Which is Best for You?
CBD products are derived from cannabis plants that have low levels of THC. More specifically, they are derived from a form of the cannabis plant called hemp that can contain only as much as 0.3% THC. While small amounts of THC still rarely produce any psychoactive effects, these low levels can enhance the medicinal effects of the higher CBD levels.
Why is CBD derived from hemp a good thing?
- Few chances for positive drug test results
- No chances for psychoactive effects of THC
- Ideal for medicinal applications
The benefits of CBD have been reported consistently for decades and some historical accounts go back to the ancient Chinese thousands of years ago, continuing throughout many different civilizations. While formal medical studies are currently being conducted to help determine just how CBD works, those who have seen these benefits firsthand have reported:
- Anxiety Relief
- Anti-Seizure Effects
- Pain Relief
- Anti-Acne Properties
- Cancer Treatment
CBD is often used alongside cancer treatments to help ease nausea, increase appetite, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression that can sometimes accompany chemotherapy and radiation. While not every user sees these benefits, and not all cancer treatments are ideal when paired with CBD, this practice is becoming more common.
Studies are also currently underway to determine the effects of CBD on those with Alzheimer’s, unspecified dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and even those who have suffered a stroke or aneurysm. While no official results have been reported by the government or any government-funded studies, hopes are high that CBD will be found as a benefit for patients battling these chronic illnesses.
While CBD may be able to provide relief from anxiety and pain and may hold other medicinal properties, it’s also important to understand how it is consumed. Just as with “pot,” there are many ways to consume it and each has its pros and cons.
Here, we will discuss each form of CBD consumption. With a description of how it’s done and concrete examples, you will also learn about what makes each unique when it comes to the effects it produces. Finally, we will show the pros and cons of each.
Hopefully, with the aid of this CBD consumption guide, you will feel better prepared as a new user of CBD.
Inhalation—The Fastest Results
Inhalation is the fastest acting way of consuming hemp CBD products and effects can be felt in as little as 20 to 30 seconds. Inhalation describes the act of inhaling CBD vapor created from superheated CBD oil or smoke created by combustion with the use of fire. This can be done in several ways:
- Vaping: disposable pens, oils for mods and other devices
- CBD Flower: typical cannabis smoking methods (water pipe, rolled, etc.)
- CBD Cigarettes
- Dabbing CBD Concentrates
Vaping has become the newest way to enjoy CBD products. The vaping trend began with e-juices and oils that include nicotine. Now, with CBD made from hemp, disposable CBD vape pens can be used for microdosing throughout the day to help keep chronic illnesses at bay such as pain and anxiety. You can choose a mod that is designed for vaping CBD oils instead of typical vape liquids. Mods used for vaping CBD need much less heat and too much heat can distort the taste or effects.
You can find cannabis flower that contains THC, much of it containing enough THC to cause severe psychoactive effects for many people. However, it is now also possible to find CBD flower that is grown from hemp plants that contain only as much as 0.3% THC. This flower can be inhaled using any typical methods used for smoking marijuana, including joints and blunts, pre-rolled CBD cigarettes, a pipe, or even a water pipe, which is sometimes referred to as a bong.
Dabbing refers to the act of inhaling the vapor or smoke from strong CBD concentrates and waxes. These concentrates can provide much stronger doses of CBD in a very short time and are just as quick-acting as the other inhalation methods we’ve covered. With the large doses available through dabbing, this is a practice often seen with CBD veterans with a higher tolerance level or with those experiencing flare-ups of chronic pain as well as acute anxiety or panic attacks.
Sublingual—The 2nd Fastest Results
Some CBD users may not be able to inhale vapor or smoke. This can be due to existing breathing problems such as asthma, COPD, or even an acute illness such as bronchitis or an upper respiratory infection.
Sublingual administration of CBD products is the fastest way to experience the effects of CBD. Sublingual refers to placing a medication or supplement under the tongue where it is absorbed quickly into the body. The trick is that it should stay under the tongue for at least 30 seconds before swallowing.
Sublingual CBD consumption requires any of the following types:
- CBD Oils
- CBD Tinctures
- CBD Sprays
There are CBD oils that can be used as a sublingual dose of CBD as well as in a mod (for vaping) and have other applications as well. However, it’s important to make sure the oils you intend to take sublingually are approved for sublingual CBD dosing. These oils are often referred to as tinctures. It’s important to let the oils sit under your tongue to see the best effects. Should you swallow the tincture, you will still see some results, but they may not be as strong and may also take time to kick in.
A CBD spray is much like a breath spray. Some are flavored and some will have the earthy taste of the hemp plant. A spray like this can be used quite discreetly in public because most people don’t expect a mouth spray to be a CBD product and because it can also be carried in a purse or pocket easily. These sprays come in various dosages depending on your needs.
