The legalization of marijuana began when the scientific community was convinced that it offered health benefits. More specifically, scientists realized that marijuana contained a chemical compound called cannabidiol (cannabinoids) that can help treat or alleviate a long list of medical conditions. This compound, which is also called CBD, is distinct from the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC compound in marijuana. THC causes the “high” sensation” while pure CBD doesn’t have any mind-altering effects. For more information, check the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) website for detail.
The good news is that right now CBD products are available in many states, and you can get them in many places. Pharmacies and health stores may offer them, and you can even find some CBD products for sale in certain grocery stores.
Right now, newcomers to the medical marijuana scene may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices available when it comes to CBD. It’s not just about the different brands. It’s also about the many different forms of CBD products. CBD can be available as a food item or as a drink, or even as a pill. You can inhale it through vaping devices, or you can even apply it to your skin.
Each form obviously requires a different form of consumption, but it’s not that simple. Here are some interesting factoids about CBD consumption:
- About 13% of people in the US have tried using CBD to alleviate symptoms connected with a medical condition; with little side effects.
- Of the people who have tried CBD, almost 90% of them report that it does help in providing relief connected with their medical issue.
- It’s not always easy to find out the exact dosage that’s best for each patient. Part of the reason for this is that there’s still not too much data regarding CBD. While many scientists and healthcare officials are convinced that it can alleviate 2 specific seizure disorders (Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndrome), no one is yet absolutely certain as to how CBD actually works.
- According to surveys, CBD use has been reported to help with conditions such as headaches, anxiety, fibromyalgia (a painful medical condition that affects bones and muscles), immediate pain, muscle cramps, arthritis, severe menstrual cramps, insomnia, depression, and many more.
- The way you consume CBD can affect how effective it is and how quickly it provides relief. Smoking CBD or using a tincture is a much quicker way of delivering the CBD compound to your brain compared to eating a CBD product or applying it as a topical. This is important when you’re using the CBD to treat insomnia or anxiety since you probably prefer faster results.
- It is important that you first discuss the use of CBD with your doctor if you’re going to use it to help with a medical condition. Your doctor may offer more effective alternative treatment options with a better track record.
- It is just as crucial that you’re aware of the laws regarding the use of CBD in your state. As of 2019, states such as Nebraska, South Dakota, and Idaho still regard consider it illegal for people to use any type of cannabis product.
- CBD can also come from hemp, which makes the product legal to consume. However, there may still be some confusion regarding the legal consumption of CBD despite the hemp source of the CBD product.
Here are some ways of consuming CBD products, and tips you may want to know about each method.
Food and drinks can be infused with CBD. Obviously, this means you’re either eating or drinking the CBD product and this will involve tasting the CBD.
In some states, you can even find a café or restaurant that offers these CBD products on the menu. In San Diego, there’s a restaurant called Madison on Park that offers cocktails infused with CBD. These include a concoction with vodka and mezcal, which is called “Mr. Nice Guy”.
In Manhattan, you can visit the Inday restaurant and request that ghee (clarified butter) infused with CBD be added to any dish you want. You can then savor the dish while enjoying the East Indian dishes and décor.
If you live in Texas, New York, or California, you may also want to try CBD products from the Kickback brand. They sell bottled iced teas and cold-brew coffee infused with CBD. You can even buy caramel candies and gummies infused with CBD.
If you’re curious about the taste of CBD, many have reported that it’s similar to the smell or imagined the taste of cut grass. In some edibles like brownies and cookies, the taste may be a prominent feature.
If the taste isn’t to your liking, you have edible options in which the CBD is virtually tasteless. You can try coffees and cocktails, because the coffee and the alcohol may mask the taste of the CBD.
If you’re buying CBD infused in sweets and then taking them home, make sure you store them in a cool and dry location. This prevents the CBD product from degrading too quickly so you can enjoy a longer shelf life. Sweets are generally preferred by those who like bringing their CBD along with them when they travel since these CBD products can easily fit a purse or a bag.
Baked goods infused with CBD like cookies and brownies won’t last as long as caramel candies and gummies. You’re better off by storing these CBD products in your fridge to preserve the CBD oil.
- You’ve got lots of interesting food and drinks to try with many fascinating flavors.
- You can also enjoy an evening out with friends trying out a restaurant that serves CBD edibles.
- It does take a while for the CBD to get into your system. It may take as long half an hour before you feel the effects.
- You may have unexpected results due to how other ingredients affect the CBD.
Like eating edibles, when you swallow CBD pills you get the CBD through your digestive system. This is more of a “no fuss, no muss” method that’s a better option for those who don’t like the taste of CBD edibles. In contrast, CBD pills are definitely tasteless when you swallow them.
