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CBD Oil: A brief overview of the different ways to consume CBD oil and how long until you notice relief
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol, a.k.a. CBD, is a powerful plant extract that has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. CBD is one of 113 cannabinoids extracted from a hemp plant having very low levels of THC. This allows CBD to be used in our products safely and legally. CBD Oil, is an extracted, highly concentrated solution of cannabidiol. Extraction technology allows for the extraction of CBD without the unwanted THC, giving you many of the desired benefits of medical marajuana without the “high” that THC produces.
How do I take CBD oil:
CBD comes in many different forms, and as we continue to explore CBD’s many uses and medicinal properties, we will educate on each form of CBD “consumption” for lack of a better word. We will primarily focus on CBD oil at large. As I mentioned above, CBD oil is a highly concentrated liquid whose primary ingredient is cannabidiol (CBD). CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and then infusing oil with the extraction. Coconut and hemp seed oils are commonly used as the carrier oil. I also want to take a moment here to make something clear that was not clear to me when I began my own CBD education. CBD oil, and CBD tincture, while often used interchangeably, are not always the same. A tincture comes in the form of a tincture, duh, but it also may have additional ingredients for flavor, and different compounds depending on intended use. CBD oil, on the other hand, while it can be in the form of a tincture, it may also come in the form of soft gel, capsule, and oil to be vaped (ie. a cartridge).
Here are the different ways to consume CBD oil in order of fastest to slowest acting:
Vaping: The first, and fastest method of consumption of CBD is via a vape pen. Vaping CBD is unique in a number of ways. First, inhalation is the most direct way for CBD to enter the bloodstream. If you get migraines, or the kind of anxiety attacks where you can feel them coming on, I highly recommend keeping a CBD vape on hand. Vapes offer immediate relief on the go. They are very easy to transport and the effects of the CBD are very buildable. On the other hand, vaping comes with it’s own set of preconceptions and judgements that don’t necessarily exist for the other methods of consumption. Afterall, with CBD a vape you are still inhaling the foreign CBD vapor into your lungs. If you have asthma or another lung condition, we would recommend trying out another form of CBD.
Under the Tongue (Sublingually): Next, administering CBD oil under the tongue is the quickest way to experience your desired relief without inhalation. This again, is what we are referring to when we say a tincture of CBD oil. The active ingredients are absorbed directly into the bloodstream and will take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to experience relief, nice and fast acting. Of course when dropping CBD oil under the tongue you will get a taste of the CBD oil, I don’t think it’s bad, but this is very much so personal preference. Fleur offers both flavored and unflavored options.
Topically: Perhaps the most common way CBD is used in general is in topical form. CBD oils can be infused into your daily moisturizers or creams that you already use or you can purchase pre-made topical salves, roll-ons, lotions, etc. Topical application is great because you can target the specific pain point; achey, stiff joints, sore muscles, etc. If you are looking into CBD primarily for arthritis or joint pain relief, we recommend topical solution paired with an oral supplement to combat inflammation from the inside out. Topical CBD solutions are also used for skincare. For pain, you will experience relief fairly quickly, for skincare, give your new routine a couple of weeks before you notice real results.
Orally: Finally, in my opinion, the easiest way to consume CBD is in the form of a capsule or soft gel. You would take this form of CBD in the same way that you would take a vitamin or daily medication, just wash it down with a nice glass of water. Or, you could add some CBD oil to your food or drink and consume it that way, many of the oils developed now are virtually tasteless, so no worries there. The one downside to oral consumption of CBD is that it’s not as fast-acting as the other methods that we’ve explored. Digesting CBD orally essentially means that the CBD’s pain relieving properties will kick in as soon as your body metabolizes it, which is different for everyone. So if you’re looking for immediate relief of acute pain or anxiety symptoms you may want to consider a different form!
How much CBD oil should I take?
As a general rule of thumb, start low and increase in small increments (5mgs to 10 mgs) if you’re not getting the relief you’re looking for. We recommend starting with 25 mgs! (which is one of our CBD softgels, or about one dropper of our lowest concentration tincture)
What are the different ways to take CBD oil?
(In order of fastest to slowest acting)