With cannabidiol being available in the market, the products that you can browse online is endless. Folks turn to CBD because of its therapeutic effects such as relieving chronic pain, trouble sleeping, anxiety, and other ailments.
However, some products may not be available in the state you reside in because of its legality in each state. Folks may have tried other products but are not comfortable with how it is consumed, here’s a list of different ways to consume CBD and how its route of administration affects the effectiveness and duration of CBD.
CBD oils and Tinctures
One of the most common products of cannabidiol is the CBD oil and tinctures which both taken by using a dropper and placing it under the tongue in the medical term it is sublingual. CBD oil is usually combined with other carriers that are oil based like coconut oil, MCT or hemp seed oil. While the tinctures consist of ingredients such as vegetable glycerin alcohol, vinegar, ethanol, or artificial flavoring, With this method the effect will take place about 20 to 40 minutes.
When CBD is added to food and beverages, the CBD-infused foods and drinks are what we called edibles. It is easily available in the market where CBD products along with CBD oil is sold. Others make use of CBD oil and add them to the meals.
CBD oils and tinctures will become edibles when added to smoothies, coffee, and baked goods. However, remember to avoid heating the CBD oil in very high temperature or direct heat, as it will give a very bitter taste.
By ingesting CBD-infuse products, it will then be absorbed by the bloodstream which will take about 2 hours to take effect.
CBD lotions and creams
If you have sore muscles, arthritis pain, and inflammation then the CBD-infused lotions and creams are the best way to get the benefits you need. Because it reacts to the endocannabinoid receptors found under the skin, the effects are more direct and specific. Although unlike ingestible and applied under the tongue, the effects when applied topically will take up to an hour and effectivity will last up to 5 hours.
CBD skin patches (transdermal)
Transdermal patches commonly called skin patches are small adhesive patches that give CBD through the skin. Besides topical lotions and creams, the transdermal patches can cross the dermal barrier and directly goes to the bloodstream. It is activated by the use of body heat and releasing the small amounts of CBD over an extended period of time, which is usually around 4 to 6 hours on average.
Vape has recently gained its popularity as a means of quitting smoking, unwind and the used CBD. It heats up the concentrated version of the cannabinoid and inhales it by vaping. For beginners, vaping may be difficult at first and requires practice. By inhaling the CBD through vaping, it absorbs through the lungs faster which is the best method to get CBD to the bloodstream. The effects, however, end at a very short amount of time and need constant additional doses to remain the effect.
Even with the variety of ways in consuming cannabidiol, it is important to understand the duration of effectiveness will vary from the methods chosen. These methods have different concentration and dosage to follow. And for this reason, it is recommended to start with a smaller dosage then increase it according to a desirable effect.
Remember that research of cannabis is still ongoing and universal dosage is not yet available. CBD effects may also hinder and give complications if combined with other medications, especially alcohol.