Buying CBD for the first time can be a little overwhelming. There are a lot of options and, unfortunately, there’s never a solid answer as to which product will work best for you. That’s why we’re here to arm you with knowledge so you understand your options and can make a confident decision.
In this guide, we’ll discuss the most popular product types and why you might choose one over the other.
Here are the product categories we’ll discuss below:
Concentrates, Tinctures, Capsules, Vape Oil, Topicals
A concentrate is a pure hemp extract that doesn’t contain any other ingredients. It’s usually a dark, pasty oil. I like to compare it to coconut oil, because it’s very thick in normal to cool temperatures, but once it warms up it becomes more of a liquid.
The consistency is sort of unpredictable when it comes to hemp oil. Sometimes it’s really runny, while other times it’s thick. We advise you to be very careful when dispensing a concentrate until you know how fast it comes out of the tube. Do this every time you order a new batch, because it can change!
Concentrates are the strongest CBD products. Period.
If you need a very large amount of CBD per day, this is where you should be looking. Concentrates are very potent by volume and are the cheapest because the manufacturing process is very simple; no complicated formulas, just tube up the oil.
If concentrates are the strongest and cheapest, shouldn’t we all be buying them?
Well, not necessarily. Concentrates aren’t for everyone, despite their unbeatable value. Let me explain in my favorite way: a pro/con list.
PROS / CONS
Don’t worry, be patient. It may seem daunting now, but if you pay attention to your body, finding your best CBD serving size will come naturally.
TYPES OF CONCENTRATES
The Green version (also called “Raw”) is a raw hemp oil extract. Absolutely nothing else is done to it after extraction.
The Blue version is a hemp oil extract that has been decarboxylated. We talk about this in our Terminology section; decarboxylation is the process of heating an oil to release a carbon atom. The heat “activates” the cannabinoids —but take that word with a grain of salt. It doesn’t mean that cannabinoids are ineffective before being exposed to heat, they’re just a little different.
For instance, in Raw hemp oil the most abundant cannabinoid is CBDa. When heated (decarboxylated), CBDa turns into CBD. They’re nearly identical compounds, so one isn’t necessarily “better” than the other, but as you use the different concentrates you may discover that for you personally, CBD+CBDa is better or just CBD by itself.
The Gold version has been decarboxylated, just like the Blue oil, and is then filtered.
By filtering the oil, excess plant material is removed, which increases the CBD potency by volume. It’s like a bag of mixed nuts —let’s say peanuts and almonds. If you pull out all the almonds, there’s suddenly a higher ratio of peanuts. Even though all you did was take out the almonds, you can now pour more peanuts into the bowl so that, by volume, the quantity (“potency”) goes way up.
Out of all products on our website, the gold CBD oil has the highest potency. However, filtering the oil does add costs, so it’s a little more pricey than the Green and Blue.
PROS / CONS
PROS / CONS
Why choose a capsule?
They’re easy to use and you don’t have to measure out your servings. If you’re looking specifically for a serving size of 10, 15 or 25mg CBD…capsules may be a great choice for you.
PROS / CONS
Why vape CBD?
Vaping is something for everyone to consider. If you’re looking to add a small amount of CBD into your diet, perfect. Or if you have a more serious need for CBD, vaping is a great product to use in addition to another CBD product.
For instance, say you decide to use a CBD concentrate. You notice it’s helping, but wears off in the afternoon so you need a little extra help throughout the day. That’s where vaping comes in.
Just pull your vaporizer out of your purse or pocket and vape, wherever you are. It tastes good and the combination of CBD and vaping can be quite relaxing.