Ingestion—The Most Fun Method
Snacking your way to the many benefits of CBD can be one of the most fun experiences you can have consuming hemp products. Often, these snacks can be used for microdosing. Hemp CBD edibles can be found as:
- CBD Gummies
- CBD Hard Candies
- CBD Pills
- CBD Cookies/Brownies
- Food in Restaurants (Regulated in most states)
When you have found the right edible and have worked out the best timing, CBD edibles can create a consistent dose throughout the day. Most stable doses can help control pain and anxiety with few flare-ups of symptoms. Edibles are dosed differently based on brand, strength, and other factors so be sure to research the amount of CBD in each piece of candy or dessert.
Another way to ingest CBD is through a pill. This can be taken just like any other pill-form medication or supplement. These pills are often tested so that each includes the same amount of CBD. If you find a dose that works for you and wish to keep it consistent, then CBD pills have many advantages.
Trans-dermal—No Smoke or Taste
If you don’t appreciate the smell or taste of products that contain CBD, a transdermal method may be best. This is also a safer method should you have little ones in the house who may be tempted to try a piece of candy or who may be subjected to the second-hand smoke or vapor from the various inhalation methods.
Transdermal doses of CBD are absorbed into your body through your skin. There are typically two methods of transdermal CBD use:
- CBD Skin Patches
- CBD Bath Bombs and Salts
Skin patches work much in the same way as nicotine patches for those who are stepping down slowly from smoking traditional cigarettes. These CBD patches will have a dosage rating and will let you know how long they will be effective before you will have to replace the patch to continue seeing the positive effects. CBD patches can be used to target specific areas of the body, such as painful joints, while also providing mellow CBD effects such as relaxation or a more focused, sharp mind.
In addition to patches, CBD bath products help to relieve chronic pain in the joints. You also absorb some of that CBD into your body while bathing. This can create a two-pronged effect when battling chronic pain. CBD bath bombs and bath salts are a favorite among users of hemp products who suffer from arthritis, Lupus, and other autoimmune diseases as well as pain caused by an injury.
Topical—Targeted Pain Relief
Sometimes consuming hemp products via a bath that can help target widespread chronic pain isn’t ideal. Perhaps you don’t have a bathtub and only a shower, or perhaps your pain makes it difficult to get in and out of the tub. You can still target the areas where you feel pain through the direct application of a CBD topical. CBD topicals include:
- CBD Lotions
- CBD Creams
- CBD Salves
Lotions, creams, and salves might seem too similar to provide different effects. While they are all applied topically and directly to the painful area, it is usually the strength of the product that determines what type it is.
CBD Lotions are a bit more affordable and can be applied to a larger area without using as much product. They come in various strengths so even if you are treating a large area, you can still see an enormous benefit.
CBD creams provide additional moisturizing benefits and can contain larger amounts of hemp CBD. Creams also take longer to work into the skin. This makes them perfect as massage creams. You can experience relief from both the CBD content and the act of massage.
Salves are ideal for those who require a much higher level of CBD for isolated areas, such as a knee or shoulder. It would be ineffective to use a strong CBD salve on many areas for widespread pain. It may take more of the product to work into your skin, and eventually the muscle and joint due to its thick consistency. However, being thick and highly concentrated means the potential for maximum pain relief.
Suppositories—Fast & Efficient
There are still other forms of consuming hemp CBD products that can provide that two-pronged approach to your chronic pain relief. You can still enjoy the many benefits of hemp CBD without inhaling or ingesting it, using a patch, or applying a topical.
A suppository is something that is placed inside the body for either location targeting or fast absorption when other methods aren’t available. The two most common types of hemp CBD suppositories are:
- CBD Tampons
- Rectal CBD Suppositories
CBD tampons were first designed to help women who experienced very bad menstrual cramps and other unpleasant symptoms either just before or during their monthly cycle. Now, many use them when they want to consume CBD hemp inconspicuously. Most gradually allow the body to absorb the CBD hemp which can provide long-lasting relief.
Rectal suppositories can provide fast relief. The length of time it takes to start feeling the effects is usually quick, but how long you will feel the effects depends largely on the brand and dose of rectal CBD suppository that you choose to use.
Which Forms of Consuming Hemp are Best for You?
As you can see, there are many forms of consuming hemp products to experience the vast and very positive effects of CBD. While the seeds of the hemp plant don’t contain any CBD, they can be made into hemp seed oil which is very healthy to cook with and can even be used to moisturize your skin and hair.
After reading about the various forms of CBD consumption, which do you feel would be best for you? Would some methods be better for you at certain times or for some symptoms, and other methods better for different ones that you may experience separately? We’d love to hear your thoughts and your personal experiences with these methods of hemp consumption so let us know!