There are now more ways than ever before to incorporate CBD into your daily health and wellness routine. If you can envision it, the CBD product likely already exists. However, it is a buyer beware market out there!
The efficacy of many of the types of CBD products is speculative. Take, for instance, CBD-infused water. How can this be viable, since cannabinoids are hydrophobic? (This basically means they don’t mix well in water).
I have poured hours and hours of research into the types of CBD products and am sharing a digestible amount of information about those with proven therapeutic value. I look at the pros and cons of each form of CBD as well as things like bioavailability, onset, duration, and how to use each CBD product.
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When looking at the best types of CBD products, you need to break these into two categories: systemic CBD products and localized CBD products.
Systemic CBD products are products where the CBD oil is in a soluble form and can be absorbed by the person consuming it allowing the CBD to move around in the body tissues. Basically, systemic CBD products go IN the body through the mouth, nose, eyes, or rectum.
Localized CBD products are exactly what they sound like. You put them on a specific area of the body to bring relief or healing to that area. These types of CBD products will not have a major effective on overall health or well-being. They are designed to target an issue with a specific area of the body.
Before I dive into the best types of CBD products, I need to give you a quick overview of CBD isolate and Full Spectrum CBD Oil as they make a difference in product selection.
CBD isolate is exactly what it sounds like, it is the isolated CBD cannabinoid from a cannabis plant. It contains no other compounds. CBD isolate is pure CBD. At room temperature, isolate is a white powder. It can be taken by itself or used to make other products such as edibles or topical creams and lotions.
A ‘Full Spectrum’ product refers to the method of plant extraction to an oil, which includes the whole plant and all of its compounds, therefore containing an array of beneficial cannabinoids (such as CBD, CBG, CBC, THCV, CBN etc) and beneficial terpenes. The compounds of the whole plant remain intact in the extracted oil. With Full Spectrum CBD products, you have the advantage of something they call the “Entourage Effect.” This is where all the cannabinoids and terpenes work together in synergy, something that CBD isolate products will lack.
In a 2015 study done at the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology in Jerusalem, it was concluded that CBD isolate yields a “bell-curve” of effectiveness versus Full Spectrum extract. This research showed that the isolate becomes less effective over time, while Full Spectrum extract continues its effectiveness over time. It was also concluded that a CBD isolate is only as effective as its dose, while Full Spectrum extract continues its effectiveness as the dosage increases.
What does this mean? For me, it means that I prefer to stick with full spectrum products so that I can benefit from ALL the hemp plant has to offer. But I won’t shun CBD isolate. It has its place too.
Important to note! Not all CBD consumed orally actually reaches the endocannabinoid system.
When consumed orally, CBD is processed by the liver and other digestive organs. Only a percentage of the CBD consumed passes through these organs and makes it into the bloodstream, so it can be used by the endocannabinoid system. Any excess CBD is stored in fat cells. If enough CBD is consumed, CBD can remain in the fat cells for days, releasing gradually for use by the endocannabinoid system.
Depending on the CBD product, oral consumption doesn’t always provide the highest bioavailability. But if you consume enough consistently, oral consumption of CBD is a very effective way to treat certain chronic conditions. However, just because a certain method has better bioavailability, it doesn’t necessarily make it a better or more cost effective solution.
Now the moment you have been waiting for! Lets look at the best types of CBD products.
Systemic CBD Products
CBD oil is a term that is often used to refer to any type of CBD product. However, CBD oil itself is a highly concentrated paste-like product that typically comes in a “pen” or hard tube style cartridge. It is dispensed via “clicks” or turns of the cartridge. CBD oil can also literally be a highly-concentrated oil that is bottled in a tincture-like bottle.
Pros of CBD Oil
- CBD oil is pure CBD and therefore, highly concentrated. It has no other additives or ingredients.
- CBD oil can work within a minute making it great for acute situations, sleep, etc…
- CBD oil can be taken throughout the day to keep a steady amount of CBD in your system.
- Easy to travel with as it is not a liquid.
