CBD is popping up all over the place, and there's a wide range of products that feature it. The marijuana extract-which won't get you high-has shown up in everything from creams to tinctures.
CBD (which is short for cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive ingredient found in the cannabis plant. While many people feel perfectly comfortable rubbing CBD into their skin, it's understandable that you might be a little more conscious when it comes to something that you ingest. Still, just like using lotions and creams, taking CBD orally seems to be just fine for your health, Jamie Alan, PhD, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. "All the data seem to imply that it's safe," she says.
In general, you're usually going to get a higher dose of CBD if you take it orally vs. rubbing it into your skin, Alan says, and this is generally how the compound has been studied.
There's a lot that's still being researched when it comes to CBD's uses, even though many people claim that it can help with a slew of illnesses. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says that there is "insufficient evidence" to back up a lot of CBD claims, although there are some promising findings when it comes to CBD's impact on anxiety and insomnia. Anecdotally, a lot of people also rave about CBD's ability to help with pain control.
If you're interested in trying out a CBD tincture, just be aware that some formulations are made with alcohol, Alan says. It's also a good idea to check in with your doctor to make sure you don't have any health issues or medications that CBD might negatively impact. And, per the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it's best to avoid CBD in any form if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, since it hasn't been studied in those populations.
Other than that, you should be good to go when it comes to trying out CBD tinctures. Here are some of the most popular options out there:
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Charlotte's Web Hemp Extract
This hemp oil/CBD combo contains anywhere from 200 to 1,500 milligrams of CBD, depending on the strength you order. It also comes in a yummy mint chocolate flavor. "Honestly this is an amazing product! I have used all three dosing levels and enjoyed many benefits including significant reduction in pain, migraine frequency, inflammation, and energy," one reviewer said.
Shop it: Charlotte's Web Hemp Extract, $40, madebyhemp.com
Tasty Drops CBD Oil Tincture
These drops, which contain a mixture of CBD and hemp oil, come in a variety of flavors like spearmint, vanilla, and berry, and in two potencies: 300 or 1,000 milligrams of CBD. To use them, simply apply a few drops under your tongue. People rave in the comments about how well this works for muscle spasms, pain, and insomnia.
Shop it: Tasty Drops CBD Oil Tincture, $50, madebyhemp.com
MedOil CBD Tincture
CBD product maker Medterra says this is their most popular product. The CBD tincture is made with 99 percent CBD and MCT oil in three strengths: 500, 1,000, and 3,000 milligrams. "I use it at night to help ease my anxiety," one reviewer wrote. "My anxiety give me severe insomnia but this oil works quickly and puts me right to sleep. I love it. Another said, "This is the best brand I have tried by far."
Shop it: MedOil CBD Tincture, $45, medterracbd.com
Endoca Raw Hemp Oil Drops
These certified organic drops pack a powerful punch at 1,500 milligrams of CBD per serving. And reviewers claim they've helped with a range of different ailments. "I use for arthritis pain in hips and shoulders. Could tell the difference after about 2 weeks," one person wrote. "After using them for a week or so, I suddenly realized one night that I had been falling asleep in just about a half hour after lights out! I was shocked," said an insomnia sufferer.
Shop it: Endoca Raw Hemp Oil Drops, $129, endoca.com
Bluebird Botanicals Hemp 6x Cannabidiol
Bluebird's Hemp Classic 6x is a stronger version of the company's CBD drops. Bluebird recommends these for people who want to take a larger amount of CBD at a time, and says the drops can help you feel calm, reduce anxiety and stress, and give your immune system a boost.
Shop it: Bluebird Botanicals Hemp 6x Cannabidiol, $45, madebyhemp.com
Hemp Oil Care THC-Free CBD Oil
Hemp Oil Care's tinctures come in two flavor options-natural and spearmint-and are applied via a spray vs. a dropper. Each tincture has 1,200 milligrams of CBD and people are huge fans. "Thanks so much for your life changing product," one reviewer wrote. "I work in healthcare and I need to pass random urine drug screens. However I also have a rotating schedule and frequent insomnia. This THC-free CBD is the best I've found to reliably help with my sleep," another said.
Shop it: Hemp Oil Care THC-Free CBD Oil, $100, madebyhemp.com
Editors' Note: There are contradictory laws at the federal and state levels about CBD's legality. Additionally, many CBD products aren't approved or tested by the Food and Drug Administration. If you're worried, check the rules in your area to make sure everything's OK before purchasing or proceeding.
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