Which CBD Consumption Method is Right for You?

Which CBD Consumption Method is Right for You?

Who knew there would be a day, where we would be talking about hemp being legal in most states in the USA.

With the variety of Cannabidiol (CBD) products on the market, and a wide array of consumption options available, it can be difficult to determine which type of CBD modality is right for you.

Is it better to vape CBD oil or smoke hemp flower?

Should you consume an edible or ingest it in a tincture?

What are the advantages of applying a transdermal CBD patch vs. using a topical lotion?

Here’s a quick guide to the different options, how they differ, and how to gain maximum benefit from your CBD product.

CBD Edibles:

More and more, people are enjoying CBD edibles for longer-lasting effects, and there is a vast selection of CBD edibles available, each with differing dosage levels.

Ingesting CBD rather than inhaling it provides a longer-term effect as the cannabinoid is broken down slowly through the digestive tract before entering the bloodstream.

For this same reason, it may also take longer to feel the beneficial effects of CBD when eating it.

Main Benefits:

  • Longer-acting
  • Numerous consumption options
  • Healthier consumption method
  • Onset Time: Up to 2 hours
  • Average Duration: Up to 8 hours

CBD Tinctures:

CBD tinctures come in a variety of different base extracts, including alcohol, oil, or vegetable-glycerin. You can typically find them packaged in small, eye-dropper style bottles.

For many consumers, tinctures provide an easy way to consume CBD throughout the day in small, measured doses. You can add it to food, beverages, or apply directly into the mouth.

Alcohol-based tinctures can also be applied and absorbed sublingually (under the tongue) to obtain a quicker onset of effects.

Whichever approach you take, be sure to read dosing instructions for optimal benefits.

Main Benefits:

  • Dosage control
  • Easy to use
  • Discreet
  • Onset Time: Up to 2 hours
  • Average Duration: Up to 8 hours

Vaping/Smoking CBD:

Inhalation is the fastest-acting delivery method in cannabis, including CBD. When you smoke or vape CBD, the compound enters the bloodstream through the lungs.

Vaping offers a few different options: vaping CBD oil, CBD concentrates or vaping dried CBD-rich flower. Inherent in all of these methods is a shorter duration time for effects, often wearing off after a couple of hours.

Vaping dried CBD flower is another consumption method gaining in popularity. Although it requires a dried-herb vaporizer, this is an optimal way to consume the full spectrum of beneficial compounds in the plant without smoke or combustion.

Main Benefits:

  • Quick onset of effects.
  • Healthier inhalation method.
  • Greater variety of concentrates, terpene profiles, and CBD levels to choose from.
  • Onset Time: 5-10 minutes.
  • Average Duration: 2-4 hours.

CBD Topical Applications:

Because of the numerous cannabinoid receptors present in the skin, topical application of CBD and cannabis products can also bring therapeutic results. 

Applying CBD in a lotion, oil, or gel form is the most effective way to spot-treat localized pain and inflammation. This can bring fast relief to specific areas of muscle-ache, inflammation, or joint pain without the CBD entering the bloodstream.

Topical CBD treatment can also be effective to treat more chronic issues, such as pain and arthritis.

CBD topicals have also been used for dermatological conditions such as acne or psoriasis.

Main Benefits:

  • Treats localized aches and pains
  • Effective on chronic pain issues
  • Onset Time: 20-40 minutes
  • Average Duration: 2-4 hours

CBD Transdermal Patches:

A transdermal patch is a medicated adhesive patch placed on the body, supplying a consistent dose of CBD into the bloodstream through the skin.

Transdermal patches are a great CBD delivery method when dealing with chronic issues for long-term pain management or other conditions that require consistent dosages throughout the day.

Main Benefits:

  • Holistic CBD treatment
  • Consistent dosage throughout the day
  • Long-term pain management
  • Onset Time: 20-40 minutes
  • Average Duration: 4-6 hours

Which CBD Delivery Method Is Right For You?

With the many methods of consuming CBD now available, it can take some experimentation to discover which one is right for you.

Be sure to do your research – You’ll save money and get the most out of your CBD purchase.

Finally, every person’s body chemistry and needs are different. As with any product, be sure to start with a low dose of CBD and work your way up to find the optimal amount and delivery method for you.

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