An Overview of the Many Uses of CBD and Hemp Products

Are you interested in getting in on the CBD craze? CBD products have become pretty popular recently. This, of course, means more products are being created to cope with the demand.

People might not realize that hemp products have been used for a very long time. This latest health trend actually has roots dating back thousands of years. Hemp has also been historically and currently used to create varying industrial products; this article will focus on only individual use.

Many rely on hemp products, from which CBD is created. CBD products have specifically been associated with reductions in mental, physical and chronic pain. This is particularly promising when one considers the scant reports of negative side effects.

Sounds pretty great right? The many anecdotal reports suggest lots of people already think so. Luckily, the increasing variety of products means those hoping to utilize them have abundant options.

Researching hemp and CBD products can be easily confusing. A number of terms are thrown around interchangeably, and even incorrectly. Therefore, it makes sense to include a definition of CBD and hemp for easy reference.

Though incomplete, the simple explanation is that CBD (Cannabidiol) is one cannabinoid that is found in hemp, a cannabis plant that contains very low levels of THC. Hence, CBD oil is a type of hemp oil. CBD is considered the component of cannabis that counteracts the effects of marijuana.

It is thought that CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system in a way that provokes mental and physical harmony within the body.

Ways to Use Hemp & CBD Products

Here are the ways you can use the amazing CBD. You should try all so you can find what your body likes most.


Perhaps the easiest, most popularized method of consuming CBD products is oral ingestion. In its most basic form, one would simply swallow their CBD product.

There are various ways of ingesting CBD. CBD capsules are convenient because they are relatively tasteless and do not require measurement. Capsules can contain either CBD oil or powder.

CBD liquids and tinctures are simply CBD oil that has been diluted with “carrier oil.” CBD, like marijuana, is fat and not water soluble; it must be bound to the fat in oils in order to be easier consumed and broken down by the liver.

Popular carrier oils include coconut, palm, olive, avocado, hemp, grape seed, and jojoba oil. The efficacy and nutritional profiles of these carrier oils vary, so further research should be done for those interested in buying or making CBD oil.

Depending on the concentration, liquids and capsules can be helpful for those that need both consistent measurements and higher doses of CBD.

Further, most places that sell CBD products also sell CBD gummies and teas. Serving sizes range from individual to multi-serving sizes.


Sublingual administration is a common method of taking CBD oil. With this method, one can either drop or mist the liquid below the tongue. After, it will absorb into the mucous membranes of the mouth and is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. This simply requires holding the liquid under the tongue for at least a minute and a half.

This method produces significantly quicker effects than oral ingestion and is a good method for those that require fast results. This method is easy to measure as liquids and tinctures generally come with a dropper that can be used to produce consistent measurements with each use.

Vaping & Smoking

This method is less popular, though it is also considered to produce the quickest effects. It is also considered to produce considerably stronger effects as well. Most places that sell CBD products also sell pre-rolled CBD joints that can be smoked as one usually would. They also typically sell disposable and reusable vape pens and cartridges. Those that are worried about the other symptoms of CBD use, such as sleepiness and drowsiness, should exercise caution when vaping or smoking CBD.


There are now many CBD products intended for topical use. This means they can be applied directly to the skin. These products are generally intended to relieve soreness, pain or inflamed skin. Anecdotal reports suggest these products are also useful for those with sensitive skin who are dealing with conditions such as acne.

Many hemp and CBD products are intended for bath and body use. Many are intended for use in the bath and shower for relaxation or as cosmetic products.

These products range from lotions, patches, soaps, scrubs, creams, salves, balms, body butters, shampoo, gels, and conditioners. They can be applied to the hair, lips, face, and body. CBD soaks, and bath bombs are also popular.

This method can be less suitable for those that need both consistently measured and high doses of CBD. However, they can be included in one’s regimen in order to promote a more general sense of well-being and relaxation. For concentrated areas of soreness or pain, relief is produced with direct application.

Those that think CBD or hemp products might be useful should experiment with the wide range of products now available. There are plentiful reports on the efficacy of the various methods discussed here.


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