CBD: What it is and Its Usage?

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CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a molecule found in cannabis. It has become an increasingly popular ingredient in therapeutic oils and alternative medicine. It is one of the many cannabinoids produced uniquely by the cannabis family. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychoactive element in marijuana, CBD is a non-psychoactive element found in cannabis. It does not have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity and it does not cause its users to “be high” unlike those who use marijuana.

In the last few years, there have been advances in the processing of cannabis and its consumption. These new technologies have brought identifiable dosages to patients and enthusiasts while making sure that there are safer methods of consumption. According to anecdotal evidence, CBD is good for treating discomfort and various illnesses. Cancer patients as well as people with anxiety disorder clamor for CBD molecule on an increasing wave.

CBD has become popular in some countries and many stores, pharmacies, and even supermarkets sell CBD products. They include pills, oils, balms, edibles (gummy bears, coffees and alcoholic beverages) as well as vaping devices. Many people who have used CBD to help relieve their health-related issues have reported that it helped ease the symptoms.

Although there are still many types of research going on about the usage and appropriate dose that might work best for a particular condition, for problems such as anxiety, depression and insomnia, the quickest way to deliver CBD to the brain is by smoking it or by using a tincture. By eating it or using it topically, it might take longer before its effect is felt.

The effectiveness of CBD has been confirmed for Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet Syndrome. These are seizure disorders that can be treated with Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug that is FDA approved. 

Many people have asked questions about how to take CBD?  There are various ways of taking CBD. It can be in the form of vape pens, tinctures, topical rubs, and balms as well as edibles and pills.

  • Vape Pens

CBD can be taken by smoking the flowering parts of the hemp plant, similar to the way people smoke marijuana in a rolled form. However, CBD is available via vape pens or e-cigarette vaporizer devices. The device heats up a portion of concentrated CBD oil until it boils and the user can then inhale the vapor.

This is the fastest way of getting CBD into the bloodstream. It can be as fast as 30 seconds or even less. This quick action means that it will affect the body sooner which will be useful for the immediate relief of pain or anxiety as the case may be. Vape pens are very easy to use and they can be used without detection since they produce very little smoke.

However, the CBD cartridges used in vape pens can contain a solvent known as propylene glycol which can degrade into formaldehyde, a chemical that can cause irritation of the nose and eyes and could increase the risk of asthma and cancer. The control of the dosage of CBD when using vape pens can be difficult.

 

  • Tinctures (Drops or Sprays)

Tinctures are usually in oil form and they can be taken orally by dropper or spray. The CBD taken in these forms is extracted from hemp plants using a solvent known as ethanol. Tinctures are the second fastest method to absorb CBD, after smoking. It takes about 15 to 30 minutes before it gets to the bloodstream. Its quick action can be effective in treating pain or anxiety.

The control of the dosage when using tinctures can also be difficult especially if the bottle does not list the per-dose amount.

 

  • Topical Rubs and Balms

Topicals can be rubbed directly onto sore muscles or joints where they can ease pain or reduce inflammation. CBD balms penetrate the skin easily. But, unlike smoking, using drops and sprays; topicals are not absorbed into the entire body. This makes them safer but at the same time expensive to use because for effectiveness, products need to have a lot of CBD.

 

  • Edibles and Pills

Most CBD pills are tasteless. Some flavors in cocktails and coffees can overpower the “newly cut grass” flavor of CBD while other food products such as cookies and brownies might still have the flavor. In states where the use of CBD is legalized, users can purchase CBD edibles and pills in restaurants, supermarkets, and pharmacies.

CBD can take 30 minutes or longer before it gets to the bloodstream. However, its dosage can be controlled more effectively than in other forms.

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