February 28, 2021

Which CBD Product is Right For You: CBD Tinctures, Gummies, Topicals & Softgels


You want to give CBD a try. But with the vast universe of products out there, maybe you aren’t sure where to start. You, friend, are not alone!

So many intrepid CBD explorers face the same challenge — narrowing down the field of options to a manageable list of candidates. There’s no need to furrow your brow over this with Pure Craft here to help guide you.

In this post, we’ll first hit on the basics of selecting high-caliber CBD. Then we can delve into different product types — CBD tinctures, gummies, topicals, softgels, etc. — to discuss which kinds of products are better suited for given needs, preferences, and use cases.

Best-For-You CBD Basics

Regardless of the CBD product you ultimately decide upon, you want to make sure you’re getting legit, high-grade items. Because, for example, not all CBD gummies are created equal. There can be serious variances in the quality of ingredients and end products.

Here are a few things you should take into consideration when shopping around or evaluating products, brands, retailers, and so on:

  • Type of CBD. Hemp-derived CBD comes in three varieties: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. There are pros and cons to each one. You should determine which type best aligns with your requirements before browsing products — it’ll help you weed out a lot of CBD items that aren’t a good fit for you.
  • Productpurity. There’s two sides to this question to bear in mind. First — going out on a limb here — but you probably don’t want to be downing a bunch of bizarre, hard-to-pronounce additives (or animal elements if you’re vegetarian/vegan). Second, you want to make sure the CBD extract itself is pure (e.g., free of harmful pesticides). To address both concerns, look for products that’re made without sketchy fillers, binders, flavorings, fragrances, preservatives, etc. (You should be able to read and understand that ingredients list!) Also, opt for products that’re made from American hemp and are accompanied by a certificate of analysis (COA) from an independent, third-party lab.
  • Bioavailability of CBD. There’re a host of factors that influence CBD’s bioavailability. Bioavailability impacts the amount and rate of CBD that enters your body. Different product formulations can result in less potency or slower-acting effects of the CBD. For example, smokable CBD enters your system more quickly than edible CBD. Furthermore, nano-CBD has a different molecular structuring, which can increase its bioavailability.
  • Your health and your wellness goals. We think CBD’s pure awesomeness. But, it’s not for everybody. Only you and your healthcare providers can determine that. Never hesitate to ask your doc if CBD might be a good complement to your other self-care routines. This is an especially good idea if you have existing health conditions.
  • Reputable seller. Only source your CBD from trustworthy retailers. A good CBD purveyor will have a presence in the marketplace (website and social media; reviews and user testimonials; membership in trade organizations; etc.). It will also have fair store policies and accessible customer service that can answer questions about the products in its shop. Oftentimes, online sellers may be preferable to brick-and-mortar venues because you have greater variety, COA, customer reviews, and more at your fingertips.
  • Local laws. While hemp-derived CBD with 0.3% THC is legal at the federal level, state CBD laws (and sometimes municipal laws, too) run the gamut. It’s best to know what’s permitted in your area prior to purchasing.

A Diversity Of CBD Products

Surely if you can make it or infuse it with CBD extract — it’s out there for you to buy. That doesn’t mean you should.

Just like you had to think about all those basics from the previous section, you should evaluate the formulations of CBD products. Different formulations have different:

  • Amounts of THC and other cannabinoids
  • CBD release times
  • Delivery methods
  • Dosages and potencies
  • Duration of effects
  • Intended audiences
  • Non-active ingredients
  • Storage and portability
  • Suggested usages

Fortunately this sea of CBD selection means that if you try one thing and don’t like it — it’s no big deal There’s gonna be one or two (or more) other CBD products that just might do the trick you want it to do.

The moral of the story: If you’re committed to giving CBD a shot, it may take some trial and error to your “it” products. And that’s both normal and OK.

CBD Tinctures, CBD Oils & CBD Water Solubles

Tinctures, oils, and water solubles are liquid forms of CBD. The CBD oil is mixed with a carrier — we use MCT oil, for example — to make it easier to use. You can find a variety of dosages and flavors. People tend to like CBD tinctures, oils, and water solubles because they’re versatile (can be taken sublingually or added to foods/beverages), readily available, and are quicker acting than many other CBD formulations. Those who have difficulty chewing or swallowing might find these liquid CBD formulations easier to consume than softgels, gummies, etc.

Shop for Pure CraftNano CBD Broad-Spectrum Oils andNano CBD Water Solubles.

CBD Gummies & CBD Jellies

Gummies and jellies are another popular CBD ingestible choice. They’re colorful and fun and maybe harken back to simpler times of childhood. But, they’re also convenient: portable and pre-proportioned doses. CBD gummies are a good option if you’re looking for a slower-release CBD product. With gummies, the effect of the CBD may happen more gradually.

Shop for Pure CraftNano CBD-Infused Vegan Broad-Spectrum Gummies.

CBD Softgels & CBD Capsules

CBD softgels and capsules fall somewhere between tinctures and gummies in terms of CBD release time. Like CBD oil products, softgels contain a liquidy CBD inside. Similar to CBD gummies, they’re convenient and pre-dosed — they can even be put into a weekly organizer with those other pills and vitamins. Couldn’t be easier to work them into a self-care regimen. Typically small in size and with a coating that slides down the gullet like a kid on a slip-n-slide, softgels are likely an accessible form of CBD for many.

Shop for Pure CraftNano CBD Broad-Spectrum Water Soluble Softgels.

CBD Topicals

Think of topicals — CBD-infused creams, salves, and ointments — as spot treatments. These products are used externally, applied on top of the skin to targeted areas. CBD topicals were created with addressing muscle and joint soreness in mind. Some people like topical formulations because the CBD doesn’t have to be ingested or because the cream can be use occasionally and in an isolated region. Topicals can be fast acting because they don’t need to work their way through your body to reach the destination.

Shop for Pure CraftNano CBD-Infused Muscle & Joint Cream.

Other CBD Product Formulations

CBD makers are innovative. There are always new breeds of CBD products entering the market. Here are just some of the forms of CBD you may discover:

  • CBD cosmetics and personal care products (e.g., shampoos and body lotions)
  • CBD edibles and drinkables
  • CBD patches
  • CBD smokables and vapables
  • CBD sprays
  • CBD waxes

Each has its own uses and advantages. If any of these sound intriguing, by all means — do a bit more research on them!

CBD For Pets

If you’re a pet on the prowl for a CBD product — well, we’re impressed that you can read this. It also means you’re smart enough to understand that you should only use CBD products created explicitly for pets. These products tend to have just a couple basic, pure ingredients and no sugar, caffeine, etc. that are animal no-nos.

Shop for Pure CraftNano CBD Water Soluble for Pets.

The Last Drop

There are many, many, many CBD products available to you. Finding the best CBD product is subjective, because you’re a unique individual with your own requirements of a product. (It can also feel like you’re looking for a CBD needle in a CBD hempstack….)

To hone in on the right options for yourself is going to require a little up-front homework to define your needs and preferences. Then, you’ll want to identify reputable sellers that offer the high-quality CBD products you’d like.

It may take a bit of exploration to discover the CBD products that work most effectively for you.



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