Top Forms of CBD

In a previous article we discussed the differences between CBD and Marijuana. Today we are going to cover the top forms of CBD!

Chances are, you’ve heard about the benefits of using CBD. Perhaps you even have a friend or family member who has turned to CBD. It is available in many different forms, so before you choose which one is best suited for you, here’s a quick overview of currently available options.

Capsules

Capsules are easy to take and simple to dose.

Remember that you must allow enough time for the capsule to dissolve in your stomach and be distributed throughout your body by your blood stream.

When you swallow a capsule, it’s absorbed through your intestines and sent to the liver. It takes about an hour to feel the effects if you take it on an empty stomach, and up to three hours if you’ve eaten recently. This means don’t take more until after at least 3-4 hours have passed.

The psychoactive effects of a capsule subside after around six hours in the average person. Other effects may last up to twelve hours.

Gummies

CBD gummies are a sweet way to get your daily dose. Like capsules, gummies must first be digested and pass through the liver before they begin to take effect. Again, remember not to take more until at least three hours have passed.

Edibles

In addition to gummies, CBD can be made into other forms of edibles like dried fruit, chocolates, and sauce. Edibles tend to take longer to take effect and may require a larger dose.

Oral Spray

Many studies have shown that CBD, through oral spray specifically that has a combination of CBD and THC, have been proven to be a safe and effective to dose.

Tinctures

Tinctures are made with a solvent like ethanol or sesame or olive oil. They’re applied into the mouth, or under the tongue. These doses are absorbed directly into the blood vessels in the mouth.

A CBD tincture is produced by steeping cannabis in high-proof alcohol and then applying low heat. A tincture is highly concentrated and meant to take in small doses.

How it works: You spray or drop the liquid onto the skin in your mouth and wait at least 1-2 minutes for it to absorb before you swallow. If you just swallow immediately, it’s going to take much longer to have an effect, like a capsule or edible does. It’s best not to eat or drink immediately before or after taking a tincture.

Tinctures take between 15 minutes to an hour to have full effect. They last anywhere between six to eight hours.

Tip: Always start with the lowest dose possible if you are new to CBD. 2.5 to 5.0 milligrams are a good starting dose for most people. Always pay close attention to the label so you’ll be certain exactly how much cannabinoid you’re getting per dose.

Beverages

Beverages are another way to consume CBD. CBD can be found in wine, coffee, soda, water, kombucha, and other alcohols.

Vaping

This method is one of the fastest acting and comes in a variety of flavors. CBD vape liquid can be added to your vaping device and taken on the go.

The chemicals are sent straight to the brain before they pass through the liver, so they take effect within seconds to minutes.

Most effects usually dissipate within two to three hours.

The fast onset also allows patients to adjust their dose quickly. Even if you do get a “high,” it won’t last very long and you can adjust the next dose accordingly.

One thing to consider, however: vaping has been shown to be a dangerous habit and carries unique risks as they are often diluted with other substances such as MCT, oils and fats that are typically derived from natural sources like olive or coconut oil.

And while these oils are safe to eat, it hasn’t been proven whether they are safe to vape.

Topicals

These topical products are rubbed onto the skin to provide quick pain relief for muscles and joints.

The CBD is not usually absorbed into the blood stream in any significant amount, so you don’t need to worry about getting “high” or causing side effects.

It’s not recommended to put on sores or cuts but is often used to help sore muscles or inflammation.

Transdermal Patches

This method is similar to a nicotine patch. Throughout the day as your body heat reacts with the patch, it releases CBD into your system.

Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are a highly popular way of relaxing in the tub, and for an even more relaxing time, you can get CBD bath bombs.

Disclaimer
The statements shared in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Additionally, these products are not intended to be a dietary supplements. Ask a health professional before use. Keep out of the reach of children.

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