CBD is known for providing relief from addiction, pain, PTSD, and even schizophrenia among other uses. As more states continue to legalize Cannabis sativa products, CBD products continue to gain popularity. However, you may be confused as to the legality, the different types of CBD products on the market and the various uses of CBD. This guide is designed to help you understand the types of CBD products and their applications.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active components found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another active cannabinoid well-known for its psychoactive effects. THC makes you high. CBD is nonpsychoactive, but still has the benefits of THC. For this reason, CBD products allow you to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of the Cannabis sativa plant, without getting you “stoned.”
Different types of CBD products in the market are created using CBD extract or isolate. The uses of CBD products vary depending on the type. They include beauty products, oil-based capsules, concentrates, capsules, edibles, tinctures, and many more.
CBD extract is an oily substance that contains cannabis plant materials such as cannabinoids, terpenoids, and fatty acids. The extract is used as an ingredient in other products but is also available as a standalone product. When sold alone, the extract comes with a syringe or container to help you measure the dosage. A high-quality extract will preserve the full range of components found in the cannabis plant and is called a full-spectrum.
CBD isolate, on the other hand, is purely isolated cannabidiol (CBD). The isolate comes in a powder or slab form and is less effective than full or broad-spectrum extracts. Users that prefer the CBD isolate use it as an additive to increase CBD potency. The isolate also prevents drug testing issues since it contains no THC.
What Are the Different Types of CBD Products?
CBD is used in beauty products to reduce inflammation, aches, and provide relaxation. Beauty products include:
- Bath soaps
- Beard oil
- Lip balms
- Moisturizing creams, gels, and lotions.
- Shampoos and conditioners
CBD-capsules are pills taken as supplements. They are available as two-piece capsules or soft gels. The contents of the pills will vary from liquid to powder. Aside from the two major components- CBD extract or isolate and an oil carrier, some capsules will also contain additional supplements. The advantages of CBD capsules are:
- Accurate dosing
- Ease of intake
- Long-lasting effects
- No ‘marijuana’ taste
When consumed orally, pills pass by the liver, which reduces the concentration absorbed into the bloodstream. Ingestion reduces bioavailability, which means that the dosage recommendation for oil-based capsules is higher than other means of intake. Despite this downside, the effects are long-lasting.
CBD concentrates are highly potent extracts of the hemp plant. The in various types depending on their usage.
- Crumble is a moist concentrate that crumbles into pieces.
- Shatter is a combination of terpenes infused into isolate slabs.
- Wax refers to CBD concentrates that have a wax-like structure.
- Terpsolate is an infusion of terpene and isolate powder.
Concentrates can be added to flowers, smoked, or dabbed using a wax ring or a wax pen vaporizer. Inhaling CBD is one of the most bioavailable methods, with effects starting in two minutes sometimes, and lasting for up to three hours.
As earlier stated, CBD does not mix with water and requires an oil base. However, recent extraction technologies have created water-soluble CBD that remains in a stable form. The types of drinks available in the market include energy drinks, powdered drink mixes, and bottled CBD water.
Edibles are a fun way to ingest CBD. Whether its gummy bears, suckers, cookies, chocolate or brownies, you cannot run out of delicious options to ingest CBD.
The effectiveness will vary depending on several factors. First, the edibles will pass through the liver, which reduces their bioavailability. For easier absorption into the bloodstream, edibles should contain fats or oils. Second, most edibles contain CBD isolate, which lacks the entourage effect of the full spectrum extracts.
6.Tinctures/ CBD Oils
Oil-based tinctures are tiny liquid products that are ingested sublingually by being placed under the tongue. Usually, the tiny liquid comes with a dropper that you use to place the product under your tongue. Tinctures are a mixture of a CBD extract or isolate, a carrier oil, and additives such as terpene or sweeteners.
These are products that you apply on the skin to enjoy CBD. They include massage oils, balms, salves, and bath bombs, and are applied to an affected area to reduce soreness or irritation. Topicals are ideal if you have muscle soreness and skin conditions.
Just as topicals, transdermal patches are an effective way to enjoy CBD through the skin. Patches are an ideal solution if you struggle with chronic pain. They provide better relief than topical because they last longer on the skin and release the cannabinoids slowly into the body.
Vaping CBD is similar to vaping any other product. In this method, you inhale CBD through a vape pen which increases the bioavailability. If you prefer to vape, you can purchase a disposable vape pen that comes with an inserted CBD vape oil.
Alternatively, you can purchase vape cartridges that you can attach to your battery and start vaping. There are both disposable and refillable cartridges available on the market. Lastly, you can buy a vape juice or e-juice which you can use to refill your cartridges. The e-juice usually comes in a variety of flavors which you can choose from.
10.Water Soluble CBD Products
Despite CBD being a hydrophobic compound, advancements in technology have made it possible for companies to produce water-soluble CBD products into the market. The products include water-based capsules which are five times more effective than oil-based pills. They have higher bioavailability and are therefore more suitable for ingestion.
You can also purchase water-based hemp powder that you can add to different foods and drinks. It is one of the most versatile CBD products on the market. Lastly, you can go for water-soluble tinctures, which also solve the bioavailability problems of oil-based tinctures.