The top 10 most popular ways to get the most out of your CBD
With cannabis preparations running the gamut from plant, to pills, to oils, to edibles and everything else in between, there are now more ways than ever to enjoy the health benefits of CBD.
But which preparations are good? Which ones are bad? And what are the best ways to get the most out of your CBD?
To help with some of these questions, here are the top 10 CBD products and therapies that are most popular today:
- CBD Oil Extracts
This is the preferred method for consuming CBD. CBD oil extracts can be taken orally, sublingually (directly under the tongue) or applied topically (on the surface of the skin). The dosage of CBD oil can vary depending on the product so be sure to consult the label on the bottle before using. Usually the recommended dosage is to start with 1 to 2 drops each time and to administer it once or twice a day. Dosage can then be adjusted according to your preference. Concentrated cannabis oil extracts can also be utilized as an ingredient to vaporize or cook with. The time of onset and duration of effect can vary depending on a number of factors that include but are not limited to the condition you are treating, the method of administration, and the concentration of CBD. Look for whole plant CBD extracts with Terpenes for an entourage (boosting) effect. Take a look at our product review page to see which CBD oil might be right for you.
- Smoking CBD-rich Strains
Another method for consuming cannabis is by smoking. Users who want the therapeutic benefits of CBD without getting high can choose CBD-rich strains that have a higher ratio of CBD to THC. Generally, cannabis is smoked via pipe, joint, or bong but of course there are always creative new methods of delivery. Once it’s inhaled, cannabis compounds are absorbed by the lungs, into the blood, and cross the blood-brain barrier. This is a fast, effective method of delivery that exerts its effects on the body within the first few minutes and can last several hours. Smoking is great for treating acute symptoms that need to be addressed quickly, such as painful spasms, nausea, and vomiting. When smoking a high CBD strain, users often report a smooth, upbeat, and relaxing vibe that is calm, clear, and serene. However, studies have linked smoking to an increased likelihood of symptoms of chronic bronchitis.
- Vaporizing CBD E-Liquid
Vaporizing with a vape pen or another device is a new method of consumption that is considered the healthiest way to smoke cannabis. An atomizer heats the liquid (CBD oil or CBD e-liquid) to its boiling point and that becomes vapor which you can then inhale. It offers many of the same benefits as smoking but without the irritants that can affect the lungs. Vaporizing CBD is gaining more popularity as vaporizing in general becomes more common.
- CBD Edibles
Edibles have gained immense popularity over the last few years as a novel way to get medicated with CBD. Original recipes for THC infused foods and snacks (through cannabis oil, butter, or ghee) have translated well for CBD – with many producers now offering high CBD content versions of the same products. Edibles are not only a great tasting, safer alternative to smoking, but also a great way to introduce CBD into the system. Unlike the quick onset of effects with inhaled cannabis, edibles can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes to kick in and effects can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. This makes it well suited for treating chronic conditions that require a steady dose of medicine throughout the day. Unfortunately, the slow onset of effects can also make it difficult to control the dosage so be sure to start with a small dose and wait an appropriate amount of time (around 60 minutes) before taking more.
- CBD Tinctures
Cannabis tinctures are alcohol-based liquid herbal remedies that are typically applied under the tongue. Tinctures are normally less concentrated than oil extracts, making them a great entry product for treating conditions with mild symptoms. Patients attempting to remedy severe pain and other ailments may want to seek out more potent alternatives. Their effect, duration and dosing are similar to edibles, however dosing a tincture sublingually can result in faster onset.
- CBD Sprays
Sprays are another popular way to consume cannabis and there are a wide variety of options available on the market today. CBD extracts are usually mixed with another substance such as coconut oil to produce the spray. The preferred method of application is sublingually (under the tongue) and the onset of relief is not quite as rapid as vaporizing or smoking, but it is usually quicker than eating an edible. As a general rule, lower levels of CBD can be used to treat physical ailments, including pain (even neuropathy) while higher levels can be used to treat mood disorders like anxiety and depression. A high CBD content spray was used successfully to treat 9-year old Kalel Santiago who had severe, non-verbal autism. He responded well and spoke his first words only 2 days after initiating treatment.
- CBD Capsules & Gel Caps
CBD capsules and gel caps are usually whole plant oil extracts that usually contains all the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenoids, essential oils and other compounds in the original plant. The capsules can be taken like a vitamin or supplement. The effect, duration and dosing are similar to that of edibles.
- CBD Topicals & Salves
For localized pain and inflammation, CBD-infused lotions and balms can be applied directly to the affected areas and is absorbed through the skin. Other transdermal innovations are fast arriving in the cannabis market, including long-lasting patches and tingly lubricants
- CBD Teas
CBD-infused teas are gaining popularity as an easy, great-tasting way to enjoy the health benefits of cannabis. Reported effects include a gentle feeling of calm and well-being. Although not a substitute for other therapies, CBD-infused teas can elevate your mood and reduce stress. Cannabis prepared as an herbal tea will include significant amounts of CBD in its raw “acid” form (CBDA) because the heat required to steep tea is less than the temperature necessary for “decarboxylation,” which transforms CBDA into CBD.
- CBD Drinks
Besides tea, other CBD beverages are gaining popularity as well. A wide range of products are currently available for consumption which includes CBD Milk, CBD Juice, and CBD Water. In CBD Milk (which is reportedly good for anxiety), ingredients include hemp seeds, cashews, dates, coconut oil, vanilla, water and CBD oil. Raw cannabis juice made with a blender will contain CBDA, THCA, other non-psychoactive cannabinoids, and also enzymes and other beneficial ingredients. CBD water contains CBD, purified water, flavors, dyes, and is naturally sweetened with Stevia. Because these products are not heated, the trace amounts of THCA content is not activated, therefore making the beverages non-psychoactive and safe to drink.
There you have it; these are the top 10 most popular ways to get the most out of your CBD today. As you can see, each preparation has individual pros and cons so be sure to do your research before you make your decision. Also keep in mind that with all the innovation happening in the cannabis world, this list will probably change significantly in the near future. Sign up for our email updates to receive the latest in CBD news and market trends.
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