Hemp & cannabis market is growing at an increasing pace and the range of CBD products with it. There are some well known products like CBD oil, CBD isolate, CBD balm, but there are also some less known and more “exotic” like CBD infused cellulose fibre mask. In this article, you will get to know all different kind of CBD products that can be found on the market in 2020.
There are three main categories on how we classify CBD products:
- Full spectrum CBD products: – made from the whole plant extract, without removing any compounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, etc.) that are found in hemp/cannabis.
- Broad spectrum CBD products: – made from the whole plant extract, with (usually) removed THC – the final product should be the same as full spectrum, but without THC and fear to fail a drug test.
- CBD Isolate products: – as the name says, this kind of CBD products use only CBD that is isolated from all other compounds that are found in hemp/cannabis.
As we can see, those are three main forms of CBD (cannabidiol), which are frequently sold as a final product or used as an ingredient in a wide range of products – CBD extracts (full spectrum & broad spectrum) and CBD Isolate that comes in a crystal or powder form.
Sub-categories of CBD products
We’ve probably all heard about CBD oil, CBD gummies, CBD balm, CBD vape juice, but did we ever ask ourselves in which category do they belong to? Here is a list of CBD product sub-categories:
CBD Extracts (concentrates)
CBD Oils/CBD Tinctures
CBD Pet products
CBD Smoke & vape products
Water soluble CBD products
“Uncategorized” CBD products
What is CBD extract and how it’s made?
CBD extract is an oily or resinous substance that is made from hemp/cannabis with different extraction methods (supercritical CO2, alcohol, bhuthane,…). It consists of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other beneficial compounds. CBD extracts also vary in colour – from bright yellow to amber red & dark green.
How to use CBD extract?
CBD extract can be used on its own, as it is one of the most potent and effective CBD products, or as an ingredient of another product. If we consume CBD extract on its own, the most efficient way to do it, is to place it under the tongue (sublingual) for approximately 60 seconds and then swallow it.
Here is a list of market names for CBD extracts:
- CBD paste
- CBD resin
- CBD shatter
- CBD wax
- CBD distilate
- CBD crumble
- CBD oral applicator
- CBD oil syringe
Pros & cons of CBD extracts
- High potency
- Wide range of cannabinoids
- Best medicinal value
- Whole plant extract
- Can be THC free
- Residues can be left if the extraction isn’t properly made
- Misleading labels
Best-selling CBD products definitely fall into this category. But doesn’t only CBD oil “fall” into this category? True, but there are different names for it which can cause a bit of confusion.
How is CBD oil made, what it is and whar are the differences?
As we’ve already mentioned before, CBD oils can be made using extract (full spectrum, broad spectrum) or CBD Isolate. The second difference is the carrier oil in which CBD extract or isolate is dilluted. Hemp seed oil and MCT oil are amongst the most popular carrier oils, but sunflower, olive and even grapeseed oil can be found as a carrier oil.
CBD oil usualy comes with a dropper for easier dosing, but more and more CBD oil sprays can be found nowadays. Here is a list of different names that brands use for their CBD oils and sprays:
- CBD oil
- CBD drops
- CBD dropper
- CBD tincture
- CBD spray
- CBD oil spray
- CBD oral spray
CBD oils also come in different concentrations and volumes. We were able to find CBD oils with as low as 100mg of CBD in it to oils that have 20000mg of CBD and range from 10ml bottles to 100ml ones.
How to use CBD oil?
CBD oil is usually used orally (sublingual) but can be also applied directly on skin, scalp, wounds or used in salads, yoghurts and other foods. When used on its own, some prefer it swallowing it immediately but for better bioavailability is best placing it under the tongue for approximately 60 seconds before swallowing.
Pros & cons of CBD oil
- Various potency to suit everyones needs
- Full spectrum, Broad spectrum or CBD Isolate
- Easy dosing
- Flavourings can be added
- Various carrier oils with their own benefits
- Spray or dropper
- A lot of mislabeled products
- Poor quality oils
- Bottles can leak
Cosmetic CBD products are quickly gaining popularity, as CBD isn’t effective only on “the inside”, but it works very well on the outside too.
