Cannabidiol (CBD) is very, very popular at the moment, and as more information about the compound’s therapeutic properties filters in from scientific research, its profile as an all-encompassing natural remedy is set to only grow.
But another thing that sets CBD apart from other treatments is its versatility. CBD isn’t like a standard drug that’s just taken in pill or capsule form with a glass of water (although you can do that, too!) but it can be vaporized, eaten, applied to the skin, consumed in super-strength concentrate form or even smoked.
In this post, we’ll look at 7 different types of CBD product, and explore how they could benefit you.
Some people choose to vape CBD to remedy an ailment, whereas others simply find it a wonderful way to relax – in that way, CBD is an excellent and much healthier substitute for alcohol. To put a scientific spin on the relaxation angle, CBD helps to relieve stress by reducing cortisol.
From a medicinal perspective, the distinct advantage that vaping offers – even if it comes with minor health risks – is lightning fast speed of delivery. When you’re feeling in discomfort, the entire process of firing the vape up, taking a draw and experiencing relief takes no more than two or three minutes. This is ideal for treating pain, giving yourself instant motivation or taking care of worries and anxieties. It’s also a great way of bringing your mind back to a state of calm if you’ve smoked too much cannabis and want to ease your “high”.
Gummy bears, brownies, lollipops, chocolate bars and more – the CBD edibles market offers as much selection as the cannabis edibles market. These products, from brands like Chill Plus CBD, are an effective way of promoting calm and relaxation, with the benefits of CBD lasting for several hours once they have set in. This is perfect for those who want to feel less stressed during the day, and for people who are suffering from fatigue and need consistent, deep sleep.
CBD edibles are also great for tackling inflammation – CBD regulates immune system response via anandamide and 2-AG-mediated activation of CB2 receptors, and also strengthens the gut wall to prevent inflammation due to a leaky gut.
Capsules are pretty much identical to edibles in terms of how the CBD takes effect. However, they provide even more accuracy with dosing, as you know exactly how much CBD is in each capsule.
CBD capsules are also extremely discreet. Not only are they odorless, but since they are not distinguishable from any other supplements or medicines, you can feel comfortable about using them anywhere.
CBD topicals: creams, balms and salves
CBD has myriad of therapeutic properties that are beneficial for the skin. The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD creams can help to reduce swelling after an injury, and to alleviate aggravation that is typical of skin conditions like acne. Moreover, CBD creams can speed up the recovery process from blisters and wounds and dressing the area with an infused topical prevents bacterial and fungal infections. CBD topicals may also offer a natural painkilling effect.
The CBD concentrates range is expanding, with consumers now able to enjoy unmatched potent relief with wax, shatter, crumble and crystals. All of these serve the same purpose – delivering large quantities of CBD as quickly as possible.
Concentrates are of most value for conditions where hefty doses of CBD are required, such as chronic pain, chemotherapy symptoms and anxiety. Some vape pens are compatible with waxes and other concentrates. Otherwise, products can be taken orally or dabbed on a heated or electronic nail.
CBD syrups and chill shots
CBD syrups, chill shots and other drinks are, unsurprisingly, consumed orally, and this means that they work like an edible. Many like to use these products, and especially syrups, as natural sleeping aids, as they are intended to be stirred into either a hot or cold beverage. For example, you could give your evening cup of hot chocolate a CBD kick.
CBD tincture oils
Those in need of instant CBD relief but are against vaping for whatever reason should use a CBD tincture oil. The most common way of using a tincture oil is by holding it under the tongue, so it can be absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream. Koi CBD full-spectrum tinctures are made using the entire hemp extract, but with less than 0.3% THC, and are subsequently more therapeutic thanks to the ‘entourage effect’.