Choosing the right CBD product is more important than you might think. While shopping around, you want to consider a number of different things ranging from the different types of CBD and the regulations in your area to your personal goals and the products available.
This is how to choose the right cbd product for you:
1. Understand the Different Types of CBD
As CBD becomes increasingly more popular, more products continue to reach the market, meaning there are lots of types to choose from and a greater chance that you’ll find something to suit your needs.
The downside to this is that it’s also introduced lots of new industry terms and made it more complicated to find what you’re looking for. So, before we look at the different products available to you, let’s understand the different types of CBD you might come across.
What Are the Different Types of CBD?
There are 3 main types of CBD and most manufacturers will label CBD products as either full spectrum, broad spectrum or isolate. This refers to the type of hemp extract that was used to make the product and will give you an indication of which CBD it contains.
Most CBD products will contain a tiny trace of THC but those made with broad spectrum and isolate should be as close to THC-free as possible.
- Full Spectrum
This type of CBD contains CBD alongside all the naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant, including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. CBD will be the most abundant, but it will also contain traces of others, including THC. Full-spectrum CBD is believed to provide a wider range of benefits due to the synergistic effects of all the compounds working together.
Keep in mind that full spectrum CBD can show up on drug tests. So, If you’re a sportsperson, or otherwise face regular drug tests in your line of work, you should opt for broad-spectrum products instead.
- Broad Spectrum
Broad spectrum CBD is similar to full spectrum CBD, but the THC has been removed. Although there is no THC, it still contains all the other compounds found in the hemp plant, making it a great option for those who want the benefits of the
It still contains all the other compounds found in the hemp plant, making it a good option for those who want the therapeutic benefits of CBD, with zero risk of legal implications.
Last but not least, isolate CBD, also known as ‘pure CBD’, is a CBD-only extract that contains no other cannabinoids or plant matter. CBD isolate is the most processed form of CBD and typically comes in a crystalline form or white powder. Although it does not provide the synergistic benefits of the other compounds found in the hemp plant, it’s a good option for those who are sensitive to other compounds.
The Different Types of CBD Products
The great thing about the increased popularity of CBD is that there are now numerous types of CBD products that can be purchased in the UK, including oils, drinks, gummies, capsules and e-liquids, all with their own individual benefits.
- CBD Oils & E-liquids
CBD oil is one of the, if not the, most popular forms of CBD as it is super easy to use and available in a wide range of flavours to suit every taste. It comes in a handy little bottle with a dropper function which most people use to place the drops under their tongue.
Many people also like to add a couple of CBD drops to their food or drinks.
CBD e-liquids are liquid solutions that contain CBD and are designed to be used with vapes or e-cigarettes. They are made by mixing CBD extract with a base of vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, or a combination of both, as well as flavourings to improve the taste.
- CBD Drinks
Another oral method of consuming CBD is through CBD infused beverages, which are drinks that have been infused with cannabidiol, such as coffee, tea or energy drinks. Instead of dropping CBD oil in your drink, CBD infused drinks come in the form of tea bags or coffee capsules, for example.
- CBD Gummies & Capsules
Another quick and easy way to take CBD is CBD gummies, and are also the tastiest way to get your CBD in! They are typically made by extracting CBD from the hemp plant and infusing it into a gummy sweet base. They come in many different flavours, shapes, and sizes and are a convenient and discreet way to consume CBD.
Many people also take CBD capsules, which provide a convenient way to take a precisely measured amount of CBD. Like any capsule, they have minimal flavour, so perfect if you’re not a fan of the taste of CBD oil. The main downside is that when swallowed, only between 4% and 20% of the active ingredient is likely to reach your bloodstream.
2. Consider Your Needs and Preferences
Ultimately the most important step when choosing the right CBD product for you is to consider your needs & preferences. What is your main reason for taking CBD? And how quickly do you need to feel the effects of CBD? Once you’ve determined this, you can decide which product best suits your needs.
If you’re looking for a quick relief of stress & anxiety, for example, then placing CBD oil under your tongue, or inhaling CBD via a vape pen would be the best option. However, if you would prefer a more discreet or tastier dosage, then you’ll want to try CBD edibles or CBD drinks.
For those that require CBD for pain relief or muscle recuperation, topical lotions are best as these are designed to target sore muscles and joints. It’s important to note though, that the effects vary from person to person – some may feel it straight away, while others might not for several hours.
It’s also worth considering when you’ll be taking CBD. For a morning boost or evening relaxation, we recommend a CBD-infused tea or coffee. However, for a “quick fix” to boost focus, we’d go for an oral or consumption that can be taken while you work.
3. Check the Product Label
Another super important step before purchasing a CBD product is to check the product label. Make sure that both the percentage and the total CBD content is clearly stated on the product packaging. The milligram amount on the label refers to total CBD content. Knowing the percentage and mg amount is crucial as it tells you the strength of the product.
For capsules, gummies and other edibles, the amount of CBD in each serving should be clearly stated as well as the total number of milligrams for the entire package.
4. Understand the Law and Regulations in Your Area
Finally, do your research and ensure the CBD product you choose is legal in your country, and complies with any local laws and regulations. If you opt for a reputable brand in your area with good reviews and quality-assured products, like UK-based Purity Coffee Company, then you’ve got nothing to worry about.
CBD products are completely legal here in the UK, providing they meet certain conditions. For example, the UK government has set a limit of 0.2% THC for CBD products, which means that as long as the CBD product contains less than 0.2% THC, it is classed as legal.
At Purity Coffee Company, all of our CBD drinks are made in line with UK and EU legislation, are third party tested and certified, and contain no more than 0.2% THC.
Purity Coffee Company combines the finest Arabica Coffee beans with freshly harvested hemp leaves to produce a premium beverage that places emphasis on both flavour and the therapeutic benefits of CBD. Shop our full range of CBD-infused beverages on our website.