The Different Forms of CBD and Their Properties

The booming popularity of CBD across the United States has been raising many questions amongst potential customers. Since the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), cannabidiol has appeared in all industries – food, beverage, wellness, health, and beauty, and it seems like CBD is everywhere you look and go. Now that consumers can choose between a vast array of products with different ingredients, people want to know the best CBD product to add to their routines. Although it’d make things much easier, there is no single form of CBD that suits everyone. It all depends on your goals, preferences, and lifestyle. 

What is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound extracted from the hemp plant.  Hemp and marijuana both belong to the cannabis Sativa plant family, but unlike marijuana, CBD is non-addictive, doesn’t get users high, or cause any impairment effects on people. According to federal law, hemp-derived CBD products are now legal in the U.S. Although there is still insufficient evidence or studies to support that CBD can treat any medical conditions, 33% of Americans have tried including CBD in their routines. CBD admirers amongst your friends and family members might have already convinced you to invest in this compound and start improving your life. But before you grab your first CBD products and join the league of CBD enthusiasts, let’s look at different forms of cannabidiol and what each one has to offer so that you can shop with confidence.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is a crystalline solid or powder consisting of nothing but pure CBD that doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. Consumers can digest CBD isolate or take it via a vaping pipe, via liquids, or ingested under the tongue. Generally, the most common way of consuming CBD isolate is by taking it as a powder under the tongue. CBD isolate is the perfect choice for those who don’t wish to ingest even the legally allowed THC amount, as it contains 0% of tetrahydrocannabinol. Besides, it doesn’t have any taste or flavor, so you can easily add CBD isolate powder to your food and drinks to create your own CBD edibles, such as cookies, bread, cakes, smoothies, etc. The downside of CBD isolate is that your body may not fully absorb it without the help of other ingredients, such as carrier oils. Moreover, additional cannabinoids enhance the plant’s potential benefits, and CBD in its pure form may not benefit the body as much as other CBD products with mixed ingredients. Manufacturers mix CBD isolate with carrier oils for producing tinctures, place it in capsules, or create edibles and topicals using the CBD powder.

CBD isolate:

  • Is CBD in its pure form
  • Contains zero THC
  • Doesn’t have any flavor
  • You can add it to your food and drinks.


Manufacturers produce CBD oil by diffusing CBD extract into one of the carrier oils such as MCT, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, or one of the other plant-based oils. A carrier helps the substance to travel into the bloodstream, and from there, throughout the body. Since CBD is a fat-soluble substance, carrier oil enhances its bioavailability and helps your body benefit from everything the compound offers. CBD oil has a longer shelf-life as with carrier oil, active CBD compounds can maintain stability and potency for a longer time. CBD oil consists of two primary ingredients: CBD extract and carrier oil. Carrier oils not only speed up the absorption but provide benefits of their own, so unsurprisingly, the majority of CBD consumers choose CBD oil over CBD isolate powder. CBD oils come in the form of oral drops, tinctures, softgels, topicals, or vapes.

CBD Tinctures

Millions of Americans drip a few drops of CBD tinctures under their tongues for overall wellness every day. CBD tinctures are oral drops that come in bottles with a dropper applicator. CBD tinctures may contain additional ingredients such as cinnamon or peppermint oil and vegetable glycerin. Oral drops are easy to consume, and don’t require any prep work. Consumers take them sublingually – under the tongue. As not everyone loves CBD oil’s bitter flavor, tincture may be the way to go if you are looking for a more appealing taste.

CBD tinctures

  • May contain different ingredients such as alcohol (check the labels!), cinnamon or peppermint oil, and vegetable glycerin
  • Are easy to consume
  • Have a long shelf-life
  • Have a more appealing taste than CBD oil.

CBD Topicals

Creams, lotions, or salves with CBD are also booming popularity in the wellness and health industry. Applying CBD topicals directly to the skin may help relieve some skin conditions when combined with numerous potentially beneficial ingredients, such as menthol, glycerin, aloe, olive oil, tea tree oil, etc. CBD topicals come in the form of salves and ointments, creams and lotions, facial oils and serums, or even lip balms.

CBD Topicals:

  • Can be applied directly to the skin
  • May benefit your skin-care routine depending on the ingredients they combine
  • Are perfect for those that don’t like to ingest CBD.

CBD Softgels

Consumers looking for one of the quickest and easiest ways of CBD consumption may prefer shopping for CBD softgels. Capsules eliminate the need to measure proper doses of CBD or to deal with unwanted flavors. CBD Softgels contain pre-measured amounts of CBD oil, and swallowing them is the perfect way of taking CBD effortlessly. The downside of swallowing CBD capsules is that they take longer to go through the digestive system than dripping a few drops under the tongue.

CBD softgels:

  • Provides one of the easiest ways of CBD consumption
  • Takes longer to go through the digestive system.

CBD Edibles

The tastiest and most fun way to enjoy CBD is through CBD edibles, such as CBD gummies. You can eat them anywhere at any time, as you don’t even need water to ingest them. Gummies have great flavors and come in different forms. Millions of Americans buy CBD edibles for possible relaxation.

Similarly to other products, CBD edibles comprise different ingredients that may offer other benefits. Some contain supplements such as melatonin to promote better sleep. CBD edibles take longer to absorb into your body as there are other ingredients and components to digest, which may take up to an hour. CBD edibles on the market, just like CBD softgels, contain a certain amount of CBD, and you can see the amount of CBD in milligrams on their packages.

CBD Edibles:

  • Offer the tastiest and the most fun way to add CBD to your routine.
  • Are comfortable and convenient to take
  • Provide you with pre-measured CBD doses
  • Take longer to absorb into your body.

Choosing the best form of CBD will help you build a routine that works for your goals and needs. However, countless CBD products and brands on the market may get you overwhelmed. When shopping for CBD, make sure to choose brands that offer third-lab tests.New Leaf Botanics provides only pure, legal CBD products. Every premium CBD product in our inventory meets or exceeds the highest industry standards for exceptional quality. Get started today and start shopping with confidence for CBD products of your choice.

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