Just a quick google search will show you one thing for sure about cannabidiol (CBD); there are quite a lot of CBD products out there. This can make the idea of diving into the world of CBD more than a little intimidating. How will you know which CBD product is the right one for you, especially if you are new to CBD? Well, one of the ways to figure that out is through knowledge. So, let’s go through the main types of CBD products out there together to get a clear view of what CBD products you would like best.
If you are trying to find the right CBD product, it is more than likely that you are new to the cannabinoid. So, before we can dive into a plethora of CBD products out there, we need to cover CBD basics.
CBD is a member of a group of chemical compounds found in the cannabis variations hemp and marijuana. These compounds are called cannabinoids. They are a diverse group with over 113 different cannabinoids that have been identified and named by researchers so far. Most people have never heard of a majority of those 113 cannabinoids, but there is one other than CBD that you have more than likely heard mentioned a few times. That cannabinoid would be tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The reason you have likely heard of THC is based on its effects. THC has a psychoactive effect on its users. That means that it creates the inebriation, or “high” often associated with individual cannabis variations. Because they are both cannabinoids and are found in cannabis plants, many people confuse and conflate CBD and THC with each other. This leads many to believe that they both cause highs. However, CBD is not psychoactive in any way and should not create any sort of high.
Even though CBD is in both cannabis variations, this cannabinoid is usually extracted from hemp rather than marijuana. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that hemp has high levels of CBD and lower levels of THC (less than 0.3%, to get really specific). Marijuana, on the other hand, has higher levels of THC and varying levels of CBD. As a result, most CBD manufacturers prefer using hemp to get cannabinoid rather than marijuana.
There is another reason CBD manufacturers generally use hemp over marijuana, but this one is based on legality. Hemp was officially made federally legal in the United States in 2018 by that year’s version of the Farm Bill. This bill has a hand in all things agricultural in the country, including what can and cannot be grown and sold by farmers, and is reviewed and passed again every five years. The 2018 version of the Farm Bill includes a provision that legalized hemp for farmers to grow and sell across the country (except for a few states). Marijuana, on the flipside, is still federally illegal, with a few states that have legalized it on one level or another.
Now that we have those basics out of the way let’s get into the diverse world of CBD products, focusing mainly on the broader categories.
CBD topicals is probably one of the bigger categories of CBD products. It includes anything that you use on your skin that has been made with CBD extract. CBD topicals can be lotions, creams, salves, balms, hand sanitizers, and cool pads.
The appeal of these for some is the fact that they do have an overall effect. Instead, their influence is more localized, focusing on the area where they are applied. This is because the CBD in the topicals do not enter the bloodstream. Instead, it absorbs through the pores, staying where it is used.
Because of CBD’s effect on skin health, the cannabinoid has found its way into the beauty industry. It is not hard to find beauty products made with CBD at most stores, pharmacies, and specialty stores.
You can probably guess what this category of CBD products is. It is any food or drink that has been made with CBD extract. CBD edibles is the most popular of all of the CBD products. There are a few reasons for this. One is how easy they are to take. The other is that they taste great.
A little bit later in this article, we will discuss why it is so essential to control the amount of CBD that you take. It’s important to know that control is a big deal. CBD edibles are easy to control. Most edibles are made with the same amount of CBD per serving. As a result, it is simple to figure out how much you have taken. This is unlike other CBD products, like tinctures, where it is easy to make one drop too many.
Most CBD products are taken orally, which for many is not a problem. But for those who struggle with the Earthy hemp flavor that many CBD products have, this could be an issue. Luckily, CBD edibles taste how you would expect, like the food or drink that they are. The flavor of the drink and food generally overpower the flavor of the CBD extract.
However, edibles take the longest to start working. This is because the food or drink needs to digest before the CBD can begin working.
Tinctures & oils
These are the simplest form of CBD that you can find. CBD oils and tinctures are generally CBD extract that has been mixed with a carrier oil, like coconut oil. Some have flavoring in the as well. The appeal of these is that they provide you with some options on how to take them.
One way to take CBD oils is by making your own edibles. You can just take something that you normally make and eat, like a smoothie, for example, and mix in some CBD oil. This is an easy and cheaper way of taking a CBD edible. But like edibles, you do need to wait for the food to digest before the CBD can take effect.
The other way to take CBD tinctures is by placing the drops directly into your mouth, under your tongue. The skin under your tongue is nice and thin and allows the CBD to absorb into your bloodstream. This means that it starts working faster than if you mixed in with food.
Tablets & capsules
If your preferences lie in something a bit more pill-like, then these are the products you should look for. CBD capsules are the most pill-like. They are usually soft gel, which means that they have been made using liquid CBD extract. This is a benefit on a couple of levels. One is that they are a bit more flexible than your average pill, which makes them easier to swallow. The other is that the liquid CBD digests faster, so it starts working a bit more quickly.
CBD tablets are normally sublingual. That means that you take them by placing them under your tongue and allowing them to dissolve. This is similar to CBD tinctures in that the thin skin under the tongue lets the CBD into the system quickly and easily.
How do I decide?
Well, that depends on you. What you need to decide is what product sounds the most appealing? Consider your lifestyle, which suits it better. Do you like having an excuse to eat candy and wait for edibles to take effect? Then you may want to go for a CBD gummy. Do you need the results to happen faster and do not mind the flavor of hemp? Later you should try a tincture. Or are you looking for a more localized, surface effect? Give a topical a shot. Cannot decide which sounds like the best? You can try all of them if you want.
Once you decide on the right product for you, the next step is figuring out the right amount of CBD you should take. This may take a little while to determine, because there is no set formula to figure out how much you need. Instead, you will need to experiment a little. This is because everyone reacts to CBD a little bit differently. Two people of the same build and weight may require different amounts of CBD to achieve their desired effects.
Before we can talk about the recommended way to figure out your CBD amount, we need to discuss what to look out for. While CBD is considered to be safe overall, there still are some side effects. They are usually things like nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and gastrointestinal upset. These are typically associated with taking a lot of the cannabinoid. So, if you want to avoid them, the best practice is to not take too much CBD.
The best way to go about finding your ideal CBD amount is by going slow. Start with as small of an amount as possible and wait to see how it sits with you. Bear in mind that some products take longer than others, like edibles and capsules. Be sure to factor that into how long you wait. If a correct amount of time has passed and you still have not experienced the desired effects and have not had any negative side effects, then you can up the amount you take by a small amount. This way, you should be able to safely figure out your ideal CBD level.
No matter what kind of CBD appeals to you, we here at Panacea Life Sciences have you covered. We have a large amount of products for just about everyone, that we can ship right to your door. So, why not check them out?