Materials & Use

Top 8 Hemp CBD Oil Uses

Gabi Antunes

Aug 10, 2019

The hemp-derived cannabinoid known as Cannabidiol (CBD) has made quite a splash with a diverse group of consumers. The versatility of hemp-derived CBD is one of its major appeals: hemp CBD can be combined with an array of common goods, in states that permit it, for easy and measurable consumption. What exactly are some of these products and how does hemp CBD work with each? Odds are, you’ve already encountered more hemp CBD infused products than you realize.

What is Hemp-Derived CBD?

CBD, an acronym for Cannabidiol, is a compound known as a cannabinoid found in abundance in industrial hemp plants. Researchers have identified dozens of cannabinoids in these plants, all of which interact with a series of receptors found in mammals called the endocannabinoid system. Hemp-derived CBD has gained popularity in recent years because unlike its more famous cousin, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp CBD does not have an intoxicating effect.

What is Hemp CBD Oil?

Hemp CBD oil is a concentrated material that is made by extracting hemp CBD — and other cannabinoids and terpenes, depending on the type of extract — using a solvent or carbon dioxide. The extracted material is then blended with a carrier oil, such as MCT oil or hemp seed oil, for easy ingestion or to use as an ingredient in states that permit such use.

Hemp CBD oil varies in its concentration of CBD, usually expressed by a measurement of milligrams listed on the bottle. For example, a 30mL bottle of hemp CBD oil could contain 500 milligrams of CBD, which is a lower dosage. A higher dosage in the same sized bottle could be 1500 milligrams, 2000 milligrams, or even 3000 milligrams. Understanding the amount of CBD within the oil is key to determining the right amount to use.

Types of Hemp CBD Products

Hemp CBD doesn’t just come in an oil form. Consumers have dozens of options from myriad brands when it comes to finding the right hemp CBD product in states that allow various form factors. What are your options? Below are some popular product types you can find on the market today in certain states.

Tinctures

Tinctures are one of the simplest and most popular ways to consume hemp CBD oil in states that allow it. A tincture is a small bottle, typically 1 ounce, that contains hemp CBD diffused in a carrier oil. Tinctures are sublingual products. The bottles generally come with a dropper to make measuring and ingesting the oil sublingually much easier.

Tinctures come in a variety of sizes and concentrations, but among the most common are 30ml bottles in 500 milligram, 1000 milligram, or 1500 milligram concentrations. Tinctures generally cost between $50 and $100 depending on the quality of the hemp CBD, the brand offering the product, and the amount contained within the tincture. Many tinctures are made with full spectrum hemp CBD oil, meaning all the compounds found the industrial hemp plant from which the CBD was extracted are present. However, if you’re looking for a product which contains nothing but hemp CBD, there are hemp CBD isolate tinctures available on the market.

Capsules

Another popular product that makes ingesting hemp CBD easy are hemp CBD capsules, but only in states that allow it. This product can be produced with full spectrum hemp CBD, broad spectrum hemp CBD (full spectrum without THC), or hemp CBD isolate. Taking hemp CBD in a capsule is a simple, mess-free process.

Capsules can contain as little as 15 milligrams of hemp CBD each to as much as 100 milligrams per capsule. The price varies depending on the concentration of CBD in each capsule and the amount of capsules that come in a bottle, from just a few dollars to more than $100.

Concentrates

Just like cannabis products come in concentrate form, so too do hemp CBD brands offer concentrated forms of the cannabinoid in states that permit it. These products are sought after because very little needs to be consumed to achieve the desired impact. Hemp CBD concentrates are available in many forms, including the shard-like shatter, waxes, or a blend of hemp CBD isolate and a specific terpene profile, called “terpsolate” and named after the strain from which it was inspired. These concentrates can be consumed with a device called a dab rig, loaded into a desktop vaporizer, or placed in a portable vaporizer designed for use with concentrates, but only in states that allow inhalation. Concentrate products normally begin at around $40.

Topicals

Topicals infused with hemp CBD are a broad category, offering moisturizers, lotions, cooling gels, serums, face masks, and anything imaginable in between in states that allow this particular form factor. There are a variety of use cases when it comes to topicals, and the market has responded in kind, introducing many innovative and unique skincare products into the market.

Unlike ingesting hemp CBD orally, topicals are designed to deliver the cannabinoid locally. That means it won’t go through your digestive system like a capsule or through the lungs like a vape product, but it will interact with the direct location in which you rub in the product. Applying hemp CBD topicals is as simple as following the directions: rub them on the desired area, much like using any other moisturizer.

