CBD, or Cannabidiol, products are emerging as the number one alternative medicine.
Almost half of all users have dropped all other medicines for their ailments. Its effectiveness has surpassed most scientific tests.
Users of products, like liquid CBD, can attest to how much of a life-changing experience it has been. While it’s hard to describe all the benefits of marijuana CBDs, we can cover the basics.
In this guide, you will learn what it is, how it’s used, and the ways you can incorporate it into your life.
What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabis is a species of plant with numerous chemical and nutritional properties.
The two major categories of chemical substances are CBD and THC. The chemicals associated with getting high are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
Unlike THC, CBD has no intoxicating properties. Depending on the strain of cannabis, it may have mostly THC, CBD, or an even mix of the two. This variation in marijuana strains is why it has become so misunderstood for so long.
CBD strains provide important medicinal properties that will not affect one’s motor skills or cognitive abilities. Thanks to activism and education efforts, CBD legalization has picked up momentum around the country.
Legalization and Accessibility
CBD medicinal use is fully legal in 14 states, including Puerto Rico and D.C. right now. It treats various ailments with a prescription, including epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and chronic pain/inflammation.
Treating illnesses with CBD is possible with different methods of delivery. You don’t have to smoke it if you can’t or don’t prefer.
We’ll cover each method, with their pros and cons.
Vaping and Smoking
The most common way of taking CBD for both immediate and long-term treatment. Marijuana CBD strains can be easily found in dispensaries. CBD can be smoked without any carbon byproducts via vaporizers.
Vaping heats up a pure CBD extract and turns it into clean water vapor. Vape pens are relatively cheap and the CBD cartridges make for easy dosage on an as-needed basis. Inhaled CBD is the fastest method of delivery, taking only 30 seconds to receive benefits.
Vaping is also more discrete than regular smoking, although more expensive. We don’t recommend vape pens if you need specific dosages for prescriptions. Refer to the other forms of delivery below. Lastly, be aware that vaping can feel harsh on the throat and lungs when first trying it.
Oil Tincture & Liquid CBD
CBD oil tinctures are a great alternative to vaping and edibles — two of the most popular forms. This is usually taken via liquid dropper or sprayed into the mouth. Usually, coconut or sesame oil is used as a base for stable shelf life and taste.
Tinctures also happen to be the second-fastest delivery method for CBD. It gets picked up in as little as 15 minutes in the stomach. Like smoking/vaping, CBD dosages can be difficult to get precise with tinctures.
Prescriptions can be measured out per-drop, but you may need help calculating it. Also, higher concentrated CBD tinctures will cost a lot more than all other types, besides edibles. Unlike edibles, though, tinctures are readily absorbed in the mouth, speeding up the delivery of CBD.
We recommend CBD tinctures for first-timers, due to the ability to limit dosages. The dropper/sprays of low concentrations allow treating mild ailments on a budget. Remember to shake before using as separation can occur.
Ointments and Gels
CBD can also be absorbed through the skin. This is perfect for treating inflammation and pain at the source. You can rub a CBD oil or balm and expect relief in as little as 15 minutes.
The CBD that is absorbed through the skin will not travel throughout the rest of the body. This makes it more effective and cost-saving for those who don’t need CBD for anything else. Athletes/retirees have been turning to CBD for chronic pain issues.
The all-natural delivery of CBD on a regular basis comes with zero side-effects or addiction. This is a huge win for those prescribed oxycontin and other opioid-based pain-killers.
Using natural pain relief alternatives can restore normalcy in diet, exercise, and lifestyles.
Dosage can be difficult to pin down for first-timers. Trial-and-error is the only way to find the right concentration to treat varying amounts of pain.
Edibles and Ingestibles
CBD can be eaten like a pot brownie. We don’t recommend it as the first choice for medicating, though, for various reasons. Edibles can be a great way to deliver medicine to a younger patient.
You can drop CBD tinctures into food and drinks, too, but the flavor may be off. Those with sensitive pallets may not agree with the grassy flavor it adds. You can, however, hide it in a smoothie, coffee, or juice fairly easy.
CBD-infused edibles are some of the easiest products to find in legalized states. Many restaurants and stores sell them in a wide variety. You can get CBD-infused drinks, alcohol, candy, cooking ingredients, and restaurant dishes.
CBD gummies are one of the most popular edibles due to processing and dosage. It’s easier to control the dosage of gummies than a brownie, for example. There’s more info on how gummies work as edibles if you prefer this method.
As we mentioned previously, edibles aren’t the best nor fastest way to medicate. It can be difficult to control dosage, especially how CBD is slowly released into the bloodstream. Cooking with CBD also affects potency levels, as well.
When we’re talking ingestibles, we mean pill form of CBD. Pills work faster and don’t vary in dosage like edibles. They still take about 30 minutes to release into your system, but it’s a controlled release.
This is an ideal way of taking CBD daily for chronic systemic pain and immune diseases.
Change Your Life with CBD
We hope you learned a lot with this CBD starter guide. Whether you smoke, drop, eat, or drink liquid CBD, research where it comes from. Not all CBD products are created equal.
This is only in regards to potency, as you should always buy from reputable establishments. Introducing CBD into your life can be a real game-changer. If you’re interested in reading more about lifestyle choices like this, subscribe to My Press Plus.
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