CBD Shopping Guide for the Holiday Season

2023 Holiday CBD Gift Buying Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend who’s into CBD? Or do you want to get someone into this awesome hobby with some thoughtful gifts? Or maybe you’re just looking to spoil yourself with some THC treats as we chill our way into 2023. 

Whatever your goal, we’ll help you choose the right cannabis product to make your holidays a bit more special.

Topicals, Tinctures, Edibles, Vapes… Where to Even Begin?

If you’re new to the world of CBD, things can get confusing quickly. To help you navigate CBD stores and websites, here is a quick crash course on CBD terms you’re likely to come across while choosing the perfect gift.

  • Edibles

Edibles are delicious CBD-infused treats, often in the form of candy, gummies, chocolate bars, cakes, chocolates, and even honey sticks.

If you’re looking to put together a gift basket but are not sure of the person’s dosage or tolerance levels, edibles are a safe bet since they contain low CBD content per serving.

Edibles can also contain THC and other CBD derivatives like Delta 8.

  • THC

THC is a psychoactive compound that is responsible for the “high” feeling associated with the cannabis (marijuana) plant. 

Most CBD treats usually do not have mind-altering effects but help in other ways such as by providing a calming effect or pain relief. That said if do want to spend New Year’s Eve with a little buzz, look for products that also contain THC.

  • Delta 8: Delta 8 or Delta 8 THC is a form of the THC compound that is less potent. It makes up the vast majority of THC products and delivers safe, but enjoyable intoxicating effects.
  • Delta 9: Delta 9 THC is Delta 8’s bigger brother with a much stronger and more intense high due to its ability to bind to the CB1 receptor in our brains much more effectively.

The stronger feeling of euphoria is not for everyone though and beginners should start with Delta 8.

  • Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Pure Isolate

One of the more confusing parts of buying CBD products is understanding their constituents. A great way to simplify this is looking for these three terms:

  • Pure Isolate: Pure Isolate or 99% Pure Isolate is the purest form of CBD, containing only CBD in its distilled form with no other compounds.
  • Full Spectrum: Full spectrum CBD refers to CBD products that also contain other cannabis compounds such as THC, terpenes, essential oils, etc.
  • Broad Spectrum: Broad spectrum is similar to full spectrum in that it also contains many hemp-based cannabinoids and terpenes but less than full spectrum.
  • Capsules or Soft Gels

CBD often comes in the form of capsules or soft gels (the same kind you get your multivitamins in). CBD capsules come in different flavors and effects, mostly as daily supplements to boost focus and health.

These make for great gifts for people with busy schedules.

  • Tinctures

Tinctures is CBD in liquid form, packaged in little dropper bottles. Tinctures are incredibly versatile, making them great gifts if you’re not sure what the other person’s use case is.

Tinctures can be taken directly, used to vape, make edibles and CBD-infused meals, and more.

  • Vapes 

Vapes are one of the most common ways to take CBD and also one of the most popular CBD gifts. You can find single-use or disposable vape pens, vape cartridges, and other vape accessories.

  • Concentrates

Going a little deeper into the rabbit hole, we find concentrates. As the name suggests, a CBD concentrate is a very potent, concentrated liquid that is usually used to make other CBD products and for smoking. 

Best CBD & THC Gifts to Give in 2023

With the basics out of the way, we can finally get into the nitty gritty. If you still have any questions about any of these products or CBD in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts at Smoky Mountain CBD.

Editor’s Note: All of the products mentioned in this guide are made from high-quality US-grown hemp and are comprehensively tested by a certified third-party lab. Each product also comes with its own Certificate of Analysis which is available here.

  1. Best Overall CBD Gift

If you’re unsure about the tastes and preferences of a friend or loved one (or if you’re just getting started yourself), then look no further than Smoky Mountain’s Balance Gummy Cubes. These gummies are part of our range of Balance products that contain CBD and THC in a 1:1 ratio to give you the best of both worlds.

