In recent years, CBD has seen a marked rise in popularity. This is projected to continue as more and more people discover all the benefits CBD has to offer. As the industry expands, so does the availability of different CBD products, from tinctures to isolates to edibles and more. Each category has its unique properties and applications, outlined below.
Breaking Down the Many Forms of CBD Oil
The most popular CBD product is oil or tincture. Many argue that full-spectrum oils are the most effective form of CBD due to the “entourage effect,” or the combined therapeutic effect of the many different cannabinoids and other compounds found in CBD.
Tinctures are usually ingested orally, and it is recommended that they are administered sublingually (under the tongue) for a period of 60 – 90 seconds for maximum absorption into the bloodstream. Tinctures come in a variety of potencies, and many companies provide lower-strength pet-friendly blends. To dilute the oil and its intense flavor, a carrier oil such as coconut is often combined with the product.
Another popular form of CBD is as an isolate. CBD isolate in either powdered or “slab” form, is generally 99% pure, and has a wider variety of applications than tinctures. It is flavorless, odorless, is often used as the source of CBD in homemade edibles, and can be vaporized or “dabbed,” making it a favorite among medicinal and recreational marijuana enthusiasts who use this same method for their THC concentrates.
Although the purest form of CBD, isolate is not full-spectrum and lacks many of the secondary cannabinoids in hemp that have additional benefits. Terpenes, organic compounds in hemp that enhance its effects and flavor, are sometimes added back into the isolate after extraction, sometimes referred to as “terpsolate.”
CBD Capsules and Salves
For those who may not enjoy the flavor of CBD oil but still seek the benefits of a full-spectrum oil, soft gel capsules are a great option and can help solidify a daily CBD routine when taken with other medications. Some companies even offer CBD suppositories. CBD can also be used topically in the form of salves and creams to help with localized pain and inflammation.
CBD Vape Cartridges
Many companies offer CBD vape cartridges for a stylish and convenient way to get your CBD fix on the go. These cartridges are often enhanced with flavorings and can be disposable for added convenience.
There are a wide variety of CBD edibles on the market today, from gummies to baked goods and more. These are a good option for kids taking CBD medicinally who may not enjoy the flavor, or for those who want little-added sustenance with their CBD.
The expansion of the CBD industry has introduced many new and exciting products within the last few years that have added a range of options for the discerning user. As this trend continues, more innovative and creative products will undoubtedly gain popularity. One thing is clear: there is a right CBD product for everyone who is seeking to use it.