Cannabis products particularly those high in CBD and low in THC are being used more and more often as a way to help relieve pain, calm anxiety and help people get more restful sleep. There are also a variety of ways for people to consume cannabis other than by smoking. Here is a look at some of the methods of people use to get the benefits of cannabis.
Under the Tongue
CBD oils and tinctures are products that are designed to be taken under the tongue. Normally a dropper is used to put the correct amount of oil or tincture under the tongue. CBD oils are normally combined with a carrier oil such a MCT, coconut oil or hemp oil. Tinctures also contain other ingredients such as vegetable oils or artificial flavorings.
Effects of CBD oils and tinctures placed under the tongue can be felt within 20 to 40 minutes of taking.
Cannabis edibles are made when CBD oils or tinctures are added to food or beverages. Edibles are normally sold wherever cannabis products are sold. Gummies, chocolate edibles, and drinks are some of the favorite CBD edibles.
In addition, you can add CBD oil or tinctures to homemade meals and treats including smoothies, shakes, salad dressings, and baked goods. Many people make their own chocolate edibles such as chocolate shakes, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate edibles are quite popular because dark chocolate has many health benefits and the flavor masks the flavor of the cannabis itself.
The effects from cannabis is slower to hit the blood stream taking between 40 minutes to 2 hours before you start feeling the effects. Effects of CBD edibles including chocolate edibles can last for 4 to 5 hours.
Cannabis topical products include lotions and creams and are used to treat pain in a specific area such as arthritis, inflammation, or sore muscles. When using topicals, the CBD is absorbed through the skin and it can take about an hour for you to feel the effects of the cannabis using this method, but effects last up to 4 or 5 hours.
CBD or Transdermal Patches
CBD or transdermal patches are small adhesive patches infused with CBD that you place on the skin. These patches are then activated by the heat of your body and is delivered into the blood stream. This method delivers small amounts of CBD over an extended period of time. Effects of the CBD using this method can last an average of 4 to 6 hours.
Vaping or Inhalation
Vaping or inhalation of cannabis uses a tool often referred to as a pen. That heats up a concentrated version of cannabinoid so it can be inhaled. The cannabis is then absorbed through the lungs. And the effects are felt almost immediately. However, the effects are also felt for the shortest period of time requiring continuing dosing.
Choosing the way to consume cannabis which is most effective to you is simply a matter of finding which method provides you with the right effects that you need.