CBD has now turned into a household name. The stigma that had surrounded the use of medical marijuana has begun to shed itself. People have come on about to truly embrace the plethora of benefits that CBD is to offer. People, especially those suffering from long-term ailments such as chronic pain and arthritis can truly rely on CBD to act as a crutch, and give them the strength to stand on their own two feet. Over-the-counter prescription although tried and tested has earned notoriety due to its side effects, which is another reason why patients have started to look for a more promising alternative. CBD is very much promising to these patients.
CBD has been in use since the 1400 BC, but over the years the synthesis of a more potent potential strain of marijuana enabled it to bring about CBDs less known benefits to the light. But to truly uncover the benefits of CBD requires a patient to consume it in a fashion that is beneficial to them. Let us see what CBD is and what the different intake methods are.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the hundreds of active compound you will get to see on extracting a marijuana plant. The compounds are all grouped as “Cannabinoids”. Other cannabinoids you can find other than CBD include THC, Flavonoids, and Terpenes among others. CBD oil can be extracted from another source as well which is Hemp plants.
There is a common misconception that intaking CBD products cause you to be giddy, disoriented and intoxicated. The truth is that CBD is a non-psychoactive substance. The feeling of euphoria you get on smoking or ingesting marijuana is because of THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol.
Different CBD products have different amounts of this THC, but as a thumb rule the percentage of THC in CBD oil is around 0.3%. This is a miniscule quantity that can get you nowhere near to intoxication!
How Does CBD Help You?
CBD works by interacting with your Endocannabinoid system or ECS. This system is existent in all mammals and is vital for functions relating to sleep and appetite. The body produces natural cannabinoids that link to receptors in the ECS causing a reaction. CBD works in much the same way, the only difference is that it is not made by the body. The CBD grasps onto the neuron receptors, specifically CB1 and CB2 to produce different reaction.
CBDs interaction causes anti-inflammatory responses and causes the nerve impulses near the site of pain to be slowed to a grind. This enables pain relief. CBD can also cause the generation of “feel good” hormone Serotonin to be produced by the body, allowing for better moods, lowering stress and stomping down on anxiety and other psychological ailments like PTSD, ADHD, OCD and many more! It is also the perfect organic remedy to induce deep quality sleep for patients with insomnia and those that experience constant nightmares. There are a few side effects such as loss of appetite or nausea, but CBD benefits far outweigh CBD side effects!
How To Take CBD So That It Helps You?
Now that you know the power that CBD holds, to change your life for the better, let us go through the various ways in which you can consume it to best benefit you:
- Vaping And Smoking (Inhalation Method)
- Edibles And Tinctures (Oral Method )
- Lotions And Creams (Topical Method)
Let us look in depth what these are:
|Criteria||Inhalation method||Oral method –
|Oral method –
|Onset time||2-5 minutes||5-10 minutes||2-3 hours||2-3 hours|
|Duration of Effect||1-1.5 hours||2-3 hours||6-7 hours||8 hours|
|Action||Fast relief||Moderately fast relief||Slow acting but prolonged relief||Slow acting but prolonged relief|
Vaping And Smoking (Inhalation Method)
This method is perfect for quick pain relief. If you are suffering from a bout of inflammation or back pain, then inhaling will do you the best. The inhaled smoke enters your lungs, and then diffuses into your blood stream via the capillary rich nodes. The benefit is that it doesn’t undergo “First pass metabolism” (There is no interaction with your liver). The onset is within 2-5 minutes and the effects last for over an hour. You can use either a vape pen or an oil rig.
Edibles And Tinctures (Oral Method)
This oral method especially one done sublingually is the second fastest in terms of onset time (5-10 minutes). The sublingual method involves the CBD oil tincture or extract to be squirted under the tongue and held there for a minute to be absorbed by the capillaries under the tongue. The effect persists longer to about 2-3 hours.
The other oral method of intake is by ingesting edibles. This takes much longer to work (2-3 hours), but if you want the effect slowly but for a prolonged duration then this is perfect (for e.g. Insomnia). It lasts for 6-7 hours. You can even infuse the CBD into your butter and use it for cooking, but beware of the dosage in such circumstances.
Lotions And Creams (Topical Method)
This method involves applying the cream in the affected area, such as joints or the temples during a bout of cluster headaches. This method of application doesn’t cause the CBD to enter the bloodstream, but acts onto the receptors on the skin. The time taken for onset (2-3 hours) but the effects last for more than 8 hours.