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.

6 Benefits Of Using Topical CBD

CBD and hemp products have been linked to a number of skin benefits and have even helped some facing skin conditions. This is due to the various antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties found in CBD.¹ These properties are known to promote positive nutrients and produce glowing, moisturized skin all while relieving pain.

Throughout this article, we’re going to take a look into the many benefits of CBD topicals.

1The Difference From Other Methods

One of the most notable benefits of CBD topicals, in comparison to other consumption methods, is the fact that you can target a specific area of the body. For example, if you’re experiencing joint pain, you can place a CBD topical directly where your pain is. In turn, the cannabidiol will work its way throughout that area of the body.

Further, whole flower CBD has a number of benefits for the skin itself, including:²

  • Amino acids
  • Flavonoids
  • Pigments
  • Phyto-cannabinoids (sometimes referred to as cannabinoids)
  • Terpenes
  • Waxes
  • Vitamins

The combination of these benefits helps to:

  • Alleviate damaged skin
  • Potentially improve skin’s defense mechanisms
  • Prevent drying skin
  • Shorten the time it takes for skin to heal

However, it should be noted, placing CBD on your skin does have a different effect in comparison to other consumption methods. The biggest reason for this is CBD topicals have a hard time entering your bloodstream.

Though the skin will absorb the CBD and apply its properties to that specific area of the body, the truth is the skin isn’t the best at absorbing CBD. In turn, you’ll naturally lose some cannabidiol when applying it to the skin.³

We suggest you use a large amount of CBD topical when applying. The more you use, the more likely the CBD will break the dermal barrier and enter your bloodstream. With enough material, your skin pores will naturally take in the CBD and start relieving the target area.

2Pain-relief

CBD has been found to have organic anti-inflammatory properties. Due to this, many people have used it to treat various levels of pain, from mild to severe.⁴ The benefit of applying CBD to the skin for pain is you can target the direct area of the pain.

CBD topicals are primarily used for localized pain as they don’t enter the bloodstream. In comparison to other consumption methods, CBD tends to enter the bloodstream and, in turn, offer full-body relief.

Therefore, CBD topicals are ideal if you’re prone to muscle or joint pain.

3Psoriasis Help

People who struggle with psoriasis are prone to developing patches of abnormal skin throughout the body. CBD topicals can be used to alleviate these patches.

Similar to the treatment of pain, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have been found to help reduce the development of these patches. In turn, this also reduces pain or itchiness caused by psoriasis.

However, to take things further, CBD has also been found to slow down skin cell growth.⁵ For those with psoriasis, this means patches will appear less frequently and, those already there, will not grow in size.

4Acne Treatment

Those struggling with acne understand that finding the right treatment option is an extreme difficulty. CBD may just be your answer.

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have been found to fight against conditions such as acne. However, CBD has also been found to regulate sebum, an oily secretion that is abundant in acne.⁶

5Eczema Help

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are currently being researched for various skin conditions, including eczema. Current research already suggests that CBD has the ability to moisturize the skin and reduce other symptoms, such as pain and itching.⁷

6Digestive Aid

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have also been found to help with digestion complications. Specifically, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Some researchers have discovered that with CBD oils and an anti-inflammatory diet, people have the ability to reduce inflammation brought on by these diseases.⁹

Admittedly, topicals aren’t the best consumption method for digestive issues. However, they can greatly help in reducing pain caused by digestion.

Final Word

As we reviewed in this article, CBD topicals are ideal for a number of health benefits. Of course, these benefits are particular to certain diseases. Especially, those that have to do with the skin.

If you’re suffering from one of these diseases, we highly suggest looking into natural alternatives such as CBD. If you’re interested in a CBD topical, we invite you to check out Culture for Good’s products page where you’ll find different topicals for various conditions.

If you are currently taking medication, it’s important to consult your doctor before taking CBD products.

Reference Sources

¹ FDA: What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD

² Surgical Neurology International: Review of the neurological benefits of phytocannabinoids

³ MDPI: Cannabinoid Delivery Systems for Pain and Inflammation Treatment

⁴ HHS Public Access: Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs

⁵ The Journal of Clinical Investigation: Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes

⁶ Medical News Today: CBD for acne: Does it work?

⁷ PubMed: Cannabinoids in dermatology: a scoping review

⁸ Frontiers in Neurology: Potential Clinical Benefits of CBD-Rich Cannabis Extracts Over Purified CBD in Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy: Observational Data Meta-analysis

⁹ PubMed: Cannabinoids and the digestive tract.

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