If you’ve spent any amount of time in a dispensary or looking up different types of cannabis products online, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen countless cannabidiol types (CBD) on the market. Especially if you’re new to CBD products, or cannabis products in general, you might find the selection overwhelming.
If you don’t know where to start, this article may be just for you. Here, we’ll dive into the different cannabidiol types to help you find the best options for you. Continue reading to learn more.
Benefits of CBD
If you’re new to CBD, you might know some of the benefits that the cannabinoid has to offer. Some of the most well-known benefits include relief from inflammation, stress, and anxiety. Other benefits include:
- Pain relief
- Reduction of depression and PTSD symptoms
- Alleviating symptoms of skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema
- The potential to reduce the size of cancerous tumors
Types of CBD Products
One of the first things you’ll notice is that there are various types of CBD products on the market. In addition to CBD oils, there are CBD flowers, vape cartridges, edibles, and topicals. Not only are there different categories of products, but there are also different types of CBD within them.
A CBD isolate is a product that contains CBD only. There are no other cannabinoids present. You may also find that these products don’t have any terpenes. The benefit of these products is that they allow you to experience the benefits of CBD without having to worry about any psychoactive effects from THC. On the other hand, you don’t get the benefit of the entourage effect.
Broad-spectrum CBD products are those that contain CBD along with various other cannabinoids and terpenes. The only noticeable absence is THC. Manufacturers create these products to be THC-free. Again, they allow you to enjoy the benefits of CBD without fear of mind-altering effects. You get some of the entourage effect, but not the full experience.
Full-spectrum products contain the same cannabinoids and terpenes as the original plant, including THC. These are the products that many CBD users say are the best. With all of the cannabinoids present, they can all work together to provide optimal benefits. The only downside is that if they contain high amounts of THC, you may become high.
How to Find the Best CBD Products
So, how do you find the best CBD products, regardless of the cannabidiol type you choose? First, decide which category of product you want. Are you looking for a CBD oil or an edible? Perhaps you’re in the market for a topical product.
Next, read the label. All products must contain labels that show lab test results. They’ll provide you with cannabinoid content and terpene profile information. Certain terpenes can influence your overall experience, so know what effects you’re looking for before you buy. You should also pay attention to the contaminant test results. Some products may contain trace (but still considered safe) amounts of pesticides, heavy metals, and more. Understanding what’s in your products is crucial so that you know what’s going in or on your body.
With so many CBD products, you might find it challenging to navigate your options at first. Understanding the difference between the different types of CBD, CBD to THC ratios, and how to read product labels can help you find the best ones for your specific needs.