There are several different types of CBD products you should be familiar with. You can check out our guide right here to learn more.
Did you know that 1 in 7 Americans uses CBD products?
More than just the latest health craze, research on CBD shows it could hold many potential benefits. From reducing stress to relieving pain and inflammation, it’s no wonder so many people are eager to try CBD.
Are you curious about CBD but overwhelmed by options? How can you pick through different types of CBD and find the one that’s best for your body?
In this post, we’ll explain the different CBD types so you can make an informed decision. Read on to begin your CBD education.
Different Forms of CBD
Before we discuss oils and edibles, let’s start with understanding the source of CBD.
CBD (cannabidiol) is an active compound found in both marijuana and hemp plants. You’ve probably also heard of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), another type of cannabinoid.
What’s the difference, and why does it matter? While both compounds contain healthful properties, THC is psychoactive. It’s the part of marijuana that makes you “high.”
By contrast, CBD does not have psychoactive properties and will not make you high. CBD derived from hemp contains no THC because there are only trace amounts (if any) THC in the hemp plant.
Here’s where it gets tricky.
CBD products can be made from either hemp or marijuana. CBD sourced from hemp is legal in all 50 states because it’s not classified as a controlled substance.
CBD sourced from marijuana is only legal in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. This is because CBD products made from marijuana may also contain psychoactive THC, which is a controlled substance.
What’s the takeaway? Whether you choose CBD made from hemp or marijuana, make sure you’re in legal compliance with the laws in your state.
What Are the Types of CBD?
Now that we’ve discussed the source of CBD, let’s narrow it down even further to how the CBD is sourced.
CBD products come in three different varieties: CBD isolate, broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum.
As the name suggests, CBD isolate has been extracted from the plant in its purest form. CBD isolate can be taken from either hemp or marijuana.
Other cannabinoids and terpenes have been removed so the pure CBD can be added to the final product.
Broad-spectrum CBD products include CBD as well as other potentially healthful parts of the plant, such as terpenes.
Some users find that broad-spectrum products are more effective than CBD isolate on its own, but that’s a decision you’ll have to make for yourself.
Full-spectrum CBD products are generally sourced from marijuana and preserve all cannabinoids, including psychoactive THC. This means it’s possible to experience a “high” from a full-spectrum CBD product.
Keep in mind that these types of CBD products are only legal in states that have legalized the use of marijuana. Read labels carefully to make sure you’re buying a product that’s legal in your area.
Forms of CBD Products
So, what’s the best way to take CBD? Depending on your needs, you can choose from one or more of the following options.
Topical CBD products are designed for direct application on your skin. Common CBD topicals include:
- lip balms
One of the best benefits of CBD balm is you can apply it exactly where you need it. Whether you’re trying to ease muscle pain or soothe irritated skin, simply spread the CBD topical onto the affected part of your body.
Like other types of CBD products, topicals come in different doses and strengths. Some might also include other pain-relieving ingredients, such as arnica or menthol, to enhance the overall effects.
Tinctures are concentrated amounts of CBD infused in a carrier oil. Common dosages are between 100mg and 1,000mg.
Using a dropper, you’ll apply a few drops of the tincture under your tongue. The small sublingual capillaries will quickly absorb the CBD into your bloodstream.
Some tinctures are flavorless and odorless, while others might have essential oils added for scent or taste. The idea is, not to swallow the oil, but to allow your body to absorb as much as possible under your tongue.
If you’re considering a tincture, start with the lowest dose to see how your body responds. You can always upgrade to a stronger tincture later on.
Many CBD edibles are hitting the market now, providing a discreet way to use CBD. Gummies are a popular option, but you might also see candies, sprays, or beverage enhancers.
No matter the form, the idea is the same. CBD oil is infused into the product, which you consume the same way you would consume any other food or drink.
If none of the options above are appealing, you might consider a CBD pill. Simply add it to your daily repertoire of vitamins or other supplements.
A potential drawback of pills and edibles is the amount of time it takes for your body to absorb and process them. If you’re looking for faster relief, you’re better off with a topical or tincture.
Which CBD Product Is Right for You?
CBD is a hot trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. As people seek natural ways to address pain and anxiety, the demand for different types of CBD products will continue to grow.
Before you start shopping, make sure you understand the difference between CBD products derived from hemp or marijuana. You’ll also want to decide whether you want CBD isolate or a broad-spectrum or full-spectrum product.
Finally, choose whether you’ll take CBD topically or internally as a tincture or edible. You may need to experiment with a few different CBD products to find the one that works best for your body.
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