- It’s easy enough to consume, you just swallow the pills.
- There’s no unpleasant taste.
- There are no other ingredients to affect the effectiveness of the CBD.
- You can easily bring the pills with you when you travel.
- The pills last longer than most food products.
- Most pills have a more accurate label regarding the CBD dosage.
- You’re more able to maintain a consistent dosage.
- Like other CDB edibles, it can take as long as 30 minutes before you feel the therapeutic effects. If you’re taking the CDB pills for pain relief, then swallowing pills is a rather inefficient way of taking CBD. It just takes too long.
- This isn’t something you enjoy with friends.
You can apply CBD balms and rubs directly on your body aches, such as painful joints and sore muscles. The balms usually contain coconut oil or beeswax, which makes it easier for you to spread the balm on your skin. In addition, this ingredient lets the CBD penetrate the skin more effectively.
- Some people feel the results almost immediately.
- The CBD doesn’t get into your whole body, which may make it a safe option. You need to keep this in mind if you use CBD regularly because there’s not much info regarding the long-term effects of CBD consumption.
- No problem with unpleasant tastes, while the feeling of CBD balms is generally very soothing.
- Some only feel the effects after a lengthy delay, and it may not work at all for other people.
- You need lots of CBD to apply, and this can make it a very expensive option.
You can consume the CBD in oil form, which you can then consume using a spray or a dropper into your mouth. Manufacturers can get the CBD oil from either cannabis or hemp, using a solvent like ethanol to extract the CBD. A vacuum is then used to remove the solvent. In some cases, the manufacturer extracts the CBD by using pressurized CO2 gas.
The CBD compound is typically mixed with oil, usually coconut or sesame oil. The oil helps to preserve the CBD compound, while it also enhances the taste. You can add the CBD tincture to your food, but then you can’t be too sure of the resulting taste. Also, it will take longer for you to feel the effects.
Make sure you shake the bottle well before you use the CBD. You may want to begin first with a small dose first so you can gauge how your body reacts. Starting with 10 mg is fine, though don’t be surprised when you only feel the results with a dose of 30 mg or more. You may also find that daily doses are more effective with certain conditions such as chronic pain.
Usually, you can just spray a single blast of the CBD to the inside of your cheeks. Or you can use a dropper to place a dose of the tincture under your tongue. With the dropper method, you should let it be for 30 seconds before you swallow the tincture.
- This is faster than eating or drinking the CBD, as it may only take 15 minutes before you feel the effects. This is a better option if you’re taking the CBD for pain relief or for anxiety.
- It doesn’t really taste bad at all.
- You will need to buy a spray or dropper.
- It may be a bit more difficult to compute how much CBD you’re getting per dosage.
You can smoke the flowering parts of the hemp plant to take in the CBD, in much the same way that people enjoy marijuana joints. But you can also use the vape pens that are now available as an alternative to cigarette smoking. The vape pens take in and heat the CBD oils so you can inhale the CBD.
Just start with a single inhalation at first, and then wait a few minutes to see how long you can feel the effects. Don’t hold your breath when you inhale the smoke or CBD vapor, as you may irritate your lungs.
- This is great if you need immediate relief such as for pain. That’s because the CBD enters the bloodstream in just 30 seconds or so.
- Using a vape pen may be better as little smoke is produced. In places where vaping is legal, you can then use the vape pen for CBD.
- This is easy enough to use if you’re a current or former cigarette smoker.
- Some brands of CBD oil for vaping may contain propylene glycol. This is a solvent that can degrade at high temperatures and transform into formaldehyde. The formaldehyde is a chemical irritant for your eyes and nose, and it is possible it can increase the risk of cancer and asthma. To avoid this problem, you may want to look for CBD oils to vape that doesn’t contain any solvent.
- You can’t really be too sure exactly how much CBD you receive each time. It’s true that you can buy a vaping oil saying it contains 1,000 mg of CBD on the label. However, your CBD dosage depends largely on how hard you inhale the vapor and how long.
- It is even more difficult to gauge the CBD dosage when you smoke the CBD like a joint.
- In some places (including hotel rooms), using vaping pens or smoking may not be permitted.
- Again, there aren’t too many studies with information regarding the long-term effects of smoking or vaping CBD products.
The most important rule here is that you discuss the matter with your doctor first if you’re planning on consuming CBD. Then try the method that’s most appropriate for you, with the faster methods first if you need immediate results. Also, start with lower dosages first, so you can take the lowest effective dosage and make your CBD products last longer.