Cons of CBD Oil
- Pure CBD oil must be kept cool and away from light. Most CBD oil brands will recommend you keep it in the refrigerator.
- CBD oil pen dispensers can be tricky. More or less of the suggested amount may be dispersed with each click of the pen. This can make it difficult to ensure that you are taking just the right amount for you.
- Expensive compared to other oral CBD products.
- The taste can be a little bit hard to get past if you aren’t a fan of earthy flavors. The texture can be a little funky as well.
6% – 15% for oral (swallowed and digested by the GI system)
Up to 35% for oromucosal (absorbed directly through the mouth sublingually)
If taken sublingually, CBD oil typically begins to work within a minute or two. If added to water or swallowed, it can take 30-45 minutes to begin working.
2-3 hours (sublingual)
4-6 hours (ingested)
How To Use
Follow the directions on the packaging. Each dispenser acts a little bit differently. Typically, you dispense the serving you would like and then let it sit and absorb into your cheek.
Taking CBD in tincture form was the pioneering delivery method for this supplement. Tinctures are the most common, and most widely used CBD products. It is simply the CBD oil in a liquid form.
Pros of CBD Tinctures
- There is a certain amount of CBD in the whole bottle, but each drop distributes its own amount of CBD. In other words, the freedom to take as much or as little CBD as you want is in your own hands. This can help you find your comfort zone with CBD in a very effective way.
- CBD tinctures can work within a minute making them great for acute situations, sleep, etc…
- They can come in very high concentrations of CBD making them quite cost effective.
- CBD tinctures can be taken throughout the day to keep a steady amount of CBD in your system.
Cons of CBD Tinctures
- Having CBD in the form of a tincture leaves a bit of room for human error. If you’re the one in charge of measuring out the proper amount of CBD oil for you, there’s a chance you could mess it up.
- There are possible additives and/or flavors that you may not care for. Many CBD oil tinctures come flavored and with a sweetener like stevia added.
- The taste of “raw” CBD oil tinctures might not be agreeable to you. Raw CBD oil tinctures are simply CBD oil and a carrier oil like coconut oil or avocado oil. Personally, I like the taste of the plain oil. But not everyone does.
6% – 15% for oral (swallowed and digested by the GI system)
Up to 35% for oromucosal (absorbed directly through the mouth sublingually)
If taken sublingually, CBD tinctures typically begin to work within a minute or two. If added to water or swallowed, they can take 30-45 minutes to begin working.
2-3 hours (sublingual)
4-6 hours (ingested)
How To Use
A tincture is known to be most effective by not swallowing the liquid right away. You want to ingest as much as you can sublingually. Place the drops under your tongue and along the cheeks for as long as you can. If you can allow it to absorb without swallowing it, the CBD tincture will work best.
CBD capsules are the simplest form of delivery. They’re tasteless and odorless. CBD Capsules are more ideal to take as supplements for people who are looking to boost their endocannabinoid system.
Pros of CBD Capsules
- CBD oil capsules are extremely convenient. They involve no mess, no hassle, and no prep work at all.
- Another perk of taking CBD capsules is the fact that each capsule contains a very specific amount of CBD. There is no risk of taking too much or too little.
- Since CBD capsules are tasteless, this makes them a great choice for people who do not like the taste or texture of CBD tinctures.
- CBD capsules also typically pure CBD. There are no additives.
Cons of CBD Capsules
- Your body takes some time to digest capsules, so you typically won’t “feel” anything or the effects right away.
- CBD capsules offer a low amount of bioavailability. When you consume CBD by swallowing a CBD capsule, it must first pass through your digestive system. When it hits your liver and other parts of your filtration systems, it loses some of its potency and power along the way.
- CBD capsules are relatively large in size which may not be ideal for people who have trouble swallowing pills.
6% – 15% (swallowed and digested by the GI system)
60 minutes +
How To Use
Simply swallow the CBD capsule with water. CBD capsules are best taken at a regular time daily.
Sprays are a novel way to take CBD oil tinctures. CBD spray is an oral method of administration obviously and can be mixed with things like herbs to create specific products for sleep, anxiety, and the like.
