Ever heard of CBD (aka Cannabidiol)? It’s an active ingredient in cannabis used for medicinal purposes.
Unlike THC (which stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol and comes from the marijuana plant), CBD comes from the hemp plant and doesn’t make you high. That means there’s no risk of substance abuse or dependency.
In fact, CBD has many health benefits. It can relieve pain and stress and help your body to relax.
If that sounds like something you could use, you’re in luck. There are many ways to take CBD to target specific areas of the body and to improve your overall cognitive and internal health.
In this article, we’ll go over several ways to take CBD, including some you may have never heard of.
But first, it’s important to note that CBD is relatively new. That means you need to be careful before using it. Make sure that any CBD product you try has been tested by a third-party seller to ensure it’s really CBD and that it doesn’t contain any THC (if you don’t want THC).
Legitimate CBD sellers will always show their certificate of analysis. If they don’t, you should probably shy away from using their products.
Also, keep in mind that different forms of CBD come with varying levels of bioavailability, which refers to the proportion of CBD that actually enters your circulation and has an active effect. Inhaling CBD has the highest level of bioavailability, while oral ingestion has the lowest level (and is, therefore, least effective).
Now without further ado, here are nine different ways you can try to take CBD:
1. Sublingual tinctures
Sublingual tinctures are the most common form of CBD. It’s basically an extract that you place under your tongue with a dropper (sublingual literally means “applied under the tongue”).
Make sure you follow the recommended dosage. Usually, a few drops are all you need. After placing the CBD tincture under the tongue, give it 20-30 seconds to absorb before swallowing so that it can get into your bloodstream.
Tinctures are a form of oral consumption (because you swallow them), but by letting them absorb under your tongue before swallowing, you increase their efficacy.
Another way to take CBD is through drinks. That’s right. You can put CBD in all sorts of drinks: smoothies, coffee, tea, cocktails, even a milkshake if you want.
One benefit of consuming CBD this way is that it masks the strong taste of CBD. Some people don’t mind it, but if you want the health benefits without the taste, this is a great way to go.
Adding a bit of CBD to your tea or coffee can also help you relax. Just know that drinking your CBD means it will go through your gut, so the bioavailability will be lower.
As with drinks, you can put CBD in food. The best way to do this is through baked goods: cookies, brownies, cakes, muffins—you name it!
Baked goods work well because CBD mixes well with the fats and oils in butter and cooking oil. Just make sure you don’t overheat the CBD, otherwise you’ll decrease its efficacy.
Another way to put CBD in food is through salad dressing. Add it to an olive-oil based dressing to help it mix well and give yourself more incentive to eat your vegetables!
Lastly, you can put CBD in candies: gummies, gumballs, jelly beans, lollipops, mints, and more. This way you can pre-measure exactly how much CBD goes in each piece of candy so you don’t have to estimate the quantity.
CBD suppositories are relatively new and have a lot of unique benefits. For one, you can use them for targeted pain relief to your pelvic or rectal area.
As with any suppository, you can insert CBD suppositories anally or vaginally to give you targeted comfort, extra strength, increased pleasure, or relief from dryness and irritation.
CBD suppositories are especially useful for those experiencing pelvic pain. It’s a quick way to find some relief. Visit this site to learn more.
E-cigarettes have been around since 2003. You may have seen them used as an alternative to cigarettes, through which you can inhale smaller amounts of nicotine.
But e-cigarettes are also available for inhaling non-nicotine solutions like CBD through a vape cartridge (aka as vaping).
The CBD solution goes through your lungs and directly into your bloodstream, which means it’s faster than ingesting CBD.
You can also get customized flavors and different levels of CBD concentration. Just note that vaping oil is different than regular CBD oil. So don’t try to put a CBD tincture into your e-cigarette.
6. Bath products
Prefer not to put CBD into your body? Then try CBD bath products. You can get CBD bath salts or bath bombs to put in your tub.
This will cover your whole body and can give you the added benefit of relaxing scents from aromatic oil extracts.
7. Skincare products
Another way to apply CBD to your skin is through CBD skincare products. You can get lotions, face oils, serums, foundations, or even makeup made with CBD.
These can help with acne and aging, sensitive, or damaged skin. Add them to your beauty routine. Just make sure you get CBD face oils, which are different from regular CBD oils.
CBD toothpicks are a recent invention that act similarly to sublingual tinctures. As you chew them, the CBD slowly releases into your mouth and lasts longer than a tincture does.
Lastly, you can take CBD in a capsule. This helps you know exactly how much you’re taking and eliminates the need to estimate. However, capsules are a little less enjoyable since you just swallow them. They also take longer to take effect (give it a half hour or so). This is because the capsule must dissolve before the CBD is released.
Well, there you have it! Nine creative ways to take CBD. Choose one that best suits you and start reaping the health benefits today! You won’t regret it.