You may have already heard about the benefits of cannabidiol products and want to try them yourself now. As they’ve become legal in the eyes of the law and practically everyone else. Not only has the stigma surrounding cannabis products diminished, but you can also enjoy the health benefits that they can provide you without having to worry about getting in trouble with the law. However, some products may not fit your taste or preferences. Because there are various cannabis products out there, you may be confused as to which one you should try. As there are different ways to consume CBD.
In this guide, we’ll cover different ways to consume CBD products for medical purposes, so you can decide for yourself which one is best for you.
Because the CBD industry is now booming, you’ll find an array of products containing different amounts of CBD and they’re all safe for consumption. That is, of course, if you’re buying these products from a trustworthy source. These edible products include, but are not limited to, truffles, gummies, and mints. These products don’t have that unpleasant taste of CBD, but will still provide you with its medicinal properties.
There are also CBD-infused lattes or drinks that contain CBD shots. Nowadays, more manufacturers are producing edible CBD products due to its numerous health benefits and its ability not to induce the “high” effect. In fact, the only component that induces this effect is THC. CBD, on the other hand, is well known for its ability to:
- Improve sleep patterns
- Reduce inflammation
- And lessen anxiety without producing any psychoactive effects
As the name suggests, these products are designed to be applied directly onto the skin. Some people may prefer this type of product as you won’t have to ingest the CBD. You’ll find that CBD topicals include various products, like:
- CBD lotions
- Transdermal patches
- Balms, etc.
And they’re mostly used for beauty and skincare treatments. If you’re still not sure why you should use these products, you might want to begin from the start.
So, What is CBD?
As we’ve mentioned previously, CBD, which is short for Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant and it doesn’t inflect the same psychoactive effects of other cannabis compounds like THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). While the cannabis plant has multiple components, the CBD and THC are the most important chemical compounds that can have a significant effect on your body. Because CBD combines the best of both worlds (it is medically approved and doesn’t have a psychoactive effect), it is safe both for skin application and digestion.
CBD tinctures are great for people who like to consume CBD with other ingredients to create different flavours. You will find CBD tinctures that add different ingredients, like:
- Vegetable glycerin
- Ethanol (which is consistently included in the process of making these tinctures)
- And Coconut Oil
If you want to know how these tinctures are used, the formula is added to the tincture, which you can use to add drops of the special formula under your tongue. CBD products are usually eaten or drunk first. This means that they’ll have to take the long way through your digestive system before reaching your bloodstream. CBD tinctures, on the other hand, are better in that they will be administered directly to your bloodstream. Thus, they will have a quicker effect than any other CBD products.
CBD oils are essentially similar to tinctures in their effectiveness. But they’re different in that they don’t have any added flavours or ingredients. CBD oil and CBD tinctures also have the same packaging and manufacturing process (alcohol or CO2 extraction). CBD oils are usually flavourless, which makes them taste more bitter than CBD tinctures. But CBD oils also more potent, have higher quality and are way more concentrated than their counterparts. That’s why they’re recommended for patients who have severe chronic pain or are suffering from chronic conditions like epilepsy or IBS.
While CBD oil has a higher quality than CBD tinctures, it has a short shelf life. Tinctures contain alcohol, so they tend to have a longer shelf life.
The most popular method of using CBD oil is probably via vaporizers. It’s also what most people will be willing to try when they want to try CBD products. CBD oil cartridges are placed in vaporizers, which then can be used and will have more health benefits than a regular cigarette or a joint. Vaping and smoking will also carry the effects of CBD oil directly to your bloodstream, so it’s as effective a method as using Tincture drops. However, consuming CBD oil with that method, despite how fast it is, may not be the best option, as it will expose you to carcinogens, which can damage your lung tissue if you’re not careful.
Pills and Capsules
If you want to get the benefits of CBD oil through good old pills, then you can easily find these as well. They may not be the fastest method to consume CBD, but they’re equally effective as other methods. This method will work best for anyone who doesn’t want to ingest CBD or apply it to their skin. It is also great for people who have a severe lung condition or anyone who prefers not vaping or smoking CBD oil. This method will be a bit slower though, and the time for it to take effect will depend on how fast your metabolism is. CBD pills and capsules will have different shapes and types. For example, you might get solid tablets, gel capsules, or powder capsules.
What to Look for
Before you buy any of these products, make sure that you check some features first. For example, look for products that have broad-spectrum oil, which means that you’ll get the full benefits of the oil without any psychoactive effects. Also, make sure that the product is lab-tested and that is the U.S. grown for extra safety.
Now that you know some of the best CBD products on the market, you can go to the nearest shop to get the product of your choice. Make sure that you’re buying quality products and, since CBD oil is expensive, keep in mind that anything that sounds suspiciously cheap might be a scam. Only high-quality products will provide you with the full health benefits of CBD.