When you first dip your toes in the world of cannabis products – especially cannabidiol (CBD) – you’re overwhelmed with dozens of options. You can consume CBD in the form of CBD gummies, CBD edibles, CBD vapes, CBD capsules, topical CBD, and so much more. Depending on your specific circumstances, all of these CBD oil products have their pros and cons. They offer different onset times (the time it takes to start feeling the potential effects of CBD), and some of them are more complicated to use than others.
However, you’ve done your research, and you feel confident about giving CBD drops a go. You like that they’re simple to use and don’t require any special tools or a learning curve and that they can be consumed in several different ways – under the tongue, on the skin, or added to foods and drinks. We can confirm that CBD drops are one of the easiest and most versatile methods of taking CBD.
How to choose the right CBD oil drop product? In this guide to CBD drops, we’re going to help you select the right product for yourself and also learn more about CBD and its extracts. We’ll list everything you should pay attention to before you commit to the right CBD drop product. Let’s start with sourcing CBD from cannabis plants.
Hemp vs. Marijuana Plants
CBD is obtained from a plant called Cannabis sativa. Two strains of Cannabis sativa are important for the cannabis industry – the marijuana plant and the hemp plant. The marijuana plant contains high amounts of THC and low amounts of CBD. In contrast, the industrial hemp plant contains a higher amount of CBD and only a trace amount of THC.
Depending on your location and the laws in your state or country, you may have access to different types of CBD. You may be able to buy both hemp-based CBD and marijuana-based CBD products; you may be able to get only hemp CBD, or you may not be able to get any CBD at all.
Aside from finding out what type of cannabis plant your CBD comes from, look into where it is grown. Choose products made from locally grown hemp (or marijuana) plants that fall under strict regulations of the US Department of Agriculture. That way, any potential mishandling or poor cultivation of cannabis plants is minimized.
Type of CBD Extract
CBD drops can either be CBD tinctures or CBD oils. Tinctures have an alcohol base (or a non-alcohol, non-oil base, such as glycerin), while oils have an – you guessed it – oil base. Whether you want your drops to be a tincture or oil is entirely up to your taste. Keep in mind, however, that tinctures contain a relatively low potency CBD compared to oil.
To get the best product for yourself, it’s advisable to read the product labels before purchase. CBD oils are usually labeled ‘hemp CBD oil,’ ‘hemp oil,’ or ‘hemp extract.’ CBD is extracted from the flowers of the cannabis plant, so avoid labels like ‘hemp seed oil.’ While hemp seed oil is a nutritious cooking ingredient, this type of oil won’t cause the kind of effects you’re looking for from CBD.
Like any other CBD product on the market, CBD drops can be full-spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate. It may sound confusing, but it’s actually easy to differentiate among the three.
- Full-spectrum CBD: Full-spectrum CBD oil and tincture products contain CBD, THC (less than 0.3%), other phytocannabinoids like CBC, CBN, CBG, and over 80 other substances from the same group. Additional ingredients are terpenes and flavonoids that come with their own potential benefits.
Full-spectrum CBD is excellent because of the entourage effect – a phenomenon where, when used together, phytocannabinoids enhance each other’s effects. The effectiveness of CBD is dramatically increased when it is combined with other similar substances found in the cannabis plant.
- Broad spectrum CBD: Some people are still apprehensive about consuming products that include even a trace amount of THC. And that’s okay. You can benefit from an entourage effect even without THC in broad spectrum CBD oils and tinctures. These products have all the other ingredients – other phytocannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and more – without the danger of potentially causing psychoactive effects.
- CBD isolate: The third type of extract contains pure CBD. There are no other phytocannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids. As a result, there is no entourage effect, meaning that CBD’s effectiveness is decreased compared to the other two types of extracts.
Additional CBD Drop Ingredients
Aside from a CBD extract (whether an oil extract, alcohol extract, or other), CBD drops can include bonus ingredients that serve to enhance their effects or to improve the flavor.
- Flavors (vanilla, orange, mint, chocolate, cinnamon, etc.)
- Carrier oils (olive oil, coconut oil, etc.)
- Essential oils
Vitamins enhance your overall health, sweeteners and flavors make it easier to hold the drops under your tongue (or add them to your food and beverages), melatonin helps you sleep, and various essential oils have different benefits, depending on which ones are used. Not every formulation will contain all of these, but you should choose the one that suits your particular situation.
Every CBD brand claims that their oils, tinctures, and other products are the best and safest on the market. But there’s a difference between claims and actual proof. To ensure that you’re getting a high-quality CBD product, before you buy CBD oil, pay attention to the following:
- Third-party lab testing
Since CBD oil products don’t fall under the FDA’s supervision, they need to be third-party tested, meaning that they have been analyzed by an independent laboratory. These tests ensure that the product you’re looking at actually contains what it says it does on its label, without any toxic residues, such as pesticides, heavy metals, and similar. These lab results should be available to you at any time, so don’t hesitate to ask for certificates as proof that the brand is offering safe products with the right CBD content.
- Brand claims
The potential health benefits of CBD have yet to be confirmed by science. It is a versatile substance, but any definitive health claims made by a brand should be taken with a grain of salt. You want to invest in a transparent and authentic brand – any company that declares their CBD products can diagnose, treat, or cure any disease are being dishonest and are just interested in profit. So far, the FDA has approved CBD products to treat only two rare types of epilepsy in children.
Everyone’s experience with CBD is unique. Some products containing CBD might be better for you than others, depending on the type of extract used, additional ingredients, and the form of CBD. Generally speaking, CBD drops are universally acknowledged as being simple to use and allowing for easy calculation of your daily CBD intake. They come in a variety of flavors, so try several different ones to discover what you like.
The most important things to keep in mind when buying CBD drops are whether you want an oil or a tincture, a full-spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate product, and whether the drops have all the required certifications and have undergone all the testing. The beauty of drops is that they can be consumed in three ways, and it is up to you to decide which one you are most comfortable with.
To start your CBD drop experience, take a look at our carefully formulated collection of drops. We offer broad spectrum and isolate options in a wide range of unconventional flavors that will make consuming CBD a real treat. Enjoy!