With the implosion of CBD products that have saturated the market over the last half a decade, many newbies struggle in deciding which product would suit them best. Thankfully, no matter your motivation for dabbling in cannabinoids, there are literally dozens of product variations available to suit any and everyone’s needs.
Step 1: Full-Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate
CBD is one of nearly 100 extractable compounds found in hemp plants. The isolate is known for its medical benefits while leaving the “high” feeling behind. Many CBD products readily available across the US are CBD isolates, as full-spectrum products are not legal in all 50 states (yet.) Full-spectrum CBD products, on the other hand, contain more than just CBD isolates. Many infuse a small amount of THC, the component that leaves users feeling “high.” It is important to actively question the sales representative assisting you about products ingredients to ensure you make a purchase that suits your needs.
Step 2: Assessing Product Strength
Although CBD is non-toxic, non-additive, and considered safe, it is imperative to make sure users take the right serving for them. CBD may not get an individual “high,” but it does come with possible side effects such as dizziness, headaches, and diarrhea. Experts recommend beginning with a low serving of CBD and then gradually increasing the serving amount if necessary and no side effects are had. Oil’s are great for beginners as they allow the user to incrementally increase their serving amount without having to purchase additional products. Once a user establishes the adequate serving amount for themselves, they can dabble in a variety of CBD products with the necessary knowledge needed to make a good selection.
Step 3: Choosing Your Consumption Method
CBD tinctures, better known as CBD oils, are the industry standard. Their liquid form makes them a versatile product that can be used as a cooking ingredient, taken sublingually, or even applied as a topical. Applying a few drops of CBD oil orally allows the effects to be felt throughout the body. Their ear dropper packaging allows the user to tailor the serving amount. The product does sometimes shave a hemp flavor, but many brands have rolled out flavored alternatives such as vanilla and mint.
If pills are more your thing capsules are a great alternative to oils. These inconspicuous supplements are perfect when on-the-go, are discrete, and easy to take. Although they do not come in as wide of a variety of serving options, they still get the job done and won’t have people starring at you out the corner of their eye when taken in public.
Bath bombs, creams, salves, and balms. Topical CBD products come in a myriad of formats that make them ideal for athletes or those suffering from physical pain. The soothing products are easily applied and can even improve users’ skin! These products should be used for localized relief only. If you’re seeking a CBD product to help improve an internal issue, a topical may not be for you.
Gummies and chocolate and cookies, oh my! Edibles are a fun and tasty method for CBD consumption. These treats are like your favorite childhood snacks but with medical benefits. They come in a large selection of serving options and can be ingested anywhere without anyone realizing what they are.
Because CBD products are available in a variety of consumption methods and serving options, there is no “one size fits all” product. It is important to consult an expert during your purchase experience and to experiment with servings to find the right one for you.