6 Types of CBD Products (And When to Use Them)

Posted February 26, 2020 by in Health + Fitness
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In 2018, the global CBD market was estimated to be about $4.6 billion. Considering it’s a substance that has almost identical health benefits to THC, but doesn’t have psychoactive effects, it’s no wonder why the market’s exploded in the last few years.

It also barely has any side effects, meaning you can’t overdose on CBD. It may be a good alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, so you might be considering trying this substance out.

If you want to learn about the different types of CBD products, then you’re in the right place. We’ll discuss the six main types and when to use them:

The Different Types of CBD Products (And When to Use Them)

  1. Oil And Concentrates

One of the main ways people take CBD is through vaping. To do this, you’ll need a vape pen, e-cig, or vaporizer. You’ll also need to purchase CBD vape oil or concentrates (they pack more CBD in than regular oil).

Once you have everything, you just need to add the CBD vape oil or concentrate to your rig, heat it up, and then inhale the product. It’s very easy to do, plus it’s a pretty quick delivery method.

When you need quick action, then vaping can be the method to choose. However, it’s not very discreet, so you’ll have to make sure those around you are alright with it. Otherwise, you’ll have to find a private area (such as your home) to vape.

Also, while vaping is a quick delivery method, the effects aren’t as strong as with others, and it’s fleeting; you’ll have to keep puffing away at your vape to keep feeling the effects. But a plus side is it’s easier to get consistent dosages each time you vape.

  1. Tinctures

Another popular method of ingesting CBD is through tinctures. These are liquid mixtures of CBD oil; manufacturers will produce different dosages so you can choose one that’s right for you.

To use tinctures, you use the eyedropper and place a few drops beneath your tongue. Don’t swallow right away; instead, hold the drops there for 30 seconds to one minute. After, swallow the oil.

Absorption happens pretty quickly since the underneath of your tongue has capillaries, which absorb the CBD oil fast. These drops are very easy to discreetly take, so you can use them while on the go. This makes it great for issues that arise quickly, such as headaches and injuries from a small accident.

If you’re interested in trying out CBD oil, then there are plenty of promo codes you can find that’ll cut the costs a bit.

  1. Capsules

With CBD capsules, you’d take them as you do with multivitamins. Your daily dosage of CBD is neatly packed into a capsule that you can swallow in an instant. This makes it extremely convenient and discreet.

CBD capsules can be excellent for managing long-term issues, such as chronic pain. While it can take a little longer for the effects to kick in (oral consumption takes the longest to take effect), once they do, they’ll stay for longer as well.

The one downside is since every dose is already measured out, it’s hard to adjust the dosage, as the capsules are all or nothing. So for instance, if your ideal dosage is around 1.5 capsules, you won’t be able to get that exact dosage.

If you find yourself in this situation, you can try shopping around for capsules of varying strengths to see which one works for you. However, this can be quite costly.

  1. Edibles

Another outstanding discreet CBD product is edibles. There are many companies that make tasty treats, such as gummy bears and gum. 

Whenever you need some CBD, all you have to do is slip your hand into your bag, pull out a few gummies, and munch away at them. No one would be all the wiser. But since this is a form of oral ingestion, it can take a little while for the effects of CBD to kick in. Again, this means those effects will last longer as well.

For most people, the taste of CBD oil isn’t too bad to stomach. But if you find yourself hating it, then edibles can be a great product to choose from. Most (if not all) products are super delicious and you’re bound to find a flavor that you love.

  1. Topicals

Topicals consist of anything you apply directly to your skin, such as creams, salves, lip balms, and lotions. While you can use it to relieve pain and headaches, you can also use it to fight things like acne, aging, and psoriasis.

Topicals are very easy to use. Simply open the container up and rub the product on your skin where you need it. Since it’s impossible to tell the difference between CBD and non-CBD products in this case, it’s also very discreet, as it’ll just look like you’re putting on regular products.

Topical CBD usually has lower concentrations, so you can use as much as you need to get relief. Also, the effects are long-lasting.

  1. Sprays

CBD sprays have the lowest concentration of CBD out of all products. So if you’re looking for something without strong dosages, then a spray can be good for you.

To use CBD sprays, you’ll use them like you would with tinctures. You can spray it underneath your tongue or on your inner cheeks. Wait 30 seconds to one minute before swallowing.

It can be a little difficult to gauge your dose, but since the concentration is so low, it won’t matter that much. Like with tinctures, CBD sprays are relatively quick-acting.


As you can see, the different types of CBD have their own advantages when it comes to different dosages, discretion, and effects. So if you see more than one type that you like, feel free to try them all! It’ll be the easiest way to figure out what does and doesn’t work for you.

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