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4 Ways to Use CBD

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Your guide to choosing the right CBD options for you.

You may have noticed the plethora of CBD products on the shelves lately and wondered, “how do I choose between a gummy or a tincture? A capsule or cream?” Meanwhile, you’re also thinking: “Will any of this even work?” 

First, let’s remember CBD does not provide a “high,” regardless of the delivery method. Extracted from the hemp plant, CBD is a natural plant compound with a wide range of benefits that can help with sleeplessness, stress, migraines, pain, inflammation, and more.

When the body consumes CBD, the compound binds and mimics the CB1 and CB2 receptors that regulate your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for your body’s homeostasis—the body’s innate ability to protect itself from outside forces—remaining in a healthy balance.

What’s promising about CBD is that unlike many traditional options, it’s non-habit forming and for those wary of synthetics, it’s derived from botanicals so you won’t get “high.” We asked Keri Galatio from cbdMD to help us understand the different options and how they will affect the body. Although each body is different and the reasons for using CBD varies, these guidelines can help you choose what may be right for your lifestyle and needs.

Tasteful tinctures

Oral tinctures allow your body to absorb CBD through the bloodstream via the capillaries inside your mouth. Simply fill the dropper with CBD oil and squeeze under your tongue. Wait about a minute, then swallow. If you’re worried about the taste, tinctures come in a variety of flavors and concentrations—cbdMD offers Orange, Berry, Mint, and Natural flavor options. This method of delivery generally takes about 30 to 60 minutes for onset and lasts about 7 hours. 

Easy edibles

If you are already used to taking pills and feel more comfortable with a pre-portioned dose, edibles may be the option for you. Add CBD capsules to your morning and nightly routines for long-term, consistent relief. If you’re feeling extra and want flavor options, gummies are the way to go. This route has an onset of 30 minutes to two hours and can last about 7 hours.

Flavorful vapes

CBD can be absorbed by the lungs and into the bloodstream through vaping CBD oils. Vaping CBD offers all the health benefits of CBD in a convenient method of delivery. Simply drop the oil into your vape mod or pen, and you have CBD available when you need it. Its effects are felt almost immediately but tend to last about two to four hours. 

Skin deep

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have made it a great option for targeted, fast-acting relief. If you’d like to test the CBD waters, topicals are a great introduction to how it may alleviate physical discomfort. Applied directly to problem areas and absorbed through the skin, alleviation can be felt within 30 minutes. The best time to use them is after a shower when your skin is most absorbent. 

If you enjoy luxuriating in a restorative bath, cbdMD offers bath bombs that combine CBD with Epsom salt and natural, therapeutic oils in six relaxing scents. This simple self-care routine helps alleviate sleeplessness, stress, inflammation, and lingering stress. 

For more information on CBD and hemp-derived CBD products, cbdMD is a trusted premium CBD oil company that focuses on first-class hemp grown on nutrient-rich US farms. They are committed to the highest standards for CBD sourcing, extraction, and production. cbdMD is for consumers seeking to experience the full benefits of CBD in a safe, convenient, and effective manner. Their comprehensive line of premium CBD oil products come from non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and THC-free industrial hemp that’s organically grown right here in the U.S. 

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Alma Tassi has written for several magazines and edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women's issues. almatassi.com.

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