How Should I Take My CBD?

CBD has been making leaps and bounds all over the news. Although in use since centuries ago, CBD has become the need for the hour, thanks to the pace at which our lifestyles are moving. Hectic deadlines, greying hairs in our mid-twenties, snail pace traffic, mortgages and rampant pollution has made life all but relaxing. CBD is the miracle that we’ve all been waiting for. The answer we’ve all been looking for. It is a diamond in the rough.

As multitude of CBD benefits shine through the canopy of CBD side effects, people are flocking to see what CBD can do for them. And they are not surprised!

But the question is often asked, “What is the best way for me to take CBD?” Well, fret not as we are here to help you figure that out.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is categorised under the class of “cannabinoids” with several others like Flavonoids, terpenes, THC to name a few. CBD is only one of several thousands of such cannabinoids that are extracted from a cannabis plant. CBD is extracted in mainly two forms, them being from the marijuana plant and the hemp plant.

Will Taking CBD Make Me “High”?

The possibility is NIL. The reason is that CBD is a non-psychoactive compound. The feeling of intoxication that one might experience has nothing to do with CBD, but all with THC. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a psychoactive substance. Even if you are going for a Full-spectrum CBD, the percentage of THC is not more than 0.3%. That is not enough to make even a puppy high!

In What Ways Can I Take CBD?

CBD can be ingested in multiple ways depending on where you want the effect to be targeted at, how fast do you want the effect to show and for how long you want the effect to show.

Criteria Inhalation Oral Sublingual Topical
Pathway Of Action Through the lungs and then the blood stream Through the digestive system, then blood stream Through the digestive system, then blood stream Only on the skin. Doesn’t enter bloodstream.
Time Taken For Effect To Show Instantaneously 2 hours or more 0.5 to 2 hours Depends on person to person, and area of application
Effects Last For How Long? 10 minutes Effect last well over 4 hours Effect last well over 4 hours Varies depending on target.
  1. Vapour Inhalation: Smoking And Vaping

This is by far the fastest way to get CBD directly into your blood stream. The apparatus that many use for smoking is called an oil rig or Bong. The CBD extract in the form of dab is placed onto the heated chamber of a bong. The nail in the heated chamber causes the dab to begun fuming. The fumes travel up, and are then inhaled for effect. Simple as can be.

The issue with smoking is that it can be quite harsh on your throat and lungs. Especially for people who are averse to the idea of smoking altogether. The vape pen is a much better alternative for them. The apparatus is quite simple.

The pen involves a loading chamber, where the tincture or CBD extract is loaded into. There is a temperature gauge, which then heats up the oil causing the fumes.

  • Pathways Of Action: When inhaled, it directly goes into the lungs which are then absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream.
  • Time For Effect: The quickest way, but doesn’t persist for long. Its peak is at 10 minutes.
  1. Oral- Swallowed And Sublingual

Orally taking the CBD oil, capsule or tincture causes the CBD to undergo what is called a “first-pass metabolism” by the liver. This is the initial breakdown of the compound that the liver conducts. The CBD is simply ingested.

  • Pathway Of Action: It first hits your digestive system, and is then absorbed into your bloodstream.
  • Time For Effect: By far one of the slowest. It could take 2 hours or more for the effects to show. The effects however last much longer!

The faster alternative would be to ingest sublingually. This involves the CBD oil to be held under the tongue for a minute atleast. This allows for the CBD to be absorbed more readily into the bloodstream, thanks to the capillary-rich area under the tongue.

  • Pathways Of Action: It avoids first-pass metabolism and is directly taken into the bloodstream. This makes it faster than simply ingesting it.
  • Time For Effect: Could take anywhere from half an hour to 2 hours.
  • Topical Method

This method involves applying creams to the affected area. The affected area could be an inflamed joint or even the temples when having a terrible case of migraines.

  • Pathway Of Action: It doesn’t enter the bloodstream, instead is best against pain-perceiving nerves on the surface.
  • Time For The Effect: Depends from person to person, and from area of application