Welcome to the Long-Awaited, CBD Product Selection Guide!
There are a plethora of different CBD products available on the market today. The search for the right product for your unique situation can be overwhelming. Many of our readers have been emailing us to ask for a comprehensive guide that covers all the different considerations you should take into account.
The guide is finally here! Please let us know if there's any way that we can improve it. We're on a mission to clear up the process. You can email us here.
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Important Factors to Consider When Selecting a CBD Product
- Is there a chance you will be drug tested? THC vs. THC-free
- What do you want to use CBD for?
- How severe is the problem you are seeking relief from?
- How fast do you want your CBD product to take effect?
- Do you have a preference for how you will take your CBD Oil?
- What is your budget?
- Is taste important to you?
- How often do you plan to use CBD oil?
Is there a chance you will be drug tested? THC vs. THC-free
CBD products available nationwide can legally contain up to 0.3% THC by weight, and that amount has caused some users to fail drug tests in the past. While a small presence of THC in your CBD product will not certainly cause you to fail a drug test, we do not recommend taking the risk. There are products available that are completely free of THC.
However, there is a well-documented phenomenon called the entourage effect. The entourage effect is the term used to describe the effect THC has on other cannabinoids, and how cannabinoids work together. Basically, cannabinoids work better together in unison (there are 113 known cannabinoids).
Don't worry. None of the products we recommend have enough THC to get you high. We only recommend products with less than 0.3% THC, which are legal nationwide and will not create the euphoric high generally associated with Marijuana and THC.
What do you want to use CBD Oil for?
The vast majority of CBD users take it as a sleep aid, to quell anxiety, to ease depression, or to relieve pain. For some of these goals, it can be particularly helpful to use a product with more cannabinoids than just CBD.
For instance, THC has been shown to assist in easing pain, and CBN has been shown to aid sleep.
How severe is the problem you are seeking relief from?
More severe issues will generally require higher doses. However, we recommend that all prospective CBD users start with a small dose of 5mg to 10mg per day, and step up their use gradually over time until desired effects are achieved.
Once desired effects are felt, you should stick with the effective dosage until desired effects are no longer felt. Taking more than your necessary dose can actually reduce effectiveness, and in some cases it can even cause undesirable effects like headaches.
If your issues are more severe, we recommend buying a larger mg size of CBD up-front so you can step up your dosage significantly.
How fast do you want your CBD product to take effect?
There are several different ways to consume CBD products.
Injectable CBD products and CBD suppositories are generally the fastest-acting methods of consumption. The effects can be felt almost immediately. Suppositories and injectables also offer the highest bioavailability, so a higher percentage of the cannabinoids you consume will actually reach the bloodstream. These methods are, however, the least comfortable by far.
Some people like to vape CBD oil. CBD vapor offers the next fastest effects, and the next highest bioavailability (after injectables and suppositories). CBD takes about 5 to 15 minutes to take effect when inhaled as vapor. Many people do not like to vape CBD because they do not want to take the added risks associated with inhaling vapor.
A small but growing population of CBD users prefer to smoke CBD hemp flowers like marijuana. Smoking hemp flower comes with obvious health risks, but offers quick effects and high bioavailability.
The most popular method of consuming CBD products is through what we call the sublingual route. Users spray or drop CBD tincture under their tongue and let it sit for 1 minute. The sublingual gland under your tongue will absorb the cannabinoids only slightly slower than your lungs will, taking effect in just 15 to 30 minutes. The sublingual route offers roughly the same bioavailability as the vapor route (roughly 60% of that offered by suppositories and injectables).
The second most popular route of consuming CBD is the oral route. The oral route includes drinks, gummies & other edibles, and capsules. Unfortunately, cannabinoids take about 1 to 2 hours when consumed orally, and the bioavailability is only about half of what the vapor route and the sublingual route offer (so the products are roughly twice as expensive on a per-mg basis).
Do you have a preference for how you will take your CBD Oil?
Injectables and suppositories are fast-acting and highly effective, but uncomfortable. Vaping and smoking CBD is quite effective and fast-acting, but poses some unnecessary health risks. The sublingual route offers a good balance of fast-acting and effectiveness, without health risks. Oral methods like gummies, drinks, edibles, and capsules are comfortable, but not fast-acting or effective when compared with other options.
What is your budget?
It is still early in the CBD industry, so prices are somewhat high. A good price is between $.10 and $.20 per active mg. After the industry matures, we can expect prices to fall significantly.
A good way to get more cannabinoids for your money is to use a consumption method with higher bioavailability.
Is taste important to you?
Most CBD products taste earthy, quite frankly. This is not a taste that many people enjoy.
Fortunately, if you cannot stand bad tastes, there are tinctures, edibles, and vapor products that do taste good. Or, if you don't mind injectables or suppositories, they could be a good alternative to a bad tasting tincture.
How often do you plan to use CBD oil?
Many people use CBD oil as a daily supplement, while others just take CBD oil when problems arise. If you plan to take CBD oil frequently and in high doses, you should plan to buy a product with a high mg count.
We hope you found this guide useful. Feel free to take our free quiz and we will do the searching for you!