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 tincture contains high concentrations of all the compounds present in the cannabis plant. If you are starting to use CBD, professionals recommend the tinctures.
They are orally ingested. The method is also known as sublingual administration. Place a tincture full of CBD liquid under your tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing it – then have a sip of juice to mask any natural flavors 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 be earthy and strange, 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 tincture.
The bare taste of CBD is unpleasant to some users. If you detest the earthy taste of CBD, you should consider taking the capsules. CBD capsules are easy to administer and within the right dosage.
To establish the proper dosage, check the labels on the tablet. However, because they are being processed through your digestive system CBD capsules take longer to act. if you are seeking for fast action, capsules are not fast-acting and might not be the best option.
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 blood for quick effects.
You will start to feel the effects of vaping CBD in approximately less than 10 minutes. About 55% of the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream through vaping. However, if done too frequently, vaping can damage your lungs. Always purchase your CBD vapes from a reputable supplier and avoid black market products – remember you get what you pay for.
To ensure you are vaping CBD safely, consider purchasing high-quality vaporizers. Some vaporizers contain combustible components that might interfere with the purity and the safety of the vapor. Always try to purchase ceramic vaporizers to avoid inhaling heavy metal particles.
When vaping CBD, avoid using cartridges containing harmful carriers and thinning agents. Such compounds are propylene glycol, MCT, and vegetable glycerin, which are known to severely damage the lung tissues.
Another method of taking CBD safely and easily is ingesting the CBD-infused edibles. CBD is infused in food products, such as chocolates, sweets, drinks, coffees or cocktails.
The most common method of taking CBD is through candies or gummies. The gummies have sweeteners and added flavors that help in masking the unpleasant weedy taste of CBD.
CBD edibles are the most discreet way of taking CBD compared to tinctures or vaping. They are fun to eat and are easy to carry and you can ingest them even from your work station.
Although CBD edibles are considered safe, the effects might take longer to manifest in the body. Studies show that it takes approximately two hours to have any impact on the body, and only 30 percent of the CBD is absorbed in the bloodstream. If you want instant effects of the CBD, the edibles are not the best option.
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 the topical contain fragrances. The oil mixture is gently massaged in problematic areas such as the joints or muscles for better effect.
In a study conducted on rodents 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 directly on the pimples or 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 recommended method of taking CBD. Try all the ways of ingesting CBD to establish what 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.
For example, if you are asthmatic, you should avoid vaping. Studies show that the usage of CBD in excess lowers the blood pressure.
Additionally, if you are under any prescription drugs, talk to a trusted medical professional to advise you if or not, you should take CBD and the possible interactions with other medications.
Also, to establish the safe CBD dosage, check and read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the product. Only take the recommended dose.
Other factors to consider for the proper dosage is the:
- 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 on most users. However, some of the users may experience side effects such as:
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
Numerous studies show that CBD is safe. Ensure you are taking it safely and in the right dosage. Also, consider the broad spectrum CBD rather than CBD isolate, as it contains all 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 and the right dosage.