CBD Products BUYER GUIDE

What CBD Products exist and how to choose the best

CBD products are extracted from the entire hemp plant and not just from its seeds. This way, it can be used for a wide variety of different purposes. CBD does not produce any feelings of being high, but it interacts with several receptors in our bodies, the so-called cannabinoid receptors. Because of this close relation between CBD and the human body, it can provide you with several health benefits.

Nowadays, most of the main brands of CBD producers are more attentive to the latest findings of medicinal cannabis. New forms of CBD products arise in order to attain all possible effects of the product and can be consumed according to the different ways of administration. The most well-known way of consuming CBD is orally. However, there are many other pathways through which CBD is absorbed by our bodies, such as ingestion, inhaling or topically applying it.

Hence, if you are looking for a CBD product, you can find oils or “tinctures”, capsules or “pills”, e-liquids for vaping, topical creams or “ointments” and foods and beverages, like chocolate bars, sweets and energy drinks. It is fundamental to understand that the quality and concentration of CBD in these products can vary considerably.

CBD Sublingual

CBD Edibles

CBD Cosmetics

CBD Vaping

Our 5 buying criteria

 
In order to compare and evaluate the best CBD products on the european market, we would like to share some of the key buying criteria worth considering.

Taste

Onset Timing

Concentration

Ease of Use

Price

Taste

For some, the taste may affect the user when choosing the right product. Some products such as sublingual oils or extracts have a very distinct hemp flavour due to their high CBD content, and for some people it can be really unappealing.
Other products, such as vape oils and edibles, can be found in a variety of flavours, sometimes added artificially and others using cannabis terpenes, offering a great alternative to the taste of hemp. If hemp oil is unappealing to taste, capsules can be the alternative for a neutral flavour.

Concentration

The potency of CBD can be one of the most important factors when choosing the product as the amount needed can vary from user to user. To check the actual concentration of the product is to look at the milligrams of CBD, which should be clearly listed on the product label. Not to be misled by the “total volume” of the oil. The milligrams of CBD are what counts.

Note: Sometimes only a percentage amount is listed, instead of the total milligrams. This percentage is a ratio of total CBD to total liquid volume of the product. The required concentration is always dependent upon metabolism, weight, cannabinoid tolerance, and desired effects. For this reason, consultation with a doctor is compulsory with serious ailments or diseases.

Ease of Use

CBD products are mostly easy to use and there are multiple forms of applications, such as tinctures, capsule, edibles, vaping and lotions. However, some CBD products can be quite tricky to use, requiring special equipment to be used, such as vaping the product, particularly in monitoring the dosage, when using dropping pipes or syringes with extract. Each method can be taken according to what the user desires or with regards to their medical requirements.
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Onset Timing

The immediacy of the effects will vary in different products and will also alter the length of the effect. CBD generally takes a few minutes to a couple of hours to work properly, depending on the serving size and the method of consumption.
While vaporising allows for immediate effects, taking CBD sublingually will take up to 45 minutes to take effect, but can last between four to six hours. The topical application of CBD can take up to an hour to feel the effects, and can last up to five hours. Finally, in the form of capsules, candies and beverages, through ingestion, CBD has to reach the digestive system in order to take action, which requires between 20 minutes and two hours depending on the person’s metabolism, and can last up to six or eight hours from consumption.
In short, the slower CBD absorbs, the longer it lasts. Likewise, if the CBD absorbs quickly, it will usually offer immediate, short-term relief.

Price

The price of CBD products can be very variable. It can depend on the desired effects, the concentration, longevity, and immediacy of the product, but mainly depending on the manufacturing process, the extraction method, and the other ingredients used for the formulation of the product.

Taste

Concentration

Ease of Use

Onset Timing

Price

CBD Oils

Why take CBD sublingually?

Sublingual administration is one of the fastest methods as there are lesser risks of degradation as it goes straight to the bloodstream, avoiding stomach acid, bile and enzymes. CBD Oil is the most popular product in the consumption of CBD as it is fast and easy to use, thanks to the different concentrations available in comparison to the other product types.

