Hello! If you’re reading this article, you are likely interested in trying CBD for yourself. Perhaps you’ve heard of the numerous benefits CBD can provide, like pain management and improved relaxation, or you’ve heard about it from a friend.
Whatever your reason, welcome. Before you jump headfirst into the world of CBD, you should know about the various types of product that exist and ways to take it so you may choose the variety and method that is best for you.
Finding Your Ideal CBD
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an all-encompassing term for a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. As with many other kinds of consumer products, CBD comes in a wide range of varieties — and it’s important to compare and contrast them when making your purchasing decision.
In reviewing your options, you’ll want to get familiar with types of CBD that exist.
CBD oils contain all cannabinoids – not just cannabidiol – naturally found in the cannabis plant, or the full spectrum of the cannabis plant’s offerings. This includes THC, the psychoactive compound most commonly associated with cannabis usage.
Oils, on the other hand, generally contain most cannabidiols except THC. If you’re looking for a CBD experience without a psychoactive factor, broad-spectrum might be for you. Do note, however, that some research indicates that CBD and THC operate best as a team taken together in a process called the entourage effect.
True to its name, isolate is pure CBD isolated from all other cannabinoids and active compounds. If you are concerned about drug tests that search out the presence of THC, isolate may be your safest choice.
Another important factor in your CBD purchasing decision.
CBD products currently fall outside the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory scope. In the absence of a government-mandated Nutritional Facts label, many CBD manufacturers provide lab-tested information for their products. These tests can help you ensure that you’re getting what you were promised.
US government regulations do require that cannabis grown inside the country contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, so it’s important to seek out American-made products to guarantee a safe CBD experience. Organic CBD products go the extra mile to avoid cross-contamination with pesticides or other chemicals commonly found in farmed crops.
Okay, I’ve found the right type of CBD. It checks off all my boxes! What’s all this about ‘tinctures’ and ‘tablets’?
Great question! For all the types of CBD that exist on the market, there are many distinct ways to consume it. Many options are available to you, and you can determine which is best for you through a number of factors that we’ll discuss below.
Though there is no one “right” way to take CBD, different means of consumption work best depending on your reasons for taking CBD. CBD taken to promote restfulness, for example – whether it’s to manage symptoms associated with anxiety or depression or to help you get a good night’s sleep – is best administered orally. CBD taken orally, through a tincture, capsule, tablet, or edible, is absorbed into your bloodstream anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours after usage depending on the form of oral consumption you choose, allowing for generalized relief.
If you are interested in CBD for localized pain relief, you’ll want to read on to learn more about topicals and transdermals. With these, you can apply the power of CBD to a specific part of your body, enabling it to reach the source of your discomfort to deliver effectiveness.
Drops and sprays, known in the CBD world as tinctures, offer a fast and direct method of consuming CBD. Tinctures are usually ingested orally or under the tongue. You simply take the dropper or sprayer, place a drop in your mouth or spray the dropper, and wait for approximately one minute before swallowing.
Tinctures offer fast-acting effects, made possible by the blood vessels in your mouth absorbing the CBD right into your bloodstream. Effects can be felt as soon as fifteen minutes following your first dose. Liquid drops and sprays can also serve as a great starting point for folks new to the world of CBD, as dosage amount can be easily modified for those still looking to find the level of CBD that works best for them. Most droppers come with markings at specific volumes, allowing you to make note of dosage amounts as you discover your CBD ‘sweet spot’.
Capsules and Tablets
Capsules come in two forms: the isolate mentioned above, taken as powder in a softgel, or softgels filled with CBD oil. If you’re familiar with taking supplements like multivitamins, the process of taking a CBD capsule will feel natural to you: you simply pop one in your mouth and swallow with water. Since capsules are not dissolved directly into the bloodstream like tinctures, the effect will take longer to kick in.
Tablets affect the body in a similar manner, but come in pill form.
Edibles are one of the most accessible choices for new CBD users. CBD edibles deliver their effect in the form of gummies, beverages, chocolates and other easily identifiable sweet products designed to cover the taste and odor usually associated with cannabis-derived products.
Something to note about edibles is that they are subject to the first pass effect, meaning that your liver and digestive system break down up to 80 percent of the CBD you consume, preventing your bloodstream from absorbing it. Due to this process, it may take up to two hours for you to notice effects from CBD edibles, though as with any CBD product, this timeframe will vary from person to person.
Edibles contain sugar, sugar substitutes, and other ingredients used to mask that ‘cannabis’-y taste and smell, so if you’re looking for an additive-free CBD experience, you may want to consider another option.
Topicals and Transdermals
Topicals are made to be applied directly to your skin. These are sold as lotions, creams, and balms.
If you’re used to using rubs and roll-ons to manage localized aches and pains, you’ll love topicals, as they are applied in an identical manner and are not subject to that first-pass effect found in edibles. This means you can enjoy relief delivered directly to your body without a “middleman”. However, skin is less absorbent than the mouth or digestive system, so you’ll want to apply a reasonably heavy amount of topical CBD to your skin, following proper dosage instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Transdermals are another form of topical CBD administered as a patch applied to the skin.
Finally, like other cannabis-derived products, CBD can be vaped. Vaped CBD oil is consumed with an oil-containing cartridge through a vaporizer or vape pen.
Vaping sends CBD directly into your bloodstream, allowing for fast-acting effects. Current research indicates that 34 to 56 percent of vaped CBD oil is absorbed into the bloodstream within 10 minutes of usage.
Due to potential health risks associated with vaping, including possible exposure to carcinogens like those found in cigarettes, we do not offer vaping products for purchase through our website at this time.
Finding Your CBD “Sweet Spot”
If at first you don’t succeed with CBD, adjust your dosage responsibly until you find your sweet spot!
Ideal CBD dosage varies from person to person, and in the world of CBD, we call this ideal point your “sweet spot”.
As there is no set way to predict your ‘sweet spot’, trial and error will be your guide. Start with a low dose and take note of its effects (you may keep a journal to track your progress). If this dose is not providing you with the desired effect, try a larger dose, working your way up sequentially. When you’ve found your perfect balance, make a note of it – you’ve hit your ‘sweet spot’!
Select manufacturers offer handy infographics that can further assist you on your ‘sweet spot’ journey. Dosage decisions should always be made in consultation with a qualified medical professional and follow measurements and instructions laid out by the manufacturer.
With this knowledge about taking CBD and exploring its variants in hand, we’re confident you are ready to take the first step in your CBD journey. At Vimtality, we’re here for you with the products and resources you need to unlock the full potential of CBD for yourself. We wish you many happy returns!
The information presented in this article does not constitute medical advice. Clear all CBD usage decisions with a qualified medical professional.