Cannabidiol (CBD) is enjoying much popularity at present due to the fact that it promotes health naturally. CBD is available in many different forms and each form requires a different usage method and contains a different concentration of CBD. Each method has its pros and cons and the best method for you will depend on your requirements and individual preferences.
A CBD tincture is CBD dissolved in alcohol, with perhaps another flavor added to improve the taste. Tinctures can also be made with other solutions like ethanol, coconut oil or vegetable glycerin.
A CBD tincture is administered with a dropper and drops are placed under the tongue. They enter the bloodstream quickly through the sublingual gland under the tongue.
Pros and cons: Tinctures are easy to administer, produce long-lasting effects and it is possible to control dosage so for beginners, consuming CBD tinctures is a good way to start. However, they do not contain as much CBD as CBD oil.
CBD goes through alcohol or CO2 extraction and the CBD is evaporated to become CBD oil. CBD oil is administered by using a dropper and placing drops under the tongue. CBD oil can also be vaped, unlike a tincture which cannot. CBD oil is often combined with base oil, such as coconut oil or vitamin E oil.
Pros and cons: CBD oil typically has a high concentration and works quickly. It is also easy to regulate dosage as it comes in dropper bottles with fitted pipettes.
CBD Isolate is purified CBD that has been extracted from the marijuana plant and isolated from the other cannabinoids.
CBD isolate is often used in baking, cooking and smoothies. It can also be vaporized, made into topicals or even into tinctures.
Pros and cons: CBD isolate is considered to be one of the purest forms of CBD because it consists only of CBD and nothing else. The isolate comes in many forms, including a powder. It is useful for those who do not want any exposure to THC
As other elements, such as terpenes, flavonoids and trichomes, are removed in the extraction process, CBD isolates may not work as well as full-spectrum CBD products where none of the elements of the plant are removed.
In one study, a group of mice was given a CBD isolate and another group was given a full spectrum CBD. The mice given the full spectrum CBD showed more relief than the other group. An increasing anti-inflammatory response was also noted with increasing dosage of full spectrum CBD.
CBD edibles are foods and drinks infused with CBD. Different types of edibles include chocolates, gummies, candy, chewing gum, cookies, teas and drinks.
Pros and cons: Those who prefer a tasty way to consume CBD will enjoy using edibles. Edibles are discreet and there are endless options.
However, figuring out the right dosage can be difficult and oral consumption means substances have to pass through the digestive symptom so some CBD is lost.
Researchers have A 2009 study reported a bioavailability rate (extent and amount of a substance absorbed into the bloodstream) of between 4% and 20% with edibles. Working with a more optimistic rate of 20% that means if you eat an edible containing 100mg of CBD, only 20mg will reach your bloodstream.
CBD pills come in various sizes, types and strengths. They may be solid tablets or powder/gel capsules.
Pros and cons: Pills are portable so they offer a good way to consume CBD discreetly. It may take longer to feel the effects when consuming pills but once they kick in, the effects last for longer.
CBD balms, lotions, creams and ointments are applied directly to the skin. This method is often used for skin conditions, sore muscles and headaches.
Pros and cons: They are easy to use and no extra tools or accessories are necessary. If you need a higher dose, you may have to apply quite a lot and the effects are not as long-lasting as other methods.
Farmers are growing high CBD hemp strains which are legal because they contain less than 0.3% of THC. Smoking hemp flower has become one of the most popular ways to consume CBD.
Pros and cons: The effects of smoking CBD flower are almost instantaneous. There are many different types of hemp flower that serve different purposes, from offering a pick-me-up in the morning to helping you to relax in the evening. However, smoking can be harsh on the lungs and the throat.
Vaping involves inhaling CBD into the lungs using a vaporizer. There are many different types of vaporizers, including wax and oil-based vape pens, portable flower vapes and table-top vapes.
Pros and cons: By directly entering the lungs, the CBD enters the bloodstream quickly. It takes effect speedily and offers higher bioavailability than other methods. There is no harsh smoke to harm your throat or lungs and it is easy to control your dosage.
However, there are possible health effects when vaping. Contaminants like cadmium and lead in some vaporizers can cause allergies.
Dabbing is the inhaling of concentrates made from cannabis when they are vaporized by placing them on a highly heated surface. Several forms of CBD are used in dabbing, such as wax, isolate, shatter, butter and crystals.
Pros and cons: Seasoned dabbers believe it is the best way to consume CBD as it acts quickly and they feel it is more potent than other methods.
However, dabbing can be difficult for first-time users due to the tools, the extreme heat, and the flammable gases. It can be dangerous and requires some in-depth research to know how to set up, heat, extract and inhale the CBD.
A final word
As you can see, there are many ways to consume CBD and each method varies in the way the CBD interacts with the body. As every individual has different needs, the best method for each person will depend on various factors, such as the strength and concentration of products, ease of use and the ability to control dosage.
Overcoming the bell-shaped dose response of cannabidiol by using cannabis extract enriched in cannabidiol
Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2689518/