What to Know Before Buying CBD

Inflammation causes backaches, menstrual cramps, swollen joints, and many other ailments. That’s why nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen are among the most commonly used drugs in the world.

If you’re trying to move away from reliance on NSAIDs, cannabidiol (CBD) can be an effective alternative. Before jumping aboard the CBD train, there are a few key considerations.

Quality Assurance

CBD is available in virtually every gas station and corner store. But not all products are equal. Look for certified organic products. These are grown without pesticides and contain fewer toxins that may aggravate inflammation.

Search the packaging for a certificate of analysis QR code. Quality products are potent, pure, and shelf stable — with test results to prove it. Reputable companies make it easy to find test results. If you don’t see it on the packaging, you may find test results on the company’s website.

If not, it’s best to keep searching for a more transparent company. Tests should include the CBD to THC ratio, potency per milligram, and information about mold and mildew as well as the presence of heavy metals.


“Start low and go slow” is an apt mantra for most cannabis products. But, many people don’t feel relief from non-THC CBD until nearing the same milligram dose as what is available from over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen.

Delta-8 edibles are also growing in popularity among consumers.

Many NSAIDs contain at least 200mg per tablet. Conversely, many CBD products are available in small doses, like 5mg per capsule. You can start low, but feel free to increase your dosage until you notice a pain-relieving effect. 

Ingestion Method

One incredible benefit of legalization is product diversity. You can find CBD in practically any form. Tinctures are an excellent option for obtaining rapid relief with higher doses.

There are loads of CBD gummies available, but they are sugary and may contain animal byproducts like gelatin. Gel capsules are an excellent alternative to gummies as they have no taste and can be quickly scaled to the appropriate dose.

A transdermal patch can also be a quick, effective delivery method that offers prolonged pain relief. Similarly, salves and creams can target the source of the irritation with a quick onset.

Pain-Free With CBD

You may hear people say CBD is only effective for mild pain. In this author’s experience, a higher dose is necessary for adequate pain relief.

Find a delivery format that works for your lifestyle and preferences. A transdermal patch is discreet and continuous for a day at the office. Gel capsules offer a familiar “medicine cabinet” approach to relief. And tinctures are helpful for any occasion when seeking faster effects.

While the milligrams per dose and the preferred delivery method will be different for everyone, the necessity of a pure, quality-tested product is universal. Do your diligence and before you know it, you could be leaving NSAIDs on the shelf and opting for a liver-friendly CBD alternative.

This article first appeared in Volume 4 Issue 4 of Cannabis & Tech Today. Read the full issue here.


  • Ebby Stone is a freelance writer specializing in cannabis, with a focus on the innovators and businesses shaping the industry.

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