As the second most prevalent cannabinoid in Marijuana, CBD offers a wide range of health benefits. And it’s so effective that many people are using CBD to replace traditional medications like painkillers, antidepressants and sleeping pills.
People who are new to using CBD, however, can be intimidated by the amount of information and advice found online. And one of the most common questions people want answered is, "What is CBD and How do I use it?" This article will answer that question, giving you a clear understanding of how different CBD products work, the different ways you can administer CBD, and how long each method takes to work.
What is CBD?
Let’s go over just what CBD is, what CBD oil is, and give you a quick rundown of CBD’s health benefits.
So, CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is a chemical compound produced in the resinous flowers of the marijuana plant. It’s part of a group of chemicals called cannabinoids, of which the most well-known is THC.
THC is the cannabinoid that gets users ‘high’ or ‘stoned’.
CBD, on the other hand, is not psychotropic, meaning it doesn't intoxicate you in any way. There are studies that show CBD can actually mediate some of the negative effects associated with THC use, such as paranoia and anxiety.
What are the Health benefits of CBD?
There is plenty of research on CBD, and more is in the works right now. So far, scientists have concluded that CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and analgesic (pain reliever). It can also reduce seizures in those suffering from certain types of epilepsy.
CBD also looks like it holds great promise in treating mental health issues such as depression, addiction and PTSD.
Not only that, but the research also suggests that CBD could improve bone health, help manage diabetes, reduce acne and skin problems, relieve IBS symptoms, and Many other health issues.
What are the types of CBD Products?
As the therapeutic effects of CBD have become more well-known, the amount of CBD products on the market has grown substantially. There are now hundreds of different brands selling thousands of different types of CBD-containing products, Which is both a blessing and a curse. While we are blessed with easier access to CBD products, We are cursed by the fact that often times people do not know what is truly in the product they maybe using. Places like Joy Organics are trying to help with providing full information on whats in the products and how they extracted them from the plant, where the plants come from...etc.
Let’s take a look at the most common types of CBD products.
CBD oil is the most popular CBD-containing product on the market. It’s made from a carrier oil - most commonly coconut oil, olive oil or hemp seed oil - mixed with CBD (either in the form of a CBD isolate of as part of a full-spectrum extract). CBD oils come in a variety of mixtures and concentrations. They can be applied under the tongue (sublingually), through the skin (topically), or mixed with food or drink.
The popularity of vaping e-liquids has exploded in the last few years. And many people are now vaping CBD e-liquid as a convenient and fast-acting way of taking CBD.
CBD isolate is what it sounds like: CBD that has been isolated. This concentrated form of CBD, which is sold as powder or crystals, is a versatile CBD product. It can be used to make edibles, home-made e-liquids, or consumed on its own by either smoking or dabbing it.
There are a variety of different CBD edibles available. They include candies such as chocolates and cookies, and even drink mixes.
By infusing cosmetics like moisturizers and balms with CBD, you have a wellness product that has the ability to target specific areas through the skin. Products are available in a range of different blends and with varying concentrations of CBD.
CBD capsules represent a simple and convenient way to take CBD oil. They also allow you to dose accurately and avoid the often-unpleasant taste of CBD oil.
The CBD used in most products is derived from legally-grown hemp and is, therefore, considered legal in all 50 states and most countries around the world.
How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Work?
There is no one correct answer to this question. The speed at which CBD starts to work depends on a number of factors, including your age, weight and health status. However, the most important factor to consider when estimating the time CBD takes to work is the method of consumption.
Here, we will cover the methods of application of CBD and give you an idea of how long each one takes to work.
Through the lungs
Smoking or vaporizing (including dabbing) is the quickest way to get the therapeutic effects of CBD. Once inhaled, the CBD is absorbed via the lungs into the bloodstream. Effects are felt almost immediately. It’s ideal for immediate relief from, say, pain conditions.
Under the tongue
As we mentioned above, CBD oil is most commonly taken under the tongue for it to be absorbed via the sublingual tissue. This is a pretty quick and efficient way of dosing CBD. Effects should be noticed within 10 minutes after dosing.
Through the skin
CBD topicals are used to treat localized problems, such as sore joints and abrasions as well skin conditions. This method is not the speediest and you may only feel subtle effects about 30 minutes to an hour after applying the topical.
Through the gut
Eating CBD is popular but is not the most fast-acting or efficient method. Not only does some of the CBD not make it past your gut and into your blood, the CBD that does make it can take some time to get there. Depending on what and when you last ate, effects could take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour or more to kick in.
How do you Know if CBD is Working?
You now know all about the many types of CBD products and how long you can expect each method of application to take.
But how do you know if the CBD product you have chosen is working?
Well, there are some common experiences that should help you know that CBD is working for you. Firstly, a large majority of people who use CBD find that it makes them very calm and relaxed. Many even describe a sense of warm relief coming over them. If you generally have a racing mind, it may well slow right down as anxiety levels drop.
Next, if you have any overt medical symptoms, like aches or pains, these may begin to fade.
Of course, not everyone will have the same experience. There are many variables at play that can affect how CBD affects you. Dosage is an important one. While larger doses work for some, others will only require a small dose. Other people may find that CBD just simply doesn’t work for them, no matter the dose.
There you have it, A complete overview of the different types of CBD products out there and how long they take to work. Some are fast acting, and some take much longer. What’s best for you, however, depends on your preferences and needs.
As with every supplement you take, the most important thing to consider when dosing CBD is your personal experience. What works for others might not work for you. Find a method of consumption and a product that suits you. Then you’ll be able to make the most of one of the most therapeutic chemicals to have been discovered.