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CBD Oil - Your Ultimate Guide

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There are a plethora of CBD oils out there. Here, we look at everything you need to know when buying CBD oil online.

CBD needs little introduction. This tiny compound has taken the health industry by storm lately and has been the subject of all kinds of studies and news reports. But with so many brands of CBD oil out there, how can you be sure you’re getting the best quality product? In this article, we’ll help you make an informed decision about CBD and show you how to buy the best oil on the market.

How to identify the best-quality CBD oil

CBD oil is a relatively new product; therefore, it can be very difficult to distinguish top-notch from the lesser quality. We made a 6-point summary to assist you when purchasing your own CBD oil.



The first thing to think about when buying CBD oil is what you plan to use it for. What are your goals when taking CBD? What results do you wish to see by including the cannabinoid in your daily ritual? CBD oil is not a cure-all, so it's important to maintain some perspective when creating a CBD regimen tailored to you.

Moreover, taking large amounts of the cannabinoid right away isn't advised. Low or mid-strength CBD oil taken a few times per day is common among the average CBD oil user. You can always opt for stronger doses as you go along. Furthermore, we recommend conducting some further research on the scientific findings surrounding CBD, as this may help you determine how it could best fit into your life.



CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis. It was first “discovered” in the 1940s, but only recently gained the attention of the industry and the general public as anecdotal and preliminary scientific results on its effects have been distributed.

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Scientific research on CBD is literally growing by the day, although it will take some time for studies to wrap up and present their findings. CBD is currently being probed for its potential in relation to numerous health conditions, but there is simply not enough evidence to confidently assert its prowess in most of these areas. With that said, encouraging clinical trials and the approval of CBD-based medicines in some parts of the world point to a bright future.



Any CBD product is only ever going to be as good as the hemp it was made from. Make sure to keep that in mind when picking a CBD oil. We always recommend using CBD oils that are made from organic hemp grown in Europe or the US. Anything marketed as being organic in these areas usually has to meet strict regulations regarding the use of fertilisers, pesticides, etc. By buying organic CBD oil from European or US producers, you can be sure you’re getting a cleaner, better product.

Remember that hemp, like many other plants, can absorb all kinds of materials from its environment. If it’s treated with pesticides and grown in synthetic fertilisers, many of the compounds from these products may end up in the plant, and subsequently in your oil.



Different CBD oils have different cannabinoid concentrations. Make sure to be aware of this and choose an oil accordingly. First and foremost, you’ll want to know how much CBD is in your oil. Most brands will label this clearly using a milligram (mg) and/or percentage (%) figure. Again, think about how you plan to use your oil, and choose a strength that suits you (we always recommend starting with mid-strength oils first).

Secondly, you’ll want to look at how much THC is in your oil. In most parts of the world, CBD products cannot legally contain more than 1% THC. However, you’ll find some oils that have THC concentrations of less than 0.6%; and then there are those with less than 0.2%. None of these oils contain enough THC to get users high, which is why they are widely sold across the European continent.

We always recommend using CBD oils that are clearly labelled with what compounds they contain. Better yet, opt for CBD brands that regularly lab test their products, so you know exactly what’s in the oil you’re taking.



Full-spectrum CBD oils contain all the compounds found in the hemp plant. This includes other cannabinoids and terpenes, many of which have their own unique benefits. CBD isolate oils on the other hand are made with pure CBD. Whether you choose a full-spectrum oil or an isolate will depend on your personal preference. Using full-spectrum oils offer a more well-rounded hemp experience. Research suggests that cannabinoids and terpenes can synergise to create what is known as the “entourage effect”.

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We can’t stress this enough; make sure to read reviews of the CBD products you’re interested in. User reviews can tell you a lot about the quality of an oil, and the experience others are having with it. The Zamnesia CBD Shop makes this easy, as we automatically feature product reviews in each of our product listings. Make sure to check them out for more info about the many different CBD oils out there.

Extra tips for choosing the best CBD oil


CBD oils can vary in many different ways. Here are some other things to consider when buying hemp oil.

Carrier oil: CBD oils are made by suspending hemp extract in some kind of carrier oil. The most common carrier oils include olive oil, hemp seed oil, and MCT oil (usually sourced from coconut oil), but there are other options out there too. Make sure to do your research about which carrier oil you prefer, and always remember to read your labels to find out what’s holding your CBD oil together.

Colour: The colour of CBD oils can vary greatly. Raw oils (which go through the least amount of processing) are usually dark green in colour and may still contain chlorophyll[11] other impurities. Oils that have been decarboxylated may be dark orange or brown, while filtered oils (which go through the most processing) will usually have a clear, golden colour. These are the most popular CBD oils on the market.

Strain: Some CBD oils may be made from specific strains of hemp. These strains have been specifically bred to have different cannabinoid concentrations and produce different effects.

Flavour: Some CBD oils are flavoured. This can help mask the bitter taste of hemp, which some people find unpleasant.

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Zamnesia's top 3 CBD oils

Fortunately, you don't have to look very far to sample some of the best CBD oils around, thanks to Zamnesia! Below we've picked out the top three oils that allow you to experience all of the potential benefits CBD has to offer.

1. CBD Oil 5%

Zamnesia's CBD Oil 5% is made from top-shelf European hemp and offers the perfect entryway into cannabidiol. Containing 5% CBD and available in 10ml bottles, this oil is ideal for administering specific doses with the handy dropper. Whether you want to use CBD oil sublingually or add a little to your favourite dishes, it's never been easier to accomplish. With no intoxicating effects, CBD Oil 5% can be enjoyed at any time of day and anywhere without any risk of impairment.

2. CBD Oil 10%

Next up is Zamnesia's CBD Oil 10%. This product is pure and made from contaminant-free European hemp extract. As arguably the next step up for CBD users, this 10ml bottle contains 10% CBD and offers a high-concentration formula that's incredibly simple to use. Like all other Zamnesia CBD Oils, this one is completely devoid of THC, making for a non-intoxicating experience, allowing it to be used at any time.

3. CBD Oil 40%

For those seeking a high-strength and high-quality CBD oil, the search is over! Zamnesia's CBD Oil 40% is the result of infusing the highest-quality hemp extract into nutritious MCT oil. With plenty of synergistic terpenes available, this CBD oil maximises the entourage effect. Whether combining CBD Oil 40% with food or drink or taking it sublingually, the handy dropper allows for convenient and easy dosing whenever needed.

Experience CBD oils today

Now that we've given you a rundown of everything you should look out for when it comes to CBD oils, the last thing you need to do is try them for yourself! There's never been a better time to experience everything that cannabidiol has to offer. Make CBD oils a part of your daily routine and enjoy all of the potential benefits. Simply head over to the Zamnesia store, where you can get your pick of the finest CBD products available today.

Steven Voser
Steven Voser
Steven Voser is an independent cannabis journalist with over 6 years of experience writing about all things weed; how to grow it, how best to enjoy it, and the booming industry and murky legal landscape surrounding it.
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