Pros of CBD Sprays
- Ease of use. They are easy to carry around, are not messy, and are discrete.
- They are great for travel.
- Just like tinctures, CBD sprays are bioavailable so you get a lot out of them.
Cons of CBD Sprays
- CBD sprays are typically the weakest in concentration among the different type of CBD products. Typical concentration of CBD sprays ranges from 1-3mg.
- Compared to other type of products taken orally, it’s harder to measure the exact dosage you take each day, since sprays are a bit more inconsistent.
- CBD sprays are flavored with natural additives to help mask the earthy taste of the CBD itself. These additives may or may not be healthful.
When sprayed sublingually, within 2-3 minutes for most people but may take up to 30 minutes
2-6 hours (sublingual)
How To Use
Like tinctures, sprays are most effective by not swallowing the liquid right away. You want to ingest as much as you can sublingually. Spray the CBD oil under your tongue and hold for around 30 seconds. Serving size should be labeled on the bottle (typically 2-3 sprays). Use daily or as needed.
This is simply the method of using CBD oil in a vaporizer. You are smoking the CBD and taking it in via your lungs.
Pros of Vaping CBD
- CBD vape offers high bioavailability.
- Vaping CBD is one of the most direct routes. It offers a straight shot to your blood stream via your lungs.
- Unlike ingesting CBD, vaping CBD means you’ll feel the effects right away. You may also feel them more strongly, since no filtration system got in the way first.
- In addition, taking a vape around with you is relatively simple. Many would prefer to carry a vape than a bottle of CBD capsules or a CBD tincture. Because of this, vaping CBD is pretty easy to do and convenient to transport.
- It is great for acute situations like a panic attack or on onset of pain.
Cons of Vaping CBD
- Some worry about the health side effects of using a vape. In some cases, these are valid concerns. Some vapes can be risky, and some vape oils may present unwanted or unexpected side effects.
- Vaping CBD is a more complicated process. You have to shop for and purchase a vape. You have to know how to fill it properly, when to charge it, how much to use, and more. A vape is just like any other gadget or device. It can break, malfunction, and more.
Less than one minute
How To Use
In order to use CBD vape oil, you will need an e-cigarette, vape pen, or vaporizer. Add the CBD oil to your vape liquid or apply drops onto the coil, heat and inhale the appropriate amount of vapor.
CBD oil patches are technically a topical method but not exactly a localized CBD product either. With the CBD patch, the cannabinoids are able to penetrate into the bloodstream.
A CBD patch is simply a medicated adhesive that is placed on the skin to deliver a specific dose of medication – through the skin and into the bloodstream, promoting healing to an injured area of the body.
Pros of CBD Patches
- A patch provides a controlled release of the drug. It’s done through a porous membrane or through body heat that melts medication formulations embedded in the adhesive and allows it to be absorbed. It is best applied over a vein.
- This is a good type of CBD oil delivery to address pain and inflammation.
- Transdermal delivery of CBD means that it bypasses your lungs, liver, and stomach (places where your body filters or breaks down the cannabinoid). So you get 100 percent of the medicinal value of the CBD.
- CBD patches are discrete.
- You can “set and forget.” No remembering to take tinctures or pills.
- For topical pain relief, you can place the patch exactly where you need it to work.
Cons of the CBD Patch
- The adhesive might cause a reaction on the skin.
- High quality CBD patches can be expensive and difficult to source.
20 minutes or so
How To Use
For best results, place on a venous area of the skin. Clean the area of skin where you’ll place the patch. Make sure it is completely dry. Remove the backing from the patch. Firmly press the patch onto your skin.
The patch adheres best on areas with minimal hair. Try to avoid placing the patch in areas where you flex a lot. If you’d like to place the patch on your knee, apply it either above or below the joint so it stays on.
CBD Nasal Spray
This is exactly what it sounds like! CBD that goes in your nose.
