Should I Buy CBD Online or At a Store?

As you might already have guessed, ordering CBD online comes with several benefits. For starters, purchasing this way is more convenient and saves you a trip to the CBD store, but ordering online does come with its own risks. For example, you are more likely to get scammed when making an online order as opposed to purchasing at a physical storefront. 

Let’s look at the pros and cons and how to make the most of each shopping method. 

Buying CBD From a Physical CBD Storefront

The first thing to do when buying CBD physically is to ensure that you are buying from a CBD-specific shop. This is because, while you can easily find CBD being sold at gas stations and other convenience stores, the staff there may not be well equipped to answer CBD-related questions. 

Once you have found a CBD-specific storefront, consider the following questions:

  • Are third-party lab testing results for the CBD productions readily available?
  • Where is the hemp to make the product sourced from?
  • What method of extraction was used on the CBD?

To elaborate on the third question, keep in mind that there are different CBD extraction methods. In most cases, supercritical carbon dioxide filtration is used at the commercial level. It offers the cleanest product free of residual solvents, and, although it is costly to set up initially, maintaining it is not expensive.

More Factors to Consider

Does the store offer any particular benefits such as a loyalty program or regularly scheduled discounts? Buying CBD from a physical storefront means spending extra time and effort that should be rewarded with deals and discounts that make it worth it.

Additionally, find out if the shop’s products are full spectrum or CBD isolate. This is because full spectrum CBD is infused with extra cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. It may also contain other beneficial compounds such as the essential amino acids, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins.

Buying CBD Online

If you have purchased from e-commerce sites in the past then you will not have a problem buying CBD online, as the process is very similar at most online CBD stores.

The main difference is that age verification is usually required before you can proceed to browse a site. After adding your desired item(s) into your cart you can usually create an account and then make your payment. The CBD products should be shipped to your door within a couple of days, depending on the store’s shipping policy. 

What questions should you be asking when you buy CBD oil online? The same quality checks that apply when buying CBD at a physical storefront apply here as well. That being said, consider the following questions as well: 

  1. What information about the company is available from the website? Does it appear genuine and trustworthy?
  2. Shipping policy; does the company ship to your area and do they offer free shipping?
  3. Is the website easy to navigate?
  4. How long does the company take to ship items?

Also, when buying CBD online make sure to read customer reviews for the company with which you are considering doing business. If the reviews are mostly negative, buy elsewhere.

Lastly, as previously stated, remember to check the company’s shipping policy. Do they offer a money back guarantee that includes a refund if you aren’t satisfied with their product(s)?

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, what is most important is the quality of the CBD product that you purchase. Both shopping methods have several pros and cons, so it’s best for you to decide what works best in your circumstances.