Because of CBD’s ability to amalgamate with other substances, it has been paired with other oils, included in food products, and made into E-Liquid for smoking, by manufacturers and consumers alike.
Consensus is that the best ways to use CBD oil are through inhalation, oral ingestion and topical application. For each of these ways of taking CBD, there are several products available – each product containing a different concentration and combination of CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes.
CBD E-Liquid and Vape Cartridges
CBD E-liquids can be used in vaporisers and e-cigarettes. Vaping technology means the CBD is not burned and has the most rapid effects.
CBD E-liquids are often considered the best way to use CBD oil by ex-smokers or those who are cutting down. Like with smoking, the CBD is instantly absorbed into the bloodstream and the similar inhalation process to smoking creates a sense of familiarity.
Inhalation is the fastest way of delivering CBD to the body because it bypasses the digestive system and diffuses directly into the bloodstream via the lungs.
Many CBD e liquid vapers enjoy the action of smoking and have come to replace other types of carcinogenic based smoking with vaping instead. However, CBD E-liquid is nicotine and THC free, making it a much healthier alternative to traditional types of smoking.
Liquid CBD Oil, Tinctures and Extracts
CBD oil can be taken by placing the correct number of drops under the tongue and leaving it there for at least 60 seconds to allow it to be absorbed by your blood vessels.
This is also a rapid way of diffusing CBD into the bloodstream and people prefer this method because it is discreet and doesn’t involve inhalation.
CBD oil drops shouldn’t be used in vaporisers but can be included in items of food or drink such as coffee, olive oil, smoothies, dips and much more.
CBD capsules, which should be ingested with food, are thought of as the most accurate way of controlling the dosage and potency of CBD. Because it’s clearly labelled how much CBD each capsule contains, you can know down to the milligram what dosage you’re taking, unlike with other methods where it’s less clear.
Although general advice is that one capsule should be taken a day, for serious conditions a specialist clinician should be consulted on the exact dosage required.
Like food with added CDB oils, manufactured CDB edibles should take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to take effect. This might sound like a long time to wait, but the effects of the CBD will last longer too.
CDB edibles are also preferred by some because they can be ingested discretely and they’re highly portable.
CBD isolate is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD. As the name suggests, all the plant matter contained in the hemp plant is removed, including all other cannabinoids.
CDB isolates can be taken by placing it under the tongue or using it as an additive to a drink/food.
CBD Balms, Oils, Lotions and Salves
Research suggests that CBD has anti-inflammatory effects when applied topically. CBD in balms, salves and lotions are not absorbed into the bloodstream and are used to treat inflammatory skin rashes and bacterial skin infections.
CBD balm can also be slow to take effect but the benefits are long lasting.