CBD products have come a long way the last few years. If you want to try CBD but aren’t sure where to start, read the following options to find one form that you like.
Your family doctor may be a good source of information and should be consulted before taking any of these products.
Oils and Tinctures Are Popular Options
Oils and tinctures are popular ways to quickly ingest CBD into the bloodstream. It’s easy to place a dose under your tongue with a dropper. This area is full of tiny capillaries that absorb the product quickly and put it to use immediately. CBD oils and tinctures are excellent choices for those who have trouble taking pills or capsules.
You can also put oils in your food and beverages if you find placing it under your tongue is uncomfortable. If you do use a dropper, clean it daily to prevent any health issues.
Pills and Capsules
Since we are familiar with taking pills and capsules as prescription medications, this is an option we understand. The major disadvantage of taking CBD in these forms is that it takes longer to take effect than oils and tinctures. One prescription drug form the Food and Drug Administrations has approved for certain epilepsy disorders is Epidiolex.
Creams and Lotions
Creams, lotions, balms and salves are topical products infused with CBD and are not intended to be taken internally. They are typically used to treat and relieve joint pain and muscle discomfort. They can be used to help some skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
These topical products are absorbed through the skin’s cannabinoid receptors to provide relief to the targeted areas. Using this form is popular with athletes and others who do a lot of physical work. CBD creams and lotions have also been found effective in arthritis and fibromyalgia treatment.
A word of caution about using creams and lotions is in order. Use them carefully to avoid wasting any of the product. Rub it completely off your hands onto the affected areas of the skin. TIP: Don’t use these forms in a rush or on the go.
If you’re looking for the fastest way to experience the effects of CBD, try vaping. Inhaling vaporized CBD oil allows it to absorb directly from your lungs into your bloodstream. CBD in the form of vape juice is put into the vaping pen. Users inhale the products through the vape pen and they go to your lungs to take effect.
Further testing needs to be done to determine if vaping these products can cause long-term damage to delicate lung tissue. If you have any form of a lung condition, consult with your doctor before vaping CBD products.
What Daily Dosage Should I Take?
This is not always an easy question to answer because it depends on you as an individual, the quality of the product and your health conditions. The best advice is to take your doctor’s recommendations and follow them regularly. If you elect not to see a doctor, start with a low dosage and slowly increase it to determine its effects on your health.
You will find variations in CBD content between brands and products within brands. Consider this when trying a new product compared to your current one. Start with the product’s recommended dosage unless your family physician tells you to increase it. Watch for any side effects and discuss them with your doctor if you experience any of them. Health.com provides some valuable insights into the nature and uses of CBD.
Whether you use oils, tinctures, pills, capsules, creams, lotions, or vaping products, check with your doctor first. Your family physician will provide valuable advice on brands and dosages that are good for you. As always, be aware of any side effects before and after you begin taking CBD products. Further study is always a good idea.
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