Hemp based CBD products come in all shapes and sizes. From tinctures, concentrates, oils, and creams to e- liquids for vaporizers and a ton of edibles, there is no shortage of choice. There are a few key points to consider when looking to buy CBD products. Firstly, taste, do you care if the product has added flavors or preservatives? Secondly, price, do you have a budget in mind for your CBD products. Thirdly, how fast do you need to feel the effects. Fourthly, how comfortable are you with using CBD? Are you new to this supplement and want to keep it easy or do you just need access to great products? Lastly, is the strength of the CBD important to you or are you just getting started?

Taste is an easy thing to navigate, if taste matters to you there are a few things worth considering:

  • Some products, like pastes or concentrates, have a very distinct hemp flavor thanks to their high concentration of CBD. If you’re unfamiliar with hemp, it can best be described as having an “earthy” or “grassy” quality.
  • Other products, such as vape oils, tinctures, and edibles, can be purchased in a variety of flavors, including mint, vanilla, chocolate, and a mix of various fruits. Flavored products are a great option if you’re looking for something that will mask the taste of hemp.
  • And if you don’t want to taste hemp at all, stick with CBD capsules, which are completely flavorless.


The price of CBD should loom large in your decision-making process. If you’re just starting out with CBD, there’s no point spending big on certain products until you know what works best for you.

The price of CBD products can vary, and, naturally, some CBD products are more affordable than others. The intended effects, along with the quantity, longevity, and immediacy can all impact the cost of a particular CBD product.

With concentration and ease of use taken into consideration, next you’ll want to think about how quickly you’d like to feel the effects of CBD and for how long you’d like it to last. This will largely depend on which products you use:

  • By using a vaporizer, you’ll experience the benefits of CBD almost immediately, and they can last for hours.
  • If you take CBD sublingually (under the tongue) using drops or a spray, you’ll likely feel the effects within 20 to 40 minutes, and they can last between four and six hours.
  • If you apply CBD topically using a balm or cream, it can take up to an hour to feel the effects, but they can last for up to five hours.
  • Finally, if you take CBD orally using a capsule, concentrate, candy, or chocolate, it can take between 20 minutes and two hours to feel the benefits, and they should last between four and six hours after the onset.

Typically, the slower CBD absorbs, the longer it lasts. Likewise, if the CBD absorbs quickly, it will usually offer immediate, short-term relief.

By and large, CBD is very simple to use. It can be taken in many different forms and used as you would a vitamin supplement or topical balm—but some CBD products can be quite tricky.

For example, using CBD vape oil requires a vaporizer, something you may be unfamiliar with, and for a beginner it can be intimidating. But vaping is only one option, and if you’re new to the world of CBD, a tincture is your best bet—it’s portable, discreet, and easy to use. And with only a few drops or sprays on your tongue, it’s super easy to keep track of your daily serving size.

CBD can be enjoyed in many different forms.

Product types range from capsules and edibles to vape oils that can be used with e-pens or e-cigarettes and topicals you apply directly to your skin, and much more.

So, you need to consider which CBD product type will work best for you and your circumstances. For example, when does it make sense to choose a vape oil over a tincture, or an edible over a topical?