But for most people, the concept is still new, and what you don’t know can hurt you. When it comes to CBD oils, there are many to choose from, including low quality ones. And very importantly, you need to ascertain whether what you’re buying is legal.
If the product doesn’t contain a COA, give them a miss, as you could end up buying a product that’s fraudulent or even toxic.
Buying legal CBD
When assessing the quality, or looking to buy the best quality CBD Hemp Oil, Dr Alison Richardson, neurologist and spokesperson for Oil Science – a company that specialises in the supply of premium CBD products – also cautions that knowing your source is key, and that you should remember the following:
The products cannot contain more than 0,1 % of THC when in a form that is not suitable for ingestion, smoking or inhaling purposes. CBD-containing processed products are legal when the naturally occurring quantities of CBD and THC contained in the product do not exceed 0,0075 % and 0,001 % of CBD and THC respectively.
Although the sale of CBD oils has been legalised, there are hundreds of products being sold to the public, and SAPS warns that the establishment of illegal dispensaries/outlets, online sites and social media platforms which are marketing and selling cannabis and cannabis-related products to the public remain illegal, as these are in contravention of the act and the exclusion notice.
If your store does stock them, they can be found in the the general area of the homeopathic goods aisles.
CBD has taken off in South Africa, showing up in everything from pizzas to beer. Clicks says since October brands such as Elixinol, Rethink and Cannabex are available in 92 stores nationwide, with wider product assortments online.
Be sure to check the labels and read the instructions carefully as the dosages can be different strengths.
For those who are eager to get their hands on some ASAP, you should visit the larger stores in your area, as some of the smaller Clicks’ and Dis-Chems’ might not have them.
Pharmaceutical retailers Dis-Chem and Clicks have rolled out CBD products, the non-hallucinogenic chemical derived from dagga, onto shelves.
“All the CBD products listed with Clicks are manufactured in good manufacturing practice facilities, use proper methods of extraction and distillation and have provided verified safety certification,” said Rachel Wrigglesworth, Clicks Chief Commercial Officer.
Both Clicks and Dis-Chem said it was too early to determine how well the products are selling.
They can be bought off shelves as long as they contain a maximum daily dose of 20 milligrams (mg) or less, and the product can’t claim to cure or treat any specific condition.
This CBD oil comes in a few different sizes and flavours. You’ll be able to choose from their natural, cinnamint or citrus twist flavours. Their Hemp Oil Tincture is one of the purest CBD oils available. If oils aren’t your style, they also offer CBD capsules and a natural hemp balm.
Goodleaf sells CBD oil in two different sizes. Their stores stock CBD oil in Cape Town, Pretoria or Johannesburg, otherwise you can order online.
Dischem CBD Oil prices range from R300 to R1000 depending on the CBD dosage in the oil. Currently, they offer a variety of CBD oils from different manufacturers. They stock brands such as HEMP Oil, ReThink CBD and Elixinol.
If you’re looking for 100% cannabis oil or higher concentrations of CBD oil in South Africa, Dischem might not be the place for you. Many online websites offer up to 3000mg of CBD in their oils.
Cannabex offers oil made of pure, internationally sourced CBD. They sell their products online as well as in Clicks and Dischem. If you’re looking for a more topical CBD approach, they sell muscle and joint cream, as well as a tissue repair cream too.
With over a hundred stores throughout South Africa, and an online website, getting CBD oil is as easy as going to the pharmacy.
Dischem is not the only place to get your hands on CBD oil. Both Clicks and Dischem stock a few brands but there is a much larger selection online. Below are some of the best shops to buy CBD oil online in South Africa.