CBD, which is an abbreviation of the word cannabidiol, is a cannabis compound that has been used to treat many health symptoms including epilepsy and other neurological disorders.
This compound is extracted from the hemp plant which is related to the cannabis plant however it does not produce any psychoactive effects meaning it does not get you high.
There are many ways to consume CBD including vaping it or eating or drinking edibles.
The Federal Drug Administration classifies CBD as a supplement rather than a drug and as a result, there are no FDA- approved dosages for CBD products.
Some people find relief when consuming small doses of 5mg or less throughout the day and this amount has been shown to help reduce certain symptoms.
This article will explore how CBD works as well as what type of products you will find on the market today.
Vaping is a very popular method of consumption and this method is classified as an inhalation method except it produces vapor instead of smoke.
You vape using a vaporizer which is a handheld device consisting of many components including a mouthpiece, battery, and chamber.
Online head shops like Smoke Cartel offer them in many different shapes and sizes, all discrete and portable.
Vaporizers are probably the most widely used CBD consumption devices because of the convenience they provide.
To consume with a vaporizer, simply load the chamber with a small amount of dry herb or CBD concentrate if you are using a vape pen. You then need to switch the device on, adjust to your desired temperature, inhale, exhale and repeat.
Vaporizers do not burn the herb, instead, the herb gets heated by a temperature of your choice which means you control the effects that you want to experience.
For example, lower temperatures result in more flavor.
No combustion also makes this consumption method healthier than traditional smoking and this device is also very discreet because it produces minimal smoke and no smell.
The onset period is just a few minutes and you will enjoy the effects for 2-3 hours.
Tinctures are dry herbs/flowers that have been dissolved in alcohol or vinegar to form a concentrate and this consumption method is very popular, especially amongst medical marijuana users.
To consume tinctures, simply take a dropper and put 2-3 drops of tincture underneath your tongue.
You then need to wait a few minutes before swallowing. This is one of the safest ways to consume and has no side effects.
The concentrate also delivers more potency and this method effectively treats many symptoms.
The onset period is about 15-45 minutes and the duration period is about 4-5 hours.
CBD tinctures are very popular in the US and are mainly used to treat pain, anxiety, cramps, and diarrhea. This method is very convenient and discreet.
CBD edibles are food and drink products containing CBD and can be in the form of anything from gummies to cookies to tea.
When consuming edibles, the cannabis gets absorbed into your system via your digestive system and liver.
Edibles can be bought or made at home since they are easy to make and can be used to treat anything from pain to anxiety to insomnia.
The benefits of consuming this way is that it is very discreet and convenient and people generally love edibles because it is a delicious way to consume cannabis.
The onset is between 60 minutes-2 hours and the duration period is upward of 12 hours.
CBD isolate is a powder or crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD.
All the active compounds are removed from the cannabis plant via a traditional extraction process and then it undergoes a refining process where all the other phytocannabinoids including THC are stripped away.
What is left is CBD at its purest form. You can consume isolates in many forms including sublingually or by mixing them with topicals such as lotions and oils.
The onset is usually around 30-90 minutes.
Lastly, you can smoke certain strains of marijuana, focusing on strains that contain more CBD than THC which means your high will be less psychoactive, however, still very calming.
A few popular trains that contain high CBD and low THC include Harle-Tsu, Suzy Q, Charlotte’s Web, and Remedy to name a few.
The only downside about smoking is that there are health risks associated however you can consume the above-mentioned methods this way including isolates.
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