Pros of CBD Nasal Spray
- Numerous studies have shown the advantages of intranasal drug delivery systems. When medicine is delivered in an absorbable form to the nasal mucosa, it is absorbed and transferred directly to the brain via two cranial nerves; the Olfactory Nerve and the Trigeminal Nerve. The nose also has a robust vascular supply that also absorbs and delivers medicines directly to the brain. CBD has been shown to cross the nasal membrane as fast as 30 seconds.
- CBD nasal sprays bypass first pass metabolism. That’s why you need much lower doses of the spray to achieve effective brain levels.
Cons of CBD Nasal Spray
- Not everyone likes spraying things up their nose.
- There can be a slight sting after using the CBD nasal spray.
- If you “snort” too much after spraying it in your nose, the CBD nasal spray will go down your throat where it won’t be able to offer any benefits.
- Comes in different bases which are not created equal. Water or saline based nasal sprays will not work with the CBD additive. CBD nasal sprays must be oil based which may not be an agreeable texture inside your sinuses.
30 seconds – 2 minutes
Up to 24 hours
How To Use
Shake the bottle gently. Tilt your head forward and breathe out gently. Place the spray nozzle barely into your nostril. Aim towards your ear. Compress the sprayer. Let the fine mist find you! Sniff gently. Don’t snort. Snorting hurts and can inflame your sinuses. And, snorting will draw the mist down to your throat where it won’t do as much good. A slight sting or warmth shortly after use is normal and harmless.
This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Syrup with CBD.
Pros of CBD Syrup
- A fun and tasty way to consume CBD!
- This is an easy way to give children their daily serving of CBD.
- Known to be the world’s best hangover cure. 😊
- Healthy versions of CBD syrup can actually offer immune boosting properties.
Cons of CBD Syrup
- Low amounts of CBD per serving
- Typically combined with other ingredients and natural botanicals which you may or may not want
- Potentially a high sugar content
- May have artificial flavors
- On average, a 4 oz bottle of CBD syrup will cost you $30-40. With a low CBD content, this isn’t very cost effective.
- If it is not water soluble, the CBD syrup will sink to the bottom of your glass.
There is nothing definitive but some companies claim that it is between 30-50%. I might believe this is you were to take the CBD syrup sublingually. If you added it to a beverage I am positive the bioavailability would decrease to less than 10%.
If CBD syrup is put in a beverage it can take up to 2 hours to kick in. If it is taken straight with no dilution, it can begin working within 30 minutes.
How To Use
Simply pour the desired amount of syrup into your beverage of choice, usually a carbonated water, mix it up a bit, and enjoy. This can be enjoyed in plain water, tea, juice, or pretty much any beverage of your liking. While most people prefer using this diluted method as the easiest method of consumption, others simply ingest the CBD syrup as you would any liquid medicine – right off the spoon!
Taking cues from ancient Ayurvedic tradition, honey is considered a prime vehicle to deliver herbal medicine because it is one of the most easily digested forms of carbohydrates. Honey enters directly into the bloodstream, providing almost instantaneous effects. When combined with CBD, honey is the optimal partner to transport the many health-giving benefits that help balance the body.
Pros of CBD Honey
- Honey contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and when combined with CBD, it becomes a powerhouse of health!
- It tastes awesome!
- It can replace any sweetener you are already using.
- It can also be used topically as a nourishing face mask; to heal cuts, burns, and stings; and to tackle the occasional blemish.
- It is known for being an awesome hangover remedy.
- It has energy-boosting effects.
Cons of CBD Honey
- In order for CBD honey to truly be healthful and retain the properties of the CBD, the honey must be infused with CBD. The CBD should not be added in as an oil. The honey should not be heated or high pressured pasteurized. In addition, it should be made in small batches. This can make it difficult to find a truly worthwhile CBD honey. It can also make it pricey.
- It may contain oil (most likely coconut oil). This can be a good thing as coconut oil has a lot of healthful benefits. However, not everyone wants oils in their honey.
- If used in baked goods, you will cook the health benefits right out!
Varies from person to person. If taken straight, the onset is within minutes. If consumed another way, the onset can be up to an hour.
