CBD Products: A Guide To Oil, Edibles, Topicals, And More

By Justin Landers
When it comes to cannabis and CBD products, it can be hard to know whether you should use an oil, edible, topical, or flower. Here’s a quick guide to explain some of the differences in the products.

The cannabis industry is quickly becoming saturated with products. Walk into a dispensary, and you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed with choices such as: concentrates, edibles, flower, and topical just to name a few.

There are so many cannabis and CBD products out there, how do you choose?

It can be tough navigating this world of medical options and deciding which one is best for you. There are so many options, and cannabis helps with many medical conditions that it can be overwhelming trying to pick a solution.

To assist you in choosing the best option, here are a few suggestions. Listed are a few main forms of consumption and some conditions they may help with. We will be discussing cannabis flower for smoking, concentrates for vaping, edibles for eating, and topicals.

Smoking, or vaping in any form, is going to offer the quickest relief. In most cases inhaled cannabis, results can be felt and seen within 10 minutes. Because of the quick onset, this works well for chronic pain, injuries, cramps, and even headaches and migraines.

Smoking anything, however, can have a negative impact on your health. And while cannabis smoke has not been connected directly to cancer (and can often be used to help mitigate the effects of some medical cancer conditions) inhaling any product is going to have carcinogenic side effects. If you decide to smoke flower, try to avoid tobacco wraps or joints.

For people with chronic pain, a better option than smoking flower is vaping. This can come in concentrate or flower form, and there are now multiple vaporizers that will heat but not burn your cannabis in flower form. Vaping is felt almost as quickly as smoking. Therefore, it makes for a healthier option. CBD hemp oils have also become popular for people wanting relaxation.

For those struggling with a condition that doesn’t allow smoking or vaping, edibles can be a good option. There are so many options from sweets such as gummy bears and chocolate, to pills, and even sugars or additives that are flavorless that can be mixed in with everyday food items. With edibles, it’s important to exercise caution, as they take much longer to set in than smoking or vaping. Sometimes it can take two to four hours to be felt.

The final product category is topicals. These come in many forms: rubs, creams, bath salts, bath bombs, and absorption patches. These work amazingly for those aches and pains in the joints and muscles. A cream or rub has been known to soothe the chronic pains, or aches. And when you add CBD to that formula, it’s a miracle worker.

With so many products and ways to consume, everyone will have a different reaction to each. Hopefully this basic guide will get you started on what products might provide the most relief for you.

Keep in mind that cannabis is a medicine, and if you are not sure about the effects or how you should be consuming that it may be best to bring this information to a medical professional. Likewise with CBD. A good dose of CBD is helpful, but not all consumption methods are best for everyone. Consume responsibly.

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