1. CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures are one of the most popular methods of hemp-derived CBD consumption. CBD tinctures come in all different sizes and potencies, so it's easy to find the right dose that works for you. Tinctures are typically fast acting. Quality of tinctures varying from company to company, so make sure you are buying from a reliable source. The price of tinctures, and CBD in general, varies by producer. When you're first trying a tincture, opt for a lower potency bottle. Start with a small amount, 10-15mg, and gradually take more as needed.
2. CBD Capsules
Capsules come in specific doses, and are completely flavorless. Capsules are extremely easy way to take CBD, as long as you know what dosage works for your body. Capsules have to be digested, so dry powder capsules may take longer to take effect. Some companies carry gel caps, which may be a bit faster-acting than dry capsules. If you're just getting started, try a 10mg CBD capsule. This is an average starting dose, you can always increase dosage as needed.
3. CBD Crystals (Isolate)
Hemp-derived CBD Isolate is extremely versatile, and a cost-effective way to take CBD. Unlike many capsules and tinctures, isolate is not full spectrum. This means that isolate only contains CBD, and not other naturally occurring cannabinoids. This is a great option for individuals who are highly sensitive to THC. Isolate is flavorless, and while it's not water soluble, it can be dissolved in virtually any carrier oil. Mix isolate into your favorite recipes or topical products.
4. CBD Topicals
CBD topicals are often used for pain relief on a specific area of the body. While ingesting CBD can give you overall anxiety or pain relief, a CBD topical is applied to one or more spots on the body. Topicals are surprisingly effective, and can help relieve sore muscles, tendons, and joints. Applying CBD to the skin does not cause any psychoactive effects, and can be used all throughout the day. Apply a liberal amount of CBD balm to the affected area, to absorb the CBD into the skin. Gently massage the tender spot on your body for more relaxed effects!
5. CBD Vapes
CBD vapes are a popular way to get an almost instant dose of CBD. Vapes are fast acting, and come in a discreet form which can be used throughout the day. While vapes are smokeless, you are still inhaling something into the lungs. If you have sensitive lungs or throat, you might want to opt for a tincture or capsule. If you're going the vape route, make sure you're buying from a reliable company who doesn't use any additives or synthetic flavors. Purchase vape oil that is pure and not mixed with PG (a thinning agent).
6. CBD Lube
Yes, CBD lube is absolutely a thing. CBD lube can be applied vaginally for a deeply relaxing effect. Applying CBD oil to your nether-regions wont cause any psychoactive effects, but will be a localized sensation. Make sure you're purchasing CBD lube from a high quality supplier. Check to make sure the lube is free of chemicals or synthetic scents, which can cause irritation. Follow the directions on the label, because many CBD lubes are not latex safe!
7. CBD Sublinguals
Sublinguals are products like breath sprays, mints and breath strips. These CBD products are similar to edibles, but they typically absorb a bit faster. Inside of processing through the digestive system, the CBD dissolves into the mouth. There may be a slightly higher bioavailability in a sublingual than an edible. Sublinguals are discreet, pleasant tasting, and effective. Sublinguals are not as common as tincture or capsules, because they're more difficult for producers/processors to make.
8. CBD Edibles
You can pretty much add CBD to just about any recipe. You can make your own CBD-infused carrier oils at home, which can be mixed into your favorite dishes! Making your own edibles at home allows you total control over your dosages of CBD. Just be sure not too use too high of heat when cooking your CBD. Cook or bake your edibles at 325degrees or lower to preserve the potency of the CBD. Get creative by adding your oil to salad dressing, smoothies, sauces, and more!