How To Use
Stir it into tea. Eat it off the spoon. Spread it onto food. Just don’t heat the honey or is it in baking where cooking is required. This destroys a lot of the healthful properties of the honey and CBD.
The rectal route of administration is generally favored in situations where the oral route is not possible, such as in scenarios where patients have trouble swallowing or suffer from nausea and vomiting (a side effect of their diseases).
Pros of CBD Suppositories
- Fast onset.
- One highly relevant study compared the effects of CBD delivered orally and rectally in mice induced with colonic inflammation. The results from this study showed that CBD delivered rectally significantly reduced inflammation in the rectum, whereas CBD delivered orally had no effect. The authors of this study suggested that CBD could protect against colitis locally through the rectal route, but this remains to be explored further.
- Best way to exert effects over localized ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, Chron’s Disease, hemorrhoid tissue, inflammation of the rectum, or tumors in the rectal cavity.
Cons of SBD Suppositories
- Very few studies about it’s bioavailability and effectiveness. Most information is anecdotal.
- Out of the three veins in the venous drainage of the rectum, only one of them (the superior rectal vein) flows into the liver. Henceforth there is only a partial first pass metabolism effect from this route of administration
This really varies. Reports run from 2-8 hours.
How To Use
Wash hands carefully before putting on surgical gloves (optional). Then lie in a sideways position with the lower leg straight, bringing the other knee up to your chest. Lift the upper buttock to expose the rectum and then insert the suppository pointed end first. With your finger push the suppository in beyond the muscular sphincter by about 2.5 – 4cm.
But don’t get carried away and push it too far in because if the suppository gets as high as the superior rectal vein, a proportion of the CBD will be metabolised by the liver and lost, whereas if it is absorbed by the lower two – the inferior and middle rectal vein – they don’t pass through the liver and maximum CBD is absorbed.
Once inserted, squeeze your butt cheeks together and remain in this position for about five minutes so the suppository can be absorbed and get to work.
Wash hands again and try to refrain from a bowel movement for at least twenty minutes.
Suppositories should be stored in the refrigerator (at 35 – 46 degrees Fahrenheit) to retain shape and ease insertion.
The most delicious way to consume CBD would be in your favorite treat right? There are so many edible options available now which include a range of gummies, lolliopops, cookies, chocolate, teas and more. While this edible option is very appealing to most, it is also a lot more expensive per dose so would be recommended as a treat, rather than your daily way of consuming CBD.
Pros of CBD Edibles
- CBD in edible form is perfect for people on the go. It’s an easy and convenient way to infuse CBD use into one’s wellness lifestyle.
- They are extremely discreet. CBD gum, gummies, lollipops and the like make them easy to consume whenever and wherever you like.
- They taste pretty great!
- CBD edibles make it easy for children to consume CBD oil.
Cons of CBD Edibles
- It is difficult to adjust serving size. The concentration of CBD is largely dependent on the size of the edible. Therefore, it is recommended to combine the use of CBD edibles with another type of CBD product
- CBD edibles have a very slow onset. The longer time of onset makes it more difficult to titrate dosage.
- Overconsumption (but not overdose) is a risk with CBD edibles. Since they take so long to kick in, one might be included to eat more than is needed.
- CBD edibles cost quite a bit more per milligram of CBD than the other products on the market.
- Aside from the CBD needed to make edibles, there may be quite a few unhealthy ingredients added in. Gummies are known for their corn syrup and food dyes.
Less than 10%
How To Use
This seems silly to write this… CBD edibles are eaten basically. If it is a tea, you drink it. If it is a lollipop or the like you lick or suck the edible. If it is gum you chew it. Gummies, chocolates, and other similar CBD edibles are chewed.
Other types of CBD products
Other less popular and more difficult to source products are CBD inhalers and CBD eye drops. As more information becomes available about these products, I will update this post. Thus far, I have not found a company who manufactures these products that I can recommend.