CBD oils can come in two different compositions, distinguished in full spectrum or isolated form.

  • Full spectrum CBD is composed of all the ingredients that are active in the plant and is minimally refined. It must also be noted that with this comes a small margin of THC, which is the psychoactive compound in the plant.
  • Isolated CBD is solely comprised of the CBD compound leaving behind no other active ingredient unlike the full spectrum.

Research has shown that full spectrum CBD may contains more health benefits than isolated CBD as it contains all active ingredients. However, isolated CBD can also be more appropriate in some cases. Therefore, both compositions are dependent upon the patient and their medical necessities.

  • Taste
  • Concentration
  • Ease of Use
  • Onset Timing
  • Price

CBD Edibles

Why ingest CBD?

With CBD edibles most of the CBD is absorbed through the digestive system. Although CBD edibles may take longer to become active in your body, many people find that the slow, sustained release of CBD is effective for alleviating chronic conditions, so that they can enjoy the effects of CBD much longer. If CBD is ingested, it can take between 20 minutes and two hours to feel the benefits, and they should last between four and six hours after intake.

CBD edibles come in different forms and compositions:

 

  • CBD sweets, gummies, chocolates iare considered in high demand as it is a great alternative to those who care for taste, especially with the non-psychoactive treats.
  • CBD infused beverages can be applied in every sense allowing a diverse range of options for the user. For example, companies can have CBD infused drinks with energy drinks, coffee, tea and in powder form which can be mixed with any liquids of the user’s choice such as juices and smoothies.
  • CBD capsulescan be an alternative to gain a neutral taste of the product. It is the easiest way to track the intake of the user and be able to maintain a fixed dosage. Each capsule can also have long lasting effects due to digestion.
  • Taste
  • Concentration
  • Ease of Use
  • Onset Timing
  • Price

CBD Cosmetics

Why use topical CBD?

The main advantage of CBD in topical form is that it can be applied directly to whichever part of the body requires treatment. Topical CBD products bypass the digestive system and can immediately go to work where they’re needed.
CBD Cosmetics are applied topically on the skin providing direct effects on the affected area and is highly useful for alleviating pain, soreness, inflammation and certain skin conditions such as rashes and blemishes.
If CBD is applied topically using an ointment or cream, it can take up to an hour to feel the effects, but can last for up to five hours.

There is an array of topical CBD products such as creams, lotions, ointments, and patches. The creams, lotions and ointments are mostly natural and organic.

 

  • Creams and lotions with CBD can be used for instant pain relief and can also be added into daily skin care, whereas ointments can be used for longer lasting effects but also leaves the surface greasy.
  • Patches with CBD have similar effects to ointments but over a longer period of time. Patches and ointments are mostly recommended for deep joint and muscle pain.
  • Taste
  • Concentration
  • Ease of Use
  • Onset Timing
  • Price

CBD Oils

What is CBD Vaping

Over the years, vaping is being recognised more and more as an alternative to tobacco, also known as e-cigarettes, and equally, CBD can also be found in forms of e-liquids. Vaping is the fastest method of administration and the effects can be observed almost immediately. In just a few seconds after inhalation, the compounds go straight into the respiratory system, into the blood stream and immediately spreads throughout the entire body.

Vaping is a transportable method and is quick and easy to use which is why it can be one of the more popular options other than its bioavailability. However, the concentrations are difficult to monitor offering a less accurate dosage level. Additionally, the liquid often comes with a carrier liquid in which CBD is infused. E-liquids with CBD generally vary in concentration and taste that is generally improved using artificial flavourings or natural terpenes from cannabis plants.

 

  • CBD E-liquids are those liquids that fuel an e-cigarette. These e-liquids are enriched with CBD for providing all the medical benefits of CBD through inhalation, the quickest possible way of absorbing CBD.
  • CBD crystal is the purest form of CBD. Through CO2 extraction, it is possible to separate and isolate CBD from the other components of the plant.
  • Taste
  • Concentration
  • Ease of Use
  • Onset Timing
  • Price

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cbd product for you?

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