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For the past couple of years, you must have been hearing a lot about CBD products. In 2018, the US senate has legalized the use of hemp-derived products across the country, which made CBD products made from hemp plants very popular in the United States. But what is the reason for this huge popularity of CBD products across the world? Why millions of people are using different forms of CBD products on a daily basis? Let us see.
CBD is one of the many cannabinoid compounds present in the hemp and marijuana plants. This active cannabinoid has several therapeutic properties that can be helpful in alleviating several health problems. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of CBD help in preventing many of the inflammatory disorders and cell damage caused by free radicals.
Millions of people around the world are currently using CBD for alleviating health disorders like anxiety, depression, arthritis, back pain, insomnia, migraine, seizures, skin problems, IBD, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. Many health experts are also recommending the use of CBD products for alleviating these health problems.
There is a wide range of CBD products available right now and each of them has different effects on our body. A CBD beginner may not know the difference between these CBD products and if you are one of them, keep on reading this article.
How To Choose A Good CBD Product?
It does not matter which consumption method you choose but you need to buy a quality CBD product no matter what. Most experts recommend buying a full-spectrum CBD product instead of CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD products. This is because a full-spectrum CBD product contains all the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, essential minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, etc. present in the hemp plant, including THC.
All these cannabinoids and nutrients give additional health benefits and some recent studies have shown that all these cannabinoids work better together and provide an entourage effect. Flavonoids and terpenes have their own medical benefits and CBD isolate do not contain any of these. If you are buying a CBD isolate product, you will only get the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
Make sure that the CBD product you buy is tested in a third-party lab. Since the FDA is not currently regulating any of the CBD products available in the market, it is important to ensure that the CBD product you buy is tested in an independent lab. Most of the reputable CBD brands test their products in a third-party lab to ensure that their products do not contain any harmful chemicals and have the same amount of CBD as labeled in the package.
One other important thing to look for is whether the CBD product is organic or not. The CBD product you buy should be sourced from organically grown hemp plants. In the United States, the cultivators follow all the necessary agricultural regulations and guidelines and do not use any chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Organic farming ensures that there are no chemicals in the end product.
Edible CBD Products
CBD edibles are the most discreet and common method of consuming CBD. CBD gummies, CBD pills, CBD truffles, CBD capsules, CBD chocolates, etc. are some of the common CBD edibles available in the market right now. Since we consume CBD in the edible form, it takes hours to take effect in the body. The liver and digestive tract break down the CBD partially and our body only absorbs 20 to 20 percent of it. Edible CBD products take almost 2-3 hours to show their effects and these effects may last for a longer time than most other consumption methods.
Topical CBD Products
As the name suggests, CBD topicals are designed to be applied to your skin. CBD topical products like CBD cream, CBD lotions, CBD balm, etc. will help in providing a localized pain relief, which is very beneficial for treating arthritis and many inflammatory conditions that affect our joints. CBD topicals are also the best choice for treating many skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Most of the topical CBD products contain additional ingredients like capsaicin and camphor that offer additional skin benefits.
CBD tinctures are sublingual CBD products that are designed to be put under the tongue. Unlike edible CBD products, CBD tinctures do not contain any sugar or preservatives to make consumption easier. When you take sublingual CBD products, it ensures faster absorption of CBD into the bloodstream and the bioavailability of CBD is also very high. It is one of the best ways to ensure faster relief from pain, seizures, nausea, migraine, etc.
Nowadays, you can also smoke CBD using a vaporizer, which ensures faster absorption of CBD into the bloodstream and provides the highest bioavailability of CBD. Studies have shown that the CBD will take effect within 10-15 minutes if you use CBD vape pens or vaporizers. However, it also has some negative effects. Therefore, talk with a doctor before you start using CBD vape pens or vaporizers.