What Are CBD Stores?
In the same way you go to the grocery store for basic necessities, you can go to CBD stores for the real necessities. CBD stores are exactly what you think: stores that specialize in selling CBD products.
Some of these might only sell things like CBD oils, gummies, or topicals, but others might sell raw flowers. The latter are often called CBD dispensaries. However, you can buy CBD products in places like vitamin and supplement stores as well as some grocery stores. You can even get CBD from online retailers (cough cough).
So really, any store can be a CBD store!
Let’s talk about everything you need to know about CBD stores, as well as some must-have products you can find the next time you go.
Where Can I Find CBD Stores?
If you asked this question just a few years ago, people might have looked at you very strangely. That’s because CBD stores are a fairly new concept thanks to their recent legalization under the 2018 Farm Bill.
With that in mind, you can probably find a CBD store somewhere near your home town! While there’s a chance they’re more prominent in states that have legal marijuana (THC) laws, such as California or Colorado, CBD is legal for manufacturing and consumption in all fifty states.
Things to Know Before Going Inside
If it’s your first time going to a CBD store, it’s normal to feel a little nervous. Just remember that it was once everyone’s first time inside of a CBD store, and we definitely think this won’t be your last.
The first thing you want to be familiar with are the different types of CBD. Chances are, a CBD store will carry products that have all three of these types. If an employee asks what you’re looking for, you can start by telling them the type of CBD you want:
- CBD Isolate: This means that the product contains pure, 100% CBD with no additives from the cannabis plant. While this is considered the most authentic type, it tends to be regarded as the least effective. However, this may be a good choice if you’ve never tried CBD and are still a little nervous about its effects.
- Broad-spectrum CBD: The cannabis plant contains other things besides just CBD. It also has aromatic terpenes, other cannabinoids such as CBC and CBN, and essential fatty acids. Broad-spectrum CBD contains all of these compounds and can generally have a more profound effect.
- Full-spectrum CBD: This type contains everything that broad-spectrum does, except it also contains a small amount of THC. Even though THC is what makes marijuana psychoactive, the legal maximum in a CBD product is 0.3%. This is not enough to make you feel high. Generally, full-spectrum is considered the most effective type of CBD.
Also, an employee may ask you what exactly you want to use CBD for. CBD is highly regarded for its ability to help with stress, regulate your sleep cycle, and soothe sore muscles. If you know what you want to use CBD for, a store worker can have a better grip on products to recommend.
Finally, you want to have an idea of how you want to be able to use your CBD product. It’s a highly versatile compound that can take many different forms.
Types of CBD Store Products
From topicals to edibles, sprays to bath bombs, your local CBD store will be loaded with products that can fit any situation.
CBD oil is one of the most basic and common uses for CBD. These usually come in small tincture bottles with a dropper so you know the correct dosage. They’re made with CBD and a carrier oil, such as coconut, that helps to dilute the potency of the CBD itself.
The reason this type of application is so popular is because of how quickly it starts working. Usually, you’ll put a few drops of CBD oil underneath your tongue. This is called sublingual application, and it’s a common way of taking substances because the number of blood vessels under your tongue allow you the product to absorb into your bloodstream very quickly.
CBD oils come in a lot of different flavors, though they tend to be more potent when compared to other ingestible methods. If you don’t love the taste of oil, then there are still some other similar ways to enjoy the effects of CBD.
One of the main drawbacks of CBD oil is that it tends to have a harsh flavor because it is highly concentrated. Especially if you’ve never used it before, it may be unfavorable. However, CBD sprays take everything that’s great about CBD oil and makes it even easier to use and digest.
These sprays are less concentrated, meaning they can cover a wider surface area of your mouth. This helps with absorption, but it also makes them taste a lot better than traditional oils.
All you need is a spritz or two and you’ll be feeling relaxed in no time at all. This is great for carrying around in your backpack or keeping in your office desk for moments when you need some quick relief.
CBD ingestibles don’t just come in liquid form. You can get some tasty CBD gummies as well.
Many people like using gummies in place of a daily multivitamin, often incorporating them as a part of a morning or nightly routine. One gummy daily is all you need to help boost your mood, keep stress in check, and ensure good days ahead.
Gummies tend to be the best tasting method of all edibles. They taste like candy, and you’ll look forward to your dose every single morning when you wake up.
