Although CBD oil is one of the most common and well-known formulations of CBD, there are CBD products available in other forms as well. Let’s look at some of the ways CBD is sold and used.
Oils (Tinctures): Oils, also called tinctures, are likely the most familiar form of CBD. They are made by combining CBD extract with a carrier oil. An oil (or tincture) comes in a bottle with a dropper or a spray-top cap. Some oils may be flavored to make them more palatable.
On the package, an oil may be identified as “CBD oil,” “hemp oil,” or “hemp extract oil.” However, do not mistake a product made with hemp seeds for a CBD product. Hemp seeds on their own contain insignificant levels of CBD, and hemp seed oil, which can be purchased for culinary applications, does not contain significant levels of CBD.
Topicals: Often found in the form of salves, balms, or ointments, topicals are applied to the affected area. Topicals have a myriad of benefits when it comes to skin conditions and muscle and joint pain. A variety of bases are used to create the topicals, the most common of which are shea butter and coconut oil.
Capsules: CBD extract is combined with a carrier oil and housed in a capsule. With a capsule, the dose of CBD is fixed, so it’s a limiting form when trying to tweak and determine your appropriate dose.
Vapes: The CBD extract is housed in a cartridge that attaches to a vape pen, giving you the option to inhale CBD, similar to an e-cigarette.
Edibles: The CBD extract (combined with a carrier oil) is used to create an edible food product, such as chocolates or gummies.
Concentrates: These are CBD extracts that are not combined with a carrier oil or a base. As the name implies, they are a more concentrated substance with a thick, paste-like consistency.