What's the best way to take CBD?
It really depends on what your goal is and why you're taking CBD in the first place.
Some people don't want to ingest anything and therefore prefer a topical CBD cream or ointment. You can apply it to muscles, joints, and ligaments and still get a nice, localized release.
The biggest differences between tinctures, edibles, and vape pens are speed of delivery and how long the effects last. Vape relief is faster but wears off faster too—usually in about two hours. Say you wake up in the morning and pulled your back out, you might want to take CBD through a vape pen, which delivers in 10 minutes.
Tinctures and edibles take longer to work but last four or five hours. A tincture looks like a little liquid that you put under your tongue, and you feel relief within half an hour. If you prefer to taste something, you choose an edible, whether it's a capsule, gummy, or baked good.
The key to understanding the effectiveness of the delivery mechanism for CBD is recognizing that each person is different. There are clinical studies which suggest that inhalation and sublingual transmission are the most effective. Vapes and sublingual (aka under the tongue) tinctures tend to be the most effective methods because they put CBD right into your bloodstream. A CBD gummy or even a supplement, on the other hand, would have to be absorbed through the digestive tract, which may take longer or result in a less potent effect. And a CBD cream or lotion would be absorbed topically through your skin.
But, even though we know these methods tend to be the most effective, some people might not like the habit of vaping or putting an oil tincture under their tongue, which would make them not want to engage with CBD at all. As a result, they might not find any benefit from the CBD product they're using. Hence, any other form that person favoured would be better, because CBD consumption would increase in those other form factors. In other words: the best way to take CBD is whatever way that you could actually see yourself using it.
The tricky thing about CBD in general is that there's no published guide or clinical study that breaks down the appropriate dosage for each individual, or for various conditions. On top of that, everyone responds differently to different doses and supplements, so there's no telling how much you'll need and in what form. Figuring out the right CBD product for you and your needs is often a matter of experimentation.
If you're just beginning your CBD journey, we suggest starting with a tincture, because it'll give you the full CBD experience.
To take it, place a dropper-full of oil underneath your tongue, and hold it for at least a minute before swallowing. Even though it might feel a little weird or gross, this allows the oil to absorb in your bloodstream.
Most CBD products should include information about dosage, which you can use as a starting point. From there, it is a matter of seeing if that dosage works and then to increase or decrease the frequency and amount accordingly.
While we're all in favour of self-exploration, if you're not sure if a CBD product is right for you, it's always a good idea to ask your doctor or healthcare provider. Once you know the dosage that "works" for you, then it's up to you to figure out the products you want to use. For example, maybe you find that having CBD gummies at your desk is more convenient than, say, heading outside to vape. Perhaps you like holding a tincture under your tongue while you get ready for work. Or, maybe you just like keeping a CBD supplement in your purse to have in case of emergency.
And if none of those products or methods really do it for you, the good news is there's pretty much a new CBD product on the market everyday. Chances are, something will work for
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