With CBD becoming more mainstream, it’s not surprising that many brands are increasingly entering the Hong Kong market. But, with so many different formats and brands it’s not always easy knowing what the differences are and what product suits you. As a result, purchasing CBD (cannabidiol) can often be confusing, especially for those customers who are new to the world of cannabinoids.
So if you want to be a savvier CBD shopper, this guide may help make it easier for you to get your hands on the best CBD product for you.
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Understand why you want to use CBD
With such a range of product types and concentrations in the world of CBD, understanding why you want to use CBD is key in finding the best product for you.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural non-intoxicating ingredient extracted from the hemp plant. It helps balance our body’s endocannabinoid system, which is linked to stress, pain and inflammation. CBD has been a key part of Chinese medicine for centuries and we are passionate about bringing it back into our everyday wellness routines.
Understanding the various types of CBD
There are three main types of CBD, and it’s essential to pay attention to what you are buying as there are some critical differences concerning legality here in Hong Kong.
- Full-Spectrum CBD – These products contain small amounts of all parts of the plant, which means they can have trace amounts of THC and CBN, both of which are banned in Hong Kong. Be cautious of full-spectrum products that promote themselves as THC-free, as typically this relates to North American or European regulations, which are much more relaxed than those in Hong Kong.
- Broad-Spectrum CBD – Broad-spectrum products sit in the middle, and while they typically don’t contain THC. They do contain other compounds more than just CBD. So it’s essential to check the COA (certificate of analysis) to ensure they don’t have any compounds that are illegal in Hong Kong (such as CBN) or your local jurisdiction.
- CBD Isolates – As the name suggests, CBD isolate contains just CBD and no other plant compounds. All the products sold by Found online and in-store are made only from CBD isolate to ensure the highest levels of compliance with local Hong Kong regulations.
Look for third-party certification
As noted above, the specific contents of your CBD product can make the difference between whether a product is legal or illegal, so it’s essential to look for products that provide a certificate of analysis (also known as a COA) from a third-party lab.
This report will provide you with a breakdown of the product’s cannabinoid profile, which should show no detectable (ND value) THC and CBN. All Found’s products have a certificate of analysis from an accredited third-party lab to ensure our products are fully compliant in Hong Kong. View COAs for Found-stocked products.
Consider the concentration
When comparing products, you need to consider the concentration of CBD as well as the product volume. A 30ml bottle of CBD oil could contain anywhere from 100mg to 5000mg of CBD, so it’s important to pay close attention to the total CBD content.
If you’re particularly cost-conscious, you will often find that higher concentration products offer CBD at a lower cost per milligram. So if you’re a regular user of CBD this may be the most affordable method of integrating it into your daily routine. Still, factors such as your level of experience with CBD and your desired serving size will also play a role in what concentration CBD you should purchase. For example, iit can sometimes be more difficult to measure small servings of CBD from higher concentration products.
Choose the CBD format that best suits your needs
There is something for everyone when it comes to CBD, and there are many different ways of using it, each with its own set of benefits.
- Topicals – Balms and lotions are applied topically to the skin to target pain and inflammation in specific areas of the body.
- Capsules – Capsules are a straightforward way to ingest a controlled amount of CBD. The digestive system processes the CBD, so it provides slow and steady effects.
- Edibles – Edibles are a fun way to add CBD to your day (who doesn’t want a chocolate and CBD combo?). Similar to capsules, edibles are processed by the digestive system, so it takes slightly longer to feel the effects, but they often last longer than other formats.
- Oils – Oils are most commonly taken under the tongue (sublingually), where they are absorbed by the glands and passed to the bloodstream to provide quicker effects.
Water-Soluble Liquids and Powders – One format you may not have considered is CBD in water-soluble liquid and powder form. These products are designed to act as ingredients for you to add to your favourite food with beverages.
The final word on shopping for CBD
CBD is different for everyone, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to taking CBD. A format and strength that works well for one person may not be suitable for the next.
So our best advice for finding the CBD products that bring the type of relief you need is to talk to our team of knowledgeable staff via email or in-store at the Found Cafe in leafy Sheung Wan as they can help you shop our range of CBD products that match your needs and preferences.