CBD Methods of Delivery

Perhaps you’ve decided you want to try CBD, but you’re overwhelmed with the number of products available. There are so many to choose from: tinctures, vapes, edibles, oils, topicals—the list goes on. How do you know what product is right for you, and how much to use? If you’re on information overload when it comes to cannabidiol (CBD), this article is for you. Whether you’re a first time user or you want to learn more about additional delivery methods, read on to find out more.

Know Your Needs

The endocannabinoid system consists of over 60 molecular targets that may be influenced by cannabinoids. While CBD is thought to interact indirectly with many of these targets, current evidence suggests that it may offer relief from several conditions. Research is currently underway to confirm this, and more case-studies are necessary to verify the theories.

With so many ways CBD could potentially improve your well-being, its vital to know which of these areas of the body you are looking to target if you want to choose the right product. Are you looking for relief from arthritis or muscle pain, trying to get a better night’s sleep, reduce anxiety, or reduce inflammation? Narrowing down the issue you want help with is the first step in finding something that could work for you. 

How Fast Do You Need It to Work?

Another consideration is the speed at which you want your CBD to work. If you have acute anxiety, for example, waiting an hour or more for an edible to pass through your digestive system might not be the most effective solution. A better option might be an inhaled or sublingual product. On the other hand, if you are experiencing knee pain, a topical might be your best choice. Some people find their sweet spot using a combination of methods.

Understanding Absorption

While you may note that the amount of CBD present in a serving is stated on the bottle, the amount of CBD that reaches your bloodstream could be only a fraction of that amount. You can increase absorption by experimenting with different methods. With inhalation, for example, you can experiment with different techniques, including vaporizers, pipes, or joints. Absorption of edible CBD oil can be enhanced by holding it under the tongue for a while. CBD edibles are also best taken with a small amount of fat, which helps with bioavailability. A handful of nuts, some avocado, or a few bites of cheese can help.

Different Ways to Use CBD

Orally

Product types: CBD oils, extracts, sprays, tinctures, capsules, and edibles

When you take CBD by swallowing it, it passes through your digestive tract before being dissolved into the bloodstream. It is at this point that it is delivered to receptor cells throughout the body. While this is by far the most popular way of taking CBD, it is also the slowest route to effectiveness.

However, although it is the slowest action, it works for a more extended period—up to six hours. This method of consumption is best for those who plan on taking CBD regularly for potential long-term overall health and wellness benefits. As mentioned, taking an edible with a small amount of fat can significantly enhance the time it takes to absorb CBD. Some products already contain MCT carrier oils that help with this. 

If you opt for drops like tinctures, oils, or extracts, holding the product under the tongue for 30 to 90 seconds can help them work faster as the mucosal areas in your mouth have thin capillaries that let the molecules pass through them. This means that some of the product is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Some people prefer to leave it under the tongue for longer than the suggested 30-90 seconds.

 

Inhalation

 Product types: Vape pens, pipes, waxes, shatters, joints, raw flower

 Inhaling CBD is the fastest way to see results, as when it is inhaled into the lungs, it passes quickly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive process. The effects can typically be felt within a few seconds to a few minutes, making this method one of the best for those who want potential immediate relief.

 The effects of inhalation wear off relatively fast, though, within one to three hours, so you may need to use it more often to get the desired results.

There has been a lot of scary news recently about inhalation of both CBD and THC products, and it’s essential to know precisely what is in the product you are inhaling. Confirm the list of ingredients and stick with the purest and most natural products possible. Consider too that there are wide variances between vaporizers and always choose the highest-quality device you can afford.

Another option (and perhaps the safest) is to smoke raw CBD flower, which has not been refined and has no additives. It can be inhaled just like tobacco or marijuana: in pipes, bongs, or rolled in a joint.

 Those with underlying respiratory conditions should not use the inhalation method as it can be irritating to the lungs.

 

Topical Application

Product types: Salves, balms, bath salts, bath bombs, soaps, roll-on’s, Chapstick, gels, massage oils, lotions, creams, patches, and more

CBD topicals are the fastest-growing CBD products in the world, with so many topicals available it would be hard to list them all. There are now serums, moisturizers, shampoo, deodorant, and any number of health and beauty products on the market containing cannabidiol.

With topical products, the CBD can reach local targets like muscles, nerves, joints, and skin. Topicals may potentially help relieve localized inflammation, pain, stiffness, soreness, and irritation without entering the bloodstream. The exception is CBD patches intended for pain, which are meant to enter the body transdermally.

 The time it takes for CBD topicals to work depends on the individual and severity of the condition. Some people swear that topicals help relieve pain within minutes. While we know that CBD has been shown in animal studies to have powerful pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, we are still not entirely sure how it works in humans, and more research is needed. Some people find a combination of topicals and edibles work best for them.

 

Anal and Vaginal CBD Products

 Product types: Suppositories, lubricants, creams

 The vagina and anus also contain thin mucosal tissue similar to that of the mouth, which may delivery CBD quickly by bypassing the digestive process. While there have been relatively few studies done in this area, some doctors have suggested that cannabis via a rectal suppository may be a viable delivery method when other methods fail. 

Several products on the market are also marketed with the idea of helping with menstrual cramps or enhancing sexual pleasure and stimulation. There is almost no clinical evidence about the efficacy of these products yet; however, hundreds of people report happy results.

 

 

Dosing Can Be Different for Everyone

The effectiveness of each method is also going to vary with the individual and can be influenced by factors such as weight, age, metabolism, and current medications. Most people need to keep a daily log for a while, noting their symptoms and any improvements they notice while taking a CBD product.

For the uninitiated, it’s essential to always start with the lowest possible dose and work your way up until you are comfortable with higher amounts. At Four-Mile health, it is against FDA regulations for us to post dosage recommendations, but we do include helpful literature you can reference with the products you order from us.

Understand, as well, that products vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. CBD is no different than most products where quality and consistency can differ significantly among brands. It’s vital that you find a brand you trust. Purchasing from a company with up-to-date third-party lab results that are readily available is a great start. Still, you also want to know where the hemp is sourced from, what extraction processes are used, and how each product is manufactured.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

All content at Four-Mile Health concerning CBD (Cannabidiol) or other health-related matters is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If a reader has further questions about the use of these products, we encourage them to consult with a licensed physician or other qualified health care provider.

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