Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has become one of the most talked about wellness supplements in recent years. This natural chemical compound is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you “high,” is extracted in the form of an oil that is consumed directly or infused into various products like CBD dabs, tinctures, capsules and gummies.
While CBD is currently being studied more in-depth to confirm it’s long list of potential benefits, many have experienced various positive impacts by taking it. In fact, a 2019 Gallup poll found that one in seven Americans were taking advantage of its benefits – 40 percent were reportedly using it for pain, 20 percent to relieve anxiety, and 11 percent to enjoy higher quality sleep.
No matter what the benefits you’re looking to derive out of CBD, here’s how you can use it.
CBD edibles can be found in many different forms today as one of the easiest ways to use CBD. Some of the most popular are mints, gummies and truffles which taste great while masking the “weedy” flavor. The downside to edibles is that they can take quite a while before noticing an effect as CBD has to be broken down by the liver and digestive tract. It may be two hours before it kicks in with only 20 to 30 percent of the CBD actually absorbed.
CBD oil can be used in tincture form, consumed by placing it under your tongue and holding it there for about a minute. Some people add drops to their food, or in their morning coffee, providing energy without that jittery feeling while reducing anxiety and digestive problems. It can also be added to any smoothie recipe. It’s easy to adjust the dose by subtracting or adding a few drops, and it may work a little faster this way too.
CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin. A topical application is great for soothing muscle aches and pains, in fact a 2015 study found that when a CBD gel was applied to the skin it managed to reduce joint swelling significantly, revealing promising results for those who are suffering from conditions like arthritis. CBD can also be used for treating skin conditions. It’s added to many types of skin care products, which take advantage of its properties to help everything from diminishing fine lines to clearing acne. Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory benefits, it can help reduce breakouts, swelling and redness. As CBD is also rich in antioxidants it’s believed to eliminate visible signs of aging by reducing inflammation and fighting off free radical damage.
Topicals generally provide concentrated relief to the area which they’re applied, but as the permeability of the skin is relatively poor as compared to mucous membranes, you’ll need to use a product that contains a high concentration of CBD and apply generously.
Smoking or Vaping
CBD can also be smoked or vaped, using a vaporizer with a cartridge that contains CBD, which allows the compound to go directly to your bloodstream, which has a much quicker effect than other methods. Within 10 minutes you’ll absorb around a third to more than half of the CBD. The downside is that smoking can expose one to carcinogens, and there may be harmful effects of vaping, such as lung damage, which are currently being studied.