As more individuals begin using CBD for their health and wellness needs, the popularity around the globe grows. With it, we’ve seen a massive incline in the methods with which you can consume CBD.
If you’re curious about trying it out yourself, you might not know which is the best way to go. Should you vape it? Hold oil drops under your tongue? Rub cream into your skin?
The answer to that question is probably different for everyone. Use this handy guide to help you determine how you should consume CBD.
Forms of CBD
Perhaps the most important way to look at consuming CBD is the form that it comes in. CBD is a compound that can be infused into many different formulas either for topical application or edible consumption. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, and this list identifies the effects of consuming CBD in each case.
- Topical Creams
CBD topicals are designed to be applied directly to the skin. It’s believed that the CBD is a penetrating ingredient that can surpass the first few layers of skin to provide deep-seeded moisture and/or relief.
The most common and effective uses of creams are for pain. For example, you might use a cream infused with CBD oil. The topical creams can rapidly reduce pain and inflammation in the chosen area of application, bringing fast relief. If you take CBD oil internally alongside a topical cream, it can offer maximum effectiveness.
For example, if you have severe back pain, massaging a CBD-infused cream into the area of distress can provide soothing relief. Then, if you consume CBD oil for back pain orally, it can target the pain points internally, bringing down inflammation and delivering fast relief.
CBD can be found in balms, creams, salves, transdermal patches, lotions, and ointments. You’ll want a cream with a high CBD content for the best permeability.
CBD topicals can also be used to treat acne. The CBD ingredient can target inflammatory acne and reduce pain from cystic pimples.
A tincture is a combination of CBD oil and other oils that are designed to be held under your tongue and absorbed through the soft tissue of your mouth. These are also called sublingual products and they may include pure CBD oil, sprays, or lozenges.
When taken sublingually, the CBD is absorbed into the mucus membranes of the mouth and totally bypasses the digestive system, the metabolism, and the liver entirely. You won’t lose any enzymes as it’s broken down in the stomach, and it reaches the bloodstream faster. As a result, you’ll feel the effect faster and stronger.
If you’re into discreet, tasty methods of taking CBD, edibles are easily your best option. The market for edible CBD has recently taken off, so while gummies are the most commonly sold form of edible CBD, there are also chocolates, truffles, mints, cakes, drinks, and more.
As mentioned previously, a big benefit of taking CBD this way is that it tastes much better than the earthy CBD oil. It can also be taken anywhere without anyone wondering what you’re consuming.
It does have to go through digestion during this process, so it will lose some of its potency (absorbing 20-30 percent of it) and take a couple of hours to start working. But this means that it’s great if you need a slow-release CBD dose.
Capsules are in a similar boat as edibles in that you can avoid the natural taste of CBD and take it discreetly. However, it still has to travel through the stomach and therefore loses some of its absorption potency.
That being said, it does have a faster absorption rate than edibles, so you’ll feel the effects sooner. It’s also easier to identify the dosage than with edible treats, so you can monitor your dosage better that way. It is difficult to modify the dosage with your existing capsules, as well.
You can purchase joints that contain CBD and smoke them. Typically, these are found in CBD dispensaries where cannabis products are sold legally, and they often contain THC. This is the least recommended method because of the safety risks of smoke inhalation. You are unlikely to become addicted unless the THC content is very high, but it can cause respiratory issues.
The better alternative if you want a method of inhaling CBD is vaping. Inhaling the product through vape juice vaporized is an ideal way to get short-term relief immediately. It’s very common for those suffering from chronic pain or anxiety who need a quick escape.
However, it’s not long lasting like other methods on this list. Additionally, many people are not interested in using a vaporizer and prefer a more discreet method of consuming CBD.
The Three Types of CBD
As you consider the best method of taking CBD, keep in mind that there are three types to choose from:
- CBD Isolate: This is the purest form of CBD that contains nothing but CBD. All the THC, terpenes, flavonoids, and other enzymes that can contribute to holistic wellness have been removed. It’s the least potent form of CBD.
- Full-Spectrum CBD: This is the most potent form of CBD as it contains all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, amino acids, and other goodies that can penetrate the endocannabinoid system and provide lasting results. It contains up to 0.3 percent THC, the legal limit, so while it won’t get you high, it does have an extra kick to it. There is a possibility that it could show up on a drug test as well.
- Broad-Spectrum CBD: If you’re looking for hard-hitting CBD that contains no THC, this is the perfect happy medium for you. It possesses all the good healthy qualities of the hemp plant while totally eliminating the THC. You can gain the incredible benefits without worrying about any “drugs” being in your system.
Getting the Right Dose
Choosing the perfect dose of CBD is the most challenging part, but it’s very important. Without the right dose, you might either fail to feel the full benefits of CBD or experience rough side effects because you took too much CBD.
In order to get the right dosage, it’s always wise to speak with a doctor. Then, start with a low dosage and go up by degrees. When you start feeling the effects without the side effects, that’s the right dosage for you!