You’ve probably heard how CBD can do wonders for you mentally and physically, and you’re wondering how to get started on this journey to wellness. However, with such a wide array of products and brands available, you may find that it’s hard to decide what to try first. Today, we’re going to talk about CBD oil, what it can do for you, and dive into the different methods in which you can enjoy this wonderful, versatile oil. Because it can come in different forms with varying concentration levels, CBD oil can be used by both CBD beginners and aficionados alike with ease and control. Read on to find out how to get the most out of every precious drop of your CBD oil.
WHAT IS CBD OIL?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and is a chemical compound – known as a cannabinoid – that is naturally found in the cannabis plant. Certain strains of cannabis, such as industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa), contains high levels of CBD compared to other types (such as marijuana, or Cannabis indica). CBD oil is typically extracted from industrial hemp due to its abundance in this particular cannabinoid, and is sometimes referred to as hemp extract (please note that this is different from hemp oil, which is a highly nutritious oil that is extracted exclusively from the seeds of the hemp plant). CBD oil contains a whole range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other nutrients that all offer therapeutic benefits to the user.
CAN CBD OIL GET YOU HIGH?
Aside from its benefits, the most commonly asked question is whether CBD oil will get you high, given that it derives from the cannabis plant. Even though CBD oil can contain trace amounts of THC – the cannabinoid that is responsible for producing a high in marijuana, reputable brands will not exceed the legal 0.3% THC limit in their oils or products. This means you can rest assured that quality CBD oil will not get you high. But does CBD oil show up on a drug test, you ask? The specific CBD product you take, the amount of it you consume, and the drug test itself (i.e., depending on what it’s testing for) will impact the results. Generally speaking, your consumption of CBD oil will likely not show up on a drug test when taken in moderation.
HOW TO TAKE CBD OIL
There are several ways in which you can enjoy CBD oil. Each one offers its own set of advantages and disadvantages, such as ease of use and how quickly the effects kick in. We’ll be looking at the four main methods of taking CBD oil: sublingual application, ingestion via edibles, topical application, and inhalation.
The easiest and most direct way to ingest your CBD is via tinctures, which you simply take sublingually (i.e., under the tongue) by holding for 30 to 60 seconds and then swallowing. Because the CBD is absorbed your the bloodstream, it provides almost instant, effective, and long-lasting results. Most often, these tinctures are made with high-proof alcohol, but there are also some that uses vegetable glycerin instead. Some tinctures are also enriched with other additives such as herbs and essential oils, further enhancing their therapeutic benefits. For example, Way of Will’s Daytime Boost tinctures are infused with calming and uplifting essential-oil blends that boosts its aroma, flavor, and calming effects.
CBD tinctures typically come in a small, dark, glass bottle with a handy dropper for easy application. Using the dropper also allows for a more precise dosage, as you can control just how much of the tincture you’re consuming. The compact size of tincture bottles makes it a travel-friendly and discreet method of getting your dose of CBD whenever and wherever you need it throughout the day. For example, this is an ideal solution for those who experience high or frequent stress at work, as they can inconspicuously take their CBD during work hours (bonus: without experiencing any intoxicating effects like you do with marijuana) instead of waiting until they get home from work.
INGESTION VIA EDIBLES
CBD edibles are another popular option, as it offers a wide range of food and beverage items to which you can add your CBD oil. There is a growing collection of recipes available online that offers creative ways to infuse CBD into your meals and drinks. You can also experiment with your own concoctions, or keep it simple and add them to smoothies, coffees, or salads. If you enjoy CBD edibles but don’t want the hassle of learning the rules of cooking with CBD (or if you enjoy precise, controlled dosages), there are tasty premade alternatives such as CBD gummies or lollipops for your enjoyment.
CBD is infused in many skin-care and body-care products, such as creams, ointments, and oil blends. Typically, topical forms of CBD are meant to relieve tension and soreness of the body, making them a great go-to for alleviating muscle aches, migraines, and back pains. This is why CBD massage oils are becoming increasingly popular, as you can enjoy a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home. They are also popular in beauty products to help with skin blemishes and improving overall complexion (full-spectrum CBD oil contains many skin-loving nutrients like amino acids and essential fatty acids).
Inhaling your CBD provides the quickest and most effective results, as the cannabidiol is absorbed into your bloodstream through your lungs. It can enter your body via smoking or vaping, which requires equipment like an oil rig or vaporizer and regular cleaning/maintenance of the apparatus. More importantly, vaping requires vape-specific CBD oil (often called CBD vape juice), which differs from the CBD oil meant for ingestion. Of course, you can also purchase something like a CBD vape pen for hassle-free convenience and controlled dosages. Though inhaling CBD is highly effective, it must be done with caution. Smoking CBD – or anything else, for that matter – can be harsh and irritating on the throat and lungs. Vaping products are not yet sufficiently regulated, so there is no quality or safety guarantee when you purchase CBD vape oils. Consequently, you may not know the exact CBD concentration or even the full list of ingredients that your CBD vape oil contains. Similar to smoking CBD, vaping can also pose risk or irritation to the throat and lungs as well.
Regardless of what method you choose, be sure that you ease yourself into a gradual intake of CBD. Although cannabidiol is non-intoxicating, non-addictive, and non-toxic, you still wouldn’t want to overdo it. Excessive CBD use can be unnecessarily costly, and you could build up a tolerance to it – which will then require you to consume more CBD to get the same effects. If you do find that your regular dosage is getting less effective, it is recommended to take a break from CBD for a few days to allow your system to reset.