Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural, plant-based option for wellness that has grown in popularity in recent years. CBD is available in many different forms, each requiring a different usage method and may contain different concentrations of CBD. Each method has its pros and cons and the best method for you depends on your health goals and individual preferences.
A CBD tincture is CBD dissolved in alcohol, with perhaps another flavor added to improve the taste. Tinctures can also be made with other solutions like ethanol, coconut oil or vegetable glycerin.
A CBD tincture is administered with a dropper and drops are placed under the tongue. They enter the bloodstream quickly through the sublingual gland.
Pros and cons: Tinctures are easy to administer, it’s easy to control dosage and effects last between four and eight hours. For beginners, CBD tinctures are a good way to start.
CBD oil is produced when hemp or cannabis goes through alcohol or CO2 extraction and the CBD is evaporated to become CBD oil. CBD oil is administered by using a dropper and placing drops under the tongue. CBD oil is often combined with base oil, such as MCT oil.
Pros and cons: CBD oil typically has a high concentration and works quickly. It is also easy to regulate dosage as it comes in dropper bottles with fitted pipettes. We make CBD oil drops in 500mg and 1000mg dosages.
CBD isolate is purified CBD that has been extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant and isolated from the other cannabinoids. It is often used to create topicals, edibles and tinctures.
Pros and cons: CBD isolate is considered to be one of the purest forms of CBD because it consists only of CBD and nothing else. The isolate comes in many forms, including a powder. It is useful for those who do not want any exposure to THC or other cannabinoids.
Other elements, such as terpenes and flavonoids are removed in the extraction process to create CBD isolate. Depending on your personal lifestyle and wellness needs, you may choose a broad-spectrum or full-spectrum option.
In one study published in Pharmacology & Pharmacy, a group of mice was given a CBD isolate and another group was given a full-spectrum CBD. The mice given the full-spectrum CBD showed more relief than the other group. An increasing anti-inflammatory response was also noted with increasing dosage of full-spectrum CBD.
CBD edibles are foods and drinks infused with CBD. Different types of edibles include chocolates, gummies, candy, chewing gum, cookies, teas and drinks. We make delicious fruit-flavored gummies that contain 25mg of broad-spectrum CBD.
Pros and cons: Those who prefer a tasty way to consume CBD will enjoy using edibles. Edibles are discreet and there are many options. However, figuring out the right dosage can be difficult. Because oral consumption means substances have to pass through the digestive symptom, some CBD is lost in the process.
CBD pills come in various sizes, types and strengths. They may be solid tablets or powder/gel capsules.
Pros and cons: Pills are portable so they offer a good way to consume CBD discreetly. It may take longer to feel the effects when consuming pills but once they kick in, the effects last longer.
CBD balms, lotions, creams and ointments are applied directly to the skin. Did you know we offer a CBD Muscle and Joint Roller product that contains 500mg of full-spectrum CBD, as well as menthol and organic aloe vera?
Pros and cons: CBD topicals are easy to use and no extra tools or accessories are necessary. They may contain other skin-friendly ingredients with moisturizing or soothing benefits. They’re best for direct relief in small areas; if you’re looking for an all-over effect, go with an ingestible option instead.
A Final Word
As you can see, there are many ways to consume CBD and each method varies in the way the CBD interacts with the body. As every individual has different needs and preferences, the best method for each person will depend on various factors, such as the strength and concentration of products, ease of use and the ability to control dosage.