How to Take CBD
Cannabis interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, comprising of CB1 and CB2 receptors. Unlinke CB1 receptors which can cause “unwanted psychotropic effects” from interactions with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CB2 receptors interact with the non-psychoactive parts of the plant such as Cannabidiol (CBD). Many researchers are interested in studying more about the effects of CB2 receptors, because “selective CB2 activation may provide some of the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids, such as their immuno-modulatory properties [S].”
CBD is being currently being researched and proposed for the treatment of the following:
- Acute, Chronic inflammatory, & Neuropathic pain
- Neuroinflammatory or neurodegenerative diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, and stroke.
- Peripheral disorders that involve inflammation [S]
If you are interested in finding out how people are taking CBD or looking to switch up your current delivery method, here are the different ways to take CBD**.
**Always make sure your CBD seller has or can provide a copy of a Certificate of Analysis (COA)
This is probably the most common method to take CBD oil and is administered by a tincture. Simply place your preferred dose under the tongue, let your saliva break it down for about a minute, then swallow the rest. This method allows the CBD to enter the bloodstream quickly through capillaries in the mucous membranes.
Similar to vitamins and supplements, you can swallow a capsule containing CBD oil. Additionally, you can expect to know the exact amount CBD per capsule you take. The CBD will travel through your digestive tract and metabolize in the liver through the hepatic system.
If you don’t think you’ll like the flavor of the oil, try this simple method that may already be part of your daily routine. There are capsules and many different types of edible treats.
This method is the easiest, however it can also make CBD take longer to absorb in the body and reduce the actual amount being delivered because it must be processed through the digestive tract.
The same process is used when eating CBD by adding oil into your food and beverages. You can also try food items that have been manufactured and tested for precise dosing such as gummies.
CBD can also be used topically with salves, lotions, and creams for local pains and aches. There may also be benefits in shampoos, soaps, and moisturizers.
Researchers studied topical CBD on mice with autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the most commonly used model for multiple sclerosis (MS). Their findings have “shown that the topical administration of CBD can protect against the cascade of events (inflammation, oxidative injury and neuronal cell death) associated to the induction of EAE [S].”
Smoking or vaping CBD involves using dried hemp flowers or CBD vape cartridges. Users note the quick effects of CBD as it is absorbed through the lungs.
This method is similar to how cigarettes deliver nicotine. The active ingredient is inhaled through the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream.
Note: just as CBD enters your system quickly, it will also pass and leave your bloodstream faster.
Everyone is Different
There are various ways to reap the benefits of CBD—orally, topically, and inhaling. Know that no one way is the right way for everyone, so find the way that is easiest and most beneficial to you. If you are new to CBD, sample packs including many different methods to take CBD are great to test out what method you prefer.
Always make sure you consult your physician to see if CBD will work alongside your current medications.
Again, make sure the products you purchase are third-party tested and have a Certificate of Analysis (COA).