Cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded in popularity over the past few years, thanks to its medical benefits and lack of psychoactive effects; it shows great potential for treating anxiety, pain, inflammation, seizures, sleeping disorders and neurological conditions. According to a 2017 study by the Hemp Business Journal
, CBD sales from products derived from hemp and marijuana more than tripled from 2014 to 2017, going from $108.1 million to $358.4 million in just three years. By 2020, CBD sales are predicted to reach $1.153 billion.
That is, if people can figure out how to buy CBD oil and concentrates. Most often used for medical reasons, these products can be purchased through a number of platforms...but often not easily, thanks to the murky laws surrounding marijuana and hemp. The murk is so thick that police departments in Tennessee
have even gotten lost in the confusion. To help guide you through this new shopping journey, here are five ways to purchase CBD oil and concentrates.
Obviously, you can only do this in a state where commercial marijuana is legal, but if you're lucky enough to live in such a place, dispensaries are your best option for in-person retail. Although every CBD product in a Colorado dispensary must have some THC, extractors are coming out with concentrates and oils containing less than 5 percent THC.
Why is it worth a trip to a dispensary? On top of the added medical benefits of THC, CBD oil derived from marijuana, not hemp, has been shown to be of better quality and likely have a slower rate of increased tolerance. In Colorado, the efficacy of hemp-derived CBD isn't regulated by a state agency, while dispensaries must have all of their products lab-tested for contaminants and potency.
Myxed Up Creations is one of many Denver head shops carrying CBD products.
No dispensaries in your state? Even in states where recreational pot is legal, many head shops carry a variety of medical and recreational CBD products. If you come across a store down with the cause, your options will largely be vaporizable concentrates, such as CBD oils in pre-filled cartridges and purified CBD isolate, which can reach upwards of 99 percent purity. Some smoke shops also carry CBD tinctures, topicals and even foods.