Cosmetics range from simple CBD balms to CBD beard balms and even CBD infused cellulose fibre masks. Vast majority of cosmetics are specially formulated for specific purposes.
Here is a list of CBD cosmetic products that can be found on the market:
- CBD balm
- CBD cream
- CBD lotion
- CBD salve
- CBD lip balm
- CBD acne cream
- CBD hand cream
- CBD joint cream
- CBD muscle rub
- CBD muscle balm
- CBD skin repair balm
- CBD joint & pain rub
- CBD psoriasis cream
- CBD body scrub
- CBD body lotion
- CBD body salve
- CBD face oil
- CBD face mask
- CBD face moisturizer(s)
- CBD hair shampoo
- CBD hair conditioner
- CBD hair lotion
- CBD hair balm
- CBD eye serum
- CBD beard balm
- CBD mustache rub
- CBD mustache salve
- CBD bath bomb(s)
- CBD bath soaks
- CBD bath crumble
- CBD deodorant
- CBD (intimate) lube
- CBD massage oil
- CBD infused cellulose fibre mask
No doubt that the list of cosmetic CBD product is the longest. And the reason why is quite simple. Along with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic properties, CBD can also help relieve and eliminate many skin problems.
CBD Isolate is just as the name says – an isolated form of CBD. This is the purest CBD product (more than99%) that comes in powder or crystal form. Sometimes, tiny amounts of CBDV (cannabidivarin) can be found in it, but the most important thing with isolate is, that it is 100% THC free.
How to use CBD isolate?
CBD isolate is usualy used as an ingredient (or as an additive to increase potency) in CBD oils, edibles, capsules rather than on its own, but it can even be smoked or dabbed.
Is CBD isolate effective?
CBD isolate definitely has lots of benefits that CBD has to offer, but even if you think that more than 99% purity should mean something powerfull, full spectrum extract proved to be more effective overall (read more about full spectrum vs CBD isolate). This is mainly thanks to the entourage effect that is achieved when all the beneficial compounds of full spectrum extracts (cannabinoids, terpenes,…) work together in synergy.
Pros & cons of CBD Isolate
- More than 99% pure
- Easy dosing
- Endless possibilities how to use it
- 100% THC free
- Not as effective as full or broad spectrum
- Different quality of isolates that is hard to recognize
- Someone might mistake it for other powders or crystals
- Scams when buying large amounts
- Synthetic isolate instead of phyto-organic
Here is a short list of CBD Isolate products:
- CBD isolate
- CBD crystal(s)
- CBD powder
This type of CBD products have a great potential on the market which is wierdly regulated as some countries allow them and make a good use of it, others just don’t. This is also the reason why CBD edibles can’t be seen as often as CBD oils.
Although the bioavailability of CBD edibles isn’t amongst the best, they are definitely the most fun and discreet way to consume CBD. Even people who have prejudices about hemp and cannabis might be willing to try some of CBD edibles.
Edibles can be found in a form of gummy bears, candies, chewing gum, baked goods, etc. The biggest downside of edibles (beside bioavailability) is that they are usually made with CBD isolate, which isn’t as effective as full spectrum products.
Pros & cons of CBD Edibles
- Easy to consume
- Mostly made with CBD Isolate
- Mislabeled products
- CBD free “CBD edibles”
- Available in specific countries
Here is a list of various CBD edible products that can be found in stores:
- CBD chocolate
- CBD chocolate chips/bites
- CBD cookies
- CBD savoury biscuits
- CBD cereal
- CBD cheese puffs
- CBD hard candies
- CBD gummies
- CBD gummy bears
- CBD jelly beans
- CBD jelly domes
- CBD lolipop
- CBD chewing gum
- CBD honey
- CBD hummus
- CBD mustard
- CBD peanut butter
CBD drinks are a special kind of CBD products and you migh ask why? Cannabinoids aren’t water soluble, they only bind to fats. That’s why it is necessary to put some fats in your drink if you decide to include CBD in it, or CBD has to be water-soluble. This can be achieved only with high-end nanotechnology that breaks down CBD molecules and makes them as small as possible.
