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How to Take CBD Safely?

8 September 2021

How to Take CBD Safely?

The use of cannabidiol (CBD) has significantly increased over the years but how do you take CBD safely?  First you have to understand that CBD is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis plant.  CBD in it’s basic form can be manufactured to be consumed in many different ways, each for different reasons.  Some of the ways are safer and fast-acting for almost instant effects.

The following are the recommended methods of taking CBD safely:

CBD Oils 

High quality CBD oils contain high concentrations of all the compounds present in the hemp plant. If you are starting to use CBD, professionals recommend CBD Oils.

CBD oils are usually orally ingested. The method is also known as sublingual administration. Each individual product should show the dosage recommended on the packaging. Place a pipette with the proscribed dosage of CBD oil under your tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing it as this is the quickest way the CBD can be absorbed into your bloodstream – then have a sip of juice to mask any natural flavours you may taste.  It is the best way of experiencing the full benefits of CBD.

As a first time user, the taste of the CBD may seem earthy and strange and even unpleasant to some users, but you will get used to it with time – hence a sip of juice afterwards. It takes approximately 30 minutes for you to start feeling the effects of the CBD oil drops.

CBD Capsules

The bare taste of CBD is unpleasant to some users. If you detest the earthy taste of CBD, you should consider taking it in capsule form. CBD capsules are easy to administer and within the right dosage.

To establish the proper dosage, all products should contain full dosage instructions on or in the packaging. However, because capsules are processed through your digestive system they take longer to act.  If you are looking for fast acting CBD then capsules might not be the best option for you.

Vaping

CBD Vaping is another simple, yet most effective, and safe method of taking CBD. It provides almost instant relaxation to the user. CBD is directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the membrane in your mouth for quick effects.

You will start to feel the effects of vaping CBD in less than 10 minutes. About 55% of the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream through vaping.  Always purchase your CBD vapes from a reputable supplier to avoid black market products – remember you get what you pay for… so if it’s cheap, you can be sure that there isn’t much CBD content and the quality could be suspect as well..

To ensure you are vaping CBD safely, consider purchasing high-quality vaporisers. Some vaporisers contain combustible components that might interfere with the purity and the safety of the vapor. Always try to purchase ceramic vaporisers to avoid inhaling heavy metal particles.

When vaping CBD, avoid using cartridges containing harmful carriers and thinning agents which can damage lung tissue.

CBD Edibles

Another method of taking CBD safely and easily is ingesting the CBD-infused edibles.  The most common method of taking edible CBD is through candies or gummies. The gummies have sweeteners and added flavours that help to mask the unpleasant weedy taste of CBD. CBD can also be infused in food products, such as chocolates, sweets, drinks, coffees or cocktails.

CBD edibles are the most discreet way of taking CBD compared to tinctures or vaping. They are fun to eat and are usually easy to carry in your bag or pocket.  You can ingest them even at your work station.

Although CBD edibles are considered safe, the effects might take longer to manifest in the body.  Studies have shown that this method of taking CBD can take approximately two hours to have any meaningful impact on the body, as a smaller percentage of the CBD content is absorbed into the bloodstream because it has to pass through the digestive system first. If you want instant effects of the CBD, some edibles may not be the best option for you.

CBD Topical

Studies suggest that CBD help people by supporting the endocannabinoid system. CBD topicals are available in the form of creams, lotions, skin butter, patches, salves, serums, or balms.

CBD topicals are usually mixed with other oils such as bees wax, coconut or olive oil, and some topicals contain fragrances. The oil mixture is gently massaged in problematic areas such as the joints or muscles for better effect.

In a study conducted in 2015 using CBD gel, the results show that CBD helps to reduce the swelling of the joints.

Additionally, if you have problematic skin, rub the oil or balm directly on the problematic area.

The oils have different concentrations of CBD. When buying the topical products, consider checking the levels of concentration depending on your needs.

Although CBD topical is safe, they are less effective compared to other ways of taking CBD. Human skin has low permeability, so minimal amounts of CBD are absorbed into the blood. For better relief, pick topical products with high concentrations of CBD.

What Is The Right Dosage For CBD?

Research and clinical studies show that you can take up to 1,200 g of CBD, without causing any side effects. There is no specific recommended method of taking CBD – basically it is up to you to find which product works best for you.

However, if you have a medical condition, get instructions for the proper dosage from your doctor. Also, depending on your medical condition, the doctor will advise you on the best method to take CBD.

If you are under any prescription drugs, talk to a trusted medical professional to advise if you should take CBD or not, and the possible interactions with other medications.

To establish safe CBD dosage for any given product, check and read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the product. Only take the recommended dose.

Other factors to take into consideration:

  • The concentration of CBD in the products you are using
  • Your body weight
  • The body chemistry

What Are the Side Effects of CBD?

CBD has zero to minimal side effects for most users, however, some of users may experience signs of fatigue.

Conclusion

Numerous studies show that Cannabidiol (CBD) is safe. Ensure you are taking it safely and in the right dosage. Also, ensure that whichever Cannabidiol product you choose to use contains all of the beneficial compounds present in the cannabis plant.  All these compounds work synergistically to provide faster therapeutic effects. Above all, talk to your doctor to advise you on the best method to safely take CBD, particularly if you are taking any other medication…

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