4 Ways To Consume CBD

As CBD rises in popularity, more and more people seek to give it a try. Yet, with such a versatile amount of products currently on the market, newcomers may feel a bit intimidated.

Even more so, there isn’t much information out there about the best ways to consume CBD. Do you eat an edible or smoke some hemp flower? Do you take a drop of CBD oil or apply it through topical lotion?

The truth is, this variety is made to offer you a preference when it comes to consumption. We all seek out CBD for different reasons. Similarly, we all are going to have our preferred way of taking it.

This article illustrates the most common ways CBD can be consumed.

1Edible

Whether it be a pill or a gummy bear, there’s an ever growing supply of different edibles containing CBD products. Most have a dose of around 5 mg to 20 mg, but you may find some with upwards of 100 mg.

By taking CBD orally, you’re mainly impacting the length of its effects. When cannabidiol enters through the digestive system, it takes longer to break down and, therefore, has a longer lasting effect. In respect to this, it may take a while for the CBD effects to kick in after consumption.

Edibles are without a doubt the healthiest method and hold the most versatile amount of products currently on the market.

2Tincture

If you want to have full control over the dosage of CBD you intake, you’re going to want to look for a tincture. These are alcohol, oil, or vegetable-glycerine based cannabidiol extracts. They usually come in a small bottle with an eye-dropper.

Besides being able to properly control the dosage amount, one of the biggest benefits to tinctures is their discreetness.

The bottle is small enough to fit snuggly in a pocket and produces very minor odor. If you’re trying to hide you CBD use from those around you, a quick bathroom trip is all you’ll need.

Of course, it’s in your best interest to educate people rather than hide this natural medication. However, we understand public perception is still highly affected by prohibition and many out there are looking for cannabidiol for self-medication purposes (such as treating anxiety or depression).

For these reasons, we bring up the tinctures discreetness.

3Topical

If you’re suffering from pain or inflammation in a specific area of your body, a topical is the best option for help. Due to the cannabinoid receptors found in the skin, you’re given the ability to target where you want the CBD to go through a topical application. Furthermore, they only take about a half-hour to kick in.

There are a few different types of topicals, including:

  • Gels
  • Lotions
  • Oils

Topical CBD is most recommended for those struggling with arthritis and chronic pain.

4Vaping or Smoking

If you want to feel the effects of cannabidiol immediately upon consumption, inhaling it is the fastest method. When you inhale CBD, it almost instantly gets into your bloodstream through your lungs, causing direct effects. The only downside to this is the effects won’t last as long as other consumption methods.

You can inhale CBD through the following methods:

  • CBD concentrates
  • CBD vape juice
  • Dried CBD flower

It should be noted, this isn’t the safest way to consume CBD. If you decide to smoke it, there are some risks to take into consideration. And since scientists aren’t entirely sure of the long term effects of vaping, there may be potential hazards we aren’t aware of yet.

Choose What’s Right for You

The purpose of this guide was to give you a sense of the different methods for consuming CBD.

Just by reading, you may have already come to a conclusion as to which method is right for you. However, this isn’t the case for everyone and you may need to experiment to figure out YOUR best method.

As you continue to learn about CBD and the ways to consume it, it’s important to do research. Particularly, when it comes to products and their reputation. Unfortunately, since much of the market is unregulated, there are some places you won’t want to spend your money.

That’s why Culture For Good promises each of its customers some of the purest CBD products currently available. We invite you to check out our products page to receive more information on our cannabidiol.

3 Facts About CBD in Food

Have you recently looked into cannabidiol as a means of medication? Are you unsure of the best ways to take it? Many people are opting away from oils and leaning towards putting CBD into their food. This allows them to get all the effects of cannabidiol while providing them with a natural means of consumption.

But why should you put CBD in your food? Are there any potential benefits that differ from other forms of CBD intake? And why are so many people hopping on board with this?

This article seeks to answer these questions and provide you with an explanation to the CBD/food craze currently sweeping the nation.

1It Makes It Simple

Just as with marijuana edibles, more and more products are appearing on the market with CBD infused into them. These products are completely safe for consumption and simply provide you with all the benefits of CBD while eating.

For many looking to receive cannabidiol, this is a fantastic and safe means of consumption. More often than not, people are turned off by the idea of dropping oil on their tongue or rubbing a cream all over their bodies or, especially, smoking a hemp cigarette.

Putting CBD in food and beverages is a natural solution for those who want to try the cannabinoid, but are looking to receive it as simply as possible. Furthermore, placing CBD in foods is something that has been done time and time again throughout history.

2It’s Been In Food And Drinks For A Long Time

The first ever documented use of a cannabis plant goes all the way back to 2737 BC. Chinese Emperor Sheng Nung infused the medication into a tea for the sake of treating various illnesses¹. In fact, during that time, it’s said that hemp was a primary crop grown in China.

About 1,300 years later, within the country of India, people were recorded to create an edible known as Bhang. This was for the sake of infusing cannabis into a variety of foods and drinks. Just like Sheng Nung, Hindus were interested in its ability to treat a variety of ailments².

In more recent years, mixing cannabis extracts and CBD can be linked to The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. Within it, she discusses recipes for haschich fudge and, though her work was initially restrained from having an American edition, her cannabis-infused brownies took the 1960’s hippie counterculture by storm³.

For more than 5,000 years, people have been infusing cannabiniods with foods and beverages. And though this history is quite compelling, it doesn’t help today if all this remains illegal.

3CBD In Food Is Legal

CBD in its purest form is legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill⁴. However, in terms of putting it in foods and beverages, things get a bit more complicated.

When the 2018 Farm Bill was released, the FDA issued a statement claiming that products containing CBD are not allowed to assert they have therapeutic benefits. Only if they’re approved through the FDA are they allowed to make such assertions⁵. With that, it’s unlikely you’ll find a CBD-infused food or beverage proclaiming all the great effects much of the internet claims.

The same statement also clarifies that, considering CBD is an active ingredient in an FDA-approved drug (Epidiolex), it’s not allowed to add cannabidiol to foods or beverages apart of interstate commerce or to market it as a dietary supplement.

Still, this hasn’t stopped many companies from developing CBD-infused foods and beverages. As these companies adhere to the above statement, everything about these edibles is completely legal.

How You Take Your CBD Is Up To You

In the end, you’re the one who chooses how you want to take it. If you decide taking oils and similar CBD options straight isn’t for you, try adding it to your food.

Reference Sources

¹ Psychology Today: History of Cannabis in Ancient China

² Vice: The Bhang Lassi is How Hindus Drink Themselves High for Shiva

³ Scientific American: Go Ask Alice: The History of Toklas’ Legendary Hashish Fudge

⁴ United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry: 2018 Farm Bill 

⁵ FDA: Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on signing of the Agriculture Improvement Act…  

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