3 easy ways to choose


With so many different product types to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are 3 easy ways for you to get the help you need.


The most commonly reported uses for cannabis (THC) and hemp-derived products (CBD) include a better night's rest, everyday pain relief, enhanced mood, and overall well-being.

Although you may feel relief shortly after using a CBD product, many consumers note that the majority of the effects can be subtle and accumulate over time. THC can cause a very strong, intoxicating effect, depending on the dose and type of product used.

To help you achieve your desired effects, it is best to take the products as recommended by your healthcare provider and note your progress along the way.


Many cannabis and hemp researchers promote the idea of the "entourage effect" noting that many of the cannabinoids (like CBD and THC), flavonoids (taste) and terpenes (smells) may all work together to create a more robust effect. However, some people prefer products without any THC.

To help consumers choose which product is right for them, there are 3 main product types for hemp-derived products (CBD).

  • Full Spectrum: Contains several cannabinoids (like CBD and THC), but still contains less than 0.3% THC. May also contain terpenes (smells) and flavonoids (tastes) that may impact mood (such as lemon or mint flavorings).

  • Broad Spectrum: Contains a mixture of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids; but the THC has been removed.

  • Isolate: Only contains one cannabinoid (such as CBD) and no other cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids.

This is where it gets fun! With many different product types like gummies, tinctures, powders, capsules, tablets, and topical lotions, you have the flexibility to match them to your lifestyle and goals.

Topicals: Lotions and balms are good for localized relief.

Powders: Powders are individually packaged, easy to take with you and can be quickly added to beverages and food products.

Tinctures: Tinctures make changing doses very easy and are helpful for individuals who have difficulty chewing or swallowing.

Tablets and Capsules: These pill forms are a convenient, flavorless option for individuals looking for consistent dosing.


Most clinicians suggest consumers "start low and go slow" with cannabinoid products because everyone responds to hemp-derived products (CBD) differently. The goal is to find the best strength for your needs. To help you easily sort products, we have classified ingestable products into 4 categories:

  • Low: up to 19mg CBD per serving
  • Moderate: 20-49mg CBD per serving
  • High: 50-74mg CBD per serving
  • Very High: 75mg CBD per serving or more

Last, but arguably the most important step, is to ensure you are using a product that meets high-quality standards. The US does not have uniform CBD quality standards. Blindly trusting products can be risky.

ALWAYS make sure the product has independent, 3rd party testing and the results (called a Certificate of Analysis or COA) are posted on the website. The certificate should clearly show the name and batch of the product and test for all of the following:

  • heavy metals
  • pesticides
  • mycotoxins
  • residual solvents
  • microbiological contaminants

Reliable COAs also include a QR code on the top of the page linking you directly to the lab that conducted the analysis.

If the COA is missing any of these, please be extra cautious as the results may not be thorough or authentic.

talk to an expert

Through a partnership with Realm of Caring (ROC), Ashford Wellness customers can access free one-on-one support!

Simply tell the ROC representative you were "referred by Ashford Wellness".

ROC is staffed by caring CBD & cannabis experts ready to answer your general, product-related questions.

We wish you all the best on your journey!

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  • medical conditions
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