Localized CBD Products
As the name indicates, these products only affect the area where the product was applied – as such, this class of products is often referred to as simply ‘topicals’. Some only impact the skin layer to which they are applied, while others penetrate into the muscle and joints underneath the skin. Topical CBD products penetrate through the skin but not into the bloodstream. Therefore, they do not provide any of the general health and wellness benefits that the oral types of CBD oil products do.
CBD topicals work by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors which are present in the muscles, skin, bones, peripheral nerves and synovial fluid within joints.
Topical CBD oil products may be versatile and highly effective at relieving pain, easing inflammation, or smoothing and rejuvenating the skin.
Here are some advantages of using CBD in topical form:
- May help with a wide range of symptoms. The potential benefits of CBD topicals are dynamic, from relieving joint and muscle pain to aiding skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.
- More discreet than other forms of CBD. Topical CBD oil may be a great option for those who wish to keep their CBD usage less obvious.
- No psychoactive effects. Since CBD topicals contain little to no THC, the benefits do not come with a “high.”
- Fast-acting. Unlike edible CBD products, which may take several hours for the effects to show, application directly to the skin means topical CBD oil takes effect quickly without entering the bloodstream.
Tips for Applying Topical CBD Oils
Don’t mix CBD skin products with other topical products. It’s important that you are applying the CBD topical to areas of the skin that are unaffected by other skin-care products. Making sure that you are applying your topicals to clean, product-free skin ensures that your skin is effectively absorbing the oil in its entirety. Mixing CBD oil with other products will only dilute the effects and reduce its effectiveness.
Make sure you are applying it at the right time. Do not apply CBD oil before bathing or taking part in an activity that will make you sweat. Water will only wash away the oil from your skin before it has time to absorb and do its work. Excessive sweating can also prevent the oil from penetrating the skin, which will nullify the effects.
Apply liberally and massage CBD oil into the skin. Once the oil has been applied, massage it gently but firmly into your skin. The body won’t absorb much of the cannabinoid in small doses, so be sure to apply liberally. Once you’re done, make sure you wash your hands so you do not inadvertently spread potentially irritable substances to sensitive areas. Some oils contain substances that may cause discomfort and irritation to the wrong parts of the body, such as the eyes.
When in doubt, follow the directions on the packaging.
Is one CBD topical better than another?
Not necessarily. It really comes down to a matter of personal choice. Ointments and salves differ from creams because of their texture, consistency, and often times potency. By definition, ointments must be infused with medicine, in this case CBD, and are of a semi-solid almost mucus-like consistency. Creams typically involve water or some type of aqueous substance as their base, while salves utilize only oils or waxes for their foundation. Ointments tend to contain a combination of oils, water and alcohols within their formulation.
Ointments can be of the greatest potency, but this does not have to be the trend always, for there is so much variety within the CBD vendor market. Some have claimed that ointments provide instant relief, acting quicker upon the body than salves or creams tend to, but essentially the terms ointment and salve can be used interchangeably.
I personally prefer lotions or creams over a salve because I don’t have to worry about leaving greasy marks on my clothing or something I come into contact with. However, CBD salve lasts longer than CBD creams so really, it depends on what I need in that moment.
Let’s take a brief look at the most popular types of topical CBD products.
CBD Lotions and CBD Creams
CBD lotions and CBD creams are known for their ability to treat muscle, joint, and surface-oriented pain. These CBD topicals are typically butter based, making them creamier and more easily absorbed than CBD salves. CBD lotions and creams typically have additional herbal ingredients which are deigned to work synergistically with the CBD to bring relief to pain and inflammation. CBD lotions and CBD creams are known for having a variety of pleasant fragrances.
Much like CBD lotions and CBD creams, CBD salves and ointments are another form of CBD infused topicals that are applied directly to the skin for localized relief of pain and inflammation. CBD salve is typically oil based. The CBD goes to work immediately after rubbing the salve onto the affected area and relief can be felt in as little as 15 minutes. Salves and ointments provide relief for hours; simply re-apply as necessary. CBD salves and CBD ointments are best for those suffering from general aches, pains, soreness, and any form of arthritis. They also will provide more moisturizing effects to the skin as they sit on it longer before being absorbed.
