WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO USE CANNABIS?
Cannabis and its extracts, like CBD oil, can be consumed in various ways. Most options fall into a few general categories, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Everybody processes cannabis and cannbidiol a little differently. The diversity of human experience means that finding your ideal form of cannabis consumption may take some experimentation.
The key differences between ways of using cannabis pertain to these questions:
1.How quickly will cannabinoids begin to work?
2.What’s a reasonable starting dose?
3.Which parts of the body will be most affected?
4.How long will the effects last?
The dosage required, of course, depends on the quality of the product and the reason for its use.
Tinctures are one of the most popular ways to consume CBD, especially if you’re a beginner. This is because dosing is made easy with the addition of a dropper that allows you to dose drop-by-drop.
How to use CBD Tinctures:
The best method for using tinctures is taking them sublingually or under your tongue. Putting 3-4 drops under your tongue and leaving it for 3 minutes and swilling the rest later will properly help the CBD to soak into your body. This helps the CBD absorb faster into your bloodstream because the skin beneath your tongue is so thin. However, you can also add drops to smoothies and baked goods if you want to get creative.
Tinctures are one of the faster-absorbing forms of CBD, taking anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes to have an effect.
- Ointments and Creams
CBD ointments and creams are made by infusing cannabis flowers in oils and other substances which extracts the active compounds. This is then blended into a topical product such as a lotion or even a balm, which you can rub on your skin. In the same way, a tincture is absorbed under your tongue, creams and ointments are absorbed through your pores.
How to use CBD ointments and creams:
Most CBD ointments, salves, and pain creams can be used as needed, without worrying about a set dosage. For general use, try applying them to your pulse points, like on the inside of your wrists where your skin is thinner so they absorb more effectively. For local pain, rub the salve or cream onto the painful area 1-3 times a day.
The other good news? You can have your snacks and CBD too. There are a whole range of CBD “edibles,” or foods that are infused with CBD. Think CBD chocolate, CBD-infused nuts, protein and snack bars, drinks, and even candies like gummies.
How to take CBD edibles:
If you want to avoid vaping or taking more capsules, CBD edibles are an excellent choice, especially if you like the idea of having a little snack simultaneously. Just be sure with edibles to pay attention to the dosages in serving sizes. For instance, a CBD chocolate bar may list the CBD dosage by bar or by serving size, such as one or three squares.
Edibles do take a little longer to have an effect due to your body having to digest the food and pass the CBD into your bloodstream. This can take up to 2-3 hours.
Capsules are a convenient way to take CBD if you don’t want to use a tincture or vape. These can come as pure isolates of CBD, or in supplements combined with other herbs and ingredients to do anything from enhancing performance to helping reduce stress.
How to take CBD capsules:
Follow the dosage instructions on your label, and also be sure to check for additional ingredients, including THC. Also know that capsules will take slightly longer to kick in, since they have to go through the process of digestion similar to an edible.
Vaping, or inhaling, CBD is one of the fastest ways to get CBD into your system. Since it bypasses digestion, the effects are felt almost immediately; however, they don’t last nearly as long as other methods. Peak blood levels occur at around 10 minutes after inhaling.
Vaping CBD also involves inhaling vape juice, which is different from CBD oils and tinctures. While you may hear vape juice referred to as “CBD vape oil,” it actually doesn’t contain any CBD oil. The oil is for ingestion, while juices are designed specifically for inhalation.
How to vape CBD:
Vape pens, which are tiny, cigarette-like pens that can be filled with vape juice, are the most popular way of inhaling CBD. They come pre-filled with a CBD juice cartridge that can be replaced as needed. Avoid cheap and disposable pens, and also any that list chemicals like propylene glycol in the ingredients.