You have probably heard of the infamous cannabis-derivative making headlines everywhere – CBD, formerly known as Cannabidiol, is the main non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, and is causing quite the stir among health and wellness enthusiasts, in the best kind of way.
To recap from our previous posts on what CBD is exactly and what its accompanying benefits are, researchers have discovered that this cannabinoid has a positive effect on many physical and psychological functions of the human body including mood, immune system, digestion, sleep, pain tolerance, memory and others.
Because it does not produce mind-altering effects, CBD is a sober, safe and legal way for you to take advantage of the variety of health benefits of the cannabis plant. The compound is now widely used in medical treatments, health supplements and even beauty products, and the market is only beginning to expand. (For a refresher on what CBD is, take a look at our “CBD 101” article).
The previous post told you all about CBD’s multifaceted effects and benefits, and now we are here to tell you how the natural supplement can be consumed or applied.
Here are the many available forms of CBD on the market and how to use them:
Because CBD is a potent antioxidant, it can protect your skin from free radical activity caused by dirt, ultraviolet rays and environmental pollutants. When CBD is topically applied to your skin, it can help alleviate many problems that are caused by free radicals, such as inflammation, acne, warts, moles, fine lines, wrinkles, psoriasis, chronic pain and even cancer. In addition, it can be used to relieve inflammation-related conditions like muscle and joint pain.
Topical CBD is applied directly to the affected area. If you choose to use CBD topically, it is important to choose products with labels indicating they are made of nanonized, encapsulated or micellized CBD. It is in these products with these specific ingredients that will penetrate the dermal layers of the skin rather than just sitting on the surface.
It is recommended you use topical CBD the same way you use other body care products: Anytime you experience unwanted or irritating skin conditions, or whenever you feel it is necessary. Apply generously to the affected area the same way you would using a regular topical cream.
Topical CBD comes in several different forms, including:
Lotions, Creams and Ointments
These products are effective for alleviating itchiness, rashes, burns and inflammation. They do not contain as much CBD as other forms.
Balms and Salves
Since these contain a higher concentration of CBD, balms and salves are commonly used for healing cuts and wounds, as they contain more healing power. They can be made up of one-three percent CBD.
Oils and Tinctures
Oils and tinctures tend to be more potent, making them an excellent choice for deeper healing purposes. They usually contain anywhere from 10-30 percent CBD.
CBD patches should be used if you are suffering from severe and chronic pain. They can deliver CBD deliver to your bloodstream for faster, longer and more effective healing. CBD content in one patch is usually between 30 to milligrams.
Gel pens are dispenser pens which users apply to their wrists, ankles or temples to help ease muscle spasms and other aches. They are a great way to use CBD on the go, providing quick relief.
CBD ingestibles are exactly what they read as – supplements that you orally consume.
Unlike topical CBD, which usually only heals the skin and areas near the surface, ingestible CBD allows the cannabinoid to enter your bloodstream and benefit different functions and systems inside the body. This enables users to obtain all the physiological benefits of CBD, ranging from mood and appetite enhancement to better metabolism and immune function. It does not, however, provide area-focused healing.
There are many different types of ingestible CBD to choose from, including:
CBD sprays generally have the lowest concentration of CBD, ranging from one-three milligrams in each spray bottle. It is very travel-friendly, though, due to its ease of use and portability. Keep that in mind next time you head to the airport.
CBD capsules are typically viewed and taken the same way as a daily vitamin or health supplement. One capsule typically offers 10-25 milligrams of CBD, but many people claim it is perfectly safe to take more than one capsule per day if you feel it is needed.
Oils and Tinctures
Oils and tinctures (not the same thing, but are very similar as they are both oils) are the most common method of taking CBD. They can be consumed orally with a dropper, can be placed under your tongue (sublingually), or can be applied topically. CBD content in each oil or tincture serving can vary greatly, ranging from five all the way up to 100 milligrams or more.
Concentrates and Isolates
Concentrates and isolates (Very close to 100 percent pure CBD, without other ingredients mixed in) contain the highest concentration of CBD, which can be up to 10 times more than other CBD products.
