CBD-infused products for Cannabidiol newbies

Cannabidiol isn’t a panacea, but it may be worth testing.

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Although most of them contain no THC—the hallucinogenic compound in marijuana that produces the “high”—CBD products have benefited enormously from the widespread acceptance and legalization of weed. More and more people are being introduced to the anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety benefits of Cannabidiol, and its versatility opens it up to a variety of products from tinctures to skin creams to beverages to cooking oils.

Like anything, a lot of CBD use depends on your personal tastes. If you’re curious but don’t know where to start, here’s a cross-section of different CBD products that can help you find a way in that works best for your lifestyle and needs.

Wyld CBD products

Cannabis edibles company, Wyld—based out of Portland, Oregon—recently released a line of CBD products. The gummies have no artificial flavoring or colors and come with 10 pieces per bottle in either 25MG or 50MG options. They stand out as being one of the tastiest options with a nice gummy texture—not too waxy or gritty. The company offers raspberry, lemon, huckleberry, and blackberry, as well as CBD-infused sparkling water. These are by far the best tasting CBD drinks I’ve tasted. Each fruit-infused,12-ounce can has 25mg per bottle. They come in packs of 4, 12, or 24.

Lord Jones Old Fashioned CBD Gumdrops
High-end gummies. Amazon

With the look, feel, and, well, price of a high-end luxury confectioner, Lord Jones combines the whimsy of a candy shop with the benefits of CBD. Each gumdrop contains a potent 20mg of CBD, and are made from natural fruit flavors, gelatin, citric acid, and sugar. The compact, square box is also easy to keep in a backpack or handbag, without the risk of tincture spills. They are not cheap, but a luxury way to introduce your body to the calm sense of well-being CBD provides.

Extract Labs CBD Muscle Cream

American-made hemp products from Extract Labs—based in Boulder, Colorado—come in pretty much any form you can imagine. You can find tinctures, vape products, gels, face creams, isolate—crystalline power form—or even crystalline chunks called shatter. All of these come in various flavors, sizes, and strengths. One item that sticks out: the CBD muscle cream, which is made from shea butter, jojoba oil, beeswax, rosemary, lavender, and arnica. The 1500mg soft cream’s smell isn’t overwhelming and works wonders on aches and pains. Menthol and arnica have soothing, cooling, and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Gummies have proven a great way to get kids to take their vitamins, so it stands to reason that they’d be a great baby step into CBD products for adults. One thing to keep in mind when shopping for CBD products is to watch for certain clues as to the product’s authenticity and effectiveness: if the label says “hemp seed oil” rather than CBD or hemp oil, it likely doesn’t have any CBD. It’s also important to look for amounts, as most notable products will be out in the open about how much CBD their products contain (otherwise it may contain next to none). New Age Naturals’ gummies have 50mg of hemp oil per serving.

CBD Manuka Honey Cream

Another super popular product in the health and wellness sphere is Manuka honey, which can also be tinted with CBD. This honey comes from bees that feed off a specific bush in New Zealand, which means it boasts naturally anti-microbial compounds like Methylglyoxal, or MGO. The CBD company Medterra decided to combine them into one single cream. On top of the brand’s tinctures, pet treats, and capsules, Medterra released a topical cream that comes in either 125mg or 250mg strengths that are intended to help soothe irritated skin.

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With 2000mg of CBD per bottle, this tincture is recommended for a wide variety of benefits, from stress and pain relief to higher brain function and better sleep. The oil can be taken on its own. This option comes with a peppermint flavor to counteract the vaguely bong-water flavor of some others—or it can be mixed in with smoothies, condiments, or other edibles.

CBDFx Melatonin Gummies

If you have a hard time sleeping, CBD products can often be found mixed with melatonin. These CBD gummy bears are a palatable way to enjoy the benefits of CBD, and will help you stay calm and sleep through the night. The first couple nights of taking these, I had noticeably better nights of sleep, but maybe I just wanted to believe. Each gummy bear is vegan—has seaweed extract instead of gelatin—and contains 5mg of CBD. They taste like lemon and are pretty tasty, despite having a sort of weird texture.

Aurora Elixirs
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Sold a CBD tonics, these infused waters come in unique flavors like Lavender Spice and Grapefruit Rosemary and contain 15mg of CBD per bottle (and zero THC). A refreshing way to work CBD into your normal routine, the Aurora line suggest drinking them chilled, over ice, or even as part of a cocktail mixture.

Kannaway French Roast Coffee Pods

You can find CBD in just about anything, including coffee. Coffee is a stimulant, designed to give you a boost of energy. Cannabidiol, on the other hand, is used to help decrease anxiety and relax. Together, the two could boost your energy without making you feel anxious or jittery. Each Strava K-cup—which fits in standard machines—has 10mg of CBD to keep you from feeling too amped. There are 48 pods per box.