If you’re interested in the medical applications of cannabis, you’ve probably heard of the cannabinoid ‘CBD’.
Decades of research have shown this cannabinoid has massive potential as an agent for treating many conditions and their symptoms.
Now, especially in the United States, Canada, and Europe, CBD oil, an oil made from the Hemp plant, which contains a large percentage of CBD, is becoming a popular product.
And with good reason.
CBD oil is sometimes the only way patients get relief from certain conditions and their symptoms like chronic pain and insomnia.
There are different ways to use CBD oil. Do you know how to get the most out of yours?
In this article, I’ll go over the different methods of using CBD oil. But first a brief introduction to CBD oil.
What is CBD Oil?
There are many cannabis products on the market, such as hemp seed oils, THC oil, and the one that is gaining the most popularity – CBD oil.
CBD oil is extracted from Cannabis Sativa plants and produced & sold as a liquid. CBD is also available in different forms and I will discuss that below.
CBD oil contains very little THC, so you have no chance of getting a ‘high’. But it does affect your body in a powerful way. Taking the place of natural cannabinoids and interacting with the endocannabinoid system, the oil’s cannabinoids connect with receptors in your brain and body.
The endocannabinoid system is present in every human being and has shown to influence and regulate countless biological processes like appetite, sleep, stress response, and immune function.
The interaction of CBD on our endocannabinoid system is the reason it has massive potential to help with dozens of conditions.
Benefits of CBD Oil
There are many documented benefits of CBD Some are proven, some are still in the ‘research’ stage. Here are a few conditions which have been documented more extensively:
- CBD has a very strong anti-inflammatory effect;
- It makes you feel less nauseous, which is why it helps chemotherapy patients;
- It helps reduce anxiety;
- Neurologically it can diminish seizures
- CBD prevents pain receptors from firing making it an effective painkiller.
Now you know why so many people embrace this substance for medical reasons, let’s look at the different ways to use CBD oil.
How to Use CBD Oil
There are 4 different methods for using CBD oil:
Realize that each method will impact your body in a different manner.
Find the one that you feel comfortable with, yes. But if you’re considering this to help treat a serious ailment, you want the best possible results, so it’s always best to use the method that’s most effective for your specific purpose.
We have a very practical way of absorbing substances and it starts under the tongue.
Did your mother ever tell you to keep medicinal lozenges under your tongue when you’re sick? It’s because the blood vessels located under the tongue rapidly absorb certain substances.
You can absorb CBD’s beneficial components directly into your bloodstream without it ever going through your digestive system. This method is also one of the quickest ways to feel the effects of the cannabinoids.
Let’s be honest. Cannabis won’t be the tastiest thing to hold in your mouth, but the rapid absorption makes this method worthwhile.
You can pick which option you want to try:
- Pure concentrates of which you can place a few drops under your tongue.
- Tinctures which are mixed with other oils like olive oil or coconut oil. This will make the taste much more bearable and you may find it easier to keep the oil under your tongue for a while.
Inhaling CBD Oil
Vaping is a popular method to take cannabis concentrates like THC wax and nicotine products like vape juice. Riding this trend are a few companies that produce CBD oils specifically manufactured for vaping.
Once again, this is a way to get the CBD into your system fast. The CBD in your oil will be quickly absorbed through your lungs.
You also have the benefit of consuming it in a way that’s socially accepted. If you’re taking CBD oil for medical reasons, you may not want everyone to know about your condition. If you’re vaping, no one knows exactly what it is that you’re vaping, it might as well be a regular vape juice.
For the sake of hygiene, don’t share your vape with other people.
Only vape CBD oils which are specifically manufactured to be vaped. Never vape edible CBD oils.
Ingesting CBD Oil
As mentioned, CBD oil isn’t the tastiest medicine you’ll ever use, but to some, it may be quite palatable. The taste is often described as nutty, earthy, or grassy.
Aside from taking the oil straight, there are many other practical options:
Capsules containing CBD oil. These allow you to swallow it without ever tasting the CBD oil.
You can infuse other food products with CBD oil, such as adding it to your morning coffee.
Adding CBD to foods with fatty acids help the CBD get absorbed by your system.
CBD infused gum can be chewed throughout the day whenever you need it.
You can see it’s becoming easier to ingest this oil without anybody knowing. This is perfect if you prefer keeping your CBD use private.
Topical creams with CBD oil are designed for treating skin conditions and also for pain relief. Topical CBD is not the ideal way to treat serious internal conditions, however.
Even your hair can benefit from CBD. You’ll see hair becomes stronger and will regain its shine if you wash with CBD infused shampoo regularly. Once again, this is not the way to treat serious medical conditions.
It’s encouraging to see how many industries have embraced the oil and found ways to benefit society through its potential. Note that some topical products contain hemp seed oil, which is not the same as CBD oil.
What is your reason for using CBD oil? Do you need a powerful way to deal with symptoms, or do you simply want to enjoy its general health benefits? Experiment with these methods and find the perfect solution that matches your preferences & lifestyle.