With the dizzying array of CBD products hitting shelves at natural health retailers, it seems like everyone these days is CBD-curious.
And with good reason: While CBD research is still in its infancy, studies have indicated that CBD may improve symptoms of common ailments such as pain, anxiety, and insomnia. Plus, the evidence to date shows that CBD is generally safe to consume, causing minimal side effects and interactions (it may interact with blood thinners and certain other medications) and exhibiting no potential for addiction.
You may know that CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the active compounds found in both the hemp plant and its close cousin, the marijuana plant. You likely know that CBD can’t get you high—and that because hemp contains THC levels lower than 0.3 percent, CBD derived from hemp has no psychoactive effects whatsoever. You’ve probably heard that, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill expressly legalizing hemp, it’s possible to buy and consume full-spectrum hemp oil products that contain CBD. (These products also contain a host of other beneficial hemp ingredients, but many people just call them “CBD oil.”)
What you may not know is how to start satisfying your CBD curiosity. After all, CBD is cropping up in everything from capsules and gummies to lotions and even bath bombs. With so many delivery systems on the market, it can be tough to figure out which type of CBD product might be right for your tastes and needs. Call it a “CBDilemma.”
Here’s the lowdown on some of the most popular hemp-derived CBD product types out there to guide you in your search.