Are you one of the 33% of American adults who have used CBD at least once?
Over a third of Americans have tried a CBD product, according to a 2020 survey conducted by SingleCare, a prescription savings service.
With the promise of pain relief and relaxation, it's no wonder CBD-infused products seem to appear everywhere you look.
But how do you know what CBD product is right for you? Which secret CBD product meets all of your needs, wants, and more?
You don’t need to be a CBD expert to make an informed choice. We’ve got all the details on the top types of CBD products on the market and how they can fit into your wellness routine.
What Is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the many active ingredients in cannabis. CBD is taken from the stalks and leaves of hemp plants, a type of cannabis that has a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of no more than 0.3%. Therefore, CBD does not get you “high” like other cannabis products.
As a cannabinoid, the term for the chemical compounds in cannabis, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS has cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, such as in the brain, central nervous system, and organs. Mood, appetite, and immune function are just a few of the sensations affected by the endocannabinoid system that can be positively influenced by CBD.
Many people use CBD to manage their symptoms from a variety of health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation (especially arthritis), and insomnia.
Different Types of CBD Products
There are several ways you can get your CBD kick.
Your method of consumption may be influenced by a variety of factors, such as:
●Your purpose for using CBD
●How quickly you would like to feel the effects
●How potent of a dose you plan to take
CBD products can be divided into three main categories: tinctures, topicals, and isolate.
CBD oil tinctures are the best choice for people who want to quickly take a controlled dose. Simply fill the convenient dropper completely to instantly administer a 1mL dose.
For fastest results, take the CBD sublingually (under your tongue) and hold for 60 seconds. Taking CBD sublingually is rapid because the oil is absorbed through the blood vessels under the tongue. Additionally, the sublingual method allows for greater overall absorption. After taking CBD sublingually, you should begin to feel the effects within 15 minutes.
CBD oil can also be added to your favorite food or beverage. Pairing CBD with foods high in healthy fats is another way to ensure your body absorbs more CBD, as well as increase your maximum levels of CBD.
Store your CBD tinctures in a cool, dry place away from sunlight to prevent oxidation of the oil.
Topical products are perfect for people suffering from bodily aches and pains, stress, and anxiety.
Topical CBD products are applied directly to the skin instead of taken orally. These products gain access to your body through the cannabinoid receptors present in your skin, and typically take an hour or two before kicking in.
Many topical products are infused with sweet-smelling essential oils, an additional anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. Aromatherapy has long been used to ease stress, improve sleep, and as a general body relaxant.
For a full-body deep relaxant, try a CBD bath bomb or bath dust. Taking a hot bath already relaxes tight muscles and calms breathing by expanding lung capacity and oxygen intake. Combine that with CBD’s anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties, and a hot CBD bath is the ultimate way to alleviate stress and soreness after a long day.
With a purity of over 99%, CBD isolate is the most potent form of CBD designed for more experienced users.
The terpenes responsible for scent and flavor are removed during the purifying process of creating CBD isolate, rendering it completely odorless and flavorless.
CBD isolate is the most versatile form of CBD; it can be taken as an edible, via a vaping pipe or dab rig, combined with oils or lotions, or added to a food or beverage. Many people add CBD isolate to their morning coffee or tea, workout supplement, protein shake, or smoothie.
If you vape CBD isolate or take it sublingually, expect to feel the effects within the first 15 minutes. However, edibles or other forms of oral ingestion can take as long as an hour or two to fully kick-in.
The Bottom Line
We’ve looked at three main categories of CBD products, how they can meet your needs, and how soon you can expect to feel their calming effects.
Now that you know all about tinctures, topicals, and CBD isolate, you can easily tailor your CBD product use to serve different purposes, such as relieving stress and soreness.
Still curious about all things CBD? Check out our ultimate guide for beginners:
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About the Author
Lily Kiepke is a freelance writer and blogger based in the Denver metropolitan area. She enjoys using CBD to relieve anxiety and improve sleep. When she is not writing about cannabis, she can be found hiking in the Rocky Mountains or curled up with a good true crime book.