What is the Best Form of CBD Oil?

What is the best form of CBD oil? With the explosion of the industrial hemp industry comes a wave of new forms of cannabidiol (CBD) products. CBD oil tinctures, salves, and creams are just a few examples. But how do you sort through the noise, and how can you tell honest marketing from dishonest hype?

Most importantly, how do you figure out what form of CBD will work best for you?

Forms of CBD Oil

Isolate. CBD isolate is produced by extracting only cannabidiol (CBD) from the hemp plant. All other plant matter is discarded. Currently, most edibles and vaporizers (e.g. “vape pens”) must be manufactured with CBD isolate.

Full Spectrum. Full Spectrum CBD is produced by extracting a full array of phytochemicals from the hemp plant. This can include several cannabinoids—like CBD and CBG—as well as other beneficial phytonutrients and terpenes. These compounds are believed to work synergistically, creating an entourage effect that seems to promote better outcomes (i).

Consumers are wise to always ask for a 3rd party lab test when comparing different forms of CBD. Lab tests are often made available online, and most retailers are happy to provide one when asked. If you encounter a reseller that is unable to provide you with lab test, we recommend you find another form of CBD from a company that can. Consult a physician prior to making any changes in your diet or exercise regimen, and always verify the legality of CBD oil in your place of residence prior to purchase.

Types of CBD Oil Products

The type of CBD product you select will be based on your personal preference and physiological needs (see below). After working with a physician to determine what type of CBD will work best, you may be interested in 5 general categories of products:

Capsules are available in both isolate and full spectrum. They are also available in Softgels and gummies— though, gummies might also be considered edibles. When it comes to the capsule form of CBD, convenience is an undeniable benefit. CBD capsules are easy to incorporate into your daily routine, especially if you already take other medications or health supplements. Capsules are also travel-friendly, so this form of CBD product is ideal for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road.

Edibles include any form of CBD that has been made into a food item. To date, edibles can only be manufactured using CBD isolate. For those who believe full spectrum CBD works best, edibles are typically used in conjunction with a daily full spectrum tincture or capsule. In today’s competitive hemp industry, companies are pushing the envelope on edible innovation. From gummies to CBD ice cream and homemade recipes, edibles are a unique form of CBD in that they are pleasurable to make, share, and enjoy.

Tinctures are liquid supplements that are administered sublingually (under the tongue). This form of CBD is best for individuals who want a good combination of potency and ease-of-use. As a sublingual product, tinctures are thought to deliver CBD rapidly into the bloodstream. However, consumers must be aware that there is no standard for labeling. Some labels promote the size of the bottle— measured in milliliters (ml)— while others promote the amount of CBD it contains— measured in milligrams (mg). Since most physicians recommend a specific dosage of CBD (measured in milligrams), it is wise for consumers to compare different CBD tinctures according to the number of milligrams received per serving.

Vaporizers, or vape pens, are preferred among consumers who enjoy vaporizing their nootropics and supplements. Although it might seem contradictory, vaporizing is a health trend that has rapidly grown in popularity over the past few years. It started with nicotine, but the industry has grown to include CBD and even essential oils vaporizers. Proponents of vaporizers choose this form of CBD because it seems to have a faster onset. On the downside, the effects induced by this form of CBD seem to be short-lived compared to capsules, tinctures, edibles, and creams.

Creams, salves, & other trans-dermal applications are a fifth category of CBD products. Because this form of CBD can be administered locally, creams and salves are a favorite among individuals who suffer with arthritis and sports-related injuries. From knitting to CrossFit and Jiu Jitsu, people of all ages and backgrounds are increasingly making room for CBD cream in their vanities and gym bags. CBD creams and salves usually contain a form of cannabidiol that has been infused into a carrier oil, like coconut oil, beeswax, or lavender. When going with this form of CBD, pay attention to all of the ingredients on the label to avoid unnecessary skin irritation or allergic reaction.

Which Form of CBD Oil is Best?

So, which form of CBD oil is the best? It depends on where you need it, and which mechanism of delivery best suits your personal preference and physiological needs.

For example, individuals who suffer with arthritis often prefer a type of CBD oil that can be applied topically. Creams and salves are the most popular form of CBD for such applications.

Others experience chronic pain as a result of their job, age, or passion for exercise. For these individuals, a form of CBD with a systemic delivery mechanism might be preferable. Tinctures and capsules are popular, although users may also benefit from targeting pain locally with creams or salves as needed.

Yet others prefer multiple mechanisms of delivery. Those who suffer with anxiety, for example, may benefit from both systemic delivery and inhalation. In this case, daily use of a CBD tincture or capsule is common, along with the use of a CBD vaporizer when approaching social events and interactions.

Personal preference and physiological needs are the two biggest factors to consider when assessing the best form of CBD to use. This is a decision that should be made under the guidance of a licensed medical professional.


(i) Overcoming the Bell-Shaped Dose-Response of Cannabidiol by Using Cannabis Extract Enriched with Cannabidiol. URL: http://file.scirp.org/pdf/PP_2015021016351567.pdf