What are the best methods for taking CBD?
CBD is one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp known for helping to support our body and mind. Here at Healing Dragon CBD we do not intend to make unfounded medical claims about the health benefits of CBD. The FDA has not confirmed that CBD cures, treats, or prevents any diseases or conditions. Before reading this article please take a moment to read our full disclosure statement.
Interested in taking CBD to alleviate ongoing health concerns such as anxiety, arthritis, pain, and insomnia but don’t know where to start? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the ever-growing options of CBD products flooding the market. I mean do I really need a CBD-infused Bath Bomb? Well, maybe… 🙂
But the truth is there’s really only four different ways to take CBD. Each of these methods delivers canabidiol to your body in a unique way which dictates how quickly and long the effects are, along with how our body responds to them.
Which approach is best for you and how much should you take is largely up to your body’s response. There is no one-size-fits-all but we can give you are recommendations with the below routes of administration for taking CBD.
1. CBD Edibles (Ingested)
Taking edibles are a discreet way to include CBD in your daily regimen. You can find an assortment of edibles including CBD gummies, chocolates, and even CBD-infused honeys that do a great job of masking that “weedy” taste.
Of course you can add CBD oil to food and drinks to create your own CBD-infused recipes but more and more companies are selling CBD infused products. Some of the best ways to add CBD to your daily diet is in baked goods, coffee, tea, and smoothies.
Keep in mind that ingested cannabidiol must be digested and then absorbed into the bloodstream. This happens through the lining of the stomach and is the slowest route of administration to receive the effects of CBD. But it also provides the longest amount of time to utilize the effects of CBD.
2. CBD Oils And Tinctures (Sublingual)
CBD tinctures, also called CBD oil, should be taken with a dropper under the tongue. This sublingual method allows cannabidiol to be absorbed directly into your bloodstream from capillary-rich areas under your tongue and along the gums and cheek. Simply hold the CBD oil under your tongue for a minute before swallowing.
Many agree that taking CBD oils under your tongue sublingually is the best way to control the dosage. You can expect effects to take place within 20 to 40 minutes. Additional, because the majority of the CBD will eventually be swallowed, peak bloodstream levels range from 0.5 – 5 hours.
3. CBD Lotions, Creams, And Gels (Topical)
Sore muscles and joints caused by arthritis or fitness recovery can best treated with CBD-infused gels, lotions, and creams. A study in 2015 on rats showed that CBD gel applied to the skin reduced joint swelling with encouraging results for those with arthritis and sports injuries.
Instead of being absorbed into the bloodstream, topical cannabidiol works by interacting with endocannabinoid receptors found under the skin. This makes CBD topical perfect for targeting specific areas of pain.
Topical CBD products such as the Healing Dragon CBD Muscle Gel may take up to an hour to take effect and can last up to 5 hours. For long-term health goals, people often get the best results when they pair topicals with oral or inhaled CBD products.
4. CBD Vaping And Smoking (Inhaled)
You can smoke CBD cannabis flowers just as you would smoke marijuana, use a vaporizer that contains CBD oil, or even inhale CBD concentrates such as sugar waxes with any vape pen that has a chamber for concentrates.
CBD that is inhaled will be absorbed through the lungs quickly taking just a few minutes to feel the effect. While this may be the quickest method to get CBD into the bloodstream, it also is effective for the shortest period of time.
Which CBD Route Of Administration Is Best For You
While there are many ways to take CBD, there is no right or best way. It is necessary to try many delivery methods to see what works for you.
Depending on your goal when taking CBD the delivery method may be different. The most common uses for cannabidiol are help with anxiety, pain, and sleep.
For anxiety disorder you many want to inhale CBD by smoking or vaping to achieve quicker relief. This in combination with consuming orally with something such as CBD oil tinctures or CBD gummies.
For arthritis and pain applying topically directly works best with products such as CBD-infused lotions. This in combination with consuming orally with something such as CBD oil tinctures or CBD gummies.
For troubles sleeping take either CBD orally with either CBD-infused gummies or CBD oil tinctures under the tongue sublingually. Higher doses encourage sleep so our strongest CBD oil, Healing Dragon CBD 1,800mg Tincture is recommended.
Before trying CBD, you should also talk to your doctor, especially if you are currently taking medication. CBD may interact with prescription medicine such as antidepressants, blood thinners, and antibiotics.
It is recommended to begin with a low dose to ensure you don’t react poorly to cannabidiol. Try one or two drops of CBD Tincture Oil, a small puff off vaporized CBD, or half of a CBD-infused gummy. Wait at least an hour when inhaling and 6 hours for consuming sublingually or taking edibles to fully experience the effects.