With so many different types of CBD products available and more hitting the market every day, it can seem overwhelming to even tiptoe into the world of CBD. How do you sort through all of the information - and misinformation - to find the type of CBD product that is right for you? Well, you’re not alone in your quest. Thankfully, your friends at Bluebird Botanicals have created a guide to the top six types of CBD products. In no particular order, let’s get started.
First on our list, we have CBD oils. Oils are the most common CBD product on the market due to the wide range of flavors, sizes, and strengths. Oils typically come in a small colored glass bottle with a dropper. To apply, simply drop the desired amount of oil into your mouth. Our recommended serving size is 15 drops, which equates to about 0.5 mL of oil.
Bluebird Botanicals’ CBD oils do not contain any artificial ingredients or flavors, providing a bright, natural hemp taste. Some people even mix CBD oil into their food and drinks, like green smoothies or summer salads. There are a wide range of concentrations and serving sizes across different CBD products, so it’s a best practice to start with smaller sizes and increase in small increments until you find that perfect balance for your own unique endocannabinoid system.
Researching and experimenting yourself doesn’t have to be difficult, either. To make this beginning process easier, Bluebird offers a Hemp Sample Pack containing our three CBD oil blends: Hemp Classic, Hemp Complete, and Hemp Signature.
Bluebird’s regular strength CBD oils contain 250+ milligrams of CBD per ounce, which breaks down to about 4.2+ mg per serving. However, we also offer our concentrated line of CBD oils featuring the same three blends with six times the concentration of cannabinoids. That means with every serving, you get about 25+ mg of cannabinoids. For those wanting a variety of hemp extracts with a little extra oomph, Bluebird does also have a Hemp Concentrated Sample Pack so you can truly sample the CBD that is right for you.
Although there are plenty of things to love about CBD oils, there are a few downsides as well. They can sometimes be a bit messy and more prone to spillage on the go, especially if you’re carrying it in your backpack or purse. Some people may be uncomfortable using a dropper in public. Likewise, as we’ve mentioned, many pure CBD oils have a strong hemp or earthy flavor to them. Many people really like this natural flavor of CBD, but others do not. Some companies offer flavored CBD oils to avoid this dilemma, but this means unnecessary additives and extra processing of the oil. Since Bluebird doesn’t offer artificially sweetened products, we’ve created a series of DIY snacks and recipes to add CBD to your favorite foods and beverages!
Try out our famous CBD-infused BBQ sauce, perfect for your next summer event.
CBD Soft Gels
For those who aren’t in love with oils, soft gels are the next best thing. Bluebird offers its soft gels in two concentrations to give our customers flexibility with their serving sizes. Bluebird’s Hemp CBD Soft Gels contain our Hemp Classic blend of full-spectrum hemp extract and hemp seed oil. Each regular strength soft gel contains 5+ mg of cannabinoids, while our Concentrated CBD Soft Gels offer 15+ mg each.
Soft gels have a few big advantages over other types of products. First, soft gels are taken in the same fashion as vitamins. This option is great for those looking for a flavorless CBD experience. Plus, soft gels are often a more familiar and comfortable application for those who already take pills or vitamins. A potential downside is, even with multiple milligram content options, it can be more difficult to customize your serving sizes to exactly fit your needs.
Oils and soft gels are both great ways to use CBD for your whole body, but what if you want to target specific areas?
Topical CBD products include lotions, serums, salves, balms, and anything else applied to the skin. Use this type of product as you would its non-CBD containing cousin. Some topical CBD products are even designed for beauty as well.
The skin is the body's largest organ, so using CBD topically can produce similar effects as ingesting it orally. You can also employ a little more targeting and precision when using CBD topicals, like lotions and creams. There are actually cannabinoid receptors located specifically in your skin that allow CBD to interact immediately upon application.
Whether or not a CBD topical is right for you versus its non-CBD counterpart is totally up to you!
Next on our list is CBD sprays. CBD sprays typically have the lowest potency out of all the products on our list, but they do still have a few advantages of their own. Although they are often a bit bulkier, sprays are quick and easy to get your serving of CBD while out and about. Simply spray the desired amount in your mouth and be on your way.
The standard serving size for sprays is usually about 2 to 3 sprays, but each bottle should have a recommended serving size printed on it as well. One particular disadvantage to sprays is an inconsistent dosage of CBD, as each spray’s content can easily vary, and this method generally has less CBD than other types of products.
CBD Vape Juice
The final type of CBD product on our list is CBD vape juice. Many companies, including Bluebird, offer a CBD vape oil for those who prefer vaping to other application methods. A major reason some people prefer CBD vape juices is because they are one of the quickest ways to deliver CBD to your body. They also provide an accurate “take as needed” approach to CBD - you can take a little bit or a lot, very quickly and as needed. Bluebird’s CBD vape oil is made from USP grade propylene glycol, USP grade vegetable glycerine and CBD isolate, an extremely pure, crystallized form of CBD that you can also purchase just by itself. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine are the two main ingredients in all vape juices and oils.
To make best use of Bluebird’s CBD Vape Juice, we recommend the Aspire Breeze 2 All In One Ultra Portable System vaporizer. Fill the pod up with vape oil, charge the battery, and go! But, CBD vapes also come with their own disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage to vaping CBD is you can’t do it everywhere. Sure, in the comfort of your own home you can dabble to your heart's content, but in many public places such as restaurants, stadiums, and theaters you can’t use vapes at all.
Other Types of CBD Products
There are a few other types of CBD products available that didn’t make our list, including edibles, gel pens, CBD patches, CBD chewing gum, and even CBD coffee and tea. Some of these are pretty cool but can have problems with CBD content consistency, as well as the reputability of the companies that offer them.
So, now that you have heard the top six types of CBD products, back to our original question: how do you figure out which type of CBD product is right for you? Well, you need to decide for yourself. There is no clear winner. One thing is for sure, not all brands are equal. When looking into products and brands, be sure to find a brand that shares third-party lab tests for every batch of their products to ensure a safe and effective product is in your hands.
If you have any more questions, we’re here for you! Give us a call at (720) 726-5132 or email us at [email protected].