There are three standard methods of CBD consumption; sublingual, ingestion, and Vaping and smoking. Each method gives a different outcome. The choice of a consumption method depends on the type of CBD product, the user’s desired outcome, and convenience.
Many CBD products exist in the cannabis industry, causing confusion among the growing number of consumers. CBD products have various health implications in whichever way one takes them. For example, CBD oil can be through various methods, edibles like gummies taken orally, while CBD topical can be applied to the skin. The consumption methods depend on the user’s preference or the desired impact type; some methods give faster impacts to the users than others. However, users should understand the potential health implication of each method of consumption. This article will detail the three ways of using CBD to help users make informed choices.
CBD oil is made by heating the hemp plant materials and adding olive oil. The product is distilled to produce 100% pure CBD oil. The extraction of CBD from the hemp plant is not complicated, and does not require substantial financial input. Therefore, the oil is affordable. The limited financial input, and the corresponding low-cost production processes translates to cheaper CBD products in the market. This gives the product a competitive advantage in the cannabis industry.
Typically, the CBD oil interacts with CB1 and CB2 body receptors, preventing the user from getting ‘high’; instead, the interaction between the body receptors and the CBD oil makes the user relaxed (Lee et al.,2021). Additionally, the oil attracts many users not only because of its health benefits but also but its mode of use. Users can consume CBD oil anywhere and anytime. one can place the oil under your tongue even when in public. Similarly, you can take the oil in smoothies or food, although this method of consumption reduces the oil’s bioavailability, and the body only absorbs 4% to 12%. The rate of CBD oil absorption in the blood is also impaired by metabolism when taken through ingestion. Users should understand all the implication of specific consumption methods before choosing the most appropriate method for them; while smoking and vaping provides a instantaneous outcome, users must understand the inherent risks associated with inhalation of CBD. For instance, studies have linked vaping and smoking CBD with lung cancer.
CBD oil is the best option users who don’t need a doctor’s prescription for opiates to relieve pain. According to Eskander et al. (2020), CBD oil contains anti-inflammatory properties, which have many health benefits. The benefits include relieving pain, easing muscle soreness, and treating migraines. Anti-inflammatory properties make the oil a suitable analgesic for neuropathic pain (Lee et al.,2021). Although clinical trials are limited, anecdotal findings show that CBD oil is an effective therapy for neurodegenerative diseases such as the Parkinson’s syndrome. Several case studies have also reported good results for CBD oil in epilepsy anti-seizure. Also, the oil contains anti-tumor chemicals, responsible for killing cancerous cells. Undoubtedly, CBD oil has innumerable benefits beyond the sublingual method of use.
The consumption of CBD edibles is legal for persons above 18 years in the U.K. Astray et al (2021) described CBD edibles as the most comprehensive in terms of variety among Users. Dunford (2015) noted that the CBD edibles are infused in a range of ordinary products for consumers’ diversity While some take it as dietary supplements, others consume it to increase their muscle power. However, consumers prefer using broad-spectrum or CBD isolate without THC. It is worth noting that CBD edibles take long before being absorbed in the bloodstream. Users who need the products with low doses should consider edibles are a better option. The edibles do not affect the lungs. They can be consumed as gummies, candies, cookies, or capsules, among other forms. However, gummies are the most common edibles, especially in the U.S. and U.K. Normally, gummies are candy-like products made from CBD. Consumers are not only interested in their fruity flavors or sweetness but also in their potential health benefits. The gummies help alleviate stress and anxiety, reduce pain and inflammation, reduce acne, and give the users a sense of calmness and relaxation. Notably, the CBD gummies are sweet. However, they should only be used for medicinal purposes. Their sweet taste and enhanced flavor make them susceptible to abuse. Minors can also mistakenly consume the product, especially when disguised as candies.
Additionally, users must observe the proper dosage. Consumers can check the content and how frequently they use the gummies. CBD usage can undermine the effectiveness of other medications when taken alongside another prescription. Equally, the products are selectively compatible with users’ health. Therefore, users must ensure they have the correct information before taking a CBD product. If unsure of the dosage, medical advice is vital.
The human skin contains the CB2 receptors that enable the CBD topical’s absorption into the bloodstream. The Topical has analgesic effects, suitable for solid and healthy skin when absorbed. According to Eskander et al (2020), CBD topical has a therapeutic impact on arthritis, nerve damage, jaw pain, and chronic inflammation. When applying the topical to the skin, users should begin with low dosages and progress gradually to higher dosages.
Now, which method is the best to use?
Why choose CBD oil over edibles and topical? As demonstrated, CBD oil is absorbed into the bloodstream within a short time. This provides an immediate effect when consumed. The tinny capillaries inside the tongue quickly absorb the oil when placed underneath the tongue. The immediate impact of the oil taken by under-the-tongue method makes it a better choice among the other consumption methods discussed in this article.
CBD oil, whether full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate, is effective depending on what the consumer wants to achieve. The oil can bring the desired impact within 30 minutes after consumption or might take longer than two hours. The mode of consumption mediates the duration between consumption and the outcome. CBD oils are selling pretty fast in the cannabis market due to the convenience brought by consumption mode, price, and variety, and their availability.
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