The rise in popularity of CBD and its health benefits has meant that many CBD advocates have gotten really creative with the CBD product developments and offerings.
If you're just doing your research on how to take CBD products, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed with everything currently on the market.
Don't worry, we've done a quick introduction of the top 3 that is good to try at the start of your CBD journey.
1. CBD oil
This original CBD form is perhaps the most popular. You can easily choose the strength, and adapt it to what works for you.
Because managing CBD potency is important. You'll find most CBD oils come in 5%, 10%, or 18% strength and you need to test what works over a few weeks.
What works for you may not work for someone else with exactly the same symptoms.
Each person reacts to CBD differently, depending on their body's tolerance levels and metabolism.
This is why CBD oil form is a good way to introduce your body to CBD if you're just starting out, because of how easily you can control the dosage.
Unlike conventional pharmaceutical medicines, there is no prescribed dosage for CBD, but there are some basic guidelines you can follow.
We recommend you start on a lower potency and dosage and over time increase it until you feel like you're happy with the results.
Put four to five drops per day under your tongue and let it rest for about 30 seconds before swallowing.
Edibles come in the following formats
- chewing gum
These are just a few other popular ways to get your daily CBD dose. The upside of these is that they taste better than the oil (although many oils now use natural, mildly flavoured carrier oils that have a much better flavour than the original oils).
The downside to the gummies is that it's a little more difficult to test and control the dosage and, as you can see from the list above, many contain sugary flavour additives.
3.Creams and lotions
If you're not keen on ingesting a CBD product directly, then a topical cream or lotion might be a better option, as these get directly absorbed through your skin. Although, skin absorption is not as effective as CBD being absorbed internally.
To counter this, choose one with a high CBD potency and apply generously to the affected area when treating pain or skin conditions like eczema.
Like the gummies, you won't be able to carefully control the dose through this method, but it's worth trying a few different types to see which is the most effective for you.
Full or Broad-Spectrum CBD
While you're considering CBD oil for improved health and doing your research, you make come across the two terms "full-spectrum" or "broad spectrum"
Full-spectrum oils contain all cannabinoids including both CBD and THC.
Broad-spectrum oils contain most cannabinoids, but generally don't contain THC, or contain an amount too small to have any psychoactive effect.
Both Full and Broad-Spectrum CBD are gently processed to preserve terpenes and other organic compounds which create a much milder smell and taste.
Are all CBD products safe to try?
There is almost no risk to anyone taking CBD because it's a natural compound. So, if your doctor has given you the all-clear to take it, then you have nothing to worry about.
But we recommend you always speak to your healthcare professional before trying any new treatments, including CBD, especially if you're pregnant, or taking other medications as some may interact adversely with CBD.
How do I keep track of what works?
Most of us can't remember what we had for breakfast let alone how much CBD we took last Wednesday.
It's a good idea to make a daily note of the potency, dose, and effects of the CBD when you make any changes, just for a couple of weeks.
That way you can increase or decrease the dose or potency and easily track how to take CBD in a way that works best for you.