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In this article, we discuss: he most popular types of CBD oil products available and their function; the two most common types of CBD oil on the market; how much CBD oil you should take when beginning a regimen.
Everyone from Grandma to your hairdresser is raving about hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products. It seems like CBD is blowing up very recently, but turns out, hemp has been used medicinally for tens of thousands of years, renowned for its health benefits and healing properties.
There are a variety of CBD products available on the market these days, varying in strengths, applications and even in strains of hemp used. Some products are better for body aches, while others work wonders to soothe the mind. Knowing what types of CBD products are best for your preferences is as simple as understanding what you’re looking at.
If you’re curious as to what CBD is all about, you are not alone! Many people are regaling the healing properties of this plant-based cannabinoid, going as far as ditching traditional methods of medicine all together in favor of this non-psychoactive oil. Especially since the healing benefits of CBD are on par with those of prescription drugs for many (but most certainly not all!), without all of the unwanted side effects.
If you’re looking for a safe, natural alternative approach to healing, you’re in the exact right place. Below, we’ll briefly talk about exactly what CBD is, before moving on to the most common CBD products and discussing the two most popular types of CBD oil. Plus, we’ll go over dosages for you.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid found in the Cannabis family of plants. These plants include both the hemp plant and the marijuana plant. However, these are two different varieties of plant not to be confused with each other. Industrial hemp varieties, used to create hemp-derived CBD products, have very high CBD levels compared to marijuana varieties, which are very high in THC, but low in CBD. Hemp plants contain over 100 known phytocannabinoids. Each cannabinoid acts differently, hosting its own unique health benefits when taken. Cannabinoids act as “keys” in the human body, unlocking receptors as they travel through the bloodstream and waking up your endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD is just one cannabinoid that works on this system, which is in charge of cell communication and maintaining your body’s state of homeostasis, or balance.
CBD exists in the trichomes of hemp plants, also known as their buds. Hemp plants contain buds with high CBD levels and low THC levels. Hemp does not get you “high.” Unlike marijuana, hemp is completely legal to grow and cultivate in the United States since the 2018 Farm Bill passed in December. Legal hemp-derived CBD products contain no more than a .3% THC level, which is not enough to register in drug tests. Even if you chug a whole bottle…seriously.
Now, when it comes to the types of CBD oil products available on the market, let’s start with saying: there’s a lot. Seems like you can find everything infused with cannabidiol these days – from shampoos to tinctures to balms to beers and water!
We’re going to go over some of the most popular products out there and information about each. But first, it’s worth noting the actual cannabinoid itself, the CBD, in these products doesn’t change – it is the exact same cannabinoid, no matter the variety of hemp it comes from. However, differences arise in how the CBD is refined and how it’s used in the product, which varies depending on the product/brand. Also, differences in the strain of hemp used can play a factor in the benefits experienced – CBD levels can be higher or lower than other varieties.
Additionally, the ingredients used in each product will vary between brands, which could result in different healing effects. Other than that, be on the lookout for varying doses in products. Pay attention to the packaging when considering a CBD product. Ask questions if you’re not sure what you’re looking at. If the products are quality, you’ll have no problem finding all of the information you want.
CBD tinctures are the most common, and most widely used, supplement. They are the pioneering product of the current cannabidiol craze. The oil is in liquid form; you take the oil by placing it under the tongue for 60 seconds or more. You can also mix tinctures into your tea or coffee if you don’t care for the taste/texture (however, if it’s good quality CBD oil, it will have almost no taste at all!).
Of all types of CBD oil products available, this is generally the most affordable option. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to CBD, since tinctures come in a variety of dosages. They’re highly concentrated and arguably, the most pure application aside from concentrates. No separate CBD processing needs to be done in the form of tinctures. Some brands add a little flavor to their oils, which, as Mary Poppins would say, makes the medicine go down much easier.
The biggest downside to tinctures, aside from not liking the taste/texture of the oil, is it getting a little messy if you miss your mouth. You run the risk of staining your favorite blouse if you’re in a big rush. But most tinctures come in a dropper bottle, so you don’t really have to worry about that.
Typically, concentrates contain the strongest, most potent dose of CBD compared to any other type of CBD oil product. It can contain up to 10 times the concentration of other products.
In comparison with tinctures, concentrates are much thicker in consistency. They’re a very convenient way to use CBD, since it only takes a few seconds to take and there’s generally a smaller chance of things getting messy.
