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Guide to Buying the Best CBD Oil: Find the one that suits your needs

Today we bring you the ABC’s of how to buy CBD oil. As you may know, CBD oil has gained great popularity in recent years due to its various wellness benefits.

In this guide, we will provide you with complete information about CBD oil, from what it is to how to choose the product that best suits your needs.

How to Choose the Best CBD Oil: A Step-by-Step Guide

In the market you will find a wide variety of CBD oils to buy. Consider the following factors to select the one that best suits your needs:

1 – Understand your needs

Understanding your needs will help you find products that fit them. If you are a beginner, whether you are looking for a mild effect or need something stronger, it is advisable to start slowly and listen to your body. Discover the effective CBD dosage.

2 – Look at the concentration: Higher concentration means more CBD per drop.

When looking for CBD oil, it is important to consider the concentration of the product, as this will determine the amount of CBD you will get per drop. If you are new to using CBD, it is recommended to start with a medium or low concentration and gradually adjust according to the effects you observe. Remember that everyone does well with a very different dose of CBD, so find the right concentration that works best for you.

3 – Choose the type of CBD extract: Opt for full spectrum

The type of CBD extract is crucial. You can find three types: full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolated. The full spectrum, the most recommended, contains CBD and other natural compounds of the cannabis plant, including traces of THC (less than 0.2%). This option offers potent and consistent effects thanks to the synergy of the compounds present in cannabis.

4 – Verifies the quality and origin of the product

Make sure that the CBD comes from organic hemp seeds and is obtained by safe extraction methods. The safest and most advanced extraction technique today is supercritical CO2, which guarantees a high quality CBD product.

5 – The type of carrier oil: Hemp oil is better.

All CBD oils have two key ingredients: the CBD and an oil to dilute it. The most commonly used oils are hemp, coconut and olive oil. At Cannactiva, we use organic hemp oil as a carrier, because it combines the benefits of CBD with the compounds of the plant and is rich in omega 3, providing the best results.

6 – Note the additional ingredients

Check the ingredient list, it should not have more than two ingredients. Some products may contain additives or artificial flavors that may not be desirable for those seeking a more natural experience.

7 – Research the brand, reviews and testimonials

Read other users’ opinions and testimonials about the product and the brand. It also values that it has a customer service and a physical store. These provide added peace of mind and the ability to obtain personalized assistance if any questions or concerns arise.

8 – Consider price and return policy

Price does not always indicate better or worse quality. The type of extract, the CBD concentration and the volume of the container are the basic aspects that can affect the final price. Compare prices of different brands, but remember that quality is essential. At Cannactiva we are so confident in the high quality and potency of our products, that we extend the money back guarantee to 30 days in case the product does not meet your expectations.

Cannactiva’s CBD oils meet the highest quality standards on the market.

You can buy in the CBD Cannactiva online store, or in our physical stores: the CBD store in Barcelona and the new CBD Cannactiva store in Madrid.

We offer you 30 days money back guarantee and a 20% discount coupon to buy our CBD oils:

* Not combinable with other discounts or promotions. Valid for the purchase of Cannactiva CBD oils in our online store. Limited to one use. If you register at Cannactiva, you will enjoy an additional 5% discount on all our products.

In Cannactiva you will find a selection of full spectrum CBD oil made with organic hemp and the most advanced extraction methods with supercritical CO2. We have different concentrations so you can choose the one that best suits your needs, and we have a customer service at your disposal.

Find out more about CBD oil

What is CBD oil and what is it used for?

CBD oil is a product derived from cannabis. It is the most popular CBD product and the most common way to take CBD or cannabidiol to take advantage of its benefits.

CBD is one of the many chemical compounds present in the cannabis plant, the so-called cannabinoids. It is extracted from hemp plants(Cannabis sativa L.). Hemp is a variety of cannabis that has very low amounts of THC, usually below 0.3%.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, CBD offers its benefits on well-being without producing a “high”.

CBD oil can be used for a wide range of purposes, primarily to promote greater overall well-being. It has been studied for its potential benefits in relieving stress and anxiety, relieving pain and inflammation, and improving sleep and supporting overall well-being.

Composition of CBD oil

CBD extract contains mainly CBD or cannabidiol, but also other compounds naturally present in the hemp plant, such as terpenes and minor cannabinoids, including cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabidivarin (CBDV), cannabinol (CBN), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) cannabigerivarin (CBGV) and THC (within legal limits).

CBD oil quality: Factors to take into account

CBD oil extraction method

There are different extraction methods to obtain CBD from the plant, and not all are equally effective and safe. The potency and content of cannabinoids and terpenes vary according to the extraction method.

As mentioned before, the safest and most effective method is the extraction of CBD with supercritical CO2, a process that uses carbon dioxide in a supercritical state, applying controlled pressure and temperature, to separate and obtain CBD from hemp. It is considered the safest and most effective method available that guarantees a final product of high quality and maximum efficiency.

Other methods not recommended are the use of ethanol, butane or other potentially toxic solvents, with the possibility of leaving toxic residues in the CBD oil.

