The CBD user has a vastly broad identity. People in their 20’s may use it for preventative care, children with serious conditions may use it for epilepsy, and even people age 50+ are starting to get on board. As you analyze the demographics, the market just keeps appearing broader and broader. So, it can be hard to decide what products to buy. We thought we’d break down some of the core items to help you decide which of the top 5 ways to take CBD is right for you.
1. Sublingual Tinctures
The tincture is the CBD Industry’s “Old Standard.” This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to get CBD into your body. Tinctures are comprised mainly of raw hemp oil that contains the actual cannabinoids. You’ll want to know how your oil was extracted and be able to verify who extracted it. The lack of regulation in the industry means you should stay close to integrated sources who control their supply. Avoid Ethanol or other solvents. There will typically be a carrier oil like Hempseed Oil or MCT. Look for the organics and don’t forget to ask what (if anything) is used for flavoring. At least one company uses strictly organic carriers and organic sunflower seed oil based flavors, essential oils, and terpenes.
Tinctures are for: Everybody. This is the most straightforward form of intake and is a great go-to for all users. Whether you want to mitigate anxiety, pain, sleep better, or you’ve got serious problems, this is the place to start experimenting.
2. Gel Capsules
Capsules have risen in popularity in the past few months. This is no surprise because of their similarity to traditional medicine. Users who switch from their typical medicines are often most comfortable with something that looks and feels the same as what they’re used to. For that reason, the typical capsule user often resembles the older, more traditional medical patient. Capsules provide the added benefit of being a pre-measured dose with no guessing and optimal control. Look for a capsule that is similar to an enclosed Liqui-gel. If it’s possible to pull the capsule apart from the middle, it’s also quite possible that it will leak. It’s also possible that it was assembled by sweaty employee fingers rather than a legitimate manufacturer.
Capsules are for: Once again, everybody. But this has a special place in the minds of older folks and people who are used to taking pharmaceuticals. If you’re like me and you’ve decided to convince grandma to get on board, this is the easiest way to bridge that gap. They are essentially the same as a tincture but are very approachable and familiar.
3. Dab & Create
This is going to be your concentrated extracts. CBD Isolate, IsoTerp Shatter, and wax. Dabs are not for everybody. Some of us love them, some are skeptical of things like torches making it into the medicinal arena. However, there are more options for how to consume these products. A concentrate vape pen with an atomizer (G-pen, Dr. Dabber, etc,) is a great way to simplify the process. You also have endless versatility in creating your own product with CBD Isolate. But some people just love a nice fat dab. It’s quick, effective, and pairs incredibly well with the THC dabs that you’re probably already taking. It’s a great way to take the anxious edge off of your powerful concentrates. One customer described his anxiety “melting away” after a dab of IsoTerp.
Extracts are for: The smoker, the cannabis user, and the dabbers of the world. Granted, there are a million ways to use CBD Isolate. But if we’re focusing on the dabbers, you probably want to have some experience with how to actually use a concentrate before you wind up with a jar of wax or powder that you have no idea what to do with.
This is another option that fits a particular segment of customers. It essentially resembles a tincture, but it uses carrier oils that are safe to vape. Do not buy MCT vape oils, it can be toxic when heated. Look for VG from trusted sources. If you’re currently vaping Nicotine, why not switch to something that tastes better, feels better, and appears to have fewer health risks? If you’re a vape connoisseur, give CBD oils a chance. You’ll be pleased with your decision to make the switch.
Vape Oils are for: The cigarette smoker, the vape connoisseur, and the casual user who doesn’t mind inhaling any more than taking something orally. If you’ve begun the brave transition from cigarettes to nicotine vape oils, we suggest taking it one step further. Transitioning from the nicotine vape to a CBD vape is not a long trip. And it may help you completely disassociate from tobacco products that are easy to backslide into.
5. Topical Lotions or Salves
This is an extremely popular way to get CBD into the body. The reason we put it a little lower on the list is because it still tends to be most effective when paired with a longer lasting method like Tinctures or capsules. A topical may provide nearly instant relief, but if you have persistent pain it may be wise to add something sublingual that will last throughout the day. Topicals are what originally sold me on the benefits of CBD. You use it, you feel it. It was the first thing that really jumped out and showed me that this really has an undeniable effect for the user.
Topicals are for: People with aches and pains that don’t constitute real ailments like fibromyalgia, MS, etc. Topical customers are often relying on these products for day to day soreness, neck/back pain, arthritis pains, and more.
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Question: I am in the “older folks” category & have not used CBD before therefore a question: If taking caps for arthritis pain, must you use it daily or just when pain occurs? It seems like everyone is getting in on the game so I am getting mine from a reputable nutritional supplier at Natural Grocers. Sounds like your recommendation for the topical is the way for me to go. Should I be using the topical in conjunction with the caps?