Cannabidiol or CBD is increasing in prominence mainly due to its health benefits. A lot of its advocates believe that it has pain relieving active ingredients and therapeutic potentials. Despite the need for more studies to validate the claims, the number of individuals turning to it to aid them to manage their anxiety, sleeping problems, chronic pain, and other health concerns, is growing.

The compound obtained from the CBD can serve as an additive to beverages and foods. Yet there are other factors to consider before purchasing a CBD product.

Here are the five most common ways to use CBD:

1.    Sublingual Method through CBD oils and Tinctures

These are similar products that are both taken sublingually by using a dropper under the tongue, then allowing the oil to sit for as long as possible without swallowing.

CBD oil is normally made of CBD and a base oil like hemp seed oil, MCT or coconut. Tinctures, on the other hand, may contain other ingredients, like artificial flavoring, vinegar, vegetable glycerin alcohol, or ethanol.

Effects can be expected to take place within 20-40 minutes.

2. Ingestion through CBD edibles

There’s no limit on what you can do with CBD. It can be added to beverages and food. These infused products are also known as edibles and are being sold where other CBD products are being offered. You may likewise add the compound to meals themselves.

Moreover, you may add tinctures and CBD to baked goods, coffee, and smoothies. To avoid a nasty taste, avoid heating the oil too high, particularly over direct heat.

 Since ingested CBD needs to be digested first before it gets into the bloodstream through the stomach lining, its effects may only be experienced after two hours.

4.    Topical application through CBD creams and lotions

Creams and lotions with infused CBD are believed to treat inflammation, arthritis and sore muscles. Topical application of the CBD is believed to appropriately target the pain in a particular area by interacting with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system located under the skin, instead of being absorbed by the bloodstream.

The effects of topical CBD products can be experienced within one hour of application and could last up to five hours.

5.    Transdermal through CBD skin patches

Transdermal patches or skin patches deliver CBD through the skin through small adhesive patches. In contrast to topical creams and lotions, these patches get into the bloodstream by crossing over the dermal barrier and are stimulated through body heat. The activation releases small CBD amounts over an extended amount of time of around four to six hours.

CBD skin patches are available in two types:

Matrix patches – they are CBD-infused, usually in the adhesive layer.

Reservoir patches – they have a small reservoir containing CBD that is normally mixed with a gel solution. They are more controlled, in general, which means a consistent CBD amount can be obtained over a period of time.

6.    Inhalation through CBD vaporizing

A device known as vape can help you inhale CBD. It heats up a CBD concentrate in order to be inhaled. Vaporizing or vaping may not be as discreet like others.

The lungs absorb the inhaled CBD immediately and thereby resulting in a quick effect. While it is the fastest way to get CBD right to the bloodstream, this method has the shortest time period of effectivity. It suggests that to experience a continued effect, you may need to take more doses.

To find out which among the methods of CBD consumption will work best for you, you may need to try each of them, eventually.