First, CBD is the chemical in cannabis that produces most of the plant’s therapeutic and medicinal effects—but without any psychoactive effects. For many people who want to take advantage of the health and wellness capabilities of marijuana, this is an ideal combination.
Another reason CBD has become so popular is that CBD products that are derived from hemp plants containing less than 0.3% THC (the chemical in cannabis that gets people high) are no longer listed on the federal government’s register of illegal substances. As a result, it is now very easy to access CBD products online and in a broad range of brick and mortar stores.
Finally, CBD is incredibly versatile. There are tons of different types of CBD products and consumption methods currently available, including everything from smokable CBD flower to CBD vape pens, CBD edibles, and much more. All these options give consumers tremendous flexibility to select exactly how they want to consume CBD. This guide will walk you through some of the most common types of CBD available today so you can choose the one that will work best for you.
The Different Types of CBD
Here are some of the most popular forms of CBD on today’s market:
|What it is||How it works||What to expect|
|CBD Flower||CBD flower has little to no THC and almost entirely CBD. You consume it just like regular cannabis: roll it into a joint, blunt, or spliff, pack it into a spoon pipe or a bubbler, use a bong, or whatever else your favorite smoking method is; you can also buy an herb vaporizer and vape your CBD flower. Vaping CBD is a great option if you like the experience of smoking, but don’t want to inhale actual smoke.||Smoking cannabis, whether there’s THC or not, tends to produce effects that are fast-acting but relatively short-lived, so be prepared to smoke or vape your flower if you want to keep the effects going.|
|CBD Oil||CBD oil is a concentrated form of CBD. Depending on the specific type of oil you have, it can be applied topically to your skin or ingested.||Because oil is fairly concentrated, CBD oil can produce strong therapeutic effects that tend to last for a long time.|
|CBD Tincture||To take CBD tincture, drop a few drops of it beneath your tongue and let it soak in.||Tinctures are great for quick, discreet, easy to dose consumption, that will produce fast-acting and consistent effects.|
|CBD Concentrates and Extracts||Most concentrates and extracts are vaporized. Typically, this is done in either a vape pen, in which case the concentrate will come in a pre-loaded cartridge that you screw into a batter, or with a dab rig, where you heat a “nail,” vaporize the concentrate, and inhale it through a water pipe.||Expect some of the most fast-acting, hard-hitting effects from concentrates and extracts.|
|CBD Edibles||CBD edibles are becoming very popular, primarily because they are so easy and fun to consume—you simply eat them and wait for the effects to set in.||Cannabinoids like CBD take longer to metabolize when you eat or drink them, which means you won’t feel any effects for roughly 45 minutes or longer. But when the effects do set in, they tend to last much longer than if you smoked or vaped your cannabinoids.|
|CBD Topicals||Topicals include things like lotion, ointment, body cream, and more. They are very simple to use: rub into your skin and let the CBD go to work.||Topicals take a little while to soak into your skin and make it into your bloodstream. They tend to produce gentle but noticeable effects.|
Where to Start
If you’re new to CBD and are trying to figure out where to begin, the most important thing is to focus on what you want to get out of your CBD experience. From there, you can select the best type of CBD product and the best consumption method.
One of the simplest ways to start is with CBD edibles. Each piece comes with a precise dose of CBD, which makes it easy to track how much CBD you’re consuming so you can figure out a baseline of how much you need. Start out by eating a quarter or a half of an edible. Wait 45 minutes or so to see if you’re feeling any effects. If you’re happy with where you’re at, you’re good to go. If you want to heighten whatever effects you’re feeling, go ahead and eat another quarter or half and see how you feel.
Another very easy way to experiment with CBD is to use a disposable vape pen. You don’t have to worry about prepping anything, the device comes ready to use out of the package, and the effects are fast-acting. All of this makes a disposable vape pen an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the effects of CBD and to begin figuring out how much CBD you need to consume.
Start with one of these simple options and as you figure out how CBD interacts with your body, branch out and explore other products and other ways of consuming CBD. Eventually, you’ll be a CBD pro.