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Understanding How to Use Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Decisions, decisions. If you have heard about cannabidiol (CBD), you probably know that it is being touted as a remedy for just about any condition you can think of! And, there is good reason to believe that endocannabinoid system regulation can produce an array of medicinal benefits.

CBD is a chemical from cannabis. Since CBD doesn’t make you “high” in any dose, a lot of people who would never try cannabis in a million years are more open to CBD experimentation.

In recent times, the hemp-based CBD market has ballooned into an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars, as manufacturers bring edibles, creams, tincture oils and vaping products to online and in-store shelves.

CBD vaping products

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People are putting down their cigarettes and picking up vape pens en masse – this effect is not just apparent among tobacco smokers, but cannabis users, too. However, those who still prefer to smoke will find that in terms of CBD’s effects, the pros and cons of vaping are also applicable for smoking.

The clearest advantage that vaporizing offers CBD users is the near-instant speed of delivery. Within seconds of taking a draw on the cool, smooth vapor, the therapeutic effects start to have an impact. This helps immeasurably with unpredictable symptoms that affect physical and psychological functioning – such as acute pain and anxiety. Unless fast relief is administered, the patient won’t benefit much.

The downsides of vaping CBD e-liquid are few, but clearly, non-vapers and smokers may be skeptical about doing so, for health reasons. Also, despite being fast-acting, the effects of vaping wear off relatively quickly, in two to three hours.

CBD edibles

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CBD edibles are the exact opposite to e-liquids in terms of reaction times. It’s a case of slow and steady with infused gummy bears and brownies – the hour or so waiting for the benefits pays off with six to eight hours of relief. While this isn’t ideal for managing sudden symptoms, it makes edibles preferably – and arguably more economical – for chronic conditions.

Having to digest the CBD may also enhance its value for tackling inflammation. Endocannabinoid system studies have found that immune system response can be influenced through the triggering of CB2 receptors. Also, edibles could be a smart choice for managing illnesses such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

But bear in mind that the slow onset of effects can make it tricky to judge whether you’ve got the dosage right. The advice is generally to wait at least 90 minutes to two hours before topping up your dose.

CBD creams

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CBD creams do something that no other CBD product can – directly affect the condition of the skin. This allows the antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties of the cannabinoid to be powerfully harnessed. It also adds a new dimension to CBD’s anti-inflammatory qualities, which may help to relieve acne.

Topical CBD doesn’t have to come in a cream – indeed, ointments, salves, balms and massage gels have all proven popular. These products may also ease stiff muscles and general aches, as well as soothe localized pain.

CBD creams cannot, however, be used to calm anxiety or provide a neuroprotective effect as this requires making changes to the brain.

CBD tincture oils

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CBD tincture oils, or simply CBD oil, may be the CBD product that has been focussed on most by the media – this is largely thanks to its use as an epilepsy treatment for children. Businesses often decide to buy CBD oil wholesale, to cut down on the cost-per-product and maximize their profit margins. CBD oil bottles come with a dropper attached to the screw-on lid, so that CBD can be carefully administered under the tongue.

This method is known as sublingual absorption, which is the speediest way to take CBD besides vaporizing, with the benefits noticeable after about 10 minutes. However, directly swallowing CBD, a form of ingestion, means the oil reacts more like an edible. Many users enjoy having this choice.