This article assumes that you, the reader, are already familiar with CBD. If not, please first read our page Cannabidiol: The Ultimate Guide to CBD, which lists four main ways of taking CBD.
Although this is not breaking news, we are frequently asked about what is the best way to take CBD, so we decided to publish this article that goes into a little more detail.
This article pulls a great deal of research from Nordic Oil’s wiki page, “How to Use CBD“.
What’s the most effective method of using CBD?
There is no rule on how to take CBD.
Although studies show that vaping is the most efficient way of quickly spreading CBD to the entire body, some people may not feel comfortable with that method. After vaping, oils are commonly understood as the second most effective choice followed by capsules, suppositories, topical creams and gum. However, forming a choice depends on three factors. One, as mentioned, your preferences for intake. Two, on what pain, discomfort or mood you are trying to treat. For example, if you are trying to treat Psoriasis, a benign but highly unpleasant skin disorder, then a cream is the best choice. Another example, a person suffering from Arthritis may prefer to use a cream on the joints to ease the pain. Three, what level of dosage you want and how long you need the effects to last (check out our other article “What You Need to Generally Know About CBD Dosage“). For example, some CBD users prefer edibles because the effects tend to last longer than with using other methods.
It’s also worth noting that you are not limited to using one method! Some people prefer to use one method in the morning and use another method in the evening. For example, some people may prefer to take an edible in the morning and vape at home in the evening.
So all that being said, products come in the form of e-liquids, oils, capsules, suppositories, creams, gum as well as crystals and CBD Isolate for cooking edibles or making your own vape juices, all of which fit into the following four methods…
To review: The four main ways of taking CBD
By inhaling CBD E-Liquids with a vaporizer, CBD enters your lungs and diffuses directly into your bloodstream rather than first entering your liver. It works fast! And, another result of bypassing your liver, nearly four times as much CBD enters your circulation. Essentially, this means you can achieve the same beneficial effects with a much smaller amount of CBD than if you were to take edibles, creams, etc.
If you want to vaporize CBD you can either purchase an E-Liquid or DIY your own juice. You can also vaporize or smoke cannabis plant that contains high levels of CBD, however this method is limited to the local laws in the country you live in.
How long does it take vaporizable CBD oil to work? / How long does it last?
Inhalation shows effects almost immediately and you can simply stop vaping as soon as you feel its effects are strong enough. Within about 30 min, you’re at the greatest peak and the effects will last about 1-4 hours depending on how much you take.
Sublingual (and with food…)
To achieve the best possible effect, we suggest applying the drops directly under the tongue. However, abstain from drinking or eating for at least fifteen minutes after application. If you prefer, the concentrate can be mixed with other foods or liquids for consumption. To learn more about what foods are best, read our other article Taking CBD Oil with Food.
How does it taste?
Flavored or unflavored? Good or bad? It depends on your personal preference. CBD oil tends to taste earthy and bitter. If you like the taste of cannabis, you will probably like the taste of CBD oil. However, there are many options with added flavors if the natural flavor is not your thing.
How long does it take tinctures to work? / How long does it last?
As mentioned earlier, the sublingual method of taking CBD oil is the second most effective method. You will feel the effects of the CBD within approximately 30 – 60 minutes and the peak effects will be felt in 1-2 hours. It should last anywhere from 1-4 hours. Some people take this method 3 times a day or once every 4 hours.
Edibles with CBD may come in the form of food, candies, chocolates or chewing gum.
How Long Does It Take Edible CBD To Work? / How Long Does It Last?
This method lasts the longest but it takes longer to kick in because your body has to metabolize the CBD. With this method, it may take anywhere from 1 – 2 hours to feel the full effects.
Note: It’s advisable to be careful when taking edibles containing THC. This is because when THC is consumed it gets converted to a stronger compound, unlike CBD. When consuming edibles with CBD you have the freedom to be more flexible and the strongest side effect is that you may experience is fatigue. It’s highly unlikely to cause anxiety or any other uncomfortable side effects like you may experience in eating THC.
CBD skin products come in ointments, salves, and lotions. Topical creams are not psychoactive and are typically used to treat pain, inflammatory skin rashes, and bacterial skin infections. Cannabinoids are thought to work well on the skin because of their potent anti-inflammatory properties. Both CB1 and CB2 receptors have been found throughout the skin and the endocannabinoid system is thought to play an important role in the immune response of our skin.
What can CBD creams be used for?
- Pain relief (arthritis pain, muscle, joint)
- Joint swelling
- Inflammatory skin conditions
- Bacterial infections such as MRSA
- Skin Cancer
- Neck and back pain
- Nerve pain
As exampled earlier, CBD can be applied topically for all skin conditions, from acne to eczema, and even for joint pain. CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory agent as well as has antioxidant properties. So, for conditions like a rash, or really anything on the skin that is being caused by inflammation or the overproduction of free radicals, CBD can greatly help. CBD not only works well with skin conditions but also it can be used topically to relieve pain. For arthritis, back pain, or sore muscles we recommend using a CBD cream in the area. It works especially well on the knees, elbows, and hands. Studies have shown that CBD can also be used to treat skin cancer. These studies have shown that when CBD is applied to the skin, it diminishes the growth and spread of cancer cells. The hemp plant also has anti-bacterial properties that have the potential to fight against MRSA (MRSA is a nasty bacterial infection responsible that is difficult to battle due to its resistance to many antibiotics.)