3 Suggestions on How To Use CBD Oils and Rubs
There are many ways to consume CBD products. From oils and edibles to topicals and concentrates, the world of CBD has something for everyone.
But does it really matter how you consume your CBD?
Keep reading to find out about the advantages of different consumption methods and how they may be able to alleviate pain and anxiety.
1. CBD Oil For Pain
CBD oil has gained a reputation for its ability to alleviate pain and anxiety. Sublingual oils are a quick and convenient way to dose CBD at home or on-the-go. Moreover, taking advantage of cannabis in oil form means that you can avoid ingesting any potentially harmful smoke or vapor.
Most hemp oils are all-natural products derived from mother nature’s hemp plants, and may even come with a lab report to certify their purity and quality.
One of the main advantages of CBD oils is how quick and easy they are to use. Most people prefer to apply oils sublingually (underneath the tongue) where they can be absorbed within a matter of minutes.
When applied sublingually, cannabinoids like CBD are quickly absorbed through membranes under the tongue and on the cheeks from where they are carried into the bloodstream to produce effects.
Because of this, most people can expect to experience the effects of sublingual CBD within an hour, while some experience them within minutes.
CBD oils also allow for precise dosing. When vaping or smoking CBD flower, it can be hard, if not impossible, to tell exactly how much of a specific cannabinoid you are actually consuming.
However, these oils are applied using a marked dropper that can help you figure out exactly how much of what you are consuming. With natural hemp oils you will never have to worry about accidentally ingesting too much or too little CBD.
CBD oils can also be swallowed like an edible, or be mixed into other foods and liquids to be ingested. However, when ingested this way, it will take longer to experience the effects of CBD as it takes some time for the substance to be fully digested, metabolized, and processed.
If you are seeking immediate relief from pain or anxiety, it may be better to apply the oil sublingually, rather than swallow it.
CBD is also available in the form of an oral spray. Oral sprays rely on the same route of administration as oil.
The cannabinoid is absorbed by membranes in the mouth from where it is carried off into the bloodstream to produce effects.
Oral sprays come in small bottles that can be conveniently carried and discreetly used on-the-go wherever you are.
If you simply don’t like the process of using a dropper to apply oil sublingually, consider using a spray instead.
2. Using Topicals For Pain
CBD topicals are believed to alleviate several different kinds of pain including muscle pain, joint pain, and nerve pain. If your pain is localized instead of systemic, a topical may be just what you need.
Topical creams penetrate the skin to reach deep inside of muscles and joints in order to provide relief. Whether you are an athlete who regularly experiences post-workout pain, or simply someone dealing with a nagging, chronic pain that refuses to go away, topicals may be able to provide relief.
CBD may even be able to help treat skin damage like burns, scratches, and cuts. This is because it is able to communicate with cannabinoid cell receptors on the skin to help skin protect or repair itself.
One study from 2007 found that hemp oil was able to heal the skin of mice more quickly than other over-the-counter topical lotions. Additionally, some people have found CBD to provide relief from sunburns and rashes.
Topical creams and lotions may also be beneficial to the general health of your skin. The calming and normalizing properties can help it to reduce skin sensitivity, redness, and reactivity.
Moreover, because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, CBD may be able to alleviate a number of skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Researchers even believe that the antioxidants in teh cannabinoid may work to prevent aging-related wrinkles.
3. Edibles For Pain & Anxiety
CBD edibles are infused products designed to be orally ingested (swallowed) and processed through the stomach. Because they are a smoke/vapor-free way of ingesting cannabis, edibles are considered to be one of the cleanest and safest methods of consuming cannabinoids.
One of the main advantages of edibles is how long their effects last for. The psychoactive and therapeutic effects of an edible can last for as long as 6-8 hours. This is because fully digesting and processing the edible can take some time, especially if there is other food in your stomach.
If you are looking for long-lasting relief from pain and anxiety, CBD edibles may be the best option for you. However, the downside is that because digestion takes time, it can take a while to feel the effects of edible.
It can oftentimes take between 2-3 hours for the effects of an edible to peak, however, this may differ from person to person.
These edibles come in many different forms. Gummies and candies are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth who needs to medicate quickly and discreetly.
Alternatively, flavorless gelatin capsules loaded with CBD oil can be ingested even more quickly and contain far fewer calories. Because of how inconspicuous they are and how quickly they can be consumed, edibles are a more private and discreet way of consuming CBD when compared to other consumption methods.
More recently, CBD drinks have also begun to appear on dispensary shelves across the country. These products work very similarly to edibles and are processed in the same way by the body.
Vaping or Smoking CBD Flower & Concentrates
While many health-oriented consumers prefer to stay away from potentially harmful smoke or vapor, others prefer it for good reasons.
Inhaling cannabis smoke or vapor is considered to be one of the quickest ways to enjoy the plant’s effects.
It is believed that inhaling cannabis will allow it to produce effects in under 5 minutes. If you require immediate relief from pain or anxiety, inhaling smoke or vapor may be your best option for alleviating symptoms quickly and effectively.
Moreover, inhaling CBD flower and concentrates will really allow you to experience all that cannabis has to offer. Alongside therapeutic cannabinoids exist the terpenes and flavonoids that give the cannabis plant its deliciously unique flavor.
Many people prefer the taste of cannabis smoke to the taste of oils which can sometimes taste overly grassy or bitter.
Concentrates like wax and shatter can be dabbed out of a dab rig or vape pen. CBD can also be vaped in flower or in concentrated oil form.
Lastly, some people prefer to infuse CBD into their e-juice. It can be mixed into both nicotine-infused or nicotine-free e-juice to be vaped out of an e-cigarette or vape rig. If you prefer to vape on-the-go, loading your vape up with CBD e-juice may be the easiest and most convenient way of enjoying CBD.
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