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Gummies, tinctures and oils…oh my! There are tons of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the market these days. With growing popularity comes questions on how to take CBD and why your method matters.
You’d be hard-pressed to enter any type of health and wellness or smoke shop without coming across some type of CBD-infused product. And it’s no surprise this supplement is blowing up in a huge way right now- as a matter of fact, the industry is projected to be worth $22 billion by 2020. From anxiety and depression to inflammation and epilepsy, CBD helps with a variety of chronic to everyday ailments. It seems like every day new studies are coming out hailing the benefits of this mighty cannabinoid.
With growing popularity and demand, but little concrete information out there, many find themselves asking: how do I take CBD? What’s the best method for me? What’s the difference between vaping it as opposed to eating it? I just don’t get it! It’s okay Susan, don’t get your panties in a bunch just yet – we’ve got the scoop on how to take it and the various methods available. In this article, we’ll help you determine the method that’s best for you and help you understand why that might be.
As mentioned previously, CBD or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in the Cannabis family of plants. When ingested, the cannabinoids in these plants act as “keys,” unlocking cannabinoid receptors in the human body, which are part of the endocannabinoid system. By unlocking various receptors throughout the body and waking up the endocannabinoid system, CBD provides feelings of calm and tension relief. Although cannabidiol is often associated with its cousin, the inebriating THC, cannabidiol has the opposite effect from THC.
CBD available on the market is derived from industrial hemp, possessing a THC content of 0.3% or lower. Many types of CBD contain no THC at all, as a matter of fact. Often, this compound comes in an array of products, from gummies to tinctures to salves and just about everything in-between. There’s a lot of options to choose from and knowing how each delivery method works will help you ensure you’re getting the most from your CBD.
In order for CBD to work, it has to enter the bloodstream, like many other chemical reactions. After hitting the bloodstream, cannabidiol is transported throughout the body, working on your cannabinoid and serotonin receptors.
This is important to understand because the ingestion method of CBD directly influences how it makes us feel. The bioavailability of CBD, or the rate and quantity by which a substance enters the body, is directly influenced by how you take it. Certain methods of ingestion take longer to work than others, but could last longer. How to take CBD depends on how fast and how long you want it to work. Below, we’ll discuss a few of the most common usage methods and how each method makes you feel (method matters people!).
Inhaling CBD is by far the fastest acting method for use. The compound directly enters the bloodstream and acts quick. If you want fast relief, there are plenty of options available to you. You could always smoke the hemp flower, which is high in CBD. Or, you can use waxes or concentrates for dabbing. However, the most popular method inhalation is vaping, no doubt about it. Although vaping makes the effects act almost immediately in the body, it also has the shortest period of effectiveness.
What in the flying f*ck is sublingual absorption? Well, for starters, the fastest delivery method behind inhalation. Sublingual absorption is the act of placing CBD under the tongue to allow it to absorb into the body. This is the second easiest and most comfortable method for use behind oral ingestion. Generally, this is how tinctures or sprays are used. There’s a lot of little blood vessels under the tongue. By holding CBD under your tongue, you let the blood vessels there absorb the cannabinoid through the mucous membrane. There’s no need for your body to break it down like when using edibles. You’ll feel its effects within 20 to 40 minutes, and the effects will last for hours.
This is one of the slowest acting methods for use. However, using CBD salves or balms on the skin produces effects for up to 5 hours after putting in on. Topical use is familiar to those who use patches, balms, salves, lotions and other methods designed to absorb CBD through the skin. This method is commonly used to help with inflammation, skin irritations and aching joints and muscles. When used topically, it has a localized effect on the treated area.
This is the most popular method for use, especially when it comes to edibles. However, you can always take CBD pills or capsules orally as well. Though it’s the most common method, it’s also the slowest acting. It could take anywhere from 20 minutes up to 2 hours to fully feel the effects. Oral ingestion is only recommended for those with healthy digestive systems, as how well you feel the effects depends on how well you metabolize the edible. Obviously, if your body doesn’t absorb substances as well as it should, you’ll want to look for another method to use to get the full effects.
Now you know what options are out there for you and why your method matters when it comes to enjoying the full benefits of cannabidiol. Although it seems overwhelming at first, knowing how different CBD-infused products work and how they affect you helps you make the best decision on which types of products are right for you. There’s honestly no better time than right now to try CBD and reap the benefits of this mighty cannabinoid. All that’s left to do is kick back, relax, order some CBD products and enjoy!
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