With so many options boasting so many different benefits, you may be wondering what on earth is the best way to take medicinal hemp products like CBD? Well, as with most products we see as potentially medicinal or beneficial to our health in some way, this question concerns not only what you will be using CBD for, but also what kind of overall effect you are searching for.
The effects of medicinal hemp products like CBD vary from person to person, and indeed from product to product. And just like with any medication, adjustments to implementation and dosage may need to be made as you learn what works best for your desired effect.The relationship between how and why you use CBD needs to be considered in tandem.
If you consider yourself the everyday or casual user (who may not have as much knowledge when exploring CBD as someone using it to treat serious medical conditions) and you are curious to know about the best ways to take CBD, read on to learn about what CBD can help with, and the applications to help you achieve the best results.
Why Take CBD Oil?
This in itself can end up being a leading, or misleading question. There is a huge amount of information dedicated to why taking CBD may help a wide array of ailments, naturally no less. Let’s assume that you have already navigated successfully through these murky waters and know to be wary of comments like ‘CBD works better than prescription painkillers’ and ‘CBD cures cancer, schizophrenia, and Alzheimers’.
What are the benefits of CBD Oil?
- Anxiety- CBD is one of the medicinal hemp products which interacts with the endocannabinoid system in a way to promote balance. As such, it can potentially reduce the effects of those things that would usually make us anxious.
- Sleep- If you are less anxious, it follows that you would be able to sleep better
- Pain- CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation, a key component in pain management
- Skin conditions like dryness, ageing, or acne- Again, CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation may help treat certain types of acne and help reduce the amount of sebum the body produces
- Overall health supplement – There are many other things CBD use has been linked to, from an overall healthier lifestyle to lowering blood pressure
Ways to take CBD Oil and What to Expect
There are several options for taking medicinal hemp products like CBD, and each affects your body a bit differently, mostly because of how your body absorbs the CBD depending on the method you choose. So, the best way for you to take CBD is dependent on what effect you are looking for:
Ingesting CBD by eating or swallowing (edible and capsule)
If you are curious about eating your CBD or other medicinal hemp products, there are (beyond) numerous ways to do so. Try CBD in gummies or CBD jelly domes, CBD coffee or CBD infused juices, CBD teas, incorporate CBD oil into your trusted recipes, or simply swallow as a CBD capsule.
Whichever option you choose, the way CBD is absorbed into your system remains the same. The CBD travels from mouth to digestive tract and liver. This kind of absorption method takes longer than some others, and as such it could take about 2 or 3 hours for the CBD take effect. And, due to what’s known as the ‘first pass effect’, the CBD is partially broken down by the process of digestion and your body absorbs about 20 or 30 percent of the original amount taken.
What does this mean for those who use CBD in this way? A slower absorption/effect and a longer-lasting and subtler experience. This could be ideal for someone who, with their morning cup of coffee, wants to curb mild anxiety or stress in the office throughout the day, or for someone who, with their herbal tea before bed, wants to experience a less disrupted sleep.
It could also be a great place to start for beginner CBD users, as CBD edibles offer an easy way to track dosage and a subtler experience could be preferable while finding your footing. And it’s discreet!
Ingesting CBD sublingually (tinctures of oil, sprays, lozenges)
Unlike edibles, ingesting CBD sublingually has a very finite number of applications, and of course the most common of these are the familiar tinctures of oil seen in shops more and more frequently.
To ingest CBD sublingually means to put a certain amount of CBD under the tongue. By putting CBD under the tongue, it is absorbed more rapidly into your system through the many capillaries in the tissues found there. As sublingual ingestion bypasses the need for CBD to travel through the digestive tract, your body absorbs more CBD from the original amount taken.
What can be expected from a sublingually ingested CBD experience? As mentioned above, as the CBD does not have to traverse the digestive system and as the body absorbs more CBD from the original amount taken, expect more rapid results and a more heightened experience. Who may benefit from taking CBD sublingually? Someone who may be experiencing bodily pain and wants quick results, or someone who is perhaps more experienced with CBD and is investigating their dosage needs.
Applying CBD Topically
CBD and its influence on the beauty and skin care industry deserves much more attention than can be given here, but know that there are also several emerging ways to apply CBD products to your skin. Some increasingly popular products include CBD moisturising creams, salves, and balms, anti-ageing creams and serums, lip balms, face masks, and acne medications.
How does CBD absorb into the system topically? The first main difference between topical and sublingual/edible absorption is that CBD applied to the skin does not actually enter the bloodstream. Instead, the CBD is absorbed through the skin and interacts with cannabinoid receptors close to the skin’s surface, but as the skin is quite difficult to permeate, the effects are subtle.
As such, topical salves or moisturisers are an excellent option for those who experience general muscle pain, arthritis, and even acne. As the CBD interacts the surrounding cannabinoids once applied, it industriously sets to work using its anti inflammatory powers.
Vaping CBD Products
Another incredibly popular option for consumption, there are a huge amount of products to choose from when considering what to buy. And, again, many products flaunt specific benefits depending on your needs.
By smoking or vaping, CBD enters the body through the lungs, and specifically by the alveoli in the lungs. What this means for the user is that, since the alveoli have a large surface area, and we are again avoiding the digestive tract, CBD that is inhaled enters the system very rapidly.
Vaping or smoking is a good option for, well, anyone who likes to smoke, but also for users who would like to be able to take CBD or other medicinal hemp products on the go, and want close to immediate effects.
What is the best way to take CBD Oil?
Before you can fully answer this question, as we’ve seen, you must ask yourself what your needs are, and what area of your life you want to see CBD affecting? Do you want long exposure but a more subtle effect? Or would you rather something that will work acutely and rapidly, but not last as long? The short and long answer to this question is that the best way to take CBD is up to you, after some industrious research!