You get a healthy dose of CBD goodness as well as a mild high to help you relax. 

  1. Best Everyday CBD Gift

A great gift comes in handy everyday and if there’s one CBD product you want every morning – it’s CBD Boost Capsules. Part of the Boost formulation, these capsules contain natural ingredients such as the vitamin B12 and L-Theanine that help deliver consistent energy to your body throughout the day.

  1. Best Gift for the Sleepless

CBD products are a godsend for countless people unable to get a good night’s sleep. If you or a loved one are facing a similar problem, take a look at the CBD Rest Capsules. Made with a careful blend of melatonin and pure CBD isolate, Rest Capsules help improve your sleep cycle.

If you’re not a fan of capsules or softgels, then take a look at Rest Gummy Cubes – made from the same formulation but available as delicious gummies. 

  1. Best CBD Gift for Chronic Pain

Unfortunately, chronic pain is becoming a big part of people’s stressful daily routine. But fortunately, CBD can be a great way to make the pain manageable. There are hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies showing cannabis’ anti-inflammatory qualities and Smoky Mountain has tried to encapsulate those findings in their Herbal Heat CBD Cream.

Herbal Heat is part of Smoky Mountain’s cream/salve line-up aimed at providing quick and lasting pain relief. If you’re looking for something with a cooler feeling, you can take a look at the Herbal Heat CBD Cream as well.

  1. Best Overall THC Gift

If you want your friends or loved ones to roll into the New Year with a safe and healthy buzz, THC is where it’s at. And our overall pick for the best THC gift are these Delta 8 Capsules. Made from high-quality hemp, these capsules are carefully formulated to give a mild feeling of euphoria that can be increased to a more potent high safely. 

  1. Best THC Gift for Enthusiasts

Are simple capsules not enough for your enthusiast friends? Kick things up a notch with the bulk Delta 8 THC Distillate. This concentrate was made with enthusiast and veteran needs in mind – for people who need consistent tastes and dosages across their home-cooked edibles, vape oils, and everything else in between. 

  1. Most Quirky/Fun CBD Gift

A lot of these gifts on their own can come off as a little boring. But we can change that with our pick for the most quirky/fun CBD gift: Tennessee CBD Honey Sticks. Yep, you read that right, these are honey sticks infused with CBD.

Available in three flavors, CBD Honey Sticks are a great addition to any gift basket that also double as dog treats. 

  1. Best CBD Gift for Skincare Addicts

Having trouble dealing with dry skin and could use some stress relieving CBD in your life? Check out our Wellness CBD Balm. This balm contains Vitamin E and Lanolin as well as the usual CBD goodness that helps you combat chronic pain without leaving your skin oily, smelly, or dry.

  1. Best Vape Gift

Vape pens are easy to lose and you can never have too many, especially of the disposable kind. Gift peace of mind with our high quality CBD Disposable Vape Pen.

These vape pens are available in 16 different botanical terpene flavors as well as one hemp-derived terpene option. Additionally, CBD disposable vapes do not require a battery, and come ready to vape out of the box.

The Gift to Make More Gifts (CBD Seeds)

CBD seeds deserve a special mention because they can be the best CBD gift possible if your friend or loved one has or is planning to start growing their own cannabis.

As part of our artisanal breeding program, Smoky Mountain offers a wide range of seeds with more than 30 different strains and flavors. 

For beginners, we recommend our Autoflowering Seeds that guarantee a flower/bud with a 99% germination rate. For the initiated, our Feminized THCa Seeds as well as Regular High THCa Seeds are both great options that deliver a high yield with unique and tasteful flavors.

Wrapping up… 

CBD can be daunting at first but when purchased from a reputable brand that offers complete transparency such as Smoky Mountain CBD – CBD can be one of the most helpful dietary supplements for everyday life. However, as with any dietary supplements, it’s important to do your due diligence to ensure you’re correctly meeting your body’s needs.

To help you navigate this world, here are some helpful resources from our CBD Encyclopedia: