Cannabidiol (CBD) has become a popular choice for people who wish to reap the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of nature without any adverse side effects on their bodies.
CBD is a single compound derived from the cannabis plant that does not cause a high and is not addictive. It is a cannabis extract with many medicinal properties that's taking the world by storm.
CBD products like gummies, tablets, capsules, tinctures, oils, and sprays are already popular among cannabis aficionados, and more products are entering the market every day.
With an increasing number of CBD products entering the market, it’s important to understand how CBD works, how people are consuming CBD products, and how effective they are.
Most products have their efficiency and people choose them according to their needs.
As already mentioned, CBD is a cannabis extract found in the Cannabis Sativa plant and the hemp plant. It is an abundant compound in the cannabis plant, but it has less potency.
The 2018 Farm Bill signed by former President Trump legalized CBD in part because it contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. The bill legalized the (regulated) production of hemp, which until then had not been differentiated from other cannabis plants.
Subsequently, CBD has become popular because of its therapeutic properties. CBD is now available in many products like gummies, sprays, tinctures, oils, and capsules. All these products have different therapeutic purposes, depending on the needs of the individual.
The presence of other cannabis compounds like terpenes, flavonoids, and less than 0.3% THC allow CBD to release entourage effects that help it carry some medicinal and therapeutic properties, such as relieving pain, inflammation, anxiety, and stress.
CBD Forms and Usage
CBD-based products are available in different forms, like CBD oil, tinctures, gummies, sprays, and capsules. People use each of these products for specific purposes and specific goals.
Each of the CBD forms take varying times to release its effects in the body. The amount of time a particular CBD product takes to release the effects depends on its form and dosage.
Topical forms of CBD, like ointments and lotions, for example, can take about 15-20 minutes to release the effects. Ingestible forms like tinctures, capsules, and gummies can take about 30-45 minutes to release the effects. It all depends on the product and the dosage.
If someone is looking to use CBD to get the maximum effect quickly, one can consume CBD in a different form to reduce the time taken by the body to feel the effects and to increase the intensity of those effects.
However, remember that while CBD is a compound with comparatively less potency than other cannabis extracts like THC, it still does have mild euphoric effects on the body.
Popular Ways of Consuming CBD
Before we share some popular ways of consuming CBD and maximize the effects, it is essential to understand that every person is different and that you have to consult your doctor and consider your body's needs before you start consuming CBD.
It is advisable to refrain from ingesting any form of CBD product in heavy doses—at least initially. Always start slow and gradually work your way up.
Here are five popular ways CBD is consumed to get the maximum effects and also feel the impact fast:
Using topican CBD products is an effective way of getting maximum effects. After applying a cream or a lotion on your skin, CBD is absorbed immediately and enters the bloodstream faster than when you ingest CBD through capsules or gummies.
People apply topical CBD products when suffering from muscle inflammation or pain on body parts. The sprays, lotion, and creams can immediately reach the bloodstream and soothe the affected areas.
Since CBD topicals enter through the skin pores, potency is higher than when you consume them.
Vaping CBD is known to be the fastest way of releasing the product’s effects. It is one of the most popular modes of cannabis consumption among youth. Some people actually tout the positive impact of vaping CBD to relieve anxiety.
If you ingest CBD any other way, it takes time to reach your bloodstream because it has to go through your digestive tract, which causes a delay in the release of the effects and often results in less potency.
Vaping can allow the CBD receptors to enter your bloodstream quickly and release the products almost immediately. The effects are fast and can stay longer than other ways of ingesting CBD.
However, while it might be fast, there are concerns that go along with vaping such as burns, explosions, and the heating coils and vaping liquid inside vape pens causing negative health consequences. The jury’s still out on the long-term safety of vaping as a mode of consumption.
Smoking is another way of consuming CBD to release the effects fast. Smoking CBD provides a non-paranoid relaxing feeling to the user.
The smoke that enters your lungs is immediately released into your bloodstream. A few puffs can do the job for you. You will feel immediate CBD effects with full results.
However, similar to vaping CBD, the jury’s still out on the long-term safety of smoking CBD as a mode of consumption.
Dabbing CBD is another way of consuming CBD. It is more potent than any other ways of consuming it.
When you dab CBD, you take in the highly concentrated form of cannabis extract. You can get your required hit after a few inhalations.
It gives instantaneous relief from health issues like pain, inflammations, anxiety, and can even improve sleep within a few minutes of dabbing.
When choosing your CBD product, some people may opt for a full-spectrum CBD instead of broad-spectrum, isolate, or distillate CBD product.
Full-spectrum CBD contains all the other benefitial compounds naturally found in cannabis plants like terpenes, flavonoids, and very small traces of THC that are not enough to cause intoxication.
The additional cannabis compounds allow this particular CBD to retain its entourage effect that causes potent effects. It, therefore, has a higher potency than other CBD extracts.
CBD, if taken in specific forms, produces outcomes at varying rates. Although the potency of CBD may be similar in products, when you consume it in some forms the body can feel the effects faster or slower, and thus effectively deliver the benefits of CBD that the body requires.