If you were to look up CBD products online, odds are you would run into a variety of stores that provide different CBD products, all claiming that what they sell is the best. As you go through your search, you’ll likely find CBD tinctures, vaping pens and cartridges, CBD creams, capsules, edibles, and more.
While it’s great to have options, it can sometimes be overwhelming when it comes to deciding which type of CBD product you want to try or which one will work best for your needs. This can be especially overwhelming if you are new to CBD and trying it for the first time.
Here at Essential Health, we want you to feel confident about deciding which type of CBD product is right for you. To help you get there, we’re sharing the top five more common CBD products and their benefits!
An herbal tincture, like CBD tinctures, is a liquid herbal extract that often contains other ingredients. Oftentimes, tinctures come in bottles with dropper lids, making it easy for you to get a precise dose and take your tincture by mouth, holding the oil under the tongue for a minute before swallowing. Holding the oil under the tongue allows the body to absorb the oil and compounds directly into the bloodstream.
For those who are looking to experience the benefits of CBD quickly, a CBD tincture could be the right choice. Depending on how high your dose is, you can typically start to experience relief with 30 to 90 minutes after taking a CBD tincture dose. Most of the time, effects will last for four to six hours.
CBD oil and CBD tinctures are very similar. They are both herbal extracts, but a key difference is that CBD oil does not contain other ingredients like vegetable oil or alcohol. CBD oils may contain other natural compounds, such as vitamins, micronutrients, and terpenes, but these are all naturally occuring within the hemp plant and can be extracted from the plant with the oil.
Generally, you take CBD oil just like you would a tincture: by holding your dose of CBD oil underneath the tongue for about a minute before swallowing. Again, this process allows the membranes in your mouth to absorb the CBD and other compounds, taking them directly into the bloodstream. This process bypasses the digestive system, which makes it possible for you to experience the benefits sooner. In most cases, those who use CBD oil can begin to feel the benefits after 20 to 30 minutes, and the effects last for a few hours.
Edibles and Capsules
An increasingly popular way to take CBD is with edibles. Essentially, a CBD edible is any type of food or drink that has CBD as an ingredient. This can be anything from your morning smoothie to a gummy or brownie. While edibles can be an easy and tasty way to take CBD, it possible takes the longest to take effect. This is because edibles have to go through the digestive process. During this process, you have to wait until your liver can metabolize the food’s contents before the CBD can enter the bloodstream.
For those who take a CBD capsule, the process is just the same as taking traditional medicinal capsules by mouth. Capsules also go through the digestive process, just like edibles, and can take longer to take effect. Depending on your metabolism, edibles and capsules can take up to an hour before you feel any effects. The effects, however, will often still last for several hours.
Another great way to use CBD is with a topical product, such as a cream, lotion, salve, oil, patch, or balm. Topicals are really great for people who experience isolated pain or discomfort, like the pain you would experience with overworked joints. CBD topicals are also a great addition to any skincare routine, helping you to reduce red or irritated skin, acne, or wrinkles.
Because CBD topicals do not enter the bloodstream, they can take a little longer to work. When you apply a CBD topical, the cannabinoid receptors located close to the skin’s surface will activate as your skin absorbs the product. While this process is effective, it is a slow one, so it may take an hour to more before you start noticing the benefits. However, once the CBD is absorbed, you can experience benefits for five or more hours!
Vaping is perhaps the most common way to use CBD, and it’s probably because vaping provides almost instant effects. Because vaping involves inhaling CBD as a smoke, the molecules go directly to your bloodstream via the lungs. As a result, you can start to experience the benefits almost instantly, and the effects often last for several hours.
While vaping is very popular, we recommend that you exercise caution when considering vaping, as there are several risk factors involved with this type of CBD use. First, it is important that you use specific vaping cartridges, not any other form of CBD oil or tincture. Oils that are not meant for vaping are too thick, and smoking them can create a toxic smoke. Also, there are no current regulations on ensuring the quality of vaping oil. This means that you could end up purchasing a vaping oil that contains adulterants, which could be harmful for your body. Vaping oils are also thinned, often with polyethylene glycol or propylene glycol, and while many say these thinning agents are safe, there simply aren’t enough studies to support that claim.
Vaping can also make it easy to take too much CBD because it just seems like a few puffs. But, if you take too much CBD, you can experience nausea and coughing fits. While this isn’t good for anyone to experience, this is especially dangerous for those with pre-existing conditions. If you choose to vape CBD, we recommend consulting with your medical practitioner first.
Finally, several studies have shown that vaping can cause a variety of health problems and is not as healthy of a smoking alternative as we once believed. A major concern is that vaping causes popcorn lung, a condition that can cause a host of problems, including restricted breathing. With these risks and concerns involving in vaping, Essential Health does not recommend vaping in any form. Instead, you can get the same benefits of CBD through safer and healthier methods.
These five different ways to use CBD are becoming increasingly popular, but the key to picking a CBD product is to just pick one that works for you and your needs. Every form of CBD product will offer benefits, but what you decide to use will depend on how quickly you’re looking for results and how long you want those results to last.
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