This is a question asked by everyone when they first walk into Kana: What product is right for my medical issue? Cannabidiol can be infused into any type of delivery system you can think of: edibles, tinctures, bath bombs, shampoo, lotions, salves, capsules and more. There is such a variety! Let’s breakdown some of the common issues and what products usually work best for them.
I would say a common illness people come in requesting CBD for is arthritis. Arthritis functions in a couple different ways. Sometimes it is targeted to a specific area with either periodic or constant pain. Sometimes arthritis is in several locations in the body all at once. And sometimes people claim that the arthritic pain moves around the body. Firstly, for direct pain I usually recommend a pain relief cream. Some of my personal favorite products or brands with quality ingredients would be Honest Hemp, Dixie, and Canna Hemp. If, for example, the pain is in the knees, then I recommend massaging the cream directly into the joints in the knee area. Now, while this is effective for arthritis in an isolated location I find that the majority of sufferers experience movement in the pain. For this, I typically recommend a tincture. While a pain cream is excellent for targeting a specific area, tinctures are good because of their capacity to travel through the body more efficiently. In this case a lot of people can get away with simply buying a CBD isolate tincture, which is much more cost effective than either a global or full spectrum. However, some peoples’ bodies respond much better to the addition of terpenes. If that is the case, then a global or full spectrum isolate is worth the extra dollar. For most who deal with arthritis, I recommend both a pain cream and a tincture depending on their budget restrictions or if they have other conditions that may prohibit the utilization of one of these items (example: eczema or psoriasis).
Another common issue people deal with is trouble sleeping. This is probably one of the most common issues we see people come into Kana with. Cannabidiol has been known to receive testimonials from people needing help with both sleep apnea and insomnia. I generally recommend one of three things: a CBD tincture or vape specifically infused with terpenes that help enable sleep in the body or CBD capsules with certain ingredients within which help with sleep. Whenever there is a brand advertising a product as something that helps with sleep you’ll notice commonalities in the terpenes they use to make this claim. Here’s a pretty awesome chart of commonly used terpenes for sedation courtesy of the Pot Professor:
With regards to capsules, they are actually a great alternative to tinctures. We have a society that has been brought up on pills, so a lot of people are already comfortable taking them. Capsules are processed by your body through the liver, so as long as you don’t have any liver damage or issues this is a good daily use product. It is important to note that capsules are processed in a way similar to edibles, so you can expect the CBD to hit your bloodstream within 45 minutes to 2 hours after you take it.
Another issue capsules work well for is back pain. For whatever reason, back pain seems to be a plaguing problem for many Americans. Capsules tend to do well relieving such pain. Another great solution are CBD patches. Placing the patch over the particular area in pain (generally the lower back) gives anywhere from 4 to 10 hours of pain relief. The nice part about patches is that they slowly release the CBD over a long period of time versus something like a vape pen or tincture which hits your system almost immediately and once it wears off, you will need another dose.
There is a myriad of reasons people need CBD, which is why there is a plethora of products. One extremely effective way for pain relief for woman in particular is bath bombs — used for illnesses such as endometriosis. The way that bath bombs absorb into your body are similar to that of a suppository, which is that both of these have extremely high levels of efficacy. Some people use CBD infused candy or other edibles for ADHD. One of my personal favorites would be CBD infused tea or CBD infused coffee for relaxation. It is very similar in the absorption process as a tincture and an edible or capsule. No matter your issue there is a cannabidiol product available that should improve your quality of life in some capacity.