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What To Look For in CBD Oil [And What to Avoid]

As CBD oil becomes increasingly popular, more and more people are looking to buy it. But with all of the different brands and types available, it can be tough to figure out what to look for in CBD oil. In this article, we’ll share some tips on what to look for in CBD oil so that you can find the best products on the market.

Considering ingredients, brand reputation, and where the hemp was sourced are crucial in looking for the best CBD oil. Whether you’re completely new to CBD oil or simply looking to learn more, Cheef Botanicals is the best place to start. So let’s dive in!

Why Sourcing CBD Oil Is Important

When it comes to CBD oil, one of the most important things to look for is where the hemp was sourced from. Hemp plants are bioaccumulators, meaning they absorb everything from the soil they grow in. If the hemp is grown in nutrient-rich soil, the CBD oil from it will be of higher quality.

On the other hand, if the hemp is grown in soil contaminated with heavy metals or other toxins, those toxins will end up in the CBD oil. That’s why it’s important to make sure that the CBD oil you’re buying comes from quality hemp.

What To Look For When Buying CBD Oil

It can be tough to tell the difference between high-quality CBD oil and low-quality CBD oil just by looking at it. That’s why it’s important to look for certain key ingredients when you buy CBD oil.

CBD oils should list the ingredients on the label. When it comes to natural hemp products, the fewer ingredients, the better. You’ll also want to ensure that the CBD oil is third-party lab tested. This ensures that the label claims are accurate. Labs record their results in Certificates of Analysis (COAs), which reputable cannabis companies post on their site.

Another great way to ensure that you’re getting high-quality CBD oil is to buy from a reputable brand. Cheef Botanicals only sources its CBD oil from local farms in the United States. Furthermore, we partner with third-party labs to test all of our products. Let’s dive further into these qualities and more, so you can find the best CBD (cannabidiol) extracts sold online!

Third-party Lab Tests

As we touched on just a moment ago, reputable cannabis companies have an independent lab test their products to verify the label claims. The lab records the results of those tests in COAs. They list out all the cannabinoids in the product and their potency levels so you can be certain a product’s label is telling the truth. You can find our COAs under the “Why Cheef?” tab.


These days, consumer reviews are more prominent and important than ever. By reading reviews from real customers, you can get a good idea of what to expect from a brand or product. That’s why it’s important to look for customer reviews that are unbiased and objective. We’re proud of our reviews, and you can read them on Trustpilot or the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Type of CBD

CBD oils fall under one of three categories: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. Full spectrum CBD oil contains all of the compounds in hemp, including trace amounts of THC (no more than 0.3%, of course). If you prefer to avoid THC, you can try broad spectrum CBD oil, which has all the hemp compounds except THC, or CBD isolate, which is 99.99% pure CBD.

Amounts of THC & CBD

Hemp-derived CBD products should always have a label that lists the ingredients. But how do you know if CBD brands are telling the truth about what’s on their label? This is where those COAs we mentioned earlier come in. They can help you determine whether the label accurately lists the amount of each cannabinoid in the CBD product.

Remember, you want the THC amount to be 0.3% or less. In terms of the CBD, the more, the merrier! However, when it comes to high- CBD products, keep in mind that you should adjust the amount you take. The golden rule is: start low and go slow! Take a small amount, then increase as you feel comfortable.


When looking for CBD oil, it’s important to consider the ingredients. The best CBD oils will list all of the ingredients on their labels. Some of the most important ingredients to look for include:

  • Hemp seed oil: This is the base of many CBD tinctures. It’s a carrier oil that helps deliver CBD throughout your body. Some companies use MCT oil or olive oil as carriers, but they aren’t as effective as hemp seed oil.
  • CBD (cannabidiol): This is the active ingredient in CBD oil. It’s what provides the majority of the benefits associated with CBD.
  • Natural flavors: Some CBD oils include artificial flavors, but these can be harmful to one’s health. We recommend either no added flavors or terpene-based flavors (terpenes are hemp-derived compounds that affect the taste and smell of a plant).

hemp field at golden hour

Hemp Source

The easiest way to know whether your hemp is quality or not is to make sure it was grown in the United States. Hemp grown in the U.S. is subject to strict regulations, while imported hemp may not have these same guidelines. Buying American hemp products ensures that the hemp farms comply with government restrictions on THC content (more on this in a moment).

Return Policy

If you’re not happy with your purchase, you can get your money back hassle-free. We offer a no-questions-asked return policy on all our products because if you don’t like something, you shouldn’t have to keep it! You can also reach out to our customer service team to help so that we can help find the perfect product for you.

What To Look For in CBD Oil – Extra Perks!

If a company can offer everything we mentioned above, they’re likely a good brand. However, there are even more perks to take advantage of! If you’d rather have a great brand than just a good one, look for the qualities below.

Sales and Discounts

We have a discount for those buying CBD oil for the first time. If you’re new to the CBD world, we want to make sure you have a good time. So enjoy 15% off on your first purchase.

Subscription Savings

CBD products are all about wellness, so many take them on a daily basis. If you buy on a regular schedule, it helps to have a subscription. To add to the convenience, subscribers get 25% off!


If you’re looking for a certain brand, you might be wondering if they’ll have a sale soon so you can get the CBD products you want and save money. Look for well-known brands that offer sales frequently. We post all sale notifications via our website or by signing up for our email newsletter. Keep an eye out for 40-50% off or BOGO sales!

Is CBD Oil Legal?

CBD oil is federally legal in the United States as long as it has 0.3 percent THC or less. This is because of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized all hemp products. If a cannabis plant has more than 0.3% THC, the government considers it marijuana (which is federally illegal). We only sell hemp products, and hemp is defined as cannabis with 0.3% THC or less.

While CBD oil is legal in the United States, it is also relatively new to the national market. Therefore, the Federal Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved nonprescription CBD products to treat any health conditions. However, CBD is well-tolerated by humans, and it has very minimal side effects, including drowsiness, increased thirst and hunger, and mild upset stomach. These are unlikely to happen unless you take a much larger amount of cBD than you’re used to.

holding two sizes of oil in hands

Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?

You can purchase CBD oil from various sources, including online stores, vape shops, and dispensaries. At Cheef, we pride ourselves on being a top-rated and reviewed brand. Our products are third-party lab tested and made with organic, clean hemp grown in the United States.

Why Choose Cheef Botanicals?

At Cheef Botanicals, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality CBD oil to our customers. We started this company because we know what we look for in CBD oils, and we want to share that high standard with our whole community.

At Cheef, we tick off all the boxes we discussed in this article. We source premium hemp from American farms, stick to simple and natural ingredients, and have COAs for every product.

Final Thoughts – What To Look For in CBD Oil

Now you know how to differentiate between high-quality and low-quality CBD oils. You should prioritize natural ingredients, domestically-sourced hemp, COAs, and a great consumer experience.

Now it’s time to head to the Cheef Botanicals shop to get your own bottle of premium CBD oil. If CBD oil doesn’t sound like the best choice for you, don’t worry. We have a vast selection of CBD products to offer, including CBD flower, CBD vapes, CBD topicals, and so much more. Check them all out today!