With the growth in popularity in the cannabis and hemp industries, there has been a subsequent growth in ways to enjoy the plant. The most popular ways have been smoking/vaping and through edibles, but we would like to focus on the four most popular ways to enjoy your products.
Tinctures are CBD herbal extractions that are commonly mixed with a sweet-tasting carrier oil like peppermint. Tinctures are all taken orally and sublingually (under the tongue). Most tinctures have a very bitter or hempy taste. Varies research has suggested that substances taken sublingually are absorbed by the body faster than with other oral methods.
Tinctures start with a raw or decarboxylated oil. In order to make a tincture, emulsifiers and a carrier oil and flavoring are added to the base oil. For example, some companies will use olive oil or even hemp oil as a base. The base definitely makes a difference in the taste. The product will be packaged with a dropper or spray top for ease of use to be used sublingually (under the tongue). They may even contain sweeteners like mint or chocolate to try to mask or minimize the hemp taste. These are a great starter product or an ideal daily food supplement for anyone who enjoys a quick shot with a quick release.
Edibles are anything from chocolate to hard candy, gummies, teas, coffee, even sauces and cooking oils. Edibles also begin with a raw or decarboxylated oil as part of the base ingredients and have quickly become a more popular and fun way to consume your CBD because of the variety of products. Edibles may take a longer time to absorb in your body because it has to pass through your liver. The time to take effect could be between 20 minutes and 2 hours. It all depends on the person.
This is a way to “sneak” cannabinoids in a fun way and can be delicious but they are not an extremely cost-effective way to allow cannabinoids to boost your overall health and well being on a daily basis.
CBD / Hemp Topicals
In addition to assisting with internal health and well-being, cannabinoids are used for skincare as well. Topicals are raw oils can be applied and absorbed directly on the skin. This can be anything like lotions, salves and bath bombs. This form is typically used to help with physical pain. CBD in topical products can be absorbed in your body between 10 and 20 minutes.
The raw oils can be used directly on the skin, but there are specifically formulated topicals that use carrier compounds and ingredients that will allow the cannabinoids to soak into the skin more quickly and they may add a great scent or smoother texture.
Vaping/smoking CBD was once the only way to consume it. The primary benefit of vaping is its rapid onset of effects, which could hit you as quickly as 5 minutes. Vaping is not the safest way to consume CBD. E-liquids sometimes still contain oil and fat which can burn under extreme heat or get in your lungs possibly causing health issues.
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