Type of CBD extract

Depending on the type of CBD extract with which they are made, we find the following CBD oils:

  • Full Spectrum CBD Oil (CBD Full Spectrum): contains the full range of terpenes and cannabinoids (mainly CBD) naturally present in the hemp plant. It is the only one that offers the entourage effect, which is the synergy between all the components of cannabis that enhances the effect of CBD. It contains THC at permitted levels.
  • Broad Spectrum CBD Oil (CBD Broad Spectrum): Contains terpenes and cannabinoids, but is totally devoid of THC (not even traces). It provides relief, without an effect as complete as Full Spectrum.
  • Pure CBD oil (CBD isolate): contains only pure or isolated CBD. It is considered to have the worst effects due to the lack of other compounds that enhance the effect of CBD.


All CBD oils have at least two key ingredients: cannabidiol (CBD) and a carrier oil. The CBD ingredient is a natural extract from cannabis flowers, while the carrier oil is a food oil that is used to dilute the CBD and allows for better dosage, absorption and delivery of CBD. But the type of carrier oil can also bring added benefits to the final product.

Among the most common carrier oils are: hemp seed oil, olive oil and MCT oil or coconut oil.

In Cannactiva we bet on hemp oil, because it combines the benefits of CBD with the other compounds present in the hemp plant. This oil offers an ideal 3:1 ratio of omega 6 and omega 3 essential fatty acids.

In addition, some CBD oils include additional ingredients, such as substances that can enhance the cannabis experience. One example is CBD oil with melatonin for sleep.


CBD oils are available in various concentrations to suit the needs of each individual. The CBD concentration is indicated on the label as a percentage (%) and also in milligrams (mg) per drop or per vial or pipette (1 vial equals 1 ml). To decide which one to buy, you must know how much CBD you want to use.

If you have never tried CBD and have standard needs, you could start with low to medium doses, such as 2.5% CBD oil or 5% CBD. The difference is in the number of drops used to reach a given amount of cannabidiol. The higher the concentration, the more CBD in each drop and therefore fewer drops to use.

The highest concentrations of 20% CBD y 30% CBD are usually reserved for experienced users, people who already know the effects of cannabidiol in their body and who feel they have higher needs. If in doubt, it is best to consult a professional.

In addition, Cannactiva products are regularly tested by independent laboratories to ensure the precise CBD content of our oils.


The color of CBD oil depends on the degree of processing and is generally not an indication of either good or poor quality. Crude oils have a dark color, due to the presence of chlorophylls, which darken it. The purified oils are golden or clear in color because they have been filtered to remove chlorophylls.

Although both can have the same composition, purified oils are the most popular because their aroma is more neutral and they have a better shelf life than crude oils.

Consumption and dosage forms

There are several ways to use CBD oil and the dosage may vary depending on the form of administration and individual needs.

How is CBD taken?

CBD oil is most commonly taken orally. Sublingual administration (placing a few drops under the tongue for a minute or so and then swallowing) is usually the most recommended option. Thus, the oil is absorbed through the oral mucosa, which allows for rapid absorption and faster effects.

However, you should know that in some countries the use of oral CBD oil is not regulated, so these products are reserved for topical use. This indication appears on the packaging of each product. Find out about the regulations that apply to your country.

CBD also has properties for the skin and can be applied in the form of CBD oil or specific CBD cosmetic products, which incorporate other active cosmetic ingredients.


As for the proper dosage of CBD, there is no one-size-fits-all dosage, as it varies depending on the individual and his or her needs.

Each person responds differently to the use of CBD. Therefore, it is difficult to find a standard dose that works for everyone equally. If you have never tried CBD, it is advisable to start with low amounts and observe how the body reacts. Sometimes the effect is subtle, so it is recommended to wait a few days to gradually increase, only if necessary, until you find your dose.

In addition, it is not recommended to use too much at once: it is better to spread the drops at different times of the day.

CBD oil shelf life and expiration date

Proper storage of CBD oil will help maintain its quality and potency over time. It is recommended to store in a cool, dark and dry place, avoiding exposure to light and heat.

Be sure to close the container tightly when sealing and use clean utensils when extracting the oil to avoid contamination. For example, hold the vial by the nipple and avoid contact of the dropper with fingers or tongue. You should also use the oil within a reasonable period of time from the date of manufacture to ensure that it maintains its properties and potency. If you notice significant changes in color, odor or consistency of the oil, it is advisable to discard the product.

Legislation and legal aspects

In Europe, legislation on CBD oil may vary from country to country. In general, hemp and CBD are legal in all European Union countries as long as they maintain a THC content within the legally permitted limits. These may be 0.2%, 0.3%, 0.6% or 1%, depending on the country.

However, some countries maintain specific regulations regarding the marketing of these products. It is important to research and comply with the specific regulations of the country you are in, especially if you have to travel with CBD to another country.

Cannactiva products comply with Spanish legislation and high European quality standards. We recommend that you inform yourself about the laws and regulations on CBD oil that apply in your country or region.

With this guide, we hope to have given you a better understanding of the various factors that influence the quality, price and differences in the effects and potency of the different types of CBD oils available on the market.

At Cannactiva we are committed to providing products that support your well-being. Enjoy our CBD oil and take the time to explore and discover its potential in your daily self-care routine.

Andrea Rezes Esmeraldino
Cannabis researcher and trainer : Expert in CBD products of Cannactiva. With extensive experience in the cannabis world, Andrea is an expert in Cannactiva's CBD products. He deals every day [...]

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