Buying your first cannabidiol (CBD) product can seem a complicated process, but with a little guidance, you can easily find the right choice to give you relief from your ailments. In this article, we’ll introduce CBD and how it differs from regular cannabis, and discuss the type of products available.

CBD: cannabis, but not as you know it

Until now, taking cannabis has always resulted in a psychoactive experience. Ancient humans were not aware of this, but the psychotropic effects of pot come from the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound. However, wholesale CBD products that are made from hemp extracts contain hardly any THC. That is because the hemp plant doesn’t produce as much THC, and hemp-based products are not allowed to contain more than 0.3 percent THC (the THC limit varies from country to country, but is set at 0.3 percent in the United States).

The health benefits of CBD were first picked up on in the 1960s, shortly after the cannabinoid was isolated in Israel. However, the reasons why CBD has therapeutic value remained inconclusive, until the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This has been the most important find in cannabinoid science since the identification of THC and CBD, as it has shown us how these compounds interact in our bodies, and influence our physical and mental health.

Because cannabis and cannabinoids have been so difficult to study due to their prohibited status at federal level, CBD currently has few confirmed medical benefits. But because CBD is no longer restricted when derived from hemp, products can be bought and used as supplements or for self-medicating purposes. A 2018 survey found that CBD is being used to soothe chronic pain, manage arthritis, treat anxiety and depression, insomnia and more.

Introducing CBD products

Some CBD products are made for practical reasons, others for convenience and a few purely for novelty reasons. CBD oil is the product that most people have heard of, as tinctures have been successfully used to help children suffering from epileptic conditions who cannot be treated with standard anti-seizure drugs.

CBD oil is an ideal way of consuming CBD because it begins to work, generally, within 10 minutes and comes with no health risks. The other fast-track ways of getting CBD into the body are by vaping it and smoking it. While people smoke cannabis joints for recreational reasons, those using CBD for medicinal use tend not to smoke hemp flower, especially if they don’t smoke. However, vaping is not as dangerous as smoking, because no burning takes place, whether you’re using an e-juice, a concentrate or herb itself. Vaping particularly helps with conditions where symptoms are sporadic but intense. The speed of delivery is brilliant for calming anxiety and managing the pain caused by fibromyalgia.

CBD edibles and capsules are the opposite to tincture oils and vape juices, in that the benefits are felt more gradually, but last for around twice as long. Furthermore, taking capsules is an odor-free and completely discreet process, as opposed to smoking or vaping which may attract attention. While CBD is perfectly legal, those who are unaware of the laws surrounding cannabis may not grasp what you’re saying, and cause you easily avoidable problems.

There is also an emerging market for CBD topical products. Pain creams and rubs are the perfect tonic for post-exercise discomfort and localized pain in general. Serums and balms, meanwhile, are more suitable for naturally treating skin conditions, and great for capitalizing on CBD’s anti-aging benefits.

Should I buy CBD-isolate or full-spectrum CBD?

The difference between CBD-isolate and full-spectrum CBD is simple – CBD is the only hemp derivative in an isolate product, whereas full-spectrum CBD wholesale products are made with the entire hemp extract. Getting all of the more obscure cannabinoids and terpenes, in addition to the CBD, can be more therapeutic than just taking CBD. For instance, the non-psychoactive cannabichromene (CBC) is an anti-inflammatory and can have cognitive benefits, thanks to its neurogenesis effects on the hippocampus.

However, full-spectrum CBD products make the most of the THC limit, and because a whole extract is used, traces of THC may be present. For those who are worried about drugs tests, CBD-isolate products absolutely guarantee that there is no chance of a fail. This shouldn’t happen with full-spectrum CBD either, but there is a low risk if it is taken in large amounts on a regular basis. Full-spectrum CBD is generally a little bit more expensive than CBD-isolate, because of the perceived extra benefits.