Consuming CBD – Best Practices

The sudden about-face of the general population regarding cannabis consumption might come as a surprise to many of us. The truth is, there are many medicinal and therapeutic uses for cannabis. CBD, or cannabidiol, is found in both marijuana and hemp, and is a non-psychoactive component of those plants. While the actual benefit of smoking marijuana for its psychoactive effect has been questioned over the years, there is little doubt of the benefits of CBD oil in many treatments.

Methods Of Consumption


There are many different methods of using CBD, whether you want to smoke it, either in flower or oil form, eat it in some way, or have it absorb through your skin. Some would only consider smoking it, and while that does have some benefit, in particular for sleeping disorders, many more favor a less potentially harmful method of consumption. 

Orally


Orally is the most common method of use because CBD is most soluble in fats, making it ideal for adding to various food items. You can mix CBD oil with butter or cooking oil and use it in your favorite recipes. Of course, eating it mixed with food will take considerably longer for you to feel the effects of the CBD, probably several hours. 


Tinctures are generally made with alcohol to break down the CBD oil into digestible liquid. Tinctures can also be added to various foods, but also various drinks, making the time between consumption and relief of symptoms much shorter. 


Gummies and other candies are a third way to ingest helpful CBD. This is a great option for someone who suffers nausea and vomiting as some of their symptoms. Candies and other relief treats like CBD mints, gum and honey are also ideal for anyone suffering side effects from various conditions. 

Smoking falls into the “orally” category, but you no longer have to smoke actual plant matter. You can get oils to use in a vaporizer that will give you the same effects without the potentially hazardous smoke. 

Absorption


There are a couple of products you can use for this method. One is with CBD patches that work in a time release manner. Simply affix the patch and let it do its magic. Another way is with lotions or other topical agents that are meant to seep into your skin directly from contact and provide relief without your actual eating/drinking of the product. 

Wellness Benefits


Through various studies over the years, it’s been found that there are many benefits to using CBD in in the treatment of many illnesses. 

For instance, research has shown that using CBD oil on a regular basis promotes its anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for various swelling conditions and as a mass growth inhibitor. It has also been found to help certain sufferers, not only with the symptoms of their disease, but also with the side effects of the common treatments for their disease. 

Existing Conditions


We often associate marijuana use with “getting high” and “getting the munchies”, but, believe it or not, CBD consumption does not get you high. Nor will you have the urge to clear out your fridge when you use it. In fact, it has been found to reset certain receptors in the brains of obese individuals and can be an effective treatment for obesity. It has also been found to be useful in the treatments of many other illnesses, including: 

  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Bi-Polar Disorder


and many other conditions. The most common use these days, however, is for chronic pain and conditions with pain as its primary symptom. 

Common Practice


It’s nothing to be ashamed of. These days, there are dispensaries where knowledgeable assistants can tell you what you need to know. Always follow the advised consumption amount on the package because consuming too much can make you feel pretty loopy. Remember, eating it is different than smoking it and the effects will not be the same or last the same amount of time.  Various personal factors can impact things like how long it takes to feel the effects, how long it takes to wear off and how you’ll feel before and afterward.  Best practice is to always start at low dosages and work your way up to your own level of comfort.

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