For CBD to work, your body must first absorb it. This means that it must find its way from its point of entry and into the bloodstream, from there it can travel around the body to interact with cannabinoid receptors. How it does this will depend on how you consume it, called the route of administration. The method of ingestion will greatly affect the uptake, distribution, and elimination of the CBD compound in your body.
This is vitally important information, since the method you choose will determine how effective cannabinoid therapy will ultimately be in helping you achieve your desired results. You can consume CBD in a variety of different ways. You can swallow tinctures, add it to food, smear it on your skin, inhale it, and even swish it around your mouth. However, the way you choose to use it will influence the effect it has on you, as well as how long it takes to work. The body absorbs CBD in different ways, so how you consume it is of paramount importance. Here is a guide to the variety of ways to take CBD, the benefits of each method, and how to use it.
FOR: Fast acting relief
HOW TO USE: Simply place the correct quantity of drops under your tongue using the dropper and hold the CBD oil in place for a minimum of 60 seconds. Once 60 seconds has passed, swallow the CBD oil.
BENEFIT: Holding the CBD oil under your tongue allows for absorption via the blood vessels underneath your tongue. This method allows the mucus membranes of the mouth to absorb CBD instead, bypassing the digestive system and metabolism in the liver entirely. Since no enzymes break the CBD molecules down and it does not travel through the stomach, CBD is able to reach the bloodstream faster.
There are a vast number of oils available out there. The variety in strengths is very impressive, meaning that there will definitely be a CBD oil available to suit you. Plus, these are better suited to finding a minimum effective dose, as you can start extremely low and work your way up slowly. By using a dropper, you can create a dose that is more accurately tailored to you.
Bioavailability is higher than with capsules, and the CBD takes effect much faster. This makes sublingual oils ideal for general usage; they are quite an adaptable method that can be used for pretty much everything. Although the sublingual usage may not be immediately familiar to you, it is easy to get the hang of and thus easy to put into your daily routine.
FOR: A consistent more subtle way to take CDB
HOW TO USE: Follow the instructions on the package, paying attention to CBD levels to achieve your desired dose
BENEFIT: CBD edibles are a great option for consumers looking for a slow but long-lasting effect. Edibles taste amazing which is helpful if you find the taste of CBD Oil off-putting.
FOR: Moisturizing, Anti-Aging
HOW TO USE: Follow the instructions on the package for your specific CBD Cream Product
BENEFIT: CBD is showing promise as a potential anti-inflammatory molecule with antioxidant and anti-aging properties. In addition, hemp seed oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In addition, it fights wrinkles.
FOR: Consistent dosing that you can easily incorporate into your routine
HOW TO USE: To take a CBD capsule, simply pop one in your mouth and swallow with a glass of water. It’s just like any other pill you’re used to taking.
BENEFIT: Capsules are incredibly easy to take. If you already take other vitamins, supplements or medications, it’s easy to add a daily CBD capsule into the mix. The dosage could not be any easier. Each dose is already measured out for you in each capsule – there’s no guesswork involved.
Capsules are ideal for traveling a lot, as they can’t leak in your bag and are very easy to carry around. They are very inconspicuous, and you likely won’t be noticed for taking one at work or in public. Much subtler than CBD oils! Since some people can’t cope with the taste of CBD oil, capsules provide a taste-free option.
FOR: Prolonged release rate of CBD
HOW TO USE: A CBD patch is a Band-aid™-like piece of plastic infused with the cannabinoid CBD. Simply apply the CBD patch to a venous part of your body, like your ankle, your arm, or the inside of your wrist.
BENEFIT: The only topical CBD products able to penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream are trans-dermal CBD patches. Trans-dermal, by its very definition, means able to cross the dermal barrier to reach the blood. The nice thing about trans-dermal delivery is that it bypasses your lungs, liver, and stomach (places where your body filters or breaks down the cannabinoid). So you get 100 percent of the medicinal value of the CBD.
HOW TO USE: Follow the instructions on the package, paying attention to CBD levels to achieve your desired dose.
BENEFIT: CBD drink mixes are a great option for consumers with chronic conditions. Their slow but long-lasting effects can help to ensure the presence of active therapy in the body for many hours at a time. They taste great and are a fun way to bring variety to your CBD routine. Some are even paired with caffeine to give an added pick-me-up.
HOW TO USE: Follow the instructions on the package, paying attention to CBD levels to achieve your desired dose. As with any other coffee, you can brew it to your desired likeness, including cold brewing and espresso.
BENEFIT: If taking regular CBD makes you tired, give CBD coffee a try. Like the other CBD drink mixes, CBD Infused Coffee is a great option for consumers with chronic conditions. Their slow but long-lasting effects can help to ensure the presence of active therapy in the body for many hours at a time.
CBD coffee is the ultimate combination. For one thing, because CBD is known to be calming and even to make one sleepy, it combines with the caffeine to even you out, even after that third cup. In fact, if you’re drinking three cups of coffee, combining them with CBD is highly recommended.
Try it as a latte or Iced coffee. You can even add your favorite flavors and make it your own. Also available in Decaf.
FOR: Relaxation, Energy, all of the benefit you enjoy with essential oils, now with CBD
HOW TO USE: Use within a nebulizer, ultrasonic or fan diffuser to enjoy aromatherapy with enhanced benefits.
BENEFIT: Aromatherapy is great for anyone wanting some stress relief, sleep aid, mental clarity, and almost any other form of mood alteration. If you use CBD oil in a diffuser you don’t have to worry about any psychoactive effects since it contains no THC. Depending on the desired effects of CBD you can match it with a comparable essential oil. For example: While CBD may help calm the mind and body on its own, employing the help of essential oils like eucalyptus and jasmine is a natural way to heighten the possible relaxation effects of CBD. When using modest CBD potencies for a boost of energy, these effects may be amplified when CBD is paired with essential oils that promote alertness and focus. CBD also holds potential for enhancing sleep, but you can utilize essential oils in conjunction with CBD to promote relaxation and a quality night’s rest.
FOR: Post workout recovery, Localized treatment
HOW TO USE: Follow the instructions on the package for your specific CBD Cream/ Balm
BENEFIT: CBD cream can be used to treat a very specific area of your body. If you take CBD oil for a localized ailment, you’ll get generalized relief throughout your entire body, but the ailment itself may not completely disappear. It’s like taking an aspirin for a sore muscle versus getting a massage. With the aspirin, you get a general pain relief, but the muscle may still be tight and sore. But with the massage, you can focus on the muscle until it is relaxed and pain-free. CBD cream is like that massage in that it can target a specific spot for maximum effect.