Regardless of where you live, on almost a weekly basis we are hearing of a new way CBD oil can be used to benefit our health through intersecting with our cell receptors, supporting health, and creating balance throughout our bodies. Regardless of where you look, it’s not difficult to find articles and posts regarding the possible benefits of using a CBD product.
That being said, the only way CBD oil will ever work for you is if it is being properly absorbed into your body. Because of this, you need to know the most effective methods of consuming CBD oil. You need to know which methods of use will put CBD oil into your bloodstream the quickest. This is what allows CBD to be used by the endocannabinoid system, working alone with the receptors throughout your body.
One of the most common methods of using CBD oil is taking it orally, by mouth. Because of this, we are seeing more and more CBD products that are to be mixed with food or drink to be consumed. Many people are finding it convenient to add their dose of CBD oil to their morning coffee or evening cup of tea. That leaves a popular question. Is drinking or eating CBD oil the most effective way of taking it? No, it’s not. We will use the rest of this article to explain why.
Longer path to the bloodstream
With orally ingesting CBD oil, the digestive system absorbs the oil and then breaks it down. After reaching the stomach, CBD oil then makes its way to the liver where it is metabolized even further. Finally, what is left of the CBD is slowly able to make its way through the bloodstream. Much of the CBD is lost as it’s passed through the stomach and liver. Because of this, while orally ingesting CBD may be the simplest method of use, it loses some of its punch. This isn’t the most efficient method of using CBD.
CBD under the tongue
By holding CBD underneath your tongue for a minute to a minute and a half and then swallowing, membranes we have in our mouth are able to absorb the compounds found in the CBD oil. Using this method gives the CBD an opportunity to completely skip the process involving making its way through the stomach and digestive system.
This keeps the compounds from being broken down and allows it to make its way both into and through the bloodstream much quicker. It also keeps more of its properties this way, making the CBD oil stronger. So, by taking CBD under the tongue, not only are you getting more of the CBD oil, but it’s also much stronger.
There is one set back to using CBD oil like this. Make sure you have something handy to drink once you have swallowed the CBD oil. It’s not exactly a flavor for everyone. The taste of CBD oil is very distinct. It can be difficult to describe other than simply saying many people don’t enjoy the taste of CBD. If you are looking to get the benefits of CBD oil quicker than eating or drinking but are unable to take the taste that comes with a tincture, using a CBD e-juice may be your best bet.
Vaping CBD oil is one of the quickest growing methods of using CBD. With vaping, the compounds are able to be absorbed into the lungs and are then instantly transferred into the bloodstream. Yes, compared to orally ingesting CBD oil, vaping a CBD e-juice provides benefits much faster. That being said, there is also a huge drawback.
Vaping simply isn’t for everybody. For starters, inhaling a substance that isn’t natural to our bodies isn’t something many people enjoy. This can easily cause someone to go into a coughing rage, as brief as it may be, there’s an odor, and many people are simply against vaping for one reason or another. All of this being said, if you are someone who already uses a vaping device, adding a juice that has CBD oil could be a natural fit.
Another method of using CBD oil that is popular is using CBD infused creams or lotions. This method is specifically beneficial to people using CBD oil for aches and pains through their joints and muscles. Also, there are many benefits to using CBD when it comes to the health and beauty of our skin. These topicals allow you to target specific areas of the body where you would like CBD to produce an effect.
This has the same drawback as ingesting CBD oil orally. More time is going to be needed for the CBD oil to make its way into your bloodstream. If you are looking to experience benefits as quickly as possible, lotion or cream will not be nearly as sufficient as using a CBD oil tincture under the tongue. Not that we have looked at a few additional methods of using CBD oil, let’s discuss what to look for when you are buying a CBD product.
Research the product and brand
Anytime you go to purchase a CBD oil product for the first time, regardless of the method you choose to use CBD, make sure you do plenty of research on the brand name. In 2018, the Farm Bill was passed in the United States, making CBD legal at the federal level. That being said, CBD products aren’t being federally regulated.
This means any manufacturer is able to say whatever they want about the product they are selling. As amazing as CBD oil is, there are plenty of “bad guys” throughout the industry. Their goal is to make as much money as possible, as quickly as they can.
Spend time reading the reviews others are leaving about the brand. How is the product working for them? Do they recommend using the product or have they started using something else? Keep in mind, you are always going to get a few negative comments. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad product. It means the user didn’t find exactly what they were looking for. There’s always a chance these individuals simply had too high of expectations. Take time to read what others are saying. Also, make sure you use diligence about the comments you are reading.
You will also want to make sure you are purchasing a product from a brand that does lab testing from a third-party. This will hold the brand accountable to what they say through advertising and marketing. There are many tests that are performed through these labs. You can be as picky as you choose to be. The main thing is you look for the quality and potency of the CBD oil being used.
Commit to using a product
Unlike THC which creates an effect on the mind, CBD is a compound that produces an effect on the body. Because of the fact, no two bodies are exactly alike, it doesn’t make sense for you to have the same effects someone else is getting, in the exact time frame. Many people will begin using CBD oil and after a few days of not experiencing an effect, they give up on the product.
Once you have done some study and research and found the CBD product you would like to use, commit yourself to use the product for six weeks before determining if the product does or doesn’t work for you. If you are brand new to using CBD oil, start with a small dose. After the week, begin gradually increasing the amount of CBD oil you are using. Once you have learned exactly how your body is going to react to CBD oil, begin increasing the amount you are using once or twice a week until you begin receiving the desired effects.
Use caution of where you buy a product
Similar to how there seems to be a new method of using CBD on a regular basis, there are also more and more places where you can go to buy CBD oil. Everywhere from pharmacies, bars, cafes, restaurants, convenience stores, almost everywhere, you turn around someone is selling CBD products.
Go out of your way to make sure the business you make a purchase from focuses on selling CBD products. We’ve already mentioned there are a few bad people in this industry. This isn’t limited to manufacturers. The same can be said as people selling products. Just like with any other product, you would purchase for a health and wellness need, you should use caution of where you make your purchase from.
Ask questions. Look for someone who has plenty of brands to choose from. If you are somewhere shopping and a CBD product seems to be out of place for the business you are visiting, there’s a good chance that it is.