How to use CBD
There are more ways now than ever before to consume CBD, and the list continues to grow! You can ingest it or inhale it, or even bathe in it! From CBD infused gummies and tinctures to pre rolls to bath bombs, products rich in this powerful cannabinoid are hitting the shelves all around. So, where should you start?
If you’re new to CBD but you’re not sure what to try first, this guide will take you through all the different, and delightful methods for cannabis consumption. First, it will be good to understand what CBD is and how it and other cannabinoids react with our bodies.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Popular for its effectiveness in relieving pain, inflammation and anxiety. As well as aiding your sleep, immune system, mood, appetite, memory and much more. Unlike THC, cannabidiol won’t leave you feeling high. Even still, the therapuetic benefits of this phytocannabinoid are widely known and research continues to prove it’s usefulness.
Cannabidiol works by mimicking our body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids. Because they essentially look and behave the same, our endocannaboid system can utilize CBD as it would anandamide or 2 AG in the regulation of our body and it’s daily functions. The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, is an extremely complex arrangement that plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood and day to day experience.
Now that we have an idea of what CBD is let’s look at a few different ways to consume it so you can determine the best method for you! Every option has it’s advantages and it’s disadvantages and everybody will process cannabis a little differently. So don’t be afraid to experiment a bit, it may take some time.
To make it easier we’ll answer these question with each consumption method:
- Onset: How quickly will the cannabinoids begin to work?
- Dose: What is a reasonable starting dose?
- Distribution: How will our body be affected?
- Duration: How long will the effects last?
Sublingual tinctures are absorbed into the blood vessels under the tongue and around the mouth. They are made by taking the extracted CBD oil and adding it to a carrier oil like MCT or grapeseed. Hold under the tongue for 30 seconds to a minute before swallowing to allow for maximum absorption. Swallowing too soon will send it through your digestive system, lowering the effective dose. Effects start around 15 minutes after consumption and peak around an hour and a half later.
- Onset: 15 – 30 minutes.
- Dose: 2.5 – 5mg
- Distribution: Absorbed through the mouth, into the blood stream and distributed evenly throughout the body.
- Duration: 6 – 8 hours.
Smoking (or vaping):
Inhaled and then absorbed through the lungs cannabinoids are sent almost directly to the brain, bypassing any barrier that might otherwise slow it down. This makes inhalation the fastest method for administration of cannabinoids like CBD and THC. A short onset and duration make smoking hemp flower an ideal method for dealing with acute problems, like nausea or pain, while allowing the user to easily adjust to their desired dose. Keep in mind that inhaling any kind of smoke may be harmful. Vaping flower may be easier on the lungs and increase the bioavailability of the cannabinoids.
- Onset: Within seconds
- Dose: A puff or two.
- Distribution: Absorbed through the lungs first, then the heart and brain. Then distributed evenly throughout the body.
- Duration: 2 – 3 hours.
If ingested, cannabinoids are moved through the gut and into the intestines where they are absorbed and sent to the liver. Once there, enzymes will modify the THC or CBD through metabolism before sending it on through the rest of the body. The long lasting effects make edibles useful for many chronic conditions. Be careful not to re-dose too soon. Edibles take their time coming on, but are well worth the wait.
- Onset: 1 – 2 hours.
- Dose: 5mg – hundreds of mg
- Distribution: Absorbed through the intestines, sent to liver for modification, then spread evenly through the body
- Duration: 2 – 3 hours.
Salves or creams are another common and very popular application. Massaged directly into the skin, CBD works almost immediately to bring relief to an area of pain or tension. It’s important to note that this method does not allow the CBD to be absorbed into the blood stream, though terpenes and acidic cannabinoids may help it reach a bit further.
- Onset: Within minutes
- Dose: Cover the area with a thin layer.
- Distribution Targets pain on the skin level, not absorbed into the blood.
- Duration: 2 – 3 hours.
With so many ways to experience the benefits of CBD it can be a bit daunting to get started. Here I’ve laid out a few of the more popular and effective methods but this is by no means an extensive list. Finding the way that’s right for you should be based on your personal needs. Do a little more research, talk to a doctor, or just try some of everything! However you decide, it won’t be long before you realize the potential CBD has to offer.
Now that you have an idea, go ahead and visit our store to choose from our growing collection of organic hemp and craft CBD flower, tinctures, topicals and more!