CBD is has many medical uses. From chronic pain to epilepsy, CBD has been known to serve as a solution to many problems we face today – and with research, we might figure out more and more uses of CBD!
There are many ways to take CBD. You could just smoke it in a joint, or eat it in an edible, but, what if you want to glorify more specific effects of CBD? It is common knowledge that different ailments require different doses of CBD. Moreover, usage preferences differ from people to people. While smokers have no problem smoking their joints, non-smokers would like to ingest their CBD in edibles, others might also opt out of the “high” they feel by ingesting edibles and choose to take in pure CBD only for the medicinal benefits!!!
No matter how you choose to take in your CBD, there are a few things you should look for when shopping for it.
Full or broad spectrum products –
Research shows that CBD may work more effectively when taken with THC. This is referred to as the “entourage effect”. This does not mean that isolated or distilled oils do not do their job well.
Full and broad spectrum oils are also less processed (obviously – isolation and distilling entail more processes than extraction of the oil). Moreover, broad and full spectrum oils also contain a majority of the whole basket of compounds that make up cannabis and might have their own benefits – for example, terpenes.
As a majority of the CBD products in the market as of now are not really regulated by government authorities, it is not easy to calculate the integrity of the products. The best case scenario here is that you buy third-party lab tested products. They usually say it on the label if they are tested by a third party and who the third party is, so it is easy to recognize them.
Well is there any form of inorganic cannabis? Well, yes! Even though it is relatively a new niche, the world has found a way to “contaminate” it too! In this case, the “contamination” is real – with pesticides and other chemicals that will stimulate unnatural growth to increase yield – giving you sub-par product in the process.
Well, now that we got these “regulatory checks” out of the way, we can concentrate on the different “types” of products that you can take your CBD with –
Edibles are a great way to ingest your CBD. Apart from being discreet, there are too many products available – from gummy bears to brownies and even mints that do a great job at hiding the “weedy” taste that is so unpleasant.
However, with edibles, there are a few drawbacks, like – the “first pass effect”. Eating your CBD subjects it to this effect and this means that it can take up to 2 hours before it affects you.
Sublingual Products –
Many edibles may contain artificial sweeteners and preservatives. If you want to avoid that stuff, I advise you to go for sublingual products. These products are designed to be absorbed under your tongue. The fact that they are not going to be passing through the digestive tract means that the CBD can take effect much faster and you will surely feel the effects faster than with edibles.
These products include something called tinctures – which are made by soaking the canna – flower in oil or alcohol. These can be sprays, oils or melt in your mouth tablets.
CBD topicals are designed to be applied directly on the skin. You can find all kinds of products in this spectrum like – lotions, balms, creams, salves and transdermal patches. These are great to treat skin conditions occurring on special locations like eczema in a discreet fashion.
A study back in 2015 showed that CBD products applied directly on the skin greatly reduced inflammation – promising for people suffering from arthritis.
While studies on bio-availability are not specific and inconclusive, we do conclude one thing and that is very important to take into consideration –
Topicals are not subjected to the “first pass effect” like with edibles and thus offer faster and more bioavailability. They can provide effective concentrated relief to the affected area.
The caveat here is that, human skin is not very permeable (god made us waterproof) and that is why, if you are using topicals, you need to make sure your product has a high content of CBD and also ensure you apply generous amounts of it.
VAPING AND SMOKING –
Saved the most common for last haha! Well, these are of course two of the most common ways of consuming cannabis but that is slowly changing. As more and more people realise the fact that smoking can expose you to the risk of contracting cancer, the claims of cannabis being a cure for cancer sound thoroughly contradictive here.
While Vaping provides an easy solution to this “carcinogenic” problem brought over by smoking, the decision on whether or not vaping is safe for the lungs is still not made. While some say vaping is not a problem since it heats the cannabis just below the point of combustion which goes around the “cancer” problem, it still does not mean that vaping does not come with its own set of problems.
For now, the best option that will give you a high rate of CBD absorption quickly, looks like Topicals – although the drawback being you will need to use a lot of high quality product for it to be absorbed by your body.