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The vast array of CBD related products tend to leave CBD newbies confused as to which treatment method may be right for them. These product types can be separated into two distinct application categories: Oral and Topical. By knowing the difference between the two applications and the advantages of each, you can better understand which CBD product is best suited for your needs.


I: CBD and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex cell signaling pathway responsible for a variety of physiological process. In simple terms, The ECS is responsible for monitoring and regulating different process' in the body so you can better maintain homeostasis.

Cannabinoids, like CBD, interact with receptors within the ECS thus eliciting a type of physiological response. 


II: The Different CBD products

Topical CBD Products

CBD Topical products can help soothe mild to moderate physical discomfort directly in the area where it applied.

CBD is absorbed directly in the skin where ECS receptors are found. Because you apply the treatment directly to the area of discomfort, effects are immediate and more centralized than other CBD methods. This is due to the permeability of our skin. The skin may not be permeable enough for CBD to enter the bloodstream, thus the cannabinoid is isolated to the area that it is introduced (not the entire body). 

Different Topical CBD products include balms, lotions and creams!

CBD Oral Products

If your CBD needs are more internal or cognitive wellness, than taking the oral method of CBD treatment may be a better option for you.  There are two primary methods to consuming CBD orally: Sublingual and Ingestion.

The sublingual method involves placing CBD drops underneath the tongue for 30-60 seconds before swallowing. The CBD gets absorbed through the blood vessels underneath your tongue and enters directly into your bloodstream. This is the most efficient CBD consumption method as you lose very little CBD during the absorption process and the effects tend to be felt immediately. Tinctures, or CBD oils, are the dominant sublingual CBD product on market today. Some clients prefer to take there CBD in vape form. Through this method, CBD is inhaled and enters your bloodstream through the thin membranes found in your lungs. 

Ingesting CBD is to directly swallow CBD either in the form of a capsule, soft gel, gummy, or other edible type. Although this method is convenient, the CBD molecules have to first pass through your digestive system before entering your bloodstream. As a result, you tend to lose a lot of the CBD potency, but the effects are longer lasting than any other application method listed previously.


III: Other CBD Product Factors To Consider

Potency: Different CBD products contain different levels of potency.  Each person reacts differently to different concentrations of CBD, so its important to find the right level of CBD for your own needs.

Rate of Absorption: The rate of absorption is a term used to describe the rate at which your body absorbs CBD and how quickly it will take into affect.  CBD tinctures, for example, is the most immediate method of CBD consumption.

Flavor: CBD comes in a variety of flavors that can satisfy those with even a limited dietary pallet. 

Price: CBD prices vary depending on the type of product.  As a general rule of thumb, CBD tinctures are more expensive as they contain a greater concentration of CBD, while balms, creams, and lotions are often cheaper because CBD is just one component of the product.

Lifestyle: You also have to look at your lifestyle and the best method to incorporate CBD into it.  


IV: What are Cannabinoids 

Cannabinoids is a family of compounds found in the cannabis plant commonly found on the ingredient label of marijuana and CBD products. Not all cannabinoids elicit the same effects when consumed however. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a cannabinoid known for it's psychoactive effects. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid known for its ability to relieve stress, inflammation and chronic pain. Some of the most common cannabinoid on market include THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, CBL and CBV. To learn more about the different cannabinoids and their potential benefits, take a look at Heal With Nature's Cannabinoid Guide!


V: What are Terpenes 

Terpenes are highly aromatic compounds that determine the unique aroma associated plants and herbs like rosemary and lavender.

In some plants, terpenes attract pollinators, while in other plants, they cause a strong reaction to repel predators, such as insects or foraging animals.  Some terpenes play a protective role in the plant, helping the plant to recover from damage; others act as a part of the plant’s immune system to keep away infectious germs.  Terpenes can be bioactive, which means they may affect the body.  The degree at which the terpenes affect the body is dependent on the concentration of the terpene itself and how the person is using it.  Research suggests that many terpenes have demonstrated beneficial effects on the body and could serve as an alternative medical remedy.  To read more on the different terpenes and their potential effects on the body, click Heal With Nature's Article "The Different Types of Terpenes"! Some terpenes types include:

  • Limonene
  • Pinene
  • Linalool
  • Myrcene
  • Beta-caryophyllene
  • Humulene
  • Geraniol
  • Terpinolene
  • Ocimene
  • Phytol


VI: What's the difference between Hempseed Oil and CBD Hemp Oil

Hempseed oil and CBD Hemp oil (CBD oil or CBD Tinctures) also tends to confuse our customers when reading these ingredients on the product label.  Hempseed Oil is derived from the pressing of the seeds of the cannabis plant. CBD hemp oil is derived from the flowers, leaves and stems of the cannabis plant. Neither of these ingredients will produce a psychoactive effect. The difference between these two product types is that Hempseed Oil does not contain CBD, while CBD Hemp Oil does!



VII: Legality

Any hemp derived CBD product with a THC percentage of less than 0.3% is legal on the federal level, but still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Make sure to check your state's laws before purchasing! In Nevada, for example, CBD is legal both in the state and federal level.