CBD: What’s the Right Formulation for Me?
First, consider what’s ailing you. If you’re aiming for reduced stress or anxiety, or better sleep, you may find CBD oil or edibles to be helpful. If you experience inflamed joints or sore muscles, a salve or lotion could provide relief. While CBD is safe for everyone, your response to it may differ from someone else.
Many Half Day customers tell us they use a combination of products. They may begin their day with a CBD gummy, and then use oil at night to help them relax and fall asleep. Sometimes it takes experimenting with formulations to figure out what is best for you on a given day.
After you’ve answered how CBD may improve your health and well-being, look into ways to take it. Among the more common approaches are oils, gummies and topicals.
CBD oil (or tincture) is derived from industrial hemp and contains phytonutrients such as phytocannabinoids, terpenes and essential fatty acids as well as a carrier oil like coconut oil. The dropper in the bottle allows you to measure your desired dose. To use, measure and release the oil under your tongue. This method is fast-acting and effective.
"CBD gummies” is a wildly popular search term on Google, and it’s no surprise as to why. CBD gummies offer several benefits over other formulations—they taste good (assuming you choose a good brand!), they're convenient and they have a pre-measured dose of CBD. Since edibles must pass through the digestive system, this method is slow acting, but the effects last longer. Some people prefer edibles because there are several options that contain little to no THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives the high sensation.
Many CBD users find that topical options, including salves and lotions, help them ease aches, pain and arthritis symptoms thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. As you massage these products on your skin, you can focus on an affected area and allow the ingredients to soak in. Choose topical products that contain full-spectrum CBD oil to ensure you get all of the therapeutic phytocannabinoids contained in hemp. Many brands will blend CBD with other ingredients, such as beeswax, shea butter and arnica oil to enhance the healing properties, smooth your skin and leave you smelling great!
Not everyone leans towards these popular CBD formulations. You may find an approach like taking CBD oil in a capsule or mixing CBD oil into your favorite drink works for you—just know some of these other approaches may have a low level of bioavailability and thus be less effective.