Though this is more typical of a dispensary, some CBD stores will offer you raw cannabis plants for smoking. These are great options if you like the social and oral aspects of smoking weed but don’t want the buzz.
Many CBD retailers will offer herbal cigarettes that look and pull like a normal cigarette except they’re made with hemp or CBD. These are great for people who just want to feel the effects of cannabidiol, but they’re also great for people who are trying to quit smoking traditional tobacco.
Smoking CBD in any fashion has a benefit over other methods because of something called the first-pass effect. When you smoke, it bypasses your metabolism and goes straight into the bloodstream, allowing you to feel the effects more quickly. Likewise, the product doesn’t lose potency from metabolism, so you may feel more pronounced effects.
This helps explain why edibles often take a little while to kick in compared to smoking a joint or bowl.
While CBD is known for its amazing effects on mental health, it can be just as effective on your physical health. This is why things like CBD lotions are just as popular as oils and gummies.
CBD lotions are great if you have consistently achy joints from exercise or even just the day to day hustle. All you need to do is take some lotion and massage it into the affected area. It absorbs right into the skin, making it a targeted treatment that delivers relief that’s just right, no matter what.
Some studies have shown that CBD can soothe swollen, achy joints or tense muscles. Not to mention, the act of physically massaging a topical product into affected areas can bring you added relief.
CBD topicals are great if you want to try CBD for the first time but you’re worried about ingestion. Similarly, these are great for people who want some of the moisturizing effects that CBD can offer as well.
CBD Bath Bombs
If you’re looking for something that’s different from most of the traditional CBD uses, a CBD bath bomb is definitely something you’ll want to look for when you arrive at the store. These combine everything that’s great about CBD topicals into a fun and compact ball of fizz.
While baths are relaxing on their own, this is a surefire way to make things even better. Just drop the bomb into a hot bath and let the CBD do its thing. The best thing about it is that it can cover your entire body at one time, so achy muscles in all locations will be relieved in no time at all.
Using Your CBD When You Get Home
Now that your trip to the CBD store was a success, it’s time to get on home and start enjoying your new products. But if you’ve never used CBD before, they might still be a few things you’re concerned about. Let’s clear the air so you can enjoy your oils, gummies, and bath bombs exactly how you’re supposed to.
Firstly, CBD will not get you high. Even if you use a full-spectrum blend that contains up to 0.3% THC, it will not be enough to make you feel euphoric in any sense. This means it’s safe to use before working on a paper or heading to the gym. This also means there are no dependence issues associated with it.
Also, be sure to use the recommended dosage labeled on your product. This just makes sure that your product lasts a long time and works as intended. With that said, overdosing on CBD is extremely difficult and requires a lot of CBD to be ingested. So if you ever accidentally take two drops of oil instead of one, you’ll very likely be more than fine.
Even if you do happen to experience CBD toxicity, it’s usually nothing more than just headaches, nausea, or dizziness.
Finally, while all CBD products have the potential to show up on a drug test, you will likely not fail. This is because secondary screenings will be conducted to isolate the CBD from unfavorable substances like THC. And since CBD is legal in all 50 states, you won’t run into any issues. Still, if you’re concerned it never hurts to speak with your physician or your boss ahead of time.
CBD stores are fairly new because of the recent legalization of CBD (and THC in some lucky states!), but that doesn’t mean they’re not stocked with cannabis goodness. You might have a local CBD store right in your hometown, but you can now even find CBD products in vitamin shops or at certain grocery stores.
If it’s your first time going, you may want to be familiar with the different types of CBD. Typically, you’ll want broad or full-spectrum products because they tend to work more effectively. Additionally, you’ll want to be able to tell an employee about the different things you want relief from, like down mood or sore muscles. Then, they can help you pick from a wide variety of products.
If you want an edible option, CBD oils are very popular because of how quickly they work. But CBD sprays work just as well and tend to taste a bit better, while CBD gummies have a better flavor and can function like a multivitamin.
You can also look for topical options to act as targeted relief in specific problem areas. CBD lotions can be massaged directly onto sore knees, wrists, elbows, and more for targeted relief. And CBD bath bombs can bring external relief to your whole body all at once.
Regardless, you can’t go wrong with anything that you buy from your nearest CBD store. Not only are you probably helping a small business, but you’re making moves towards improving your overall wellness.