There has been an intense CBD craze in the United States since the federal government broadly legalized the cannabinoid in 2018.
I see it in gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, and even in some medical offices.
It typically pains me when I see it being sold at egregious prices. First of all, you’re paying for basic CBD isolate crystals regardless of where you go. The quality is based on how well it was extracted and processed, with the lab taking care of products being harder to find in local stores. A lot of the junk you see in smoke shops and gas stations could have been grown using harmful pesticides that are still leftover in the product you purchase. If it’s hemp flower products, the opening of direct pesticide exposure is even higher. Extractors can dilute away contaminants in some cases, however you can’t do the same thing with hemp flower buds. Even if you get your CBD products from a medical marijuana dispensary that lab tests all of its products, you’re legitimately paying too much money. There are amazing hemp flower growers out west who sell their products on the internet. You can find fresh harvests and safe products at much lower prices than what you’re bound to encounter at any random medical marijuana store. There are some websites that will sell you a pound of hemp flower buds for under $200, and some of the buds are frosty with CBD trichomes. I have started using CBD products in conjunction with high THC products to great effects. It helps considerably if I can use the 2 together instead of individually as I get a good synergistic effect in the end.