CBD is one of the fastest-growing industries of all time. People are jumping on the trend in an attempt to benefit from its rapid popularity.
As a result, companies are coming up with many different ways to consume CBD.
And with the 2018 Farm Bill making industrialized hemp legal at the federal level, there is room for innovation. That said, it’s important to make a note of the positives and negatives of each one.
Here are five different ways of using CBD, along with their relevant pros and cons.
1. CBD Vaping
CBD vape oils/e-liquids are consumed with a vaporiser. The e-liquid contains other ingredients like propylene glycol and a flavoring agent along with CBD so they have a specific taste.
Pros Of CBD Vaping
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CBD vaping is one of the fastest methods to feel the effects. This is because the CBD is inhaled straight to the lungs where it absorbs directly into the bloodstream. It’s best to use before bed or when you wish to feel the benefits almost instantly.
They come in a wide range of flavors so you can customize your experience. There are even CBD vape additives available that can be mixed in with existing e-liquids to make the transition easier.
Further, you can choose your own dose of CBD when vaping. Bottles start from around 30mg of CBD but you can get as high as 1,000mg of CBD per bottle.
Cons Of CBD Vaping
The most obvious con of CBD vaping is that you must have a vaporiser. If you don’t have one, you can’t do it.
Also, CBD vaping isn’t tolerated everywhere. Public places will have their own stance depending on how they view it. For example, some bars and restaurants may require you to vape in the designated smoking area, while others may not tolerate it at all.
2. CBD Creams/Topicals
CBD creams and topicals are designed to be absorbed into the skin. It’s a good option for anyone that doesn’t like the taste of CBD.
Pros Of CBD Creams/Topicals
Again, they are really easy to use. Simply apply the lotion to your skin and you’re good to go. Most brands make an effort to create a pleasant scent so you don’t smell like medicine all day after use.
CBD topicals have added benefits such as treating skin conditions like treating acne. Skincare products are made with ingredients designed to keep the skin healthy and hydrated too.
Plus, there is a wide range of topical CBD products on the market. For example, beyond the standard lotion, there are solutions you can add to a bath for the ultimate relaxation environment.
Cons Of CBD Creams/Topicals
The rate of absorption varies between products. Generally speaking though, they take a while before the CBD reaches optimum levels in the body.
Another disadvantage is that some products can transfer to other people. If the applied area comes into contact with another person like your partner or kids, they can unknowingly get it on their skin. While it won’t bring them harm, it’s still important to be careful.
3. CBD Edibles
CBD edibles come in the form of small capsules that contain the dose of CBD. They’re best used when you’re out and about.
Pros Of CBD Edibles
First, CBD edibles are really easy to consume. Simply swallow them just as you would for other forms of capsule medicine. They don’t taste of anything either so you can take them with a glass of water as normal, even if you don’t like the taste of CBD.
It’s also easy to monitor dosage with CBD edibles. A single capsule doesn’t contain that much CBD so you can simply add or remove as many as you need to find the perfect amount for you.
Another benefit is that they are discreet so you can take them anywhere at any time.
Cons Of CBD Edibles
CBD edibles are slow to act. They take a while to digest and absorb into the bloodstream. It’s recommended to take them with a meal to aid absorption but even then it can take an hour before you feel the effects.
There is also a low bioavailability of CBD in an edible. This is a common trait among oral applications of CBD.
4. CBD Beverages
CBD beverages are, as the name suggests, drinks infused with CBD. They are one of the newest CBD applications.
Pros Of CBD Beverages
These are very similar to taking CBD edibles. They are easy to consume as they are already in liquid form and they come in different types and flavors so you can find your favorites and still get the benefits.
Plus, it’s easy to monitor and control dosage. CBD content is usually labeled on products so you can measure out exactly how much to drink to get the desired effects.
Cons Of CBD Beverages
The amount of CBD included in a CBD beverage is quite small. You may have to drink quite a lot to get the benefits. If the products are left on the shelves in a supermarket, exposure to air and direct sunlight can degrade the CBD within the beverage.
They are also quite expensive compared to other CBD products.
5. CBD Oils/Tinctures
CBD oil and tinctures are two of the most common ways to consume CBD. They are slightly different though: CBD oil uses CBD cannabidiol as an oil carrier, while CBD tinctures have an alcohol base. Check out this tincture guide from Kyro for more details.
Pros Of CBD Oils/Tinctures
The main benefit is that they are convenient. Quickly apply the CBD under your tongue whenever you want. They’re inexpensive, easy to use and they get to work quickly. None of the CBD is lost as it goes to the bloodstream.
You can also choose between a wide range of flavors. Simply pick your favorite so you aren’t left with the taste of CBD in your mouth. There’s a range of doses to choose too so you can tailor the concentration to meet your needs.
Cons Of CBD Oils/Tinctures
CBD oils and tinctures aren’t to everyone’s taste. If you don’t enjoy the feel under your tongue there are better alternatives.
While they are quick, they do take longer to act compared to some other forms of CBD on this list. Perhaps look at vaping if you want a very fast application.