Over the next five years, CBD is supposed to become a billion-dollar industry. With industry growth like that, why are so many people choosing CBD oil? And what are the best ways to experience CBD?
Here are our favorite CBD infused mediums, and exactly what to expect from each one.
Health Benefits of CBD
Some science is out, a lot of science is in, and a lot of people share their own experiences. So far, we know CBD doesn’t have any potential for addiction or negative societal outcomes.
And CBD has been proven effective to relieve CBD and ease anxiety and depression. It’s also known to relieve pain, especially joint pain caused by arthritis.
There’s more research to be done. But CBD shows promise towards fighting Cancer, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and more.
To make a tincture, CBD rich hemp flowers are steeped in high-proof grain alcohol. After that, it spends a couple of hours cooking over low heat. What’s left is a high potency oily substance that’s almost pure CBD.
Alone, the CBD tincture is very bitter, so it’s often mixed with something to make it taste sweeter. Common options are orange or peppermint.
Since its made from CBD rich hemp flowers, it doesn’t have THC. In other words, it won’t get you high.
There are two common ways to experience a CBD tincture. The first is under the tongue, or sublingually.
Since it’s such a potent form of CBD, you only need a few drops to get the desired effects. Most tinctures come with a little dropper, but you can always use an eyedropper instead.
To take a tincture sublingually, add a few drops under your tongue, and hold them for about a minute. You should start to feel the CBD in as little as 15 minutes.
Remember, CBD won’t get you high. Instead, you should feel more calm and relaxed.
But since CBD has a bitter taste, most people don’t like the sublingual method. Instead, they’ll add CBD to soups, teas, salad dressings, and coffees.
This method works too! It turns them into CBD edibles, which we’ll talk about next.
Those who don’t enjoy vaping, smoking or inhaling CBD often prefer CBD edibles.
Edibles take longer to kick in—anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours—but the effects also tend to last longer. Expect to enjoy the effects anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.
This is thanks to the way that we digest food. The CBD is released more slowly over a longer period, so the effects last longer.
CBD edibles are foods infused with CBD. You can easily make your own at home, or buy CBD infused edibles at a CBD or smoke shop store. Common forms come in gummies, brownies, cookies, and juices.
CBD capsules come in a pill form. Like edibles, they break down in the digestive system. But as they come in a form more easily released, the effects come faster and don’t last quite as long.
Still, capsules are a popular way to experience CBD. They’re easy to get, easy to consume, and you always know how much CBD you’re taking. Other forms of CBD use can be hard to track specific quantities.
If you’re suffering joint pain, topicals are the most popular way to find relief. The most common form of a CBD topical is a lotion. When you’re suffering joint pain, just rub the lotion onto your aching joints.
The CBD makes its way through your skin to relieve the pain. You can enjoy these skin benefits whenever you like.
Many people prefer CBD spray. They come in liquid form in small containers. To use, spray the CBD directly into your mouth, hold it there for up to 30 seconds, and swallow.
Sprays act a lot like sublingual tinctures. But they lack the strong bitter taste, which is why some people prefer sprays.
And finally, vaping has taken over the world. While e-cigarettes are the most common form of vaping, CBD and THC vape pens are becoming popular too.
Vape pens work by a small lithium-ion battery heating CBD/THC oil (depending on the pen. It turns the THC into an inhalable vapor).
Unfortunately, vape pens are still pretty new on the market, and we don’t know the long term health effects. And some people are getting sick or even dying from vaping cartridges.
These illnesses are mostly from bootlegged products. But it’s still hard to pinpoint the cause.
Nonetheless, many people enjoy vaping CBD. Since it’s inhaled, the effects hit faster. You can also get vape pens in a wide variety of flavors.
Remember Not All CBD Brands Are Equal
There’s not a lot of research out on all forms of CBD, nor on all brands. When you pick your CBD products, do just as much research on the brand that makes the product.
Different brands have different levels of purities and add chemicals to their products. So make sure you pick high-quality brands to enjoy the best effects.
How You Experience CBD Is up to You
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD. How you experience CBD is entirely up to you. So go ahead and try them all, see what you like best and what works best for your lifestyle.
CBD helps millions of people find relief. Go ahead and experiment with CBD to see how it helps you.
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