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Cannabidiol (a.k.a. CBD) loses to tetrahydrocannabinol (a.k.a. THC) when it comes to pop culture and knowledge of cannabis’s major compounds, but medicinally, it’s where it’s at. Despite the misconceptions about marijuana and hemp, CBD is responsible for many of the known health benefits that hemp oil offers medical patients. Because of its anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties, CBD is popular among medical cannabis patients.
However, did you know that the way in which you ingest hemp oil can have an effect on the potency and the amount of time that the drug lasts? To get the most out of your CBD, there are different ways to ingest it, each having different benefits.
Sublingual delivery means that it is done through the skin under the tongue. The type of CBD that is used in this form of delivery is through tinctures. CBD tinctures are much less concentrated than CBD oils. This makes it a milder medication while still providing quick relief.
The best thing about tinctures is that the dropper allows the patient to dial in a specific amount of relief. While many people drop the medicine directly onto or under the tongue, it can be mixed in beverages and food as well. Another reason that these tinctures are more popular is that they are discreet and allow the patient to dose when needed, whether at their home or in public.
Another reason tinctures are popular is that they can be purchased in different combinations and ratios with its sister compound, THC. Ratios vary from 1:1 CBD to THC to 20:1, depending on the individual patient’s needs.
Hemp CBD edibles haven’t gotten all the play that THC edibles have gotten, but they are still available. The most common kinds of CBD edibles are chocolate, taffy, gum, and cookies.
One thing that you will want to check before purchasing an edible for CBD is the THC to CBD ratio. Different ratios work for different conditions. For example, Charlotte’s Web has a 20:1 CBD:THC ratio. Harlequin, which is used to treat pain and anxiety has a 5:2 ratio.
With edibles, you will need to make sure that you have the time for the digestion process to take place. It can take 60 to 90 minutes or longer to feel the relief from edibles, but once they hit, they hit hard.
From salves to creams, hemp CBD oil has been infused into topical applications to help with arthritis to acne. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is ideal to add a few drops of CBD oil to a carrier agent like coconut oil or other mixtures to create creams and salves. Also, because they are applied topically there are no psychoactive effects. THC cannot be absorbed through the skin.
Vaporization via CBD oil, concentrate cartridges, or using vape pens is one of the most efficient means of getting the CBD into your system. Because CBD is absorbed into your bloodstream directly from your lungs, vaporization is efficient and popular.
Like with edibles, some companies have come onto the market with CBD-infused drinks. From CBD-infused water to sports drinks to coffee and tea, you can have your pick of beverages available on the market. However, like edibles, these do need to go through the digestive process in which you might lose some of CBD’s efficacy. However, being a liquid, they might work up to four times faster than solid edibles.
Hemp CBD is on the forefront of medical cannabis research and is the compound showing the most promise for treatment of a variety of conditions. From anxiety to seizures to diabetes to chronic pain, cannabidiol is a natural treatment that works. These are just some of the methods to ingest CBD. Which have you tried? Which worked best for you?
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