Types of CBD Products

CBD comes in many forms. From e-liquid to balms, from CBD infused water to capsules. 

CBD Tinctures

CBD is one of the 100+ cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that produce different effects in the human body.

You surely know that people get high by smoking marijuana. Well, marijuana is a plant belonging to the Cannabis sativa species that is rich in cannabinoids. The cannabinoid that produces the infamous high people get from smoking weed is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Now, even though both CBD and THC are cannabinoids, they couldn’t be more different. Each of them produces distinct chemical responses in the human body. Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high. Far from it.Tinctures are produced by steeping flowers – in this case, cannabis flowers – or isolates in alcohol and then applying low heat for a long time. This process allows the cannabinoids to infuse into the spirit. Thanks to the heat treatment, much of the alcohol evaporates, leaving behind a potent liquid that’s rich in cannabinoid molecules.

CBD tinctures are usually made by mixing CBD with alcohol and water. Alcohol-free tinctures mix CBD with water, glycerin, vinegar, or oil to produce the same result. Keep in mind that alcohol-free tinctures might not offer the same potency as the standard alcohol-water extract.

Most manufacturers will often add carrier oils and/or herbal flavors to improve the taste of a tincture. Tinctures are primarily used to ease pain and help with anxiety. They have a long shelf life, are easy to use, and they are quickly absorbed.

CBD tinctures are highly concentrated, so you should take them in small doses. Most tinctures come with droppers that help you measure your doses. The best way to take CBD tinctures is to hold them under your tongue for a minute or two – allowing your sublingual veins to absorb the CBD – and then swallowing. You can also mix tinctures in food or drinks.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is the purest form of cannabidiol available on the market. This product is odorless and tasteless, and it contains at least 99% pure CBD.

The production of CBD isolate starts with the extraction of the CBD from the hemp plant. This step is not special, it’s the same extraction process manufacturers use for all CBD products. However, the extraction is quickly followed by a purification process that’s only used for the production of isolates and concentrates.


The extracted CBD is filtered so all the plant material is removed. Then, the liquid goes through a “winterization” process that freezes the components floating in the liquid, further removing anything that made it through the filtration – waxes and minuscule plant matter such as chlorophyll.

What results is a fine, white powder or a crystal that’s at least 99% pure CBD. Most manufacturers mix the CBD isolate powder into edibles or topicals, but some sell it as is. You can use the powder directly by putting some under your tongue and waiting for it to be absorbed. You can eat CBD crystals as edibles, but you can also take them sublingually, mix them in food or drinks, or even vape them in pipes.

CBD Drinks

CBD drinks are becoming one of the go-to methods of consumption for those who want to experience the effects of CBD without attracting unwanted attention.

Although they’re relatively new to the CBD scene, CBD-infused drinks are quickly gaining popularity because they’re diverse and easy to consume. As you can imagine, CBD beverages include almost everything you can drink. Nowadays, you can find CBD in water, tea, coffee, energy drinks, beer, and even bourbon.

Most CBD drinks are made using CBD isolate. So, while the drinks might contain a good amount of CBD, they won’t contain flavonoids, terpenes, or traces of other cannabinoids.

CBD-infused beverages have specific CBD concentrations, so you will always know how much CBD you consume. Some drinks might contain other herbal ingredients that might be useful – for example, a CBD drink recommended for relaxation might contain valerian, chamomile, or other calming herbs.  

Like all edibles, CBD drinks take a while to kick in. Most consumers say they can experience the effects of CBD about half an hour after they consume the drink.

CBD Topicals

CBD topicals are products specially designed to be applied on the skin. Once you rub or massage a CBD topical into your skin, it will produce local effects – relieving pain or improving the aspect and health of your skin.

Topicals infused with CBD are great for those suffering from joint or muscle pain, and various skin conditions. You can find CBD in creams, balms, shampoos, soaps, bath bombs, and more. Some manufacturers mix CBD with other ingredients such as willow bark or menthol to improve the analgesic proprieties of the topicals.


