Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the major cannabinoids, or chemical compoundsderived from the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties (meaning it will not get you “high”) and possesses a wide range of health benefits. Research shows that CBD is effective in reducing inflammation and physical pain, mitigating the likelihood of seizures, combating anxiety, acting as a sleeping aide, and even preventing cancer. However, navigating how to consume CBD can be somewhat daunting, especially considering that there is an ever-increasing amount of ways to purchase and consume CBD. Furthermore, certain consumption methods are better suited for different health conditions and desired CBD outcomes.
Some of the most common consumption methods include oils, tinctures, edibles, topical creams/ointments, and vaporizers.Of these methods, CBD oil is incredibly popular. There are a number of extraction methods that can be used to isolate CBD oil from the cannabis plant, and it is important to avoid using CBD oils that are extracted using toxic chemicals such as butane. CBD oil made from CO2, ethanol, and/or olive oil are typically the most pure or chemical-free forms of CBD oil.
Aside from CBD oil, other popular consumption methods include topical ointments and vaporizers. CBD topical ointments, creams, and/or balms are typically made by blending CBD extracts with other ointments such as coconut oil or beeswax. Vaporizers are another very popular method of consumption, which heat up cannabis oils so that CBD can be inhaled.
When choosing a method of CBD consumption, it is incredibly important to be aware of each method’s pros and cons. Plus, certain methods are better suited for different uses. For example, consuming CBD oil under the tongue is one of the quickest ways to absorb CBD, making it a viable option for those seeking immediate relief. On the other hand, ingesting CBD in the form of edibles takes much longer due to the digestive process, in which many of the CBD molecules break down and are subsequently lost. However, it can be difficult to gauge how much CBD is actually being administered when using CBD oil. Many bottles of CBD oil only show total CBD content rather than a per dose amount, which can make measuring CBD doses especially difficult.
When using CBD creams or ointments, it is important to keep in mind that they are slightly less potent as they are not absorbed into the bloodstream. They are, however, great for targeting a specific area that needs relief. Lastly, vaporizers are similar to ingesting CBD oil in that they provide one of the quickest ways of absorbing CBD. That said, many CBD cartridges for vaporizers include other chemicals that are unhealthy and best not consumed. Thus, being mindful of different CBD consumption methods is helpful when using CBD to address various health issues.