The Rise in CBD Use
The increase in literature regarding the numerous therapeutic benefits of CBD has come hand-in-hand with an increase in the consumption of CBD products. The UK has recently seen a significant rise in the use of CBD products and there is little to indicate it will slow down any time soon. According to figures released by the Cannabis Trades Association UK, sales in 2018 were double that of 2017. Other sources have stated that 2019 saw a 99% boost in UK sales.
With CBD becoming an ever-increasing presence on the high street as well as online shops, as well as being incredibly versatile, there is both a more pressing need and a greater desire for sound advice about this new highly available trending product. In particular, what sort of product to buy, where to buy it from, and how to use it.
A versatile product
Cannabidiol has become widely available in a range of diverse forms, including edibles, such as gummies and teas; topical ointments, including skin balms; e-liquids; capsules, oils and more. With this diversity, it is sensible to do a little bit of research into what is what so you, as a consumer, purchase a high-quality product that is right for you and get the most out of it.
Dosage: How much should you take?
There is some variety in terms of how CBD affects people, due to the differences in our own bodies, including body mass, metabolism, body chemistry and overall health.
Experimenting with CBD is the best way to find out what is right for you. The best place to start it to begin by finding the minimum specified dosage on the packaging, commonly this is between 10mg-20mg daily. Carry this out for a week and record any observations you might have. If you’re not quite getting the results or effects that you were hoping for, you may want to try a gradual increase in the dosage, for instance every other day, until you feel you have found what works best for you.
4 ways to take Cannabidiol
What is the right CBD method for you? In this article, we’ll take a look at each of these methods in detail. We will examine the benefits of each and explore their appropriate use.
CBD oil tinctures/drops: Taken under your tongue
In the UK, oral drops or tinctures that you use sublingually (under the tongue) are the most popular CBD products. These are available online, or at specialist CBD retailers. These are used by placing a drop or two underneath your tongue.
- Fast-acting (10-20 minutes)
- Efficient (very little CBD is lost in this process, compared to edibles for instance)
- Range of flavours
- Range of concentrations so you can find the right dosage for you
- Don’t need any additional equipment
- Fast but not the fastest – vaping is the fastest method.
- Lack of discretion – some people don’t like using drops in public
- An acquired taste – some people aren’t fans of the taste/texture
Going down the tincture/oral drops route is one of the most common starting points, and possibly the best, for exploring CBD products. If you do decide to give oral drops a go, here is an easy-to-follow guide for taking the oil sublingually.
- Get your drops and find a mirror.
- Ascertain your required dosage and apply the drops to the underneath your tongue.
- If you have chosen a spray variety, raise your tongue and direct the nozzle of the spray underneath it.
- Put your tongue back down and let the oil sit in your mouth for up to three minutes.
- After three minutes, it’s fine to go ahead and swallow any oil that may be left.
Edibles and capsules: Ingesting CBD
Many individuals prefer to ingest their CBD and enjoy the range of ways to do this. You can choose from flavoured gummies, capsules, oils, a variety of foods, teas, and soft drinks. If you can eat or drink it, you can likely find a CBD version of it.
- Many possibilities for ingestion
- No specialist equipment required
- Easy to use
- Taste better than oral drops and e-liquids
- Adjustable dosages
- Slower than other forms of CBD (up to one hour)
- Low bioavailability – the amount of CBD that gets absorbed into your bloodstream is much lower than other forms of CBD (some studies suggest only 13-19%)
E-liquids and vape oils: Inhaling CBD vapour
CBD can also be inhaled via a vaporizer, as an e-liquid or vape oil. This is another very common method for taking CBD, which comes with its own set of pros and cons, as follows.
- Easy to use
- They come in a variety of flavours
- They come in a variety of dosages (from 30mg/bottle to 1,000mg/bottle)
- Good bioavailability – around 56% reaches your bloodstream
- Requires specialist equipment i.e. a vaporiser
- Some places don’t permit vaping
Many people opt for this form when they already own and understand operating a vaporiser, as it’s the fastest way of feeling the effects of the CBD.
Topical products: Applying Cannabidiol to your skin
There is a growing range of skincare products that contain CBD. This form means that you can apply the CBD directly to your skin and absorb it that way. Those that are not overly thrilled with the taste of CBD are more drawn towards this method.
- Large range of products (from balms to lotions and more)
- Additional advantages (such as hydrating the skin)
- Easy to use
- Great for targeting particular parts of the body
- Variable in terms of absorption speeds and bioavailability (it can take a long time to get absorbed fully and there is greater variability in the quantity of CBD you will actually take in)
- Not always convenient
When it comes to the different ways that it can be taken, the choice really is yours. As we have seen, there are a myriad of pros and cons to each format. The best one for you really comes down to personal preference, so our advice is that you experiment with the different options out there until you find something that works for you.
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