5 Types of CBD Products and Forms, Explained

When you think of CBD, what first springs to mind? Perhaps it’s an oil you take with a dropper, or maybe a CBD lotion you spread on your skin. With so many different types of CBD products available and more variations on the theme emerging daily, it may be intimidating to start figuring out what might be best for you.

While the way you take CBD should be entirely unique to you and your endocannabinoid system, there are a few elements to each method of CBD delivery that may help you narrow your choices from the larger selection pool. To aid you in your quest for cannabinoids, Bluebird Botanicals created a short overview and guide to the top five types of CBD products to help you frame your wellness research.

Key Takeaways:

  • From oils and lotions to newer options, there's a variety of ways to consume CBD. Each method impacts how CBD enters your body and may influence its effectiveness for you.
  • The best CBD product depends on your individual needs and preferences.
  • Explore the top 5 types of CBD products to find the right fit for your wellness journey.


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1. CBD Oils

First up, CBD oils (or tinctures). Oils are the most common CBD product on the market due to the wide range of flavors, sizes, and strengths. Oils typically are packaged in a small colored glass bottle with a dropper. Use the dropper to administer the desired amount of oil into your mouth. 

Bluebird Botanicals CBD oils do not contain any artificial ingredients or flavors, providing a bright, natural taste. Some people even mix CBD oil into their food and drinks, like green smoothies or summer salads. There is 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. 

Also, consider the hemp plant extracts. Choose between a full-spectrum CBD, a broad-spectrum CBD, and a CBD isolate.

  • Full-spectrum CBD products feature all the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the hemp plant plus a trace amount of THC. It also has terpenes, essential oils, and other plant compounds.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD oil is similar to full-spectrum but without THC
  • CBD Isolate contains only CBD

Although there are plenty of things to love about CBD oils, there are a few potential drawbacks as well. Oils can sometimes be a bit messy and more prone to spillage on the go, especially if you’re carrying them in your backpack or purse. Many pure CBD oils also have a strong hemp or earthy flavor to them, which may not be a match for everyone’s palate. If your tongue tends to have pickier taste buds, the next option may be better for you.

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2. CBD Soft Gels

We’re talking here about CBD soft gels. For those who aren’t in love with oils, soft gels are the next best thing. Bluebird Botanicals offers its three core line blends in soft gel format - Classic, Complete, and Signature - which contain 15 mg per soft gel.

Soft gels have a few big advantages over other types of CBD products. First, soft gels are as easy to take as vitamins. This option is great for those looking for a flavorless CBD experience. However, because of their standardized serving size, it can be more difficult to customize your serving sizes to exactly fit your needs. 

3. CBD Topicals

Topical CBD products include lotions, serums, salves, balms, and anything else applied to the skin. Bluebird currently offers three CBD lotions: Hemp Essential (great for everyday), Hemp Silk (our beauty-inclined CBD lotion), and Hemp Sport

You can use our CBD lotions as you would a non-CBD-containing lotion. With products like serums, salves, and balms, typically less is more (read: you don’t need to use very much on a target area for it to be effective). 

4. CBD Isolate

Next on our list is CBD isolate. While many of the aforementioned products above can actually feature CBD isolate as an ingredient, we’re talking here about the isolated isolate, if you will. CBD isolate is highly purified and comes in a crystalline, powder form. It’s also flavorless, so some may find this easier to integrate into their wellness routine. 

5. CBD Flower

Yes, you can smoke CBD! Technically, it’s hemp flower you’re smoking.  While this is not everyone’s preferred method, it’s an excellent, bioavailable way to get CBD into your body and interact with your endocannabinoid system. 

Bluebird Botanicals doesn’t currently offer any smokable hemp flower products, but our go-to recommendation for quality is Tweedle Farms.

There are a few other types of CBD products available that didn’t make our list, including CBD edibles, gel pens, CBD gummies, CBD capsules, CBD patches, CBD chewing gum, water-soluble, CBD drink sticks, and even CBD coffee and tea. Some of these are pretty cool but may have problems with CBD content consistency or the reputability of the company. However, as the market develops, we expect these products to become more refined and reliable. 

So, now that you have heard the top five types of hemp-derived CBD products, how do you figure out which type of CBD product is right for you? Armed with a cursory overview of product types, the choice is yours.

Have questions? Email us at info@BlueBirdbotanicals.com.

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