With the use of this technology, numerous CBD drinks are produced:
- CBD water
- CBD sparkling water
- CBD energy drink
- CBD wine
- CBD beer
- CBD tea
- CBD coffee beans
- CBD coffee
- CBD soda
- CBD cocktails
- CBD hot chocolate
Pros & cons of CBD Drinks
- Easy to consume
- Mostly made with water soluble CBD Isolate
- Less CBD than advertised in CBD drinks
- Available in specific countries
- Even if CBD is water soluble, it can happen that it doesn’t mix well
As we learned in an article about Endocannabinoid system, all vertebrates have an endocannabinoid system. This means that our beloved animals (cats, dogs, horses,…) can benefit from CBD products just like we do.
The taste of CBD oils or CBD extracts isn’t very pleasant for humans, let alone for animals. This is why people developed specially formulated CBD pet products that your animal will love.
Although we are talking about CBD products, we could mention hemp seed cake – doesn’t contain CBD, but it is widely used as a livestock feed (mosty for horses and other herbivores) because of benefits similar to hemp seed oil and hemp flour. Here is a list of CBD products for animals that can be found on the market:
- CBD pet oil (with flavouring)
- CBD pet treats
- CBD dog food
- CBD cat food
- CBD horse food
- CBD livestock food
- CBD cookies for pets
- CBD dog treats
- CBD cat treats
- CBD pet topicals
- CBD pet shampoo
The main problems with pet products are price and quality. Many companies sell ridiculously low concentration of CBD in a pet product for an unreasonably high price. With that in mind, you could be paying the same amount of money for 100mg of CBD in pet product or for 500mg of CBD “human product”.
If you aren’t sure about the quality of the CBD pet product you are buying, you can always give your pet CBD oil that you are using (if you are, and as long it is not high in THC) or look for a reputable vendor with quality CBD oil or paste.
Pros & cons of CBD Pet products
- Specialy formulated
- Tasteful for animals
- Lots of overpriced products
- Questionable quality & concentration
- Usualy made with CBD isolate
- Human products proved to be more effective
You are probably thinking “you must be joking”. No, you’ve read it right. It might be the strangest method of taking CBD, but it is also one of the most efficient ones in terms of bioavailability.
CBD suppositories usually come in a normal, bullet-like shape as any other suppository on the market and contain a little bit of oil for easier insertion.
Pros & cons of CBD Suppositories
- Extremely effective
- Can be made at home
- Some people might find it discusting
Although there is a lack of studies on CBD suppositories, anecdotal evidence suggests that even if you take a high THC suppository, you won’t feel the “high” as with smoking (the consequence of CBD getting absorbed directly into the bloodstream and not passing through the liver). Most of them are intended for rectal use, but we can also find vaginal CBD suppositories on the market.
Probably the most common “first interaction” with cannabis by the majority of people. The hippie days are long gone and lots of prejudices about cannabis too.
Rolling joints and smoking bongs is slowly losing its audience as new products are entering the CBD market. Vaporizers that allows us to vape flowers, concentrates, waxes,…, are present on the market for quite some time, but electronic cigarettes & vape pens are quickly joining the game.
In this millennium, people are much more aware of health risks of smoking (we don’t see any tobacco advertisements as we did in the 1990s) and that’s the main reason for a big growth of vaping – a healthier option to smoking. Because vaping produces much lower temperatures than smoking, less harmful substances are released and consequently less are consumed.
How to use CBD smoke & vape products?
When we’re speaking about flowers or hashish, joints are still the main form of consumption. Flowers and hashish can also be smoked in a pipe, bong, chillum,…, or vaped in a stationary or portable vaporizer.
