The Four Most Popular Ways to Consume CBD in 2021

CBD, derived from hemp and cropping up all over the place.  The good news is that you now have several options of how you would like to incorporate CBD into your regular routine.

Each method has its pros and its cons, which we will get to.  So what are these four methods?  Let's start with the first one:

Topical Application

Topical products make up a large percentage of the market.  How come?  There are three main reasons, the first being supply/access, ease of advertising (large tech companies allow topical CBD advertising) and the third being ease of trying without ingesting anything.  

Supply / Access

Although CBD became legal pursuant to the 2018 Farm Act, many states added their own restrictions.  Some states fully banned CBD while others limited the product offerings.  As a result, many retailers that wanted to sell CBD chose to offer topical products on their shelves due to the national acceptance of such products.  Since so many stores decided to sell topicals, this allowed much greater access to most consumers, therefore, quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to use CBD.

Ease In Trying

Topicals are super easy to use, don't involve ingesting anything and likely share many similarities to products previously used by consumers.

  • Pros of Topicals

○ Very easy to use

○ Studies have suggested assistance with sore muscles and skin problems

  • Cons of Topicals

○ Short term effects compared with other products

○ Can result in greasy or oily hands if they don't have a built in applicator

○ Are often over priced per serving


    Similar to marijuana in both looks and smell (but without the psychoactive effects), CBD can be inhaled by smoking or vaping.  Inhalation has become a popular form 

    • Pros of Inhalation

    ○ Very fast acting

    ○ Typically the highest concentration of CBD

    ○ Can allow users to experience more of the taste and smell of the hemp flower

    ○ Some cannabinoids have a higher activation level when combusted

    • Cons of Inhalation 

    ○ Can be harsh on the lungs

    ○ Can be confused for smoking marijuana by those that do not understand hemp flower

    ○ Requires additional products to consume such as a pipe or rolling papers


      Ah yes, on to the fun stuff!  Ingesting CBD, aka taking an edible is really starting to boom!  Why not get your daily CBD dose in a real fruit vegan gummy packed with the highest quality broad spectrum hemp.  Let's dive into the pros and cons.

      • Pros of Ingestion 

      ○ Often infused into gummies, these offer a super discreet way of consuming you CBD

      ○ Typically quite delicious and fun at the same time

      ○ For those trying to avoid any sugar, softgels are typically flavorless and offer the same pros as gummies without any added sugar

      ○ High absorption rates

      ○ Longer, more gradual lasting as compared to other forms

      • Cons of Ingestion 

      ○ Could take 30 minutes to two hours to kick in

      ○ Should be taken with some form of fatty foods or oils for highest absorption rate


      Taking CBD sublingual by utilizing a tincture (also known as a dropper) is a very popular form of consumption.  Hemp extract is typically infused into hemp seed oil or MCT oil and filled into a tincture.  Consumers can then take a few drops or the entire dropper directly under the tongue and hold it for at least 30 seconds for full effect.  Be sure your dropper comes with a measuring tool build within so that you can measure your doses most effectively.

      • Pros of sublingual consumption

      ○ Great for beginners trying to find their perfect dose

      ○ Produces more immediate effects and typically longer lasting than inhalation

      ○ Can be flavored such a peppermint

      ○ When paired with hemp seed oil, you benefit from ingesting essential omegas

      • Cons of sublingual consumption

      ○ Absorption rate can vary

      ○ You often can taste aspects of the hemp extract

      ○ Not as discrete as an edible

      Final Sign Off

      There are various ways to consume, so hopefully we have helped narrow those pros and cons down for you.  Now that you have a good idea of what type of consumption you're looking for, do you need help determining what brand?  Check out our article on how to choose the right CBD brand.

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