Choosing a CBD Product

 Let’s Talk About It!


There are so many CBD product options; lotions, balms, droppers, gels, patches, sprays, as well as all the “edibles” and foods infused with the cannabinoid. So, how do you choose?

Laying a Solid Foundation

While we can’t tell you which CBD product is best for you, (that’s between you and your qualified healthcare practitioner), we have learned a few things along the way and can help provide some clarification.

Keep in mind, many CBD products include other ingredients besides CBD. Some of these other ingredients are great. For example, Canna Joint Relief includes expertly crafted formulations with certified organic botanicals. Canna Joint Relief products DO NOT include harsh preservatives and chemicals.

Therefore, one of the first things we do when shopping for a CBD product is to look at the ingredients and make sure its free of harmful chemicals and hopefully full of certified organic ingredients.

And of course there is a wide range of CBD amounts found in the variety of different products from 5 mg up to 1,000 or more. So how much is too much and where do we start? We like to start small and see how that works before heading into the higher milligram amounts.

Let’s get into more detail about the variety of product options.


Many people use the topical products, like the balms, lotions, patches and gels to help support healthy movement. In the topical category there are numerous types of topicals to choose from.

Let’s break it down.

  • Gels – gels have a somewhat jelly-like consistency that tend to be absorbed rather quickly.
  • Lotions – lotions are generally heavier with oils and other ingredients to give them a more emollient effect which can help support a suppleness to the skin. These take a bit longer to absorb into the skin.
  • Balms – balms, like the original Canna Joint Relief, tend to be heavier in a base of oils and beeswax. These generally absorb into the skin slower then the gels and lotions. Because of the oil base balms can also be emollient and impart a softness to the skin.
  • Sprays – unlike balms and lotions sprays, like Canna Joint Spray, often come with an alcohol base which helps with the quick absorption. And naturally, when you apply a spray it quite literally splays out over a wider surface area.
  • Patches – of course with patches the benefit is that the active ingredients will have direct application on the desired area for a length of time.

Internal Products

There certainly is a wide range of CBD product options for internal usage and it’s easy to see how it can be confusing.

Let’s take a look…

  • Tablets – people love tablets because typically you can fit more ingredients and higher milligram amounts into a tablet. Although, the more ingredients in the tablet the bigger that tablet is going to be. So many people don’t love tablets because they can get pretty big.
  • Capsules – capsules are a fan favorite because the outer surface is generally slippery making them easier to swallow. Fortunately we now see vegetarian and vegan capsules available.
  • Droppers – droppers and other similar liquids are a great delivery method because they enter directly into the body without needing to breakdown along the way.