Are you curious about CBD oil but don't know where to start? Or maybe you've been using it for a while but want to explore different products. You’ve landed in the right place. In this blog post, we'll discuss the different types of CBD available and what might be best for you.
So whether you’re a gym bunny looking for the perfect post-workout pick-me-up, or a jet-setter looking for a travel-friendly form of CBD, we’ve got you covered.
What types of CBD products are available?
As CBD grows in popularity, the range of products available is expanding to keep up with demand. CBD oil is the most popular way to get your daily dose of cannabinoids, but other options are available, including edibles, topicals and even vapes.
Choosing the right one for you depends on your lifestyle, your goals and your experience with CBD. You need to consider the CBD strength, the bioavailability, and the total amount of CBD you are taking – particularly if you combine products.
These are the most popular CBD products available:
CBD oil is an oral supplement that typically contains cannabinoids mixed with a carrier oil and natural flavourings. You place the drops under your tongue and leave for a few minutes before swallowing. You can also add CBD oil to food and drink – but it's worth bearing in mind that it's best to ensure the food or drink contains a fat source (such as milk in a drink) so the oil has something to bind to.
CBD edibles come in all shapes and sizes. They include things like gummy sweets, chewing gum and chocolate treats. Each edible treat contains the same amount of CBD, which makes it easier to take a consistent dose.
CBD capsules and tablets are similar to vitamin supplements. You can swallow them with water, chew them, or split them open and add the contents to food or drink.
CBD topicals and skincare include things like balms, creams, bath bombs and hair oil. The CBD in these products is not absorbed into the bloodstream, but instead, it interacts with the ECS receptors in your skin.
CBD vape liquids often contain CBD isolate, which is absorbed directly into your bloodstream through your lungs. We don’t yet know if vape products are safe – which is why we don’t sell any inhalable vape products – so it’s important to proceed with caution.
Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate
Another choice you will need to make when selecting the right CBD product for your needs is the “spectrum” of the product. This refers to the cannabinoid content and the presence of other beneficial plant compounds.
Full-spectrum products contain CBD, other beneficial cannabinoids including legal amounts of THC, and a blend of plant terpenes and flavonoids.
Broad-spectrum products contain CBD, other beneficial cannabinoids but no THC, and a blend of plant terpenes and flavonoids.
Isolate products contain just the CBD compound with all other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids removed.
All Love Hemp products are broad-spectrum. You will enjoy the “entourage effect” of the other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, without any of the THC. This makes it an ideal supplement for athletes and anyone concerned about THC.
What CBD oil strength is best for you?
The strength of a CBD product may be shown in milligrams or as a percentage. Love Hemp CBD oils range in strength from 300mg to 10,000mg. This could also be shown as 1% to 10%.
We recommend that new users start with the 300mg bottle and take the same daily dose (10mg) for at least 2-4 weeks before gradually increasing. Advanced users can choose a higher strength oil.
Once you know your ideal daily dosage, you don’t need to worry about continually increasing, as you will not build up a tolerance to the CBD. CBD is also non-habit forming, so you can choose to stop taking it at any time without worrying about withdrawal.
CBD for your lifestyle
If you’re ready to explore new CBD products, your lifestyle might play a role in helping you to choose the right products to add to your routine.
CBD for beginners
CBD oil is the most popular choice for beginners because it is widely available and easy to get the ideal starter dose. CBD oil offers higher bioavailability than CBD capsules, so you should start to notice the positive impact much sooner.
Once you have given the CBD time to build up in your system, you might switch to CBD capsules, as this will make it easier to get an identical dose every time.
CBD for advanced users
A high strength CBD oil is a popular choice for more advanced users. You will have complete control over the dosing, allowing you to take as much or as little as you need.
Advanced users will be more in tune with their bodies and will be able to determine how much CBD they would like to take on a given day. Provided you do not exceed the recommended daily limit of 70mg, you should have no issues taking higher doses on a daily basis.
CBD for anxiety
If you are using CBD to help manage anxiety, CBD oil is a popular choice. It offers higher bioavailability than CBD capsules or edibles, which means you will notice the effects much sooner.
Carry a bottle of CBD spray in your bag and enjoy on-the-spot support when you need it the most. Those living with anxiety know that it can strike at any time, but with a CBD spray, you’ll quickly feel more in control.
CBD for the athletes
The biggest consideration for athletes should always be the presence of THC in their CBD products. THC is a controlled substance that is banned in professional sports, so avoiding it is essential.
Thankfully, Love Hemp products are all broad-spectrum, which means that they contain CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids, but no THC.
Alongside CBD oil and capsules, athletes and those living an active lifestyle can also benefit from CBD topicals. A muscle balm or CBD bath bomb could be just the thing you need to ease aching muscles at the end of a long day.
CBD for travellers
If you’re always on the go, you might want a portable and spill-proof alternative to CBD oil. CBD capsules are perfect for supporting your health and wellbeing while on the go. Anyone who travels often knows that poor sleep linked to jetlag can compromise your immune system. Maintaining a schedule while you’re away – including taking your daily dose of CBD – could help you to bounce back from the effects of jetlag.
If you are travelling with CBD, always check the local laws of the countries you are travelling to and through. You should also check with the airline to confirm if you are allowed to travel with CBD.