There’s a lot of options when it comes to buying CBD products.

There’s a ton of new brands popping up everyday to offer the latest version of CBD oil. All these brands are offering a lot of different types of CBD products. To make it even more confusing, all their products come in different concentrations.

 

So which one is the right one for you?

 

If you’re unsure which brand to go with, you can always check our CBD Review page to see which brand would be the best fit for what you’re looking for. (Hint: Whatever brand you choose, make sure they provide 3rd party results and that they use domestic hemp)

Even after you choose a brand that you like, it’s easy to get confused by what type of CBD to buy. Many brands are now offering a wide range of products, including capsules, lotions, tinctures, and more. The Paradox of Choice can easily cause more stress.

So, to make it easier for everyone, we broke it down and created a list of the top ways to take CBD. Our analysis describes what each type of product is, when it’s most effective (or noneffective), and how to properly use it.

Overall, the top 5 ways to take and use CBD oil are (listed in no particular order):

  • Tinctures
  • Concentrates
  • Capsules
  • Topicals
  • Sprays
  • Vapes

When buying any of these products, we highly recommend that you do your own research on CBD and hemp extract with reputable clinical publications before making a decision on which product and concentration to buy. Now, let’s get started!

 

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Tinctures

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Tinctures are the most common usage of CBD on the market. Compared to any other products, tinctures and concentrates are probably the most pure applications of CBD, as manufacturers don’t do any separate processing of the CBD oil. Some brands do add a little flavor to their tinctures, which makes it easier (and more enjoyable) for customers to take.

Tinctures are taken by dropping a couple drops on or under your tongue. Dosage can range from 100mg-1000mg, so it’s important that you do your own research on what strength you choose. The main downside of tinctures is it could get a bit messy if you happen to spill drops while using it. For some, using tinctures to drop a CBD extract on/under their tongue could seem a bit awkward, especially if you use it everyday.

How To Use

A tincture is known to be most effective by not swallowing the liquid right away. You want to ingest as much as you can sub-bilingually. Place the drops under your tongue and along the cheeks for as long as you can


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Concentrates

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CBD concentrates typically contain the strongest dosage of CBD compared to any other type of products. It can contain up to 10 times the concentration compared to other CBD products. In comparison to tinctures, concentrates are also convenient in that it only takes a few seconds to consume, and a lot less chance of things getting messy.

The downside of Concentrates is that it’s typically not flavored. This could be a deal breaker for some people, as they find the natural flavor undesirable. Also, for beginners, the concentrates might look a bit intimidating since they’re shaped like syringes.

Overall, CBD concentrates seem to be most popular among customers who are extremely busy, yet seek high potency CBD.

How To Use

Similar to tinctures, Place the concentrate under your tongue and along the cheeks and ingest it slowly.

Capsules

cbd capsules
Using capsules is probably the easiest way to add CBD to your life as a daily supplement. It is much easier to take than tinctures or concentrates. Plus, if you take vitamins (or any other supplements), you can just add CBD pills to your daily regimen.

Capsules typically offer 10-25mg of CBD. Since each capsule offers a set amount of CBD, it is much easier to keep track of your daily serving size. On the flip side, CBD pills are limiting when you are trying to increase your serving size or tweaking it to find what dosage works best for you.

One way to overcome this is by using other types of products, such as tinctures, in addition to capsules to better adjust your daily serving sizes.

How To Use

Capsules are great as it’s the easiest to take in your daily regimen. Just take one capsule (or as needed) daily with water.

Topicals

cbd topicals
More brands have started to add CBD in topicals, such as lotions, salve, and lip balms, for its skin benefits. CBD topicals are known to help with chronic pain, inflammation, acne, psoriasis, cancer treatment, anti-aging, and so many more.

For topical products, always look for keyword on the product labels that indicate that the product uses nano technology, encapsulation, or micellization of CBD. This shows that their solution can carry CBD through the dermal layers, rather than just staying on the skin.

As you can imply, using CBD infused topical layers are meant to help more directly with skin or joint related issues.

How To Use

CBD infused topicals are recommended to be used as other similar body care products – use it when you deem necessary or when you have certain skin conditions. Apply generously to body areas that could benefit from the topical solution.

Sprays

cbd spray
CBD sprays are typically the weakest in concentration among the different type of CBD products. Typical concentration of CBD sprays ranges from 1-3mg. Compared to other type of products taken orally, it’s harder to measure the exact dosage you take each day, since sprays are a bit more inconsistent.

We’ve found that sprays are popular in that it’s easy to carry around and use while you’re on the road. As you can imagine, it’s easier to use spraying the oil into your mouth a couple times, than using a tincture or concentrate while you’re traveling.

How To Use

Spray one serving of the bottle into your mouth. Serving size should be labeled on the bottle (typically 2-3 sprays). Use daily or as needed.

Vapes

CBD Vape Pen
Based on reviews, smoking or vaporizing CBD vape oil seems to have less effects when compared to other methods of administering CBD, such as tinctures, concentrates, and capsules. On the flip side, others argue that smoking or vaporizing has less drawbacks than taking CBD orally, since ingesting CBD orally could result in inconsistent absorption and a delayed effect.

Overall, smoking CBD is great in that you can easily adjust the dosage you take in by how you feel. Plus, seems like it’s working for Nate Diaz, who told reporters he was smoking CBD to recover when asked at a post-fight press conference.

How To Use

In order to use CBD vape oil, you will need an e-cigarette, vape pen, or vaporizer. Add, heat and inhale the appropriate amount of vape oil to your choice of device.

Other Types (to keep in mind)

  • Edibles
  • Gel Pen
  • CBD Patches
  • CBD Gums

Among the other types of CBD products, edibles are gaining a lot of popularity as they offer an enjoyable and tasteful way to take CBD. However, the main problem with these applications is that it’s hard to vouch for the consistency of your intake compared to the other types listed above.


Want to learn which brands offer what type of products? Check out our CBD Brand Reviews page to see what options each brand offers.

So What Type Should I Use?

Honestly, from the research we’ve done, there doesn’t seem to be one right answer or one superior option. It’s just a matter of preference. Here’s our advice on how to find the best product for you:

  1. Do as much research about CBD as possible. Check out our CBD Resource Page or even the Reddit CBD community.
  2. Next, figure out what brand you trust. You can see side-by-side comparisons on our CBD Brands Review page. Be wary of what you should look out for when when shopping for a brand. Check out our post: Be Careful When You Buy Your Next CBD Oil
  3. After you’ve decided on a brand, make sure to try out a couple different types of their products. It might be easier to try out edibles or capsules first. Then, gradually try other types, such as tinctures or concentrations, to see if it’s more effective for you and to see if it’s a good fit to your daily lifestyle.

I wish you the best of luck as you search for the CBD product that suits you well! With any questions or feedback, feel free to reach out to us at support@ministryofhemp.com .

 

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