With the recent influx of cannabis products, cannabis-based extracts, and cannabis oil in South Africa, it can be hard to tell what is and isn’t pure CBD oil. What started as an interest in trying CBD for your anxiety, back pain or sleep issues turned into an internet wormhole, attempting to find clarity on the content and ingredients of all these different CBD products.
Trust, we’ve been there. There’s a lot of misinformation, and fasle practice going around thanks to lack of regulation. It’s all too easy to buy CBD oil, only to find out that it isn’t a legitimate extract, and actually just a very weak hemp salve with little to no CBD. Even worse, would be buying a non-intoxicating CBD product, only to find it was improperly made and contains intoxicating THC.
To help with this pressing issue, we’ve put together this guide to direct you towards quality, lab-tested CBD products sold in South Africa, from only the most trusted suppliers, that we’ve tried out ourselves.
- Where to find Pure CBD Oil in South Africa
- What else to know before you buy CBD Oil in South Africa
One of the most reliable suppliers of pure CBD oil that we’ve come to know is Faithful to Nature. While we’ve been asked many times which CBD Oil Dischem sells, unfortunately they only stock hemp-based nutritional supplements, like hemp protein powder or hemp seed oil.
Faithful to Nature is a company that’s been around for more than ten years in South Africa, stocking only the highest quality natural, organic and alternative products for health and wellness. They popped up on our radar as being the only supplier of Cibdol in South Africa, a Swiss-manufactured CBD oil of the highest quality.
Cibdol is a company following rigorous government-regulated standards for making CBD in Switzerland, meaning their product is pure, accurately dosed and lab-tested by a third party, allowing for ensured clarity and accurate batch reports. This means you can check the batch number of your product you purchased, and reference it with reports available online, to see the exact contents of your batch down to the finest detail.
Cibdol sells their products in both dropper oils, and capsules; as well as in varying doses and strengths. They’re a quality producer whose attention to detail goes largely unmatched in South Africa, and even in places where Cannabis is fully legally regulated.
Since there’s no government agency currently going around setting laws around what constitutes a “real CBD product”, you’ve got to do most of the work yourself. With no one checking if stores are even doing background checks on their suppliers’ products, you’ve really got to have your wits about you in order to make sure you’re buying a real CBD product and not a falsely advertised one.
The best way to check for legitimacy, is lab testing. A reliable and trustworthy CBD supplier will have their product tested in a lab by a third party, so as to accurately reflect the content of the product with no opportunity to alter the results of the test. These test results should be readily available online from the supplier, and should have batch numbers so you can easily check the content of your purchase.
Less efficient, but also a good idea, is checking the CBD content in mg, and see whether it’s a full plant extract, or an extract from buds only. These aren’t sole identifiers of legitimacy, but the more transparent the company is on a whole, the more likely it is that they’re not hoodwinking you.
Lastly, email the manufacturer! If they’re a trustworthy company that isn’t trying to pull the wool over your eyes, they should get back to you with assurance and facts showing their product is legitimate, and not a case of CBD oil versus Snake Oil.
Picking the right Pure CBD Oil for you, after you’ve found a reliable brand and product, is pretty easy. If you’re looking for instant relief, you’re probably going to either need a high CBD strain of flower, or CBD Vape Juice.
Otherwise, it’s much of a muchness between drops, a spray, or capsules. A mouth spray will generally act a little faster than the other two, making it great to use for appetite, anxiety or stress when relief is needed as fast as possible.
On the other hand, oil drops or capsules are great for sleep or pain, as you can simply swallow them and wait for the relief to set in after 30-90 minutes (this all depends on the individual).
All in all, it’s best advised to go with what you’re comfortable with. Whatever will fit best into your daily routine, and work for you in a way that doesn’t feel uncomfortable or unnatural – that’s what’s best for you.
THC Oil, being an intoxicating variant of Cannabis Extracts, is still illegal to buy or sell. It’s legal to make or use in private, for personal use only. This means that it’s something that you’re going to have to work on yourself. It’s an alternative to CBD for those who don’t mind getting high, or would rather get high when they dose their medicine.
Some, like Rick Simpson, the man who popularized full extract cannabis oil, refers to a theory called the Entourage Effect, which theorizes that cannabis is more effective as a medicine when consumed as a whole plant extract, as opposed to a single chemical extract.
The reasoning behind this theory is that different cannabinoids regulate each other’s effect – for example, CBD will bring you down in terms of panic and anxiety from a high-dose THC high.
If you’re interested, why not try making your own Cannabis Oil at home – just know that it’s intoxicating, and can be very, very powerful. So dose carefully.
By this point we’ve covered just about all that you should know when looking for CBD oil in South Africa. For a last few pointers we can think of, make sure that you know the effects and uses of CBD for different purposes.
For example, if you’re using CBD Oil for Cancer, make sure you do ample reading and research beforehand, as well as possibly consulting with a doctor before deciding to go down that route.
As we stressed before, we remind you again that it’s of utmost importance to know your manufacturer in and out. They should be a fully transparent and reliable registered company, who isn’t messing around. It’s the same way you’d only put petrol in your car from a petrol station, not from some guy on the side of the road claiming he has a petrol refinery somewhere closeby.
Yes, CBD Oil is legal. While the framework surrounding it is still being processed, it doesn’t constitute an illicit substance as long as it is certified CBD with less than 0.3% THC.
The exact legal space around CBD will still be refined, we assume it’ll happen as part of the dagga ruling, for clarity’s sake, but for now we can assume we’re all good buying and using CBD products.
It’s a fun process, only it’s really imperative you have THC-free weed otherwise you’re going to be met with a very, very strong high.