From craft beers to chocolate, CBD-infused products have become such a large market for consumers in recent years. CBD oil or “hemp oil” is a non-psychoactive ingredient found in these types of products and have been linked to numerous health benefits, including certain skin conditions, anxiety and seizures to name a few. Since hemp oil is now legal in all 50 states (most recently Indiana), a wide array of these goods are hitting the market.
Along with its increasing popularity, companies are now producing different forms of CBD-infused products. If you are a beginner, finding the right form to take may be a challenge when there are so many different types to navigate through. The right one for you depends on what concerns you have with your body and on your expectations you have for the product. If you having trouble deciding on the right type, here are the few most common ways to use CBD:
Experiencing a Problem Area? Try a Topical.
CBD topicals are known to help certain skin conditions, arthritis, joints and muscle pains. Unlike most forms of CBD, topicals are not ingested. Instead, they are used directly on top of the affected area. Both salves and lotion are effective topical treatments depending on the consistency you prefer. While the results are less immediate, it’s an effective way for cannabinoids to be absorbed directly into the skin. The dynamic chemical compound restores homeostasis in the body and will leave skin glowing. Topicals can also help relieve pain in areas of the body that receive more stress. Common areas topicals are applied are shoulders, temples and feet.
How to Use a Topical
If this is your first time using a CBD topical, test out a small amount on clean skin to ensure you do not have an existing allergy to the product and it’s active ingredients. After making sure you are not allergic, apply a generous amount of product to the area you want to focus on. Take the time to massage the topical directly into the skin for the best results. Learn more about how to use CBD topically and it’s benefits on our recent blog.
Want Quick Results? Try a Tincture.
Tinctures are known to help with chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety and have been effective treatment for seizures and neurological disorders amongst. Ingesting CBD oil via a tincture is an effective way to benefit from its properties quickly. While drops can be added to food or drink, generally the product is taken sublingually (under the tongue) in 1ml increments. Ingesting it this way will help your body absorb a higher amount of CBD oil into the bloodstream through capillaries under the tongue. While unflavored CBD is by no means an unbearable taste, tinctures are commonly available in multiple flavors for those looking for a minty or citrusy after-taste. How quickly the effects kick in can vary, but generally it takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes.
How to Use Tincture
Take a measured quantity from the dropper and release oil under the tongue. Leave for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing.
Looking for Convenience? Try Capsules or Isolates.
If oil under the tongue isn’t your thing or you prefer an easier alternative for integrating CBD products into your life, capsules or isolates are a great option. Much like the other products, they work well for those suffering from pain, skin conditions, anxiety or inflammation.
Unlike tinctures, capsules come in a controlled dosage, since they are already pre-measured. They also work great for those who are familiar with taking daily supplement pills.
How to Use Capsules
Take the recommended serving with water, like you would with any supplement. There is no particular time of day for taking them.
CBD isolate on the other hand is a powder-like substance that can easily be mixed in with food or drink. Isolate is more potent than other forms of CBD, so it’s important to consider when deciding if it’s right for you. It’s also one of the more simple forms of CBD that can easily be incorporated into your daily regimen. When shopping for isolate, pay close attention to product potency and whether it is odorless and tasteless.
How to Use Isolate
Use the recommended dosage in food, smoothies or other beverages. Blend in until the powderized crystal disappears.
Some final tips to keep in mind while finding the right CBD oil product for you:
- Make sure to do your research on the store you choose to purchase from to make sure the ingredients are high-quality.
- Speak with a healthcare professional if you have questions or concerns about using CBD products orally or topically.