CBD hasn’t been around long enough for most of us to know what types of CBD products are available and which form is best for our desired results. CBD can be extremely effective for pain symptoms, anxiety, depression, insomnia, acne, aches and pains, and more, but it’s confusing to know what kinds of CBD would work best for what. The hope is that you will NO LONGER have to worry about what the best form of CBD you should shop for, keep reading to become a CBD pro!
Please also be mindful that CBD gets recognized in your body by the same receptors in your liver that other vitamins and drugs like Advil and alcohol do. Always drink plenty of water so that your body effectively can manage your CBD intake.
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Tinctures are arguably one of the most effective forms to consistently take CBD, but sometimes less popular because people are unfamiliar with using an oral oil. Gummies, lotions, and vapes typically reign over tinctures, but tinctures are extremely effective and definitely should be considered for regular use.
Tinctures are dropper bottles and can come in a range of dosage sizes, this bottle below is a 300 mg bottle (each 1 mL equals 10 mg of CBD). To administer the CBD you put a full dropper (1mL) of CBD under your tongue, hold for 60-90 seconds and then swallow. Take this dose one to three times a day as needed, and minimize the dose as you see fit to your desired results. You should feel the effects of CBD within 30 minutes to an hour after taking it, giving you lessened stress and anxiety, heightened focus, and lower pain.
Tinctures are particularly effective for someone who consistently uses CBD and wants to manage daily anxiety, stress, and depression. A tincture is also more consistent per dosage compared to a gummy or lotion, and this is because processed products such as gummies can have less consistency among individual doses. Production is not a perfect process, so you can expect some variance between each dose you take, where a tincture will be wildly more consistent.
Flower & Pre-Rolls
Flower is probably the second most rare form of CBD that people tend to use, yet a very effective one! Similar to smoking cannabis, smoking hemp can provide immediate relief, quickly resolving a headache or nausea. Using flower alone also offers many benefits because it is the least processed form of the hemp flower, providing an entourage effects. The entourage effect is the idea that there are remnants of the cannabinoids within the product such as minuscule amounts of THC (under o.3%), and potentially others such as CBDA, CBDV, CBG, and more! Don’t let the entourage effect scare you, it has been shown in experiments that the best results for patients and users is when there cannabinoids work together to give a greater benefit.
One of the best pre-rolls I have ever tried is from Barbari Herbals. These spliffs always provide immediate headache relief and have amazing flavor and aroma. They come in a package of 2 per tube and now offer a couple different strains to choose from. For only $10 they are total steal and entirely worth it if you would like to try some premium hemp flower!
Gummies, Edibles, and Capsules
CBD gummies are somewhat dominating the CBD market right now with their popularity. It’s extremely common for people to feel most comfortable with a CBD gummy, which is totally understandable, they are easy and tasty! A negative about finding a CBD gummy is that it’s hard to manufacture a gummy to have consistency across the whole batch of gummies or chocolates. Typically, a strong and reputable brand has a great process to ensure quality in each of their products.
Sugar can also be a downside of CBD edibles, especially if you are trying to help with sleep, since sugar can keep you up at night. I have never had this issue before with the brand below, but it’s something to note and consider if sleep is your desired result.
Edibles take a longer time to feel the effects than other forms, but can still be a great option if you are consistently taking them. You may consider having some pre-rolls or vapes on hand if you want any instant relief tools.
Taking CBD consistently helps build up long lasting effects in your brain, meaning the more you take it the more effective it is. If you have daily anxiety and/or depression, this is a great way to manage it.
If you are interested in the JustCBD gummies above, read more about this brand in particular in my blog post called The Best CBD Gummies.
Vapes, similar to flower and pre-rolls are particularly awesome for instant relief. A vape in comparison to flower or pre-rolls is great because you don’t need a lighter or space to smoke, you can keep one of these in your car or pocket and pull it out for instant stress relief.
As mentioned before, smoking manages instant stress, anxiety, nervousness, or any other ill feelings that come up throughout your day. A vape’s effects will last a shorter amount of time compared to a tincture or a gummy, so if you are looking to manage your anxiety for longer periods of time it would be smart to pair your vape with a longer lasting product. I always suggest people find a tincture they really like, and then pair it with a low dose vape product.
This particular brand shown above is great because they offer CBD vape pens with the battery included, or excluded if you have your own battery you prefer. They also segregate their products by feeling lines (calm, euphoria, focus, etc.), which can help you differentiate your desired results from various products. CannaHemp’s process is to reintroduce terpenes to their CBD concentrates, which just means they add back in natural aromas back into their CBD after it’s concentrated into an oil, to give an even tastier experience.
Topicals (Lotions and Oils)
If you have physical pain and are looking for a way to manage it through CBD, a topical is definitely the most effective way for you to do so. Topicals are typically lotions or oils that you apply right onto your skin to the targeted areas you want relief. Many topicals also have menthol or a cooling ingredient that can help instantly affect the pains you are feeling. If you would prefer not to have this cooling effect, you will want to check the ingredients before you purchase.
A great CBD topical has good consistency, dissolves easily into your skin, and works soon after application.
The CBD oil featured from You Plus CBD is a great topical that does not have a cooling effect. I have used this to apply to scars and muscle pains in my neck and have seen great results in both actions.
Note: Menthol and cooling topicals can be painful if you apply them to open wounds as well as if you accidentally got it in your eye. If you purchase a cooling topical be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after applying to prevent that result.
Choosing For You
Even after reading through this, you may feel like you are still not sure the effects you desire and what products you want to purchase. My recommendation is to obtain two products to try: one that falls into the consistency category (tincture or gummy/edible/capsule) and one that falls into the instant relief category (flower, pre-roll, or vape.) This way you can reap the benefits of consistent CBD relief while trying CBD as a quick fix for high stress and headaches.
However, if you are searching for something that can help ease muscles and joint pain, I suggest ditching both those options and investing in an effective topical. Topicals are the best at managing targeted body pain and will be all you need to manage it.
Comment below what type of products you use and how effective they are for certain symptoms you experience. I hope you find the best CBD form for you!
By, Delaney Lawrence