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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Buy CBD at a Gas Station

My CBD shop, Mo City Apothecary, is in a shopping center with a popular gas station and convenience store. I walked in to get a quick snack the other day and noticed a bottle of CBD oil behind the counter. I was shocked to learn that people are buying these bottles of CBD. People, please, please, please, never do this! Here are the top 5 reasons why you should never buy CBD from a gas station convenience store.


5. Low quality/Cheap brands

Convenience stores are there for your CONVENIENCE. Most items are under $10 so that you will buy them on impulse. Trust me, if you see CBD for $10, it is not something you should ingest or put on your body. After going around to other convenience stores in the area to research the types of CBD and brands they carry, I found that I did not recognize any of the brands.


4. Unknown source of Hemp

When I asked the convenience store cashiers where the products were made and where the hemp was sourced, none were able to give me a definite answer. This is unacceptable! To keep their prices low, many of these cheap, unknown brands source their hemp and CBD oil from outside of the US, where quality standards are low or nonexistent.


3. Mislabeled Ingredients

Reports have shown that when tested by a certified lab, many of these low quality, unknown CBD brands often do not have the amount of CBD listed on the bottle (sometimes none at all!). They often contain high concentrations of THC when not listed as an ingredient on the bottle, which results in unwanted effects and gets people in trouble if they are drug tested.


2. Limited Selection

The convenience store usually has only one brand with only one strength available (if the concentration of CBD is listed), so you are at the mercy of the store’s supplier with no option to choose your preferred brand or concentration of CBD. You should always have a choice when selecting the type, dosage form, and concentration of CBD.


1. No Healthcare Provider or Medication Experts Present

Many people who take CBD have complicated medical conditions and are taking other prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. The average convenience store worker is not a pharmacist or qualified medical professional. This is also true for most of the other CBD shops that are opening every day. They do not have an expert that can review your condition and medications to recommend the appropriate type and dose of CBD to take.


If you or someone you know is taking CBD, please make sure you are getting it from a trusted source, have a medical professional review your medications and current condition, and counsel you on how to take your CBD. At Mo City Apothecary we only carry pharmacist formulated and approved CBD products, and we have an experienced pharmacist to review your condition and any medications you may be taking.

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