Sprays are another form of CBD infused topical that are sprayed directly to the skin. This application method is preferred by those suffering from painful skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. These sprays are gentle and don’t leave behind the same oily consistency some salves leave behind. This makes them better suited for treating burns, rashes, and other skin irritation. CBD sprays can be very refreshing and soothing to irritated skin. Some sprays even act as beauty products to help reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin.
CBD Soaks or Bath Bombs
CBD soaks refer to CBD infused bath salts (typically Epson salts) that induce a calming and soothing effect. Often times they are infused with aromatic essential oils to make your bath even more enjoyable. Soaks are best for those looking to relax their body and sooth their skin.
Other CBD Topicals
In addition to the above-mentioned CBD topicals, there are CBD massage oils, CBD chapstick, CBD deodorant, CBD soap, etc… If you can think of it, the product is likely out there.
In my experience, CBD topicals are best you when the CBD is in a high concentration and you apply the product liberally to relieve pain and/or inflammation. CBD topicals that are weakly infused with CBD are basically a waste of money.
I am on the fence about CBD infused skincare products. While I understand the benefits, I personally did not experience a difference when using them. CBD skincare products can be more expensive than other all-natural skincare products and may not do what they claim to do. So purchase with awareness and care. (I discuss the one product line that I DO think is worth the money at the end of this post. Not only are the skincare products awesome in general, they are infused with a generous amount of CBD.)
What to look for when purchasing topical CBD products
The market is saturated with CBD topicals. I literally spent 22 hours looking at all the products out there. My mind was blown at the cruddy ingredients found in most of these CBD topicals. As such, here is a guideline on what to look for when purchasing CBD topicals such as CBD cream, CBD salve, CBD spray, and CBD skincare products.
- CBD topicals should be sulfate free, paraben free, synthetic fragrance free, and free of other nasty chemicals. Basically, you want natural plant-based ingredients.
- All products should be independently lab tested for quality, purity, and CBD content.
- Always look for keywords on the product labels that indicate that the product uses nano technology, encapsulation, or micellization of CBD. This shows that their solution can carry CBD through the dermal layers, rather than just staying on top of the skin. This isn’t the be-all, end-all but you will definitely be purchasing a superior product.
And there you have it! My guide to the best types of CBD oil products currently on the market! Phew! That was quite the post but I hope you got a lot of great information from it. And now…
Where to purchase the best types of CBD products
I try not to play favorites but the first two companies are the ones whose products are in my CBD arsenal.
4 Corners Cannabis – This is an amazing company with outstanding CBD oil. It is very strong and very high quality. I find that you can use less CBD oil due to it’s potency. The owners of this company are world renowned for their Ma’at strain of hemp. Use code HYBRIDRASTAMAMA and get 20% off your order anytime!
My favorite products to purchase from 4 Corners Cannabis:
- CBD oil tinctures (my favorite is the Avocado oil tincture)
- Vape juice
- CBD salve
- CBD oil for your pet
Green HoriZen – I LOVE this company for a bazillion reasons. They have a huge and tasty ZERO THC product line!
My favorite products to purchase from Green HoriZen:
- CBD oil (3 flavors)
- CBD gummies
- CBD lollipops
- CBD syrup
- CBD honey
- CBD energy shots
- CBD infused skincare products including after-sun spray, beard oil, lip balm, day cream, night cream, aftershave, and massage oil.
- CBD bath bombs
- CBD salve (2 kinds)
Basically I love everything they have to offer!
Nano CBD+ – these are awesome CBD patches. Use code SAVE15 at checkout to save 15% off your order. This company only sells CBD patches.
Verified CBD – This company has some innovative products and is always having a sale!
My favorite products to purchase from Verified CBD:
- CBD Capsules
- CBD Sprays (they have 5 to choose from)
- Vape juice
I am still sourcing clean, high quality, cost effective CBD nasal spray and suppositories. Give me a shout if you have a company you would like me to look at for these.
- Plus a few more that I stupidly forgot to make note of. Forgive me.