So many CBD choices!

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has gain so much attention lately. To stand out in the competitive CBD market, companies are providing multiple options for the consumer to choose how they want to ingest CBD.

Most CBD in the market are derived from the Marijuana plant or the Hemp plant. The hemp plant does not contain the enough THC to make you high and hemp was made legal in the U.S. with the passing of the Farm Bill.

Hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3 percent THC are legal to purchase and consume under the Federal law, but laws vary for each state and are still illegal in some states. If you are traveling, due your due-diligence to check the state laws. 

CBD comes in different forms and delivery options and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your preference and lifestyle, refer below to see which methods suits you best.

Find the Best Way to Take CBD

#1   Oil and Tintures

Sublingual administration is the best way to administer CBD oils and tinctures. To make it easier to take CBD oil orally for folks who don't like the mild bitter taste of CBD oil, companies have blended CBD oils with flavors such orange and mint.

To take sublingually, you place the oil or tincture under the tongue for about one minute so the CBD can be absorbed through the mouth mucous membranes and capillaries. This method is efficient and effective with quick and high absorption rate compared to just swallowing the oil or blending it into your tea, coffee or other foods. CBD oils and tinctures offer flexibility in the dosage but for folks that require multiple doses frequently throughout the day, you may want to consider other options.

#2   Capsules and Softgels

Softgels are CBD oils in a capsule or gelcap, which offers convenience and a more discreet way to take CBD oil compared to taking it sublingual. The doses are measured, so you know exactly how many capsules to take but it is not as efficient has sublingual since ingesting the softgels will have to pass through the stomach to be digested.

#3   Gummies and Edibles

CBD in gummies, baked goods and beverages are becoming very popular as the CBD oil is pre-measured and are labeled properly.

Gummies infused with CBD has the same texture as regular gummies, easy to take and measure since each gummy has a fixed amount of CBD. However, ingredients like corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors may be found in poor quality CBD-infused gummies, baked goods and beverages.  

When ingesting CBD gummies, CBD does not get into the bloodstream right away as it has to pass through the digestive system and metabolize in the liver first.

#4   Topical Lotion, Cream and Salves

CBD topical lotions and creams for pain relief are not only popular, they are also effective to spot treat conditions like arthritis.  CBD lotions and creams usually have a lower dose of CBD and most of the CBD never reaches the bloodstream. CBD lotion or cream topicals will be the perfect choice if you do not want to ingest CBD by mouth. CBD's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties would also benefit people with skin conditions. Taking CBD orally and spot treating a target area on your body with lotion can proof to beneficial.

#5   Vapes

Vaping CBD e-liquid can be helpful for people wanting a fast-acting relief from pain and inflammation since the CBD in the form of vapor enters the bloodstream directly by-passing the digestive system. The dosage can be easily and gradually increased or conveniently vaped as needed. However, most CBD hemp oil vape cartridges contain thinning agents such as propylene glycol and glycol, flavor additives, and other harmful ingredients that are toxic. The negative side effects of smoking or vaping far outweighs the benefits of CBD oil. For these reasons, we do not recommend vaping as a method to take in CBD.