Read This Before Buying Any Cannabis Product
I want for you to become a savvy cannabis consumer by increasing your comfort level in examining factual data available in print or text format which explains in certain detail what the specific cannabis product you’re interested in is and what can do in your body.
If you are someone who already reads labels on packaged food items, you are at an advantage compared to those who never consider what’s there on food labels. Cannabis products do not come with have consistent or easy-to-read labels like packaged food, however.
Take a careful look at this photograph of what a typical product label looks like in the state of Nevada which has particularly strict regulations for cannabis product labeling or disclosure:
Every state does not have the identical cannabis product labeling or disclosure as does Nevada. But I encourage you at least to request at the point of purchase this detailed kind of product labeling and disclosure before you buy any cannabis product for the very first time from any legal retail cannabis business.
Look at that photograph and compare it with what I suggest are the most important items you want to see and evaluate in any given product labeling or disclosure:
- Clearly stated name of the cannabis product (such as CBD)
- Product delivery format (such as capsules)
- Specific unit count (such as 5 pack)
- Cannabis ingredients per unit (such as CBD 30.64 mg THC 2.37 mg)
- Cannabis ingredients per package (such as CBD 173.3 mg THC 11.85 mg)
- Prominent (but not necessarily all) terpenes in the product (such as Pinene 0.0%, Humulene 0.09%, Bisobolol 0.0%, Limonene 0.0%, Linalool 0.09%)
- Evidence of any testing (such as the words “All products are lab tested.”)
- How the cannabis product was produced (such as the words “This product was produced through light hydrocarbon and ethanol extractions.”
- Net weight of the product (such as 2.35 g)
The information you should ask for may not be printed on or attached to the product container. Disclosure of the information might be in a separate printout.
For example, here is a photograph of one such separate printout for a cannabis product sold within in the state of Nevada by https://hopemmj.com:
It can be especially helpful to you if a cannabis product vendor happens to provide product usage guidelines as does this particular Nevada vendor.
Note that you do not need to become an expert when it comes to all such details in a given cannabis product. There is a fundamental level of knowledge that you should have, however, that is very easy to spell out:
- Learn the crucial difference between CBD and THC.
- Know the differences between cannabis delivery formats (such as capsules/pills, oral spray, vaporized, smoking, rubbing on your skin, etc.)
- Be comfortable with terpenes and how they work in a general sense (such as learning which scent and which effects come from which terpenes.)
- Recognize the extraction method used (because some methods leave toxic residue.)
- Know how to divide the dollar amount for the cannabis product by the net weight of the cannabis product to get an approximate cost per unit. Example: $30 for 2.35 grams of product equates to about $12.77 per gram.
This should be obvious, but I will state it directly:
You should only purchase cannabis products from legal and licensed retail sellers and never from “a dealer” who sells black market drugs.
If you choose to purchase cannabis products at a gas station or convenience store or CVS or Walgreens, you first should request to read the disclosure information before you make a purchase. If you are not given such disclosure information to read, you should take that as a clear signal for you to walk away without purchasing the cannabis product.
You can increase your comfort level with reading and evaluating cannabis product labels and disclosures if you go online to read about this type of information. I recommend the glossary of terms provided on https://cannahemp.com/discover-cbd/ as a trustworthy source for your ongoing education into cannabis products.
It’s perfectly acceptable for you to ask a cannabis product salesperson in a retail setting any questions that can help you get exactly what you’re looking for. You could, for example, ask: “I want something that has a pine or citrus scent. What do you suggest?” Or, “I’m looking for a very low amount of THC compared to the level of CBD. Do you have any recommendations on that?”
You may also want to become aware of nicknames and street name of cannabis currently in use today.
Where you live may have certain selected cannabis products such as CBD (cannabidiol) available for purchase in a retail settings.
This might be in your local CVS or Walgreens.
You may find CBD available for purchase at the local gym juice bar or at a convenience store that is also a gas station. You will easily find CBD for sale online.
The expansion of CBD sales across the United States has happened remarkably quickly following the 2018 passage of what’s known as The Farm Bill.
Yet, you will want to be smart and carefully read product information before you make any cannabis product purchase. Ask the retailer to show you the full descriptions of the cannabis product rather than just taking a glance at the product container or packaging.
If all you see is merely a brand name along with a few short words such as calm or alert or sleep, believe me, that’s not sufficient reason for you to purchase the cannabis product with confidence or peace of mind.
Even if you were pointed towards specific cannabis products by someone you respect (a nurse, for example), you need to read the available disclosure information about the specific cannabis product before you spend any money on a purchase.
If you’re told at the retail location that no such disclosure information is available, that’s a red flag. It means it’s time to walk away and shop somewhere else—preferably at licensed dispensary.
Cannabis culture in the United States is marketed as:
- cool and trendy
- analgesic (pain relieving)
Do not let the enticing marketing of cannabis culture distract you. The need is for you to attain a savvy awareness about what’s in cannabis products you may want to buy, and, what specific effects are intended by the cannabis products (such as reducing pain, helping you sleep better, reducing your anxiety, and so forth.) Cannabis marketing with clever wording and appealing imagery is no substitute for facts found in cannabis product information.