CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a natural chemical compound that is usually extracted from hemp, a plant that belongs in the Cannabis Sativa family. CBD is non-psychoactive and thus, will not get you high. It’s commonly used in products such as oils, edibles, and lotions to promote both physical and mental wellness.
Empirical studies have shown how CBD can help to treat inflammation, pain, stress, anxiety, and sleep disorders without any major side effects.
If you’re looking to introduce CBD into your health plan, what’s the best product for you?
CBD Edible Products
Edible CBD products are a convenience and easy way of taking CBD. You will find a range of edibles like gummies, drinks, chocolates, and even mint strips. These products are usually flavored to disguise the original hemp taste for those who might not be a fan of the herbal flavor.
There are some drawbacks to edibles for example the liver and digestive tract partially break down CBD before it reaches your bloodstream. This means that it can take CBD up to two hours to kick in and you might only be ingesting 20-30% of the potency, making it less effective compared to the other consumption methods.
CBD Oil Tinctures
Edibles can include sugar and preservatives, so if you’re looking for something more organic, you might want to try CBD oil tinctures.
CBD tinctures are solutions made in oil or alcohol by boiling the hemp flower for long periods of time until it’s almost dissolved. The concentration is then diluted in a carrier oil like MCT coconut oil or olive oil.
To use CBD oil tinctures, simply place a few drops under your tongue for 1-2 minutes before swallowing. Your tongue contains many blood vessels underneath so that the CBD is directly absorbed into the bloodstream. This method isn’t as convenient as CBD edibles, but more effective as the product isn’t exposed to the digestive tract and you will feel the effects much sooner (around 15-60 minutes).
CBD Topical Products
There’s been a growing popularity on CBD topical creams, lotions, balms, and bath bombs. These products are designed to be directly applied to the skin and are great for joint pains, muscle aches, and tensions around the neck and shoulders.
Research has shown how CBD topical products can help treat chronic ailments and acute skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and arthritis.
You can use CBD products like lotions alongside other CBD products like tinctures, gummies and flowers.
Smoking CBD Flowers
The fastest way to feel the full effects of CBD is to inhale it. Smoking hemp flowers will allow the CBD to directly enter your bloodstream. You will usually feel the effects in less than 10 minutes and will absorb 35-55% of the CBD.
If you enjoy the smell and taste of cannabis, then hemp flowers could be the perfect way for you to enjoy the terpene flavors without the intoxicating high.
What’s Our Recommendation?
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to CBD and you might find it effective to use a range of products. For example, using tincture before a workout and then applying CBD lotion to muscles after a workout can help with recovery and aches.
If you’re taking other medications or unsure how CBD can affect your health condition, we highly recommend you to first speak with a doctor or a trusted health professional.
At CBD.io, we have a range of different CBD products that will fit into your wellness plan.