Welcome back to another day on our journey to discover the wonderful world of CBD. Previously, we spent time explaining the difference (and importance) of both CBD, as well as how finding the right dosage is important for you as a new user. Today, we at 5th World Brands want to take time to talk about the different methods you can use for CBD.
What To Look For in a CBD Product Regardless of how you plan to take your CBD, there are a few things you’ll want to keep an eye out for right from the beginning. Remember that these are all non-negotiators, meaning you shouldn’t use any products that do not meet these basic standards.
Lab Tested CBD products are not currently regulated by the FDA, and thus the market is rife with products that are made cheaply, hazardously or even illegally. Whenever purchasing a CBD product, it is important to ensure that the CBD has been lab-tested by a verified third party. This verification will allow you to see exactly what is being put into your body and the exact dosage with which you are using it.
Organic There is no better source of CBD than organic and home-grown American hemp. Due to the stricter agriculture regulations facing US farms, CBD grown here is more organic and often results in higher quality than plants grown outside the country.
Now that we’ve got our due diligence out of the way, we are ready to take a look at the different ways you can try CBD, as well as the potential benefits and purpose behind each.
Edibles Edibles are a great and discreet way to try CBD. You can find a variety of CBD edibles that include gummies, chocolate, or even mints that do a great job of masking that weed-taste. Edibles often take a longer time to kick in, because the CBD must be digested first. Though the effects last much longer than inhalation or topical creams. One must always remember that a large amount of CBD is lost in the digestion process, and only about 30% will actually be absorbed into your body after use.
Sublingual Products Unlike an edible, these are designed to be absorbed through placement under your tongue. Sublingual products include solutions made by soaking cannabis flower in oil or alcohol and then turned into a spray, oil or lozenge. By letting the CBD oil absorb under your tongue rather than the digestive tract, you will feel the CBD effects much quicker.
Topicals CBD topicals are ointments and creams designed to be applied to the skin. You can find CBD-infused lotions, balms, creams, salves, and transdermal patches in stores and online. Topicals are a great choice when it comes to treating very specific or localized pain or skin conditions (like eczema) in a discreet and private fashion. Topicals are great to put in your gym bag especially if you want to have a topical for your workout routine. Something to definitely keep in mind for athletes and runners!
Vaping and Smoking There are several different ways to go about smoking CBD. You can inhale CBD cannabis from flower in a rolled joint. Use a vaporizer with an oil-cartridge. Or even inhale CBD concentrates through a pipe like a bong or bubbler. Vaping and smoking allow the CBD to go directly into your bloodstream, so you’ll feel effects much, much faster.
Always keep in mind that smoking cannabis can expose you to harmful carcinogens. And while vaping circumvents this by heating cannabis up to just below the point of combustion, the jury’s still out on how safe it is. So this may not be the best choice. Lastly, if you decide to vape, always avoid CBD cartridges made with thinning agents or carriers such as coconut oil (MCT), propylene glycol, or vegetable glycerin. All of these have been clinically proven to cause lung and tissue damage when inhaled.
In closing, remember that there are many different ways to try CBD. It's important to find what works for you. It also never hurts to speak with your doctor, especially if you’re currently on medication. Come back soon as we carry on our journey and look into the proper questions to ask while buying CBD!