Disclaimer: we don’t claim to be medical experts nor do we claim that any of our CBD products will cure illnesses and/or diseases. We simply wish to educate people on the health, wellness and therapeutic benefits that our customers and other CBD users have seen as a result of cannabidiol usage.
There are all kinds of different ways of consuming CBD. The right one for you will depend partly on your needs and partly on your lifestyle and preferences.
Smoking and vaping both work through the respiratory system, which means that the CBD can get to work quite quickly.
Smoking is convenient in the sense that it only requires the purchase of rolling paper, which is affordable and widely available. It is, however, rather falling out of favour partly over concerns about the effect of inhaling the smoke, partly because of the smell and partly because of the fire hazard.
Vaping does require the purchase of a vaporizer, although these are becoming increasingly affordable, but there is no smoke and hence less smell and no fire hazard.
Tinctures and gummies
Tinctures and gummies are both technically edibles, but they are special edibles because they can be consumed either sublingually or by being placed in a cheek pouch and sucked (or left to dissolve slowly).
This means that they can go through the mucous membranes straight into the bloodstream, instead of having to be processed by the digestive system.
This means they also get to work very quickly. In fact, their time to action is comparable to smoking and vaping. There is, however, no smell, which means that they can be consumed basically anywhere, including places where smoking and vaping are banned.
Edibles in general
Other forms of CBD edibles have to be processed by the digestive system before the CBD content is made available to the body as a whole. This means that they generally take longer to get to work. How much longer depends on the type of food.
For example, light foods such as CBD smoothies are processed more quickly than heavier foods such as CBD brownies.
CBD edibles are growing in popularity. This popularity is possibly very much due to the convenience factor. As with tinctures and gummies, CBD edibles do not have a distinctive “hemp” smell.
There can be a food smell, but unless you choose to make a powerful-smelling edible (like CBD curry), this is likely to be a minor issue. Similarly, you can consume CBD edibles anywhere you can consume the “regular” food.
As their name suggests, CBD topicals are applied to the outside of the body. In principle, the CBD can be contained in any product which is suitable for application on the skin.
In practice, it is often put into oils or fats which are believed to have beneficial qualities of their own. Hemp seed oil and coconut oil are very popular.
CBD topicals are typically used to target pain in muscles and joints. The time they take to act depends on various factors and so you may have to experiment a bit until you find the CBD topical which suits you best.
When you use CBD topicals, very little of the CBD gets into the bloodstream, which could mean that you might need a more concentrated dose than you would if you were consuming your CBD by another method.