The Best Way to Take CBD: A Beginner's Guide

CBD products are made from CBD, Cannabidiol, a chemical compound found alongside around eighty other active cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant or industrial hemp. Traced all the way back to 2700 B.C. CBD has been used for medicinal and remedial purposes over several centuries because of its ability to easily interact with the endocannabinoid system to help keep the body in balance during stress. 

With the recent legalization of hemp production in 2018 through the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is increasingly becoming a key ingredient in most products for treating muscle pain & aches, anxiety, seizures, and even to provide better sleep.

 
The WHO even stated: “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications.”

With more statements like the above being made with more research and study, the advance of CBD products is on the rise, and as such more people are keying into the CBD oil sector.

It is important for beginners and first-timers to understand CBD oil and the right way to use it to avoid complications and adverse effects. Before you start using CBD oil, you should talk to your physician to ensure that your system would not react actively with the product, but mostly CBD oil is free of side effects and even serves as a more natural alternative to conventional prescriptions. 

METHODS OF USING CBD OIL

There are several ways to use CBD oil, with each technique having different effects and levels of efficiency. We shall explore the most popular methods because people would have different stances on different methods and, as such, would prefer some over others, so a range of options would help a beginner on his journey into the world of CBD oil.

INGESTING

This is the most popular method of using CBD oil. Eating it is both convenient and discreet, and it does not harm your lungs. Although this method would involve it passes through your digestive system and you waiting for metabolism to be completed before you begin to feel its effects. This could take time depending on the speed of your metabolism and the amount of food in your stomach, so patience is the key to this method. But the best part is that once the effects set in, they can last from 6 to 12 hours so you can take your CBD oil in the morning and be ready to face the day. 

SMOKING

This is the fastest and most effective way of using CBD oil. Smoking allows you to feel the effects of the product under a few minutes as the CBD passes through the lungs, bypasses the digestive system and enters your bloodstream critically reducing the time you would have to wait to feel the effects. 
Although it is quick, this method does not last for a long time and ranges from 30 minutes to an hour. This method is quite controversial as there are many different perspectives and no small amount of stigma associated with smoking due to its harsh effects on the lungs and other complications that come with it. It is even considered illegal in many places.

TOPICALS

Direct application is another way to use CBD oil. Applying it externally provides anti-inflammatory effects, incredible relief for sore joints and muscles, skin protection, improving dryness, acne, and itching. 
CBD oil topicals come in the form of face creams, lotions, gels, and balms. They could take a little while to have an effect, usually around an hour, but the benefits could last for 5 hours or more.

TINCTURES

This is another rapid method of using CBD oil because it also bypasses the digestive system. Putting drops under your tongue allows the CBD to be absorbed instantly into the bloodstream through the tongue tissues. The effects set in after about 30 to 60 minutes and last from 4 to 6 hours so you could take two doses and go about your whole day. It is very easy to use and can even be added to food or beverages, with the only con being that some people do not like the taste of hemp.