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What are the best methods for taking CBD?

Have you been interested in CBD but are unsure of the best method to take it? Well, wonder no longer. Today we’re looking at the best ways to take CBD. The best way to take CBD is entirely up to you, your body, and your own personal circumstances. It may be necessary to try and experiment at first in order to figure what works best for you. After reading this article we hope you have a better idea of where to start from.

Bioavailability

Figuring out how best to take CBD is best understood by knowing about the concept of bioavailability. Bioavailability is the degree to which a substance can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Added to that, it determines exactly how much of what you took will actually ‘get through’ to make a real effect on the body. For example, when you are given a prescription from a doctor part of the calculation that goes into that is the degree of bioavailability that can be gotten from a given dosage.

However, the bioavailability of CBD varies quite a bit based on the consumption method. Different CBD products have differing levels of bioavailability. So this naturally brings us to the question, what are the best methods of taking CBD?

Now just for argument’s sake, if you want your CBD to get to your bloodstream in the most potent and direct way then your best bet is to get it intravenously. But this is probably not very popular for a number of reasons, and also probably brings with it a lot of further complications outside of the usual CBD effects.

Just Eat It

Couldn’t be simpler this one, just pop some CBD into your mouth and wash it down with some water. It’s a tried and true method for medications across the world so why not CBD? Ingested orally, CBD will pass through the digestive tract and then ultimately be metabolized by the liver. After that happens, the health benefit will reach your bloodstream and carry out their tasks with extreme efficacy. This method tends to give the longest-lasting effects of all the consumption methods.

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CBD capsules can be taken orally, capsules can range anywhere from 2mg to 100mg. Just be sure you know what you’re ingesting before you swallow because, short of vomiting it back up which isn’t pleasant, you’ve to deal with whatever effects it may bring on after. As always, start low and then progressively increase your dose so you don’t succumb to any unexpected side effects. What’s more is that there are practically endless options for how you take your CBD orally. The only thing holding you back is your imagination, and possibly your skill in the kitchen.

Topical Ointments

Topical applications of CBD, like creams and so on, are increasing in popularity as of late. This is by far the easiest method of taking CBD as all you have to do is slap some on your skin and you’re good to go. It doesn’t require any specialist equipment or knowledge either. It’s perfect for those suffering from aching muscles, migraines, or skin conditions like acne, psoriasis or rosacea. Just apply CBD directly to any of the afflicted areas and the results should show themselves quite quickly. This is because topical CBD can’t penetrate far enough to actually enter the bloodstream, so all those active botanical compounds will be isolated to the one area you need it most.

Skincare is one of the few areas where people seem to agree about the benefits of CBD. This is partly to do with CBD’s track record of proving highly effective against inflammation. Whether it’s tattoo aftercare or a bad case of rosacea, CBD creams seem to able to combat these conditions with efficiency and speed. Perhaps one of the only drawbacks to using a topical solution for your CBD use is that the dosages tend to be on the lower side. If you find the results unsatisfactory it’s worth finding out if the condition you have might require a higher level of CBD.

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Va-va-vape

While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, vaporization and inhalation is one of the quickest and most highly bioavailable methods of getting CBD right into the bloodstream. You can use a vaporizer to smoke CBD which provide very powerful hits. What’s great about a vaporizer is that it, naturally enough, turns CBD into vapor free from carcinogens and other harmful chemicals that you’d find in regular smoking. You can choose to vape either concentrates which some prefer by using what’s called an oil rig, or you can use a vape pen which are also incredibly popular.

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Vaping is the quickest way to always get the highest concentration of CBD and it’s easy for you to manage you intake. Consider getting yourself a vaporizer in order to really benefit from cannabidiol. By changing the CBD into vapor you can get potent and powerful hits.

Couple-a-Drops

Tinctures are also very popular and pretty much ubiquitous in the kind of health stores that would stock CBD in the first place. These things look like little bottles and allow you to take your CBD sublingually – that just means underneath your tongue. All you have to do is squirt a few drops under your tongue and keep it in your mouth for up to thirty seconds. At that point you can just swallow whatever is left.

It’s a quick and discreet method of taking CBD and has been known to leave users with feelings of calm and well-being afterwards. There are some drawbacks to this method and one is that, coming back to the bioavailability we mentioned earlier, the results can vary from person to person. It also takes a lot longer than some methods, for example the topical ointments.

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