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What Kind of CBD Is Right for Me?

With so many different formulations, how do you choose?

Read more about what to look for when choosing between CBD gummies, tinctures, salves or softgels.

If you’re looking to purchase a CBD-based product but don’t know what kind would be best, it’s important to do your research. There is a huge variety on the market right now, and each product and absorption method has its advantages for different uses. 

The most important question to ask yourself when choosing the right kind of CBD product is what you’re looking to address. For example, if you have arthritis or sore joints, a product like a full-spectrum salve would be beneficial. However, if you’re looking for depression or anxiety relief, that salve might not be as effective as a product like a full spectrum tincture. 

After you determine exactly what your goals are for the CBD products you’ll be consuming, the next step is to investigate the different absorption methods and determine which ones would work best for your unique body and lifestyle. Four of the most common ways to take CBD are through oils (tinctures), gummies, softgels, and salves.

CBD Oils (Tinctures)

This method of delivery pairs CBD and other cannabinoids with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, though the carrier can vary widely). It comes in a bottle with a dropper; your dose is measured by the number of drops you place under your tongue. Because it is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream, this method of consumption is both effective and powerful.

CBD Gummies

Unlike the fast-acting tinctures, gummies (and all other edibles) must pass through the digestive system, so they will be slow to take effect, but they also tend to last longer. They have several additional benefits ranging from the taste (many taste better than CBD oils, presuming you choose a good brand and a flavor you enjoy) to the fact that they contain a pre-measured dose of CBD, so you always know exactly how much you are consuming.

CBD Gel Capsules

Like gummies, CBD softgels have to land in the stomach before they can be absorbed into the body. They tend to have long-lasting effects because they dissolve slowly due to the coating that surrounds the CBD. They are flavorless, so you don’t need to worry about choosing something that will taste awful, and they can be taken with any liquid of your choice (though it is advisable that you avoid taking them with alcohol).

CBD Salves

These topical absorption solutions have anti-inflammatory properties that are helpful for arthritis, joint pain, and miscellaneous body aches. They can be scented or unscented, and mixed with other products such as shea butter, cocoa butter, or beeswax; this leaves your skin soft and smelling good while absorbing the CBD that you’ve massaged into it. 

There are also other methods that you can use to take CBD, such as consuming a beverage with CBD mixed into it; however, these methods are usually not as effective as the four listed above due to their lower level of bioavailability.

What Should (Or Should Not) Be In My CBD Products? 

After the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD became a legal substance in the United States; however, there are several rules and regulations that govern the manufacturing and consumption of CBD, some of which are very important for you, the consumer, to know. 

CBD is legal as long as it is made from industrial hemp. The important thing to know here is that industrial hemp is not marijuana. Industrial hemp, and thus the CBD products you consume, should have less than 0.3% THC in total. Anything more and it is not only illegal to possess, but it will also change the effects of the product and potentially produce unintended feelings of being “high.” 

Another important thing to note while purchasing CBD is that it is not the same as hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil can be a carrier for CBD oil, but when it stands alone, hemp seed oil will not produce the same effects and health benefits as CBD. 

You should also check whether the product you’re purchasing is full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate. There are several differences between the three, and they each have unique health benefits.

Full Spectrum CBD

This type of CBD product contains several extracts from the cannabis plant, which can include cannabinol and other cannabinoids, terpenes, and various essential oils. These products can also contain up to 0.3% THC. Many studies suggest that there are benefits to full spectrum CBD products because all of the compounds work together to strengthen the health benefits that CBD provides.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad spectrum CBD is similar to full spectrum CBD in that it contains many different substances from the cannabis plant, including terpenes and cannabinol. However, unlike full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD contains little to no THC. The “entourage effect” makes this type of CBD more effective than CBD isolate, though it is more refined and processed than full spectrum CBD and contains fewer compounds that naturally come from the cannabis plant.

CBD Isolate

This form of CBD is the most pure form because it contains no other extracts from the cannabis plant. It also contains very little, if any, THC. This can be a good way to begin your CBD journey because the effects are more mild than if you consume a full spectrum or a broad spectrum CBD product. 


Overall, the type of CBD product you purchase depends on several factors, including your health and wellness goals, the ways you want to consume CBD, and your tolerance for the various compounds that naturally occur in the cannabis plant. 

Shop our selection of broad spectrum gummies, broad spectrum softgels, full spectrum tinctures, and full spectrum salves that are designed not only to help you reach your goals, but also to allow you to enjoy your experience with CBD. No matter what you hope to achieve, Hightops has a solutions for your wellness needs.

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