The world recognizes cannabidiol or CBD for its wide range of medical benefits and it is available in most parts of the United States, with some states have varying degrees of restriction. As of 2018, the farm bill removed hemp-derived products, including CBD, from the list of Schedule I drug by the DEA. Since then, hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC are federally legal in all 50 states to manufacture, distribute, and consume.
CBD is scientifically proven of its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes that usually do not respond to anti-seizure medications. Other than reducing the number of seizures or in some cases, stop them altogether, studies and research suggest that CBD may also help with anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and addition. Every day, more people are experimenting with cannabidiol, and they swear by its wonderful effects. With a wide range of CBD products available in the market, many wonder what is the most effective delivery methods: Should we ingest or inhale? Which one is the fastest acting and which lasts longer?
THE 4 WAYS TO CONSUME CBD
While the most popular question revolves around the one best way to consume CBD oil, there are no simple answer to that. It all comes down to the individual preference and requirements, which then determine whether inhalation, sublingual, ingestion or transdermal should be your best consumption method.
Finding the best delivery method for CBD will depend on what the treatment is for, how much CBD is needed and how one prefers to consume it.
INHALATION: THE QUICKEST WAY TO ENJOY ITS EFFECTS
Inhaling CBD is the quickest way to get CBD into the system, allowing it to bypass the digestive system and enter the bloodstream with rapid clinical effects. While the more traditional delivery method of inhaling CBD oil is through smoking the concentrate through a glass rig, vaping is the more preferred by today’s consumer without the harsh feeling that comes with smoking. Through vaping, the lungs absorb the cannabidiol with an almost immediate effect – you could feel the effects within minutes. However due to the quick uptake of CBD into the system, the effect of CBD vapes will last for half an hour to an hour. Hence, vaping CBD is the most popular choice by users who are looking for a short-term support as an immediate relaxant with an ease to regulate dosages.
Vaping CBD comes with a single shortfall: It requires additional hardware such as a vape pen or a vape cartridge with 510 batteries to operate. Many CBD oil producers choose to work with trusted vape hardware supplier such as CCELL hardware to ensure their quality oil is safely consumed without affecting the quality.
SUBLINGUAL: BEST FOR THOSE WITH HIGH TOLERANCE
Consuming CBD oil sublingually is usually practiced by placing two to three drops of CBD under the tongue, then wait for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing. It is one of the most popular methods of consumption as it also bypasses multiple systems to be metabolized and absorbed into the bloodstream within half hour to an hour. Some users prefer sublingual consumption as it produces long-lasting effects for two to four hours long.
However, the effects from sublingually consuming CBD may vary among individuals as it all comes down to how much of the CBD compound ends up in the bloodstream. Some people might not enjoy the natural, earthy taste of CBD, which would be a deviating factor in choosing this type of delivery method.
INGESTION: THE TASTIEST METHOD
Ingesting CBD is the most enjoyable method of consumption for both beginners and experienced users alike. It can be in a form of edibles such as gummies, chocolates, candies, and lollipops, or in a form of capsules and even drinks. Just like taking supplements, it takes a longer, delayed effect to be absorbed into the body as the CBD must be metabolized by the enzymes through the digestive system. It might take about 45 minutes to two hours to feel the effects of CBD, but the effect can last for six to 12 hours, depending on the dosage of the product taken.
Many biological factors must be considered when choosing to consume CBD through ingestion, such as the body’s metabolism. As the metabolism speeds up or slows down over the course of a day, it will affect the absorption rate. A slower onset time is considered, so it is not ideal for those who are looking for a fast-acting relief.
TRANSDERMAL: BEST FOR PHYSICAL AILMENTS
For those who are inclining towards an external relief such as muscle soreness, joint pain, skin conditions and headaches, you can go for CBD topical application. Transdermal consumption of CBD is the most effective for consumers who are looking for the therapeutic benefits of CBD in a focused area of the external body, thanks to CBD’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. There are many types of CBD topical products in the market, like ointments, balms, and creams. CBD patches are increasingly popular among consumers too.
However, CBD topicals do not make it to the bloodstream as they only work around the area of the skin. The effects are not as long-lasting compared to the other delivery methods. It is also understood that the human skin is not very porous. Hence, it is required to apply a larger amount to achieve a higher dosage.
When it comes to the most effective way to consume CBD, it is up to the consumers needs and preference in choosing the best delivery method. We cannot help but to recommend inhaling through vaporizing for its fast-acting relief and considerable effect duration, especially for those who are constantly on-the-go and needs an occasional pick-me-up.
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