Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is known for short, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis and hemp plant. Unlike the THC compound found in cannabis, CBD does not produce any psychotropic effects in humans when ingested.
This is not to say, however, that it is not a powerful substance in its own right. Studies have proven that CBD has a variety of wide-ranging health benefits, including pain relief, anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-anxiety effects.
When most people think about CBD, they usually think of the oil that is made from the hemp plant. But the reality today is that the market for CBD products has greatly diversified since CBD was legalized a few years ago.
This is great news for people who like the effects of CBD but either does not like the taste of the oil or are looking for alternative methods of taking it. Ranging from edible gummy sweets infused with CBD to CBD vape pens, the options for taking CBD are growing all the time. Here are a few of them that you might try as an alternative to oil.
As the name suggests, an ‘edible’ is a product that you eat. While the name may have been borrowed from cannabis culture, where it is used for space cakes or weed brownies, you can rest assured that CBD edibles will not get you high for the simple fact that they contain almost zero THC.
CBD edibles are available in varying strengths as well as a vast array of different shapes, colors, and flavors. With CBD edibles, it is easier to measure doses than with oil.
They are the perfect solution for people who have a sweet tooth or are not that keen on the earthy taste of full-spectrum oil. The fact that edibles are easily portable also makes them great for people who are self-conscious about taking oil via a dropper while at work or out and about.
The fastest way to get CBD into your system is by vaping it. Today, there are many companies offering excellent quality CBD vape pens (they work in a slightly different way than a normal vape pen) and CBD vape oils of every flavor imaginable. The vapor is inconspicuous and does not smell strong, making CBD vape pens the perfect solution for when you are out at a bar with friends.
The pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD lend themselves perfectly to topical ointments and balms. CBD topicals are great for targeting specific areas of discomfort on the body. They offer great support when recovering from sports injuries, and when used as massage aids, they are extremely effective at relieving muscle tension. Not only this, but the essential oils and high amino acid content of CBD topicals help to moisturize the skin.
While both take the form of a liquid which is taken sublingually, CBD oil and CBD tinctures are different things. Unlike oils, tinctures contain small quantities of isolated CBD which has been suspended in 60-70% distilled alcohol. This suspension is then diluted with glycerin and other flavored essential oils before it is ready to take. Although tinctures do not offer the potency of the oil, their shelf life is longer due to the preservative properties of the alcohol they contain.
CBD capsules are a great option if you do not like the taste of oil and want to avoid the high sugar content of edibles. Capsules come in various different strengths, making it incredibly easy to measure and stick to a desired daily dose.
Research has suggested that applying CBD to your hair and scalp may be the secret to longer and stronger hair. There are now many CBD-based shampoos and conditioners which claim to maximize moisture retention. It is believed the high number of amino acids contained in CBD may help with moisturizing, protecting, and enhancing the natural shine of your hair.
Explained simply, CBD crystals are the purest form of CBD that it is possible to derive from a hemp plant. Because they are so potent, they are often the preferred means of taking CBD for suffers from conditions that cause chronic pain, such as neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
The market for CBD products has grown massively in the last few years. This has led to an explosion in the variety of uses and ways of taking CBD. The days where CBD oil was your only option are today long gone; you can now choose between vape pens, edibles and capsules, balms and ointments, and many more.
The type of CBD product you choose will depend on the effect you want and personal preferences. Today, there is something for everyone; it is just a question of finding what works for you.
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