Methods of CBD Ingestion and Application
CBD based products have blown up in both the medical profession and in the consumer market. Everyday we are seeing that more and more products are readily available for public consumption.
However, with product growth comes the inevitable confusion of which CBD-based product to buy, how to use it, and how it’ll affect you.
We’ve heard from leading experts in the medical field that studies show a positive link between human consumption and how it affects the mind and body, which is great! But when you have products that you can now spray, eat, apply, or inhale, it can be difficult to keep up.
Below is a list briefly outlining the different methods of getting CBD into your body:
CBD-infused tinctures are made the same way as other herbal tinctures: Hemp extracts are placed in high quality carrier liquid to create the oil.
Tinctures are typically applied using a dropper and placed underneath the tongue. Usually 4-6 drops is adequate enough for the CBD to be beneficial depending on what effects you’re looking for and what ailment you may have.
There are two types of CBD tinctures:
- CBD Isolate – only contains CBD
- Full Spectrum CBD – contains a combination of CBD, terpenes, flavonoids
Because there’s a mixture of other compounds, full spectrum CBD has been said to provide a much better benefit.
You can also put the CBD tinctures in food and drink if placing under your tongue isn’t your kind of thing!
There are a countless number of companies capitalising on the CBD e-liquid craze; some even switching from traditional e-liquid to CBD completely.
CBD e-liquid – also referred to as CBD vape juice or oil – works the same way as standard nicotine e-liquid. The CBD e-liquid is designed and produced specifically for a vaporizer – again, much the same as standard nicotine e-liquid.
Unlike pure CBD oils that you put under your tongue as a way of ingestion, CBD e-liquid is combined with propylene glycol or vegetable glycol to make the liquid thin enough to be atomised into an inhalable vapor.
A word of warning, however. There is recent evidence to suggest that CBD-based vape products in the US have been contaminated with harmful compounds. Unfortunately, this comes from a lack of regulatory measures over how CBD vape oil is produced and third-party testing not being utilized.
CBD-based topicals are almost like the your beginner’s choice if you’re looking to try cannabidoid products, but you’re not wanting to ingest or inhale it.
There are three individual types of topicals:
- Balms and salves
- Lotions and creams
Because topicals only affect the surface layer of your skin, the CBD doesn’t enter into the bloodstream the same way inhaling or ingesting it would.
However, the skin has its own endocannabinoid receptors much akin to the receptors found in the central nervous system. When a CBD topical is applied, the skin absorbs all the beneficial properties of CBD, which promotes the healing of:
- Muscular pain
- Joint pain
If vaping or ingesting isn’t your thing then you’ll find edibles to be the best way of gaining the beneifical effects of CBD.
The most common form of CBD edible on the market is the candy-style gummy available in a range of different flavours to suit those with a sweet tooth. However, edibles aren’t limited to just gummies. You can find it in honey, chocolates, spreads, and coffees and more.
Unlike topicals, liquids, and oils, the edible’s timeframe for when effects start on the body is highly dependant on your metabolism – the slower it your digestion, the slower the results will be (and vice versa).