Often containing up to 99 percent CBD or more, both are typically used by mixing into edibles, adding them to cannabis flowers when smoking or smoking them directly by themselves. Because this form of CBD is concentrated (hence the name, concentrate), very little is needed to obtain CBD’s positive effects.
Edible products enable you to obtain all the benefits of CBD while satisfying your hunger or sweet tooth. Common forms of CBD edible include candies, gummies, chocolates, honey sticks and more, typically offering just five-10 milligrams of CBD per piece.
CBD-containing beverages come in a variety of forms, including bottled water, soda, energy drinks, juices, coffee and even beer and wine. Their CBD content can vary significantly depending on the type of drink and product brand, anywhere from five-30 milligrams.
Concluding the ingestible CBD portion of this post: Most ingestible CBD products are taken the same way you consume snacks and beverages, with the exception of oils and tinctures, which must be placed on or underneath your under before swallowing. Before buying or using ingestible CBD products, it is important to read all labels to find out how much CBD each contains. Choose the products that provide the amount of CBD that’s right for you.
CBD Vaping and Smoking
Another form of taking CBD, which is not as popular as ingestion, is vaping/smoking. This may be likely because it is a less convenient method, but CBD vape products provide stealthy and immediate effects, allowing you to easily adjust each serving to suit your CBD smoking needs.
Vapes can be especially effective in treating anxiety, pain, seizure, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, although more research is needed to make the official statement.
Users can vape and smoke CBD in a few different ways, including:
Cartridges provide an easy and convenient way to vape your CBD, and can be flavored or scented, making your CBD vape experience all the more enjoyable. While the CBD content in each cartridge can range from 50-1,000 milligrams, a “normal,” or average vape cartridge usually offers between 15-500 milligrams CBD.
There are hemp and marijuana strains of the cannabis plant that are specially bred and cultivated to produce high concentrations of CBD and minimal amounts of THC.
Vaping or smoking the flowers from these plants gives users the awesome benefits of CBD with minimal psychoactive effects, which is pretty astounding. But, it is important to note that despite the minimal amounts of THC in these strains, you may feel a “high” if a significant amount is consumed. So if you’re only looking for the health benefits, keep your puffs to a minimum.
Concentrates and Isolates
In addition to ingesting CBD concentrates and isolates, you can also smoke or vape them in both liquid and solid forms including oils, dabs, waxes and crystals.
In order to vape CBD properly, users need to have a vape pen, e-cigarette, or vaporizer. Simply add your CBD content to the vaping device, heat it, and inhale. Related note: If you are vaping cannabis flowers, concentrates or isolates, you must make sure you are using the right kind of vaporizer because some forms of CBD require specially designed devices.
CBD Beauty Products
Now that you have the lowdown on how to ingest and smoke CBD, we want to give you an overview of CBD in the beauty and skincare space. While CBD beauty products are very new to the cosmetics landscape, researchers are currently in the midst of further experimenting this intriguing avenue, as CBD continues to increase in demand in regards to beauty products.
Where can you find CBD beauty products today? Currently, in soaps, lotions, creams, moisturizers, cosmetics and hair care products. Research is discovering the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids from CBD are helping to reduce acne and fine lines, and are improving the overall health of the skin.
CBD is also holding promise in making our scalps and hair healthier by enhancing blood circulation and providing moisture.
CBD Pet Products
This is the last form of CBD we are bringing to your attention today: CBD pet products!
As much as it offers the wrath of health benefits to humans, CBD can also do wonders for your pups and cats. The cannabinoid is said to alleviate pain, inflammation, arthritis and seizures in animals, as well as improve their appetite and behavior. Just like the varying forms available to humans, there is also a wide range of CBD-infused pet products for individuals to choose from including capsules, oils, topicals, food mixes, treats and shampoos.
You are well on your way to becoming a CBD expert now that you know what CBD is, what its benefits are, and how to take it. Your next step now is to find the right CBD product for you. Finding a reputable supplier with quality products you can trust is the key in choosing the right CBD products for your health needs.
- CBD is a sober, safe and legal way for you to take advantage of the variety of health benefits of the cannabis plant
- CBD can come in the form of topicals, ingestibles, vapes, concentrates/isolates, beauty products and pet products
- Concentrates and isolates contain the highest concentration of CBD