E-liquids or vape juices are used to fill a container of electronic cigarette. They usually contain a PG/VG blend with added CBD isolate & terpenes (there are also higher quality, full spectrum vape juices on the market, but they aren’t as common as CBD isolate vape juices).
Vape pens are the third option – they are similar to electronic cigarettes with the difference that they use CBD distillate or refined CBD extracts. These pens are usually more potent and healthier than vape juices as they don’t contain any additives.
Dabbing is another form of smoking CBD extracts, waxes, isolates,… First, the material is placed in some sort of pipe (dab rig), then a metal stick is heated and pressed to the material.
Pros & cons of CBD Smoke & Vape products
- Immediate effect
- Cannabis/hemp can be homegrown in some countries
- Discretion (vape pens, e-cigarettes and some vaporizers)
- Legal CBD flowers are often “washed” to have the legal limit of THC, which causes the loss of terpenes
- Discretion (joints, bongs, pipes)
- Not the healthiest method
- Lots of flowers have fake cannabinoid analysis certificates to mask the real THC content
Here is a list of products (and different names) that you can smoke or vape:
- CBD flowers
- CBD buds
- CBD hashish
- CBD charas
- CBD extract
- CBD resin
- CBD shatter
- CBD wax
- CBD distilate
- CBD crumble
- CBD isolate
- CBD vape juice
- CBD vape additive
- CBD e-liquid
- CBD vape pen(s)
- CBD disposable vape pen(s)
- CBD vape cartridges
- CBD juul pod(s)
We’ve briefly mentioned water soluble CBD before, so here is a bit more detailed explanation.
CBD or any other cannabinoid only binds to fat – it isn’t naturally water soluble. With modern nanotechnology and ultrasonication, experts were able to break down cannabinoid molecules to such small particles that they start acting as water soluble.
Because our bodies contain up to 60% water, it is said that water soluble CBD products require less energy from our bodies to utilize them, thus making it a bit more effective.
Although th list of water soluble products is quite short, we have to keep in mind that almost every CBD drink is made with water soluble CBD isolate or water soluble full spectrum extract:
- Water soluble CBD Isolate
- Water soluble CBD Isolate tincture
- Water soluble full spectrum CBD tincture
- Water soluble broad spectrum CBD tincture
Keep in mind that not all water soluble CBD products are produced the same way (size of nanoparticles, quality) and some of them can be “more” water soluble than others.
Pros & cons of CBD Water-soluble products
- Can be put in any drink of your perforation
- It is said to have better bioavailability than non water-soluble CBD products
- Different solubility
- After a while, CBD can seperate from a drink
Almost every day a new CBD product emerges on the market which can make some confusion in categorizing them. Of course there are softgel CBD capsules that can be categorized as edibles or they might even have its own category, but when it comes to CBD inhaler, we can see that it is realy hard to categorize it.
So, here is a short list of “uncategorized” CBD products:
- CBD sublingual strips – CBD infused strips designed to be placed under the tongue for slow release of CBD
- CBD clothing – clothes soaked in (or sprayed with) CBD – hard to believe, but even CBD soaked pillow exists
- CBD seeds – cannabis/hemp seeds with high CBD and low THC concentration
- CBD inhaler – similar as asthma inhalers with different formulation for different effects
- CBD nasal spray – another new method of consuming CBD – it is said to be fast-acting as it is close to the brain
- CBD patches – they could fall into the topical category or deserve its own – designed to slowly release cannabinoids through skin
- CBD (softgel) capsules – similar to dietary supplements like fish oil with its own benefits
- CBD vending machine – get your flowers or oils around instead chcolate & cola
Well here we are, at the end of the Ultimate CBD product list. Note that many of the CBD products on the list are made from hemp and not from cannabis, as hemp is much more cost efficient. If you feel that the article is too short or is missing some products, comment below, as there isn’t even a slight doubt about it becoming even longer.
Author: L. O.