Concentrates aren’t flavored. If you detest the natural flavor of CBD oils, steer clear of concentrates. However, if you’re constantly on the go, concentrates might be the product for you if you want a potent, quick hit of CBD.
Capsules are probably the easiest way to get your daily dose of CBD. If you already take vitamins every morning, just add your CBD capsule to your regimen. Pretty simple.
Typically, this type of CBD oil product contains 10-25 mg of CBD per capsule. Since CBD pills offer a set amount of cannabidiol, it’s very easy to track your daily serving size with this method. However, CBD capsules limit you when trying to tweak your serving size and find the best dosage for you.
There are ways to work around this little hiccup, though. For example, use another type of CBD product, like a tincture, with your capsule to increase your daily dosage.
Take one capsule with a glass of water as needed. Try to take your CBD either right before or after you eat, which increases bioavailability and helps your CBD work its best.
Topical CBD products include any type of CBD-infused skin care product used on the surface of your body. Lotions, salves, lip balms, shampoos and hand creams are examples of topical CBD products. Topicals are extremely popular for those with chronic skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis; those who suffer from inflammation and joint pain, such as arthritis sufferers; and those who battle with acne consistently and are looking for a different approach.
Use CBD-infused topical products like you would use your body care products – when necessary. Apply the product generously to the affected areas of your skin/body for quick relief that lasts for hours.
When using these types of CBD oil products, take care to pay attention to the other ingredients used. While CBD itself is non-comedogenic, it doesn’t mean the entire product is. Do your research and as mentioned earlier, ask questions if you can’t find the information you want.
This is by far the most delicious and natural way to take CBD. Similar to vitamin gummies, CBD-infused gummies taste great and give you a powerful dose of cannabidiol. This type of CBD oil product makes it really easy to control your daily dosage, similar to capsules. Edibles take a longer time to work than other methods, since the body has to metabolize the CBD first. If you suffer from a digestive issue like IBS, avoid edibles – if your digestive system is not functioning properly, it won’t metabolize the CBD properly. Therefore, you won’t get the most powerful health benefits possible this way.
CBD edibles are so fun, there are even pet treats available for your pooch!
Of all types of CBD oil products available, sprays contain the weakest concentration of cannabidiol. On average, a typical spray ranges from concentrations of 1-3 mg. Sprays are easy to carry around and use while away from home. Admittedly, when traveling, it’s often easier to spray some oil in your mouth a couple times than use a tincture of concentrate.
However, compared to other CBD products, it’s much harder to measure exactly how much CBD you’re actually taking each day since sprays are inconsistent.
Vaping or smoking CBD might be, arguably, one of the least effective ways to take the cannabinoid when compared to other methods. However, vaping CBD works very quickly; you’ll feel the effects immediately. You don’t have to worry about inconsistent absorption or delayed effects either.
Overall, this type of CBD oil intake makes it easy to adjust your cannabidiol intake and dosage since you feel the effects immediately. The benefits you experience from CBD won’t last as long as other methods, so you’ll need to keep taking it throughout the day.
To use CBD vape oil, you need a vaporizer or vape pen. Just add your CBD vape oil to your pen, turn on your device and allow it to heat up. Then, use your vape like you normally would. Once you inhale the CBD, you’ll feel its effects.
Patches are another topical type of CBD oil product. However, with patches, the CBD absorbs through the dermal layers and enters the bloodstream, promoting healing in the affected area. This type of method is great to use for targeting pain and inflammation.
One advantage of transdermal delivery (through the skin) compared to other methods is that a patch always provides a controlled release of a set amount of CBD. They work by placing the CBD-infused patch on the affected area. The CBD absorbs through the skin and, shortly after, begins working wonders.
No matter what types of CBD oil products you use, the benefits of cannabidiol on the body are incredible. To figure out your ideal CBD intake method, first decide why you’re taking CBD: is it to help with a specific issue? Are you using it as a multivitamin? Then, do some research to decide the best types of products for targeting that specific issue. After you’ve done your research and your search is narrowed to specific products, browse around to compare brands/prices. Once you find a brand you trust and a product you’ll like, try it out, tweak your dosage as necessary and reap the benefits of this powerful cannabinoid.
Just a few words for the wise! In states with legalized recreational marijuana, keep in mind that CBD oils derived from marijuana contain much higher THC levels than those derived from hemp. Hemp CBD oils are completely legal to buy in every state and by law, contain THC levels of .3% or lower. Make sure to pay attention to labels when you’re searching for your CBD oil match if you want to avoid higher THC levels.