It’s important to note that you can find CBD topical oils on the market. These oils are different from typical CBD oils because they have a slicker feel and penetrate the skin easier.

Even though CBD topicals can pass through the skin, most of the CBD they contain will not reach your bloodstream. As a result, the topicals will produce a local effect, not a general one. While this makes CBD topicals great for targeting specific problem areas such as aching joints, it also makes them ineffective for general conditions that could usually be improved with CBD, such as anxiety or sleep problems.

CBD Capsules

CBD capsules are often the go-to products of those who want to take CBD as a regular dietary supplement. These capsules are tablets, pills, or softgels that contain CBD. Each capsule contains a specific amount of CBD, which makes it extremely easy to calculate your CBD dosage and track your intake.

Even though they’re all capsules, tablets, pills, and softgels are different. Tablets and pills are produced with CBD isolate, so they won’t contain anything but CBD. On the other hand, softgels are produced using CBD oil, so they contain terpenes, flavonoids, and trace amounts of other cannabinoids.

CBD capsules are odorless and tasteless, and since they look like every other pill on the market, they’re also discreet. The capsules are generally easy to absorb, and you should feel their effects in about 20 – 30 minutes. However, some consumers might experience the effects of CBD after 90 minutes or so, depending on personal metabolism and digestive system.

CBD Cartridges

Vaping CBD oil is one of the most popular ways to consume it. And in order to vape CBD, you can either use CBD cartridges or CBD vape juice, depending on your preference and compatible vaping device.

CBD cartridges are thin e-cig tanks pre-filled with CBD vape juice. They usually come in packs of 5 – 15 pieces, and they’re easy to use. Simply slide the CBD cartridge into your vaping device and use it. Once the cartridge is empty, you take it out and replace it with a full one. 


Vaping CBD is not only popular because consumers think it’s cool, it’s also popular because it produces effects in a short amount of time. This administration method bypasses the digestive system and you should feel the CBD effects in as little as five minutes.

CBD cartridges are also called pods. Certain pods tend to be compatible with specific devices, so check your device’s compatibility before choosing a cartridge.

CBD Concentrate

CBD concentrates are high-potency extracts that contain large amounts of CBD. When you consume a CBD concentrate, you quickly take in large doses of CBD.

To produce cannabidiol concentrates, manufacturers start by filtering the CBD extract and then putting it through a “winterizing” process to remove even the smallest matter still floating in the liquid. Then, the resulting liquid is further refined using ethanol, and the mixture passes through a rotating evaporator.

At this point, manufacturers either eliminate the ethanol from the mixture and produce different types of concentrated CBD products – edibles, sublingual sprays, and more – or put the resulting liquid through heat treatment, increasing its concentration even further.

The most popular CBD concentrates are:

  • Shatter – a CBD concentrate that has an opaque and cloudy appearance. It looks a little like glass but has the consistency of thick honey when heated.
  • Wax – an opaque oil that’s more solidified and crystallized than regular CBD oil.
  • Crumble – a concentrate thicker than oil but thinner than wax. It’s a soft substance that has a consistency similar to feta cheese.
  • Budder – Budder is made by exposing the concentrated oil to extreme temperatures and air pressure. The result is a fluffy waxy substance that has a consistency similar to butter.

CBD Vape Juice

CBD vape juices or CBD e-juices are liquids specially designed for vaping. Each vape juice contains a certain amount of CBD mixed with vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). Manufacturers might also include terpenes, small amounts of other cannabinoids, and natural or artificial flavors to improve the juice’s taste.

Each bottle of CBD e-juice has a specific cannabinoid concentration, so you will be able to estimate your dosage and track your intake.


You can use the CBD vape juice to replenish refillable vape cartridges or to refill the tank of a compatible vaping device. Using CBD e-juices is usually cheaper than using CBD cartridges. However, refilling your tank or cartridges with vape juice can be messy until you get used to doing it.

Another advantage of using CBD vape juice to refill your device’s tank is that you can mix flavors to create unique blends.

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