CBD has become more mainstream in recent years due to its several health and wellness benefits. Unlike its cousin, THC, CBD provides relaxing, calming and pain reducing benefits without getting you high. Because it does not alter the state of mind, many people prefer to use it over THC.
But, how do you take CBD and what is the best way to consume it? There are several ways you can take CBD. The best way will depend on what you want to use it for and what you are most comfortable with.
Let’s start with smoking CBD. Just like THC, you can vape or smoke CBD for the quickest results. Studies show that smoking CBD is the most efficient way to get the benefits. But there are other effects that may come with the act of smoking, such as bronchitis or other lung conditions.
If you are like many people and do not want to smoke CBD or anything else for that matter, there are several other very effective ways of using and consuming CBD.
- Drop it directly under your tongue and let it absorb — this is one of the fastest ways to feel the effects of CBD. When you drop it directly under your tongue and let it absorb through your mucous membranes, it hits your bloodstream way faster than if you were to swallow it or ingest it in a gummy or other food product. The effects are almost immediate.
- Consume it through edibles — edibles are a super easy and discreet way to take CBD. Many people that are new to the CBD game like to go this route. There are a lot of different types of edibles out there. From gummies and hard candies to chocolate bars and brownies, you can get your CBD in several forms. One thing to keep in mind is that when you consume your CBD via an edible, it must go through the digestive process for your body to absorb it. Because of this, it can take up to two hours to fully feel the effects.
- Put it on your body topically — this is another super common way to take CBD. If you are using CBD for joint or muscle pain, to reduce inflammation, or to help you relax and/or sleep at night, topicals may be the way to go. Topicals are applied directly to the skin through CBD infused oils, lotions, balms, creams, salves, and patches. When you apply it directly to the skin, you can feel the relief almost immediately. But it is important to note that you should apply it generously because it doesn’t absorb as good through the skin as it does through the mucous membranes.
- Cooking with CBD: yes you read that right! You can cook with CBD! This is a fun way to consume CBD. You can add it to deserts, sauces, or even fun cocktails. Keep in mind that when you cook with CBD, high heat can take away the effects, so it is important to add it to things like frosting on a cake, dressing in a salad or sauce on a cold pasta dish. You can add CBD to your morning coffee, smoothie or afternoon cocktail for a fun lift as well!
Before you purchase CBD, no matter how you plan to consume it, there are a couple things you want to look at. First, make sure the company you are purchasing the CBD from is reputable and sources its CBD from hemp farms that use organic farming practices. This will ensure your CBD is pure and free from additives or harmful pesticides.
Another way to ensure the CBD products you are purchasing are pure and safe is to check and make sure the company you are purchasing it from uses third party lab testing. The company should disclose this openly on its website.
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