Oils, Creams, and Drinks, Oh My! Which Custom CBD Oil Products Should You Choose?
CBD products are all over the market, and the hype around them is only increasing. In fact, it is estimated that consumer sales of cannabidiol or CBD products will reach $1.8 billion by 2022. Oils, creams, beauty products, and drinks are now all CBD-infused and the choices within each category are endless. How do you know you are choosing the best CBD products? There are a lot of factors and options to consider when selecting which CBD product to purchase.
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound that comes from the cannabis, or hemp, plant. It is just one of the dozens of cannabinoids derived from hemp. CBD can help with inflammation, metabolism, mood, and anxiety without giving a high sensation as THC, another cannabinoid does. Under the Farm Bill that was passed in 2018, CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC so they are safe for consumer consumption. CBD gives the benefits of cannabis without the high that marijuana produces.
CBD works within the body’s system to produce positive results. The human body produces cannabinoids on its own and has two receptors for cannabinoids, the CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are present everywhere in the body, but particularly in the brain. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and affect inflammation and pain. Using CBD directs the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
Benefits of CBD
There are many benefits to using CBD. Because of the claims that CBD can help alleviate anxiety and pain symptoms, more consumers are open to using it. Some of the ailments that CBD can be used for include:
- Epileptic seizures
- Cancer-related conditions
Additional research has indicated that there may be more uses for CBD as well as more patients look to alternative sources to cure their ailments. A survey from HelloMD and Brightfield Group found that women were more likely to use CBD than men and once they started using it, were likely to stop using traditional medicine for their ailment.
Choosing the Best CBD Products
CBD can be absorbed through the body in several ways; through the lungs, skin, or stomach. No matter what type of CBD you use, it eventually reaches the bloodstream. From there, it interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in the body to alleviate symptoms.
There are a variety of ways to get the effects of CBD. How to choose among the many products available on the market? The delivery method you choose, whether it be oil, topical, or drink should be based on what you are using the CBD for, and how it fits your lifestyle.
CBD oil is comprised of CBD from the cannabis plant and a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. Many CBD users choose a custom CBD oil as an easy way to ingest CBD. Drops can be held under the tongue or sprayed into the mouth where they are absorbed through mucous membranes. You can also add CBD oil to food and smoothies.
One of the advantages of using a custom CBD oil is that it reaches the bloodstream quickly, without being broken down in the digestive system. This makes oils better for chronic or long-term conditions that affect more than one part of the body.
Another way to get CBD benefits is topically. Balms, lotions, creams, and salves are infused with cannabidiol that penetrates the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis, but does not enter the bloodstream. Topical creams are best used for pain relief, circulation issues, and inflammation because their effect is localized. For example, many arthritis sufferers find that applying CBD topically helps to alleviate the pain quickly.
A CBD cream should have hemp seed oil or avocado oil so that it penetrates the skin quickly. The anti-inflammatory response on the affected area helps to reduce pain. For example, a topical cannabidiol applied to a bug bite will control the pain and reduce the itching. It can also be used for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Topical creams are ideal for smaller or localized issues.
Now your morning drink can have CBD health benefits too. Drinks infused with CBD are the future of healthy beverages. CBD can be added to water, smoothies, iced tea, iced coffee, soda or even wine. To give an idea of how the CBD market is growing, the first Cannabis Drinks Expo was held this past summer in San Francisco with another one planned for 2020 in Chicago.
The advantage to ingesting CBD in a drink is that is easy to take on the go and can mask the sometimes unpleasant taste of CBD oil.
Before taking any CBD product, it is best to check with your doctor especially if you have existing allergies or conditions. It is also best to purchase a high-quality CBD product that has gone through rigorous third-party testing. Contact the experts at Hemp Labs of America for any questions or concerns.