Like other hemp CBD products, infused topicals come in different levels of concentrations depending on your wants. Topicals can range in concentration from as low as 100 milligrams of CBD to more than 1000 milligrams. The amount of hemp CBD in the topicals and the other ingredients in the topical will also affect the price you pay. Generally, the lower the concentration, the lower the price. You can expect to pay between $20 and $100 for a topical depending on the aforementioned factors.

Foods and Beverages

Edibles offer one of the most diverse ways to ingest hemp CBD in states that allow the addition to food and beverages. Unlike tinctures and topicals, these products are digested rather than absorbed. Edibles include a wide variety of foods and beverages, including baked goods, gourmet meals and smoothies. Sometimes, CBD edibles are made by using hemp CBD oil as an ingredient, just as you would any other ingredient when cooking. Other recipes and formulations require the use of hemp CBD isolate, as its powder-like crystalline form makes it easy to blend this into certain foods.

Using a hemp CBD edible is as simple as eating! Once you consume the edible, just as you would any other snack, meal, or beverage, your body will begin to digest it along with the hemp CBD. Because a hemp CBD edible must be digested, these products usually take the longest to work but also typically continue working for a longer period of time than other hemp CBD products on the market. That’s because as your body continues to digest the edible, it also continues to break down the hemp CBD and circulate it throughout your system.

Because of the sheer diversity of edible products, both in terms of type and concentrations, the price of these products is also highly variable. Some edibles cost as little as $10 while others can run you as much as $90. It all depends on how the edibles are prepared, how many edibles are included, and the amount of CBD contained within them.

Powders

Hemp CBD isolate comes in a powder and can be purchased for adding to your own routine at home in states that allow this form factor. During the isolate manufacturing process, the hemp CBD has been purified of any of the other constituent compounds initially extracted from the hemp plant. Hemp CBD isolate is 99.9% pure CBD and comes in a crystalline powder that can be used in a capsule or mixed into a variety of products. Using hemp CBD powder as an ingredient can be somewhat more difficult than using hemp CBD oil, so hemp CBD isolate tends to be ingested directly, used in capsules, or mixed into a drink rather than used to create infused products.

Hemp CBD powder comes in many different sized containers and can vary quite a bit in price depending on the quality of the isolate. Generally, though, you can expect to pay between $30 and $50 per gram of hemp CBD isolate powder.

Vape Oil

If you want to vaporize hemp CBD, you will need a CBD vape oil specifically formulated for inhalation, and you will need to be in a state that legally allows hemp CBD in the form of inhalation. Hemp CBD distillates, sometimes referred to as CBD vape oils, are not actually oils, but hemp CBD added to a medium that’s safe to vaporize. Oftentimes, hemp CBD distillate comes in cartridges and pods for use with cartridge vape pens or pod vapes.

Dosages can be difficult to figure out when it comes to vaporizing hemp CBD because distillates can vary from one to another and everyone’s “puff” is slightly different. The rule of thumb, however, is that for every hemp CBD vape cartridge that contains 100 milligrams of CBD, you’ll receive about 1 to 2 milligrams of CBD per puff. Of course, this depends on the strength of the device and your relationship with the device.

Prices also vary greatly depending on the size of the cartridges or pods you buy, as well as the concentrate of hemp CBD in the distillate itself. A 500 milligram cartridge containing 0.5mL would generally cost about $20, though precise price will depend on the manufacturer.

Sprays

Sprays are used topically or can be ingested orally in states that permit such use. Sprays are top choices for hemp CBD consumers who want an easy to use and versatile product. It also removes the need to fuss with a hemp CBD oil, offering a more convenient way to administer the product.

Hemp CBD sprays, like other hemp CBD products, frequently vary in container size and CBD concentration, which impacts price significantly. A typical hemp CBD spray comes in a 30ml bottle, though there are some products available in a 60ml container as well. A 500 milligram CBD spray in a 60 ml bottle could cost about $60, depending on how the product was manufactured and the ingredients contained within it. The best CBD sprays will contain nothing other than full spectrum hemp CBD and the accompanying carrier oil.

There’s a CBD Product Available For Everyone

Whatever your intended use for your hemp CBD products, there is something on the market for people in states that allow hemp CBD in a variety of form factors. Whether you’re after simplicity or an oil you can use an ingredient in your own product creation, you can find what you need wherever hemp CBD is available. Because the hemp-derived CBD industry is so new, there are a great deal of innovations and changes occurring all the time. Whether it’s evolving market demands, or new ideas from brands and manufacturers, new hemp CBD products and methods of delivery are frequently emerging. These hemp CBD products are among the most commonly available and popular, but there are a wide range of other products available on the market. So do your research and there’s no doubt that soon enough you’ll find a hemp CBD product in a state that allows it.