Oils, Topicals, and Edibles: Which Option is Best for CBD Products?

CBD has officially hit the mainstream and can be found in everything from wine to shampoos. For the uninitiated, making sense of it all can be difficult. People turn to CBD for a variety of reasons; some are looking for relief from anxiety; others want to treat pain and inflammation, and others just want to enjoy a good night of sleep. In all those cases, one route of administration might be better than the other, while some should be avoided completely. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of CBD products on the market and which one would be the best depending on your particular situation.

Oils and Tinctures

Oils and tinctures are often used in the same way. Oils are usually a better option for people who want both fast, full body effects and long-term effects. This is because the oil can be applied sublingually to get immediate results, which is then ingested and enters your bloodstream after being processed by the liver. These are popular for those who want to use CBD to treat anxiety or sleep disorders. Oils are also very versatile and can be added to foods and beverages among other things.


Topicals are usually the best option for people who want local relief. This could be people dealing with symptoms of arthritis or looking for relief after a long training session. CBD topicals have also been used to relieve back pain.

Topical solutions are the best option for people who don’t want the relaxing effects of ingestible forms of CBD. There’s also no worrying about dosage or waiting for the effects to kick in. You get the benefits immediately and fast.


Edibles are the best option if you want something that will be long lasting. Edibles take a lot more time to be processed by your body than oils for instance, and CBD gets released as the food is being digested.

Another great thing about edibles is that they allow CBD to bypass what is called first pass metabolism. This is where the liver breaks down the CBD into various components and throws out those it views as waste. However, when CBD is digested through food, it allows all of these beneficial components to be absorbed fully, which allows you to get more from your product.

You can also use edibles with other forms of CBD to combine the benefits of the two. An edible will enhance the efficiency of topical creams, for instance. While you’ll get the instant relief of the cream, you will continue to get long lasting relief as more CBD is getting slowly released in the body. Edibles are also a good option for people who want to enjoy a solid night of sleep.

CBD comes in all shapes and forms, and no matter what you’re looking for, there’s a CBD product out there for you. Just take the time to do your research, and don’t be afraid to test the waters.

(Last Updated On: August 13, 2020)

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