you to see what other products they have available.
Often, a company website will offer the best prices on the brand, exclusive discounts, rewards programs or other benefits to customers. Plus, some companies offer cool swag so you can show off your brand loyalty!
And don’t forget, these company sites are able to ship their products right to your door safely and legally via the United States Postal Service and couriers like UPS. Cornbread Hemp ships their products via USPS in discreet mailers in case you’re feeling private about your CBD usage, or if you’re worried about “porch pirates'' who might want to get their hands on your CBD purchases!
Getting your CBD purchases online and shipped quickly to your doorstep is the safest and most convenient way of purchasing CBD. You can do your research, assure yourself of the contents and potency of what you order. In many cases, you will be supporting a small business online from the comfort of your favorite chair.
And you can know you can have your Cornbread Hemp products in your hands quickly! Want your CBD shipped overnight to you? Cornbread Hemp and UPS can do that for you!
Choose the Highest Quality CBD
Cornbread Hemp is a family owned company that produces USDA certified CBD oils and other full spectrum CBD products from organic hemp grown in Kentucky. The hemp cannabis plant loves growing in the Bluegrass State's perfect climate. And the same limestone filtered water supply responsible for Kentucky's world-famous bourbon is also responsible for the best hemp crops in the nation.
Instead of using the CO2 extraction method, which can leave CBD oils tasting bitter and harsh, we use the organic sugarcane ethanol extraction process to gently extract all the goodness from organic hemp flowers only. This creates a smooth tasting full spectrum CBD oils with no grassiness or harshness. Our hemp extract is made in small batches for the best quality control.
The carrier oil we use to blend with our organic hemp extract is organic MCT coconut oil. MCT oil is made up of very small molecules, so small they pass through our skin membranes with ease. This makes MCT oil the perfect vehicle to deliver CBD to the bloodstream.
All of Cornbread Hemp's CBD products have QR codes on the packaging leading directly to third party lab results on the company's website. These Lab reports include full safety screening for harmful materials like pesticides, heavy metals, and toxins. There is also an analysis of the THC and CBD content in each batch. This way you can ensure that you are buying CBD products that are safe and legal.
Cornbread Hemp strives to produce the best high quality CBD possible, and also provide the best customer service.
Where is the best place to buy CBD online?
The best place to buy CBD online is directly from the producer's website. There you will be able to find reviews, detailed descriptions, and hopefully even lab results to make sure you're buying the best, safest product you can.
Is it legal to have CBD products shipped to you?
Company sites are able to ship their products right to your door safely and legally via the United States Postal Service and couriers like UPS, Fedex, and others.
Where is the best place to buy CBD for pets?
Specialty pet boutiques may have a well-curated selection of Pet CBD. Pet "superstores" will likely have a carefully chosen line up products approved by vets. Or you can go directly to the manufacturer's website which will likely feature reviews, descriptions, and possibly lab reports.
1. Creveling, Mallory. “Full-spectrum vs. broad-spectrum CBD: Which one is right for you?” Healthline. Pub: 30 Sep. 2020. Accessed: 23 Dec. 2020. https://www.healthline.com/health/full-spectrum-vs-broad-spectrum-cbd.
2. Dorsey, Alaina. “How to buy CBD online: 8 tips you should know.” Leafly. Pub: 15 Nov. 2018. Accessed: 23 Dec. 2020. https://www.leafly.com/news/lifestyle/how-to-find-right-site-to-buy-cbd-online.