Understanding the Different Types of CBD Products
Over the next 18 months, there will be a surge of CBD-related products hitting the market.
This will happen because manufacturers have been waiting anxiously for approval of 2018 Farm Bill. The 2018 Farm Bill Act which the legalization of Hemp as an agricultural crop and it was approved by the US government.
This was very important to the CBD industry because a lot of CBD products are derived from the Hemp plant. This is because it has very low levels of THC and higher levels of CBD than the female cannabis plant.
This is why it’s important to understand the different types of CBD products so you can make an informed decision when purchasing from your supplier.
Today, we’ll be going through the main ‘types of CBD products’ and what they are good for. This will provide you with the much needed perspective to know which CBD product will best suit your medical condition or ailment or wellness needs.
The Main Types of CBD
If you’re not quite familiar with what CBD is, we recommend you read our Basic Guide to CBD first to get a better understanding.
As for the different types or forms of CBD, there are different presentations that you can choose from.
- CBD Oils
- CBD Crystals
- CBD Wax
- CBD E-Liquids
- CBD Isolates
- CBD Infusions
While all of these different forms do contain CBD, the time it takes for your body to metabolize the cannabinoid varies depending on which type you use.
In the next sections, we’ll be taking a closer look at each one to see which one benefits you more for your particular condition. While we won’t talk about specific conditions in this article [we’re working on a condition specific series as well], it should provide you with enough insight to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your products.
So let’s get started.
This is probably the most popular way of purchasing CBD. In order to get CBD oils, manufacturers use a solvent based extraction method. While this sounds complicated, the truth of the matter is that it’s the most basic way of extraction on the market today. It’s so simple that you would be able to do this at home.
While we don’t recommend that you do it yourself for a myriad of reasons, it is possible to do so.
Nonetheless, the process is quite simple. The manufacturer takes the Hemp plant and places it inside a container with a solvent. The solvent can vary depending on each manufacturer. Some utilize low-grade alcohol as the solvent while others might use CO2 or even Butane to separate the Cannabidiol from the plant matter.
Once the solvent has separated the CBD from the plant, it is then evaporated to leave us with the extracted compound which can then be blended with what is known as a “carrier oil” or a delivery system.
While many manufacturers use Hemp or Olive oil as the delivery system, there is nothing on the market today that compares to Liposome CBD Oil Extraction. Click the link to find out why.
Once the Oil is blended with the delivery system it is then packaged and sold at retailers.
CBD Concentrates (Wax)
While the extraction method is quite similar to CBD oils, the difference comes in the presentation. Concentrates, usually referred to as “Wax” is a highly potent form of CBD. Even though CBD wax isn’t as common as oils, the product does exist in the market place.
Consumers use CBD wax to vaporize the concentrate for a quick relief. Your typical concentrate vaporizer provides you with an on-the-go solution and near instant relief when consumed. It’s great for people who need to have their medicine on hand no matter where they are.
We don’t recommend consuming CBD in a “Dab Rig”, as there is no additional value you get from consuming it this way and actually will end up wasting more of the essential oil as opposed to using a Vape Pen (for example).
Isolates are one of the purest forms of CBD you can find in the market and is also the most accurate when it comes to dosages. It completely eliminates any trace amount of CBD and delivers the exact amount of CBD indicated by the process.
In other words, if you get 5 mg of isolate, you’re getting 5 mg of CBD.
This is perfect for producers who want to deliver a standardized dosage of CBD within their products and is also becoming the norm for infusions.
The problem that I have with CBD isolates is just that. It's an isolate. Meaning, it has been separated from all of the other cannabinoids, terpenes, terpenoids, and flavonoids that are found naturally in the hemp plant. Without the other components of the plant, we lose "the entourage effect" and a good bit of CBD's value.
While CBD crystals isn’t the most popular way of consuming CBD, it is becoming a favorite for people who want to have a variety in consumption methods. The Crystals can be used to infuse into edibles, to make capsules and even topicals such as creams and lotions.
Over the past few years we have also noticed many cannabis-friendly eateries use crystals within the preparation of their foods.
Another consumer favorite. CBD e-liquids can be placed in any electronic cigarette, providing you with an on-demand solution and quick relief.
Many people who use CBD e-liquids use it for stress and anxiety management. It’s also one of the more common ways you’ll see CBD products in a store.
Finally, CBD infusions present you with a CBD rich product. These could be edibles or creams and lotions and even beverages. Essentially, these products come with a standardized dosage of CBD that allows you to easily ingest the Cannabidiol without needing to worry about a delivery system.
You simply buy the product and consume it.
Over the next 18 months, you should start seeing a rise in CBD infused products sold in major retailers all over the US. This will probably become one of the most popular methods of consuming CBD within the marketplace.
In these cases, the CBD will have a more prolonged effect meaning it’s great for conditions that manifest symptoms such as pain and inflammation.
What Your Need to Know
When it comes to CBD Types, one isn’t necessarily superior to the other. Rather, depending on the condition and necessity you have, you’ll choose a CBD type to best address your particular problems.
In later articles we’ll be diving deeper into these topics, however we decided to first provide our customers with a general overview to get them started on the right foot.
Here at the Owl Instinct, we believe an informed consumer is a happy consumer and we do hope that our content is helping you become more informed about a booming new product that will be widely available over the next year and a half.
If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us right now by starting a conversation on the message box to the left of the screen. We look forward to hearing from you!