You have probably heard a lot about CBD oil and CBD foods lately. This cannabinoid is conquering the US market and many people choose to jump on the train too. Most buy it to improve their health and general well-being.
The market for these CBD products is growing rapidly and now they can be purchased in health food stores, pharmacies and even online. The supply is also growing thanks to increasing demand.
If you want to buy a CBD product, you are spoiled for choice with all the variety. There are oils, edibles, concentrates and much more. So, it can be difficult to figure out where to start at all. Fortunately, we’ve put together this handy guide to CBD oil and CBD foods for you. So, you can easily find out which of the two options is best for you.
First, however, we should just make it clear what CBD is.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, is one of the hundreds of compounds found in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. The most famous (or notorious) cannabinoid is probably THC. It owes its fame to its property as a psychoactive substance, which means that it has intoxicating effects, commonly referred to as “high”.
However, CBD does not behave like THC and accordingly does not have the same effects on our body. CBD is not intoxicating, which is why you can use it without getting “high”. In addition, many people are beginning to use CBD as a dietary supplement because it is believed to help the body maintain homeostasis and promote overall well-being.
CBD is legal in the United States if you have wondered why it is possible that so many CBD products have appeared everywhere lately. CBD oil and CBD foods are legal as long as they are made from industrial hemp and contain less than 0.02% THC. The purpose of these regulations is to ensure the safety of consumers.
Today there are many other CBD products on the market besides CBD oils. And another popular way to consume CBD is edible!
Let’s talk about the advantages and disadvantages of both forms below.
CBD oil: what is it?
The oldest and probably most popular form of CBD supplementation is extracting it in an oil. Usually hemp or coconut oil is used. To do this, manufacturers often extract a number of cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant (all legal, of course) and then suspend them in oil, since this is supposedly more beneficial to your health than consuming CBD alone.
CBD oils are available in different strengths so that the consumer can choose the desired strength. The amount that is included can be found on the label of the bottles. As a rule, the label also shows how many drops are contained in each bottle – this can be used to calculate how many milligrams of CBD are in each drop. Most bottles are equipped with an integrated pipette to ensure easy use.
The consumption of CBD oils is really very simple. To do this, you simply have to put the correct number of drops under your tongue and leave them there for up to 90 seconds before swallowing them. The body absorbs CBD very quickly when taken sublingually, making this method a very effective way of taking it. Nevertheless, many consumers quickly complain about the taste of CBD oil because it is earthy and dominant.
While you can get used to the taste of CBD oil, it does not necessarily have to be taken sublingually. Instead, you can put it into your morning tea or coffee or stir it into your porridge.
Benefits of CBD oil:
- Taking CBD oil is very easy, which means that it can be easily and quickly integrated into everyday life.
- CBD is absorbed quickly with this method, and you will likely benefit more if you take it sublingually.
- A whole range of different strengths means that you can find out for yourself what works for you and what you prefer.
- It is very easy to dose CBD because you know exactly how much CBD is in each drop.
Disadvantages of CBD oil:
- It is often said that CBD oil does not taste so good, which makes it a rather uncomfortable thing. On the other hand, it also means that the taste can be washed down quickly with a glass of water.
- If the oil is suspended in coconut oil, it means that you consume saturated fats every day – experts are not sure whether the high content of saturated fatty acids in coconut oil is harmful to health or not.
CBD food: what is it?
In the CBD world, the term “edible” or “food” refers to products that contain CBD and can be eaten accordingly. These terms are used for CBD and essentially include all foods that contain CBD.
The special thing about edibles is that there is such a huge variety of them. Edible sweets are very popular with consumers online. You can get all sorts of things online, including CBD infused marshmallows and CBD chocolate. By far the most sold edibles are CBD gummies.
You can also make CBD foods at home and cook or bake your CBD. Adding CBD oil to drinks is also very easy and once you know how to make CBD butter you can bake cakes or even cook them! CBD oil can be added to any meal, but there is a reason why these edible sweets are so popular: they are really easy to dose.
The problem here, however, is that although you know how much CBD is in each candy, it can be difficult to quit because they taste so good!
Another disadvantage is that the body does not absorb CBD through digestion in the same way. This means that not only does it take longer for it to get into your bloodstream, it also means that the body doesn’t absorb everything. In other words, it’s not really as effective as a sublingual dose.
It can be quite difficult to make an exact list of advantages and disadvantages for food, as there are so many that deserve their own list of advantages and disadvantages! Nevertheless, we will try to summarize it in general.
Benefits of CBD foods:
- CBD foods taste great! Since you can use them to prepare any type of food, you will surely enjoy this form.
- It’s fun to consume the CBD, mostly because you can cook things yourself.
- When you buy your CBD foods online, you instantly know how much CBD you get per serving, which makes dosing easy.
Disadvantages of CBD foods:
- When CBD is digested, it takes longer than CBD oil to get into the bloodstream and maybe not everything gets there. In other words, it is less effective.
- If you know you’re gobbling up a whole pack, it’s probably not a good idea to buy a lot of CBD gummies!
- Making CBD foods at home can be fun, but the dosage is not really feasible and it is almost impossible to know how much CBD you are actually getting.
- Buying CBD foods can sometimes be expensive.
Final thoughts: Which product should you use?
While CBD oils and CBD foods have their own list of advantages and disadvantages, we can’t really tell you what to use as this is really a matter of personal preference. This guide is only intended to explain the differences between the two so that you can make an informed decision. Maybe in the end you will choose both at My Insomnia Fix store!
Apart from that, we recommend beginners to start with our CBD oils, as newcomers can start with low concentrations and see how it works because of the diverse strengths available. If you’d like to incorporate CBD into your everyday life, you can use higher percentages and maybe try more concentrated foods.
There is no right or wrong way to take CBD, so just do what feels right for you.