As far as use goes, there are two main ways to experience the benefits of CBD, through both topical use and consumption. The two main cannabinoid receptors primarily affected by CBD are called CB1 and CB2. Cannabinoids (like CBD) bind to these receptors which result in improved biological function of systems such as the immune, nervous, muscular, regulatory, and more. CB2 receptors are only found in the peripheral tissues rather than in the central nervous system. CB1 receptors on the other hand are found in both the central nervous system and the peripheral tissues, but are primarily concentrated in the central nervous system. CB1 and CB2 receptors play a key role in regulating neuro-hormones. These have an effect on things like our mood, memory, perception of pain, and appetite. Our body stimulates these receptors and regulates our neuro-hormones naturally, but can be further stimulated through external sources, like the use of CBD. Although there is only two ways to experience the benefits of CBD, there is many different ways to consume CBD. Below we will go over some of the most popular CBD methods of Consumption!
CBD Oils & Tinctures
CBD oils and tinctures are liquids derived from hemp, hemp seeds or marijuana. They are made in a variety of ways in a variety of strengths. CBD oils are typically made up of CBD bound to a carrier oil. These carrier oils can be things such as coconut oil or MCT oil, but the most common carrier oil is hemp oil as that is what CBD is derived from and typically already contains low amounts of CBD. CBD tinctures are mixes of CBD with other ingredients, rather than just a carrier oil. These ingredients are things such as VG (vegetable glycerin alcohol), vinegar, ethanol, and artificial flavors. Tinctures have rose in popularity due to their unique and more palatable flavors than a straight CBD oil.
Consuming CBD by eating or drinking it with other food or beverage is another method that is gaining popularity. You may have seen CBD infused snacks or drinks wherever CBD tinctures or oils are sold. Another great option for consuming CBD without the cost of purchasing pre-made food and drink is to simply infuse it yourself! Many people have turned to this option by adding it to meals and drinks. This is also a great way to maintain a regular dose of CBD. We occasionally forget to take vitamins or medicine, but we rarely forget to eat during the day. Popular options for CBD infused edibles are smoothies, coffee, tea, sports drinks, and baked goods like brownies or cookies. As a word of caution, it is advised not to apply direct heat to CBD infused foods as it burns easily and can lead to a very unpleasant taste. Additionally, CBD consumed in this way takes much longer to take effect as it has to be digested and then absorbed into the bloodstream. This process happens through the lining of the stomach and may take up to two hours.
Another growing trend we at CBD Informative are seeing is the use of CBD for pets. There are a multitude of benefits for pets just as there are for humans. CBD edibles for pets (typically in the form of treats or food) can be a great option for providing your furry friend with their CBD dosage.
One of the newest and most convenient methods of consuming CBD is through water soluble nano powder. This new technology is quite possibly the most convenient method of CBD consumption. Tasteless and odorless, simply put your desired dose into a beverage of your choice, and drink up! Morning coffee and a glass of water before bed are all you need to get the most out of CBD possible. Additionally, there are sports-drink-like CBD nano powders if you perfer a drink with other benefits such as electrolites, vitamins, and minerals.
CBD lotions and creams applied directly to the skin are widely used and accepted. Unlike consumption through oils, tinctures, and edibles, topically applied CBD interact with endocannabinoid receptors found under the skin rather than entering the bloodstream. Topical creams and lotions are used for treating soreness in the muscles, inflammation, arthritis, and general pain. The topical nature allows the user to target specific areas where pain occurs. As a general rule of thumb, topical CBD products can take up to an hour to kick in and the effects can be felt for up to 5 hours depending on the product and amount used.
A more recently developed method of taking CBD is through the use of transdermal skin patches. They work much the same as nicotine patches for individuals trying to quit smoking. There are two different types of transdermal CBD patches. The first of which, matrix patches, are infused with CBD in the sticky portion of the patch. The other type of CBD patches are called reservoir patches. They contain a small reservoir with CBD in gel form (a pretty self expanitory name). These types of patches are typically better at giving a consistant and regular dose of CBD. As mentioned before, lotions and creams interact with the endocannabinoid receptors found under the skin. Unlike other topical methods, transdermal patches cross the dermal barrier to enter the blood stream. They are then activated by body heat and over a long period of time release micro doses of CBD. This period is usually between four and six hours.
Concentrated CBD oil can be heated and turned into a vapor, and then inhaled. This oil is usually a combination of VG, PG, and artificial flavors. The CBD can be vaporized through a tabletop diffuser, also popular for diffusing aromatic oils, or more commonly through the use of a vape. This method of consumption works by absorbing CBD into the blood stream through the lungs. It is by far the fastest acting method of consuming CBD as it’s effects are almost immediate. That being said, it is also the quickest to wear off, neccessitating regular and consistant doses for the desired benefits of CBD.
Another method of inhalation is through the use of CBD bud. CBD bud looks and smells very similar to canabis, however it does not contain any THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana that gets you “high”). It is however packed with CBD and can be consumed by smoking it. This method is not very popular for regular CBD users as it requires a lot of smoking. Even with all of the benefits of CBD, we caution against this method as you are still inhaling matter that has been combusted (and thereby some carcinogens)
There’s No Right or Wrong Way
Ultimately, if CBD holds a lot of benefits for you there is not a wrong way to consume it and you may choose to mix a variety of methods. Everyone is different, and we all react differently to CBD in different forms and used in different methods. We believe that you should try out many different products and methods to find what works best for you personally! Even though research on CBD is ongoing, the benefits are undeniable. If you would like to learn more about CBD, visit keep reading the blogs in our Learn section