Now that we’ve gone over some of the most popular types of CBD oil products available on the market, let’s move on to the two main kinds of CBD oils you will encounter.
A CBD isolate contains high levels of pure, extracted CBD. In the extraction and refining process, the CBD is literally isolated from the 500 other compounds in the hemp plant, then added to a carrier oil that is high in fatty acids to create a pure CBD isolate.
As mentioned earlier, all legal hemp-derived CBD oils can only contain up to a .3% THC content, which is not enough to produce psychoactive effects or make you fail a drug test. However, if you’re worried there’s even the least bit chance, a CBD isolate is for you. Most isolates are 99.95-99.99% pure CBD, leaving little room for anything else to get into the mix. Isolates are also a great place to begin and experiment with CBD dosages. Isolates help you get the feel of CBD. Plus, they’re often cheaper than Full Spectrum oils, which we’ll explain in a minute.
Full Spectrum CBD is another popular type of CBD oil you’ll come across in your research.
There are over 500 compounds in the hemp plant. As we said before, there are over 100 known phytocannabinoids, all with their own health benefits just like CBD. When you include terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids and the like in your CBD oil, you create a powerful healing concoction. There is a strong synergistic relationship between CBD and other compounds. It is proven that CBD works better when combined with other cannabinoids like THC, which is known as the entourage effect.
For this reason, full spectrum CBD oils contain a lower concentration of pure CBD than isolates. However, they also contain terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids to produce the maximum possible healing benefits. As mentioned earlier, even full spectrum CBD oils can only contain a THC content of .3% or less; full spectrum oils may have higher THC contents than CBD isolates, but CBD oils derived from hemp will never contain high enough levels of THC to produce any psychoactive effects or make you fail a drug test.
Full spectrum will have a stronger, more pronounced taste than an isolate will. This is due to the terpenes in the oil (terpenes are what give hemp – or any plant – its unique scents).
When it comes to choosing the right CBD oil dosage, there’s some bad news: everyone reacts differently to CBD. Everyone is made differently. This means that figuring out the best dosage depends on you. For example, one person might find a 50 0mg CBD isolate perfect, while another might need to take a 2000 mg full spectrum CBD oil to find the same relief. So if you’re new to CBD, there will be a level of experimenting when you first begin.
It helps to know of possible CBD side effects when trying out new products and experimenting with doses. There are no life-threatening CBD side effects, just a few minor ones you might experience when you take more cannabinoids than necessary for your body. Side effects most commonly include diarrhea and fatigue. These side effects are extremely mild. If you experience any side effects, don’t fret; just stop taking CBD oil for a few days or lower your dosage. They won’t last very long and don’t leave any permanent damage. Be aware that CBD can interact poorly with certain prescription medications; you should always consult a doctor before beginning a CBD regimen.
When you first start taking CBD, start at a low dosage and work your way up. The dose you take is going to depend on a number of factors, including your unique physiology, the method used, the types of CBD oil product/brand used and your purpose for taking CBD in the first place. If you’re taking CBD to combat chronic pain, you might need a higher dose than you would take if using CBD as a multivitamin.
Take one serving of CBD twice a day, in the morning and evening (see package for serving size). Take it either right before or after you eat to increase the bioavailability of your CBD, helping it to work as efficiently and effectively as possible.
After taking CBD at this lower dosage for about month, you’ll be much better prepared to make a decision on whether you should experiment with different products/dosages. Take stock and figure out exactly how CBD makes you feel. You’ll be familiar enough with how CBD works in your body to make an informed dosage change and feel comfortable experimenting with other products/brands.
To learn how to tell the quality of a CBD oil, click here for more information. Generally, the industry abides by the “gold standard.” If your CBD isn’t a nice gold color or clearer, steer clear – the oil won’t function as well as a high quality CBD oil at that same dosage.
Before you start taking any kind of CBD regimen, it’s extremely important to consult your doctor first. Take your time and do research – look into different products and brands. Ask questions, and get to know what ingredients are in what products. Ask yourself why you want to take CBD: is it a multivitamin? Do you want to reduce anxiety? Are you looking for relief from chronic pain? Once you have these questions answered, you’ll have a better idea of what types of CBD oil products you’ll need. Then, we suggest starting with a low dose if you’re completely new to CBD. Follow the recommended directions on the packaging. Use consistently for about a month, then adjust dosage and daily serving as needed.
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