1: Product type
1. CBD Oil /CBD Tincture
How to use:
Drop it under the tongue for about 30-60 seconds and then swallow the CBD to be quickly absorbed into the blood through the tissues under the tongue or gums.
The time for CBD tinctures to take effect is generally within half an hour to one hour, and can last for 4-10 hours. Bioavailability (bioavailability) is about 12-35%
A CBD tincture is both fast acting and long-lasting (long-acting). The only disadvantage is that it is a little foreign to first time users, and not as widely acceptance (it is a little cumbersome), and if not carefully dropped it may get a little messy.
2. CBD Topical products
How to use:
Apply directly onto skin, and through massage, the CBD can penetrate under the skin.
Creams around 10-20 minutes, Serums around 10 minutes or even faster, the average effect can last between 4-6 hours.
Common CBD topical products include Cream, Face Wash, Moisturizer, Skin Serums, Massage Oils, etc. The ingredients of most products include CBD and other common cosmetic ingredients, to provide skin care and beautifying effects. In addition, topical CBD products can be used for specific areas. For example, massage cream can be directly applied to areas with muscle soreness, or essential oil can be used on acne, hair follicles, or even eczema or sensitive skin to relieve certain conditions. Thus compared to oral tinctures, topical CBD products are more direct, can penetrate transdermally into the skin to quickly relieve pain and inflammation.
3. CBD Vapes (Vape Oils, Concentrates and cartridges)
How to use:
CBD passes through the lungs and is absorbed into the blood.
This product can be released into the body almost immediately after administration, usually within 10-15 minutes, and lasts up to two hours
When we breathe in CBD vapor, it passes through the lungs and enters into the bloodstream. The bioavailability can reach up to 35-55%.
4. CBD Edibles (CBD gummies, CBD mints, CBD candy)
CBD edibles are sort of a more user-friendly spin-off of CBD tincture products. Most CBD edibles have cannabidiol CBD added during the edible products' preparation process based on what type of product it is: oil-soluble, water-soluble CBD or CBD isolate powder can be used.
Since hemp is digestible in the stomach before entering the blood, it is unavoidable to for a certain degree of degradation, so the bioavailability is lower than the previous CBD types - generally around 5-15%.
You are free to make whatever choice your like for your CBD edibles - Match it with a hamburger, or a gummy, why not? The only downside is CBD edibles need to be digested before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream, so it may take around an hour after eating for the effects to be felt.
2: Where do you buy your CBD from?Choosing the right purchase channel will ensure and guarantee a certain degree of safety. Folk wisdom tells us that the most important thing should be said three times:
Physical store, physical store, physical store!
If you want to buy CBD products in Hong Kong, you should always visit a brick and mortar store! As CBD products are becoming more and more popular, new CBD brands and instagram stores pop-up almost every single day, but most of these businesses and brands don’t know much about CBD and the industry as a whole - some of them may even use CBD raw materials of unknown origin in their production.
Imagine this: if you buy CBD products that lack ingredients and have no effect, you definitely waste money, but this is actually the least of your concerns. If the purchased product contains trace amounts of THC, CBN or other ingredients that are illegal in Hong Kong, there could be serious legal repercussions even if you were not warned by the merchant beforehand. To be safe, remember to avoid buying from online stores and Instagram shops that do not have physical stores.
3: Expertise of your MerchantBefore paying for this product, can the seller tell you quickly and accurately what carrier oil/medium is used in the CBD product you are holding, and how the CBD ingredients are extracted? (Want to know more about CBD ingredients? For extraction methods, please refer to this article)
Can they suggest a suitable CBD product type suitable for your needs, or are they just saying "Any CBD oil is fine!"
Although CBD hemp/cannabidiol has a wide range of benefits, and we see more and more research revealing its benefits to humans and animals, yet we must always remember that CBD is not a panacea cure for all, and it should not be used to replace any medical prescriptions.