CBD is taking the world by storm as a health supplement. For the longest time, it suffered from a negative stigma due to its association with marijauna. However, by itself CBD has no psychoactive properties, so it doesn’t make you high. For the past few decades, there has been increased research and clinical studies into the potential medical benefits of CBD as a supplement or even as prescription medication. It can help with issues like pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, and even more serious health issues like seizures, PTSD, arthritis, and cancer symptoms.
If you want to take CBD for specific medical reasons, rather than just as a general supplement for your overall well being, you should know that how you take CBD can affect the benefits you receive from it. Here are the three best ways to take CBD to improve your health.
#1) Smoking or Vaping CBD
Like marijauna flower, you can smoke or vape CBD. The difference is that it won’t get you high, but there are medical reasons why smoking or vaping CBD flower can be beneficial. If you have a chronic health condition that has flare-ups for symptoms, there will be times when you want to feel relief as soon as possible.
To feel the effects of CBD quickly, you will want to smoke or vape it. Inhaling the smoke or vapor into your lungs gets it into your system in as little as 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the quality of the flower as well as your specific biology. The drawback is that you will only feel the effects for one to two hours. If you want it to last longer you will have to smoke or vape it more. This may not be something you want to do, if you don’t find the act to be pleasant, but if you do, there’s no quicker way to feel the effect of CBD.
#2) Taking CBD Oil Sublingually
CBD oil is the next quickest way to feel the effects of CBD, specifically when you use oil drops sublingually. This means you put the drops under your tongue, where the skin is much more absorbent. Instead of swallowing it right away, let it sit under your tongue for 20 to 30 seconds so it can be more completely absorbed. Taking CBD this way, you can feel the effects in 15 to 25 minutes, and it will last anywhere between four to six hours. It may also be a way to take CBD that you prefer over smoking.
#3) Eating CBD Edibles
There are other times when you may not want to feel the effects quickly, but you want it to last for a long time. You may have a long day at a conference or meetings where you won’t be able to easily take more, or you just prefer to not have to take more. If this is the case, you can take CBD edibles. They take longer to break down, but the slower absorption also helps the effects stay in your system longer. Specifically, it will take around one hour to kick in, but it can last as long as 24 hours.
There are other ways you can take CBD, but they either take longer to feel the effects than smoking it or taking CBD oil sublingually or they don’t last as long as edibles. You may find other ways work better for you depending on the situation, but for medical reasons you won’t find better methods than these three.