Choosing the right CBD product for your preferences and needs can be a little overwhelming if you’re not familiar with what is available.
Edibles. Salves. Tinctures. Tablets. Oils. You can get CBD in so many different forms and formats that it can be hard to know where to start.
Don’t worry – we’ve got your back. Here is everything you need to know about selecting the right CBD product for you:
How to choose the right CBD product – always check quality
First of all, it is important to bear in mind some general recommendations when it comes to choosing between CBD products. You can and probably should base much of your decision on things like quality, manufacturer and providence.
This is due to the fact that CBD products currently exist in a kind of legal gray area. On the one hand, some CBD products are approved by the FDA for the treatment of specific medication-resistant forms of epilepsy. On the hand, there is no regulation of the industry as a whole.
This means it is important to check a few things about the product you pick up before you hand over your hard-earned money for it:
1) Plant provenance
Where does the cannabis plants (for CBD products, these are often hemp – a strain of cannabis) which were harvested to make this product come from? Are they of a good quality?
For instance, K.I.N.D. products are made from All-American plants grown using organic, natural methods.
2) Lab testing
Has the product you are buying been tested in a laboratory? If not, how else will you know what’s really in there? Buying non-tested products means you are entirely trusting what the manufacturer tells you.
Most companies which submit their products for testing – usually to third party laboratories – will clearly display the results on their website. If not, consider asking for them.
3) Presence of THC
It is important to know that in order for CBD products to be legal across most of the US, they cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. THC is the compound which is responsible for creating the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis use. CBD is not psychoactive on its own.
The quantity of THC in the product you are buying should always be declared on the label or in the lab testing results.
If you are a medical marijuana patient, the presence of THC may be legal. It may also be desirable in certain quantities. This is because the different organic compounds found in the marijuana plant have a more potent effect when they are present together. Commonly experienced when using whole-plant and full-spectrum products, this is usually referred to as the entourage effect.
If you’re wondering whether or not you should trust a specific brand, check them out online. You can also ask about them in your local dispensary if that’s where you buy your CBD products.
The perfect CBD product for your preferences will be based on:
Another important consideration when it comes to choosing the CBD product which is best for you will be your own personal preferences. This might include things like:
- The condition you have for which you are taking CBD
- The strength of the relief effect you want to create
- The speed of relief you want to feel
- Your preferences when it comes to method of consuming
What types of CBD products are available?
There are a large number of CBD product available. Some of the most common ones include:
CDB edibles – gummies
Gummies with CBD inside are one of the most popular choices. This is largely because they are incredibly easy to take (you just chew the gummy like normal), they make it simple to monitor and control the dose you take – as long as you know precisely how much CBD is in each gummy – and, what’s more, they taste great!
All in all, there’s not much not to like about gummies. You can even get sugar free CBD gummies! But the serious point relating to dose control is probably the main reason why gummies are a good choice for the newcomer to CBD.
Starting with a smaller dose and working your way up until you get the level of relief you need is the best way to use CBD sensibly and effectively.
Because a high-quality gummy will contain a set, clearly-labeled quantity of CBD (just check out the K.I.N.D. range to see what this looks like) you can carefully measure how much you are taking and dial up your intake at a sensible pace.
CDB tablets and pills
You can buy all kinds of CBD edibles online. Gummies remain the most popular. But other options which are not always classed as edibles but are taken orally also exist.
Many people prefer to take their daily dose of CBD as a simple capsule, tablet or pill. Most of the same benefits as gummies apply here.
The only downside is that you lose the sweet taste of the gummy. If that sounds like it could actually be an advantage as far as you are concerned, check out your options when it comes to carefully labeled CBD tablets and pills.
CBD pain relief salve/ spray/ roll on
Applying CBD topically is another popular option. You can get CBD salve for pain as well as various kinds of sprays and roll-ons.
Using any kind of CBD topical salve can be a good idea for joint or muscular pain as it can be applied directly to the area in question. Topical treatments are much faster acting than even a tincture. But you’ll need a technically higher dose as not all of the CBD will be able to penetrate the skin.
That’s why you should always do your proper label checks carefully when you are buying CBD spray for pain or any other topical product.
If you need to know what to look for, you’ll soon be able to find K.I.N.D.’s new range of CBD roll-ons for pain relief (as well as our salves and sprays) over on our products page.
A tincture of CBD consists of the oil in an alcohol solution. It is most often supplied with a pipette in a small glass jar.
You usually take a CBD oil tincture using a pipette to place a drop or two beneath your tongue. You can also place a couple of drops into your favorite cup of coffee or tea, or deposit droplets on top of snacks or bake them into edibles.
One of the main benefits of CBD tincture is its fast-acting nature when taken sublingually (beneath your tongue). Because there is no need for the CBD to pass through your digestive system, it is very fast acting.
You usually buy this kind of product in bottles of 1000mg or 500mg CBD tincture. As you only take a drop or two at a time, this can last for quite a while. But because it being an alcohol solution, your tincture will be ready to use for a long time too!
CBD bath bomb
A CDB bath bomb is one of the newest ways to get your daily dose of cannabidiol in a pleasant and even entertaining way, though CBD bath salts have been around for a while.
You can find CBD bath bombs for sale in all sorts of places online. Though, as ever, do be sure to perform your quality inspection before you go ahead and buy.
As with all CBD products, the best CBD bath bombs are clearly labeled, have been lab tested and come from a proven supplier which uses plants of a proven provenance.