There are many ways to get CBD into your system, each with its benefits, downsides, and quirks. Ingestion is a popular method. Furthermore, how one chooses to take CBD can have different effects.
Certain benefits are gained and given up when you choose to buy an edible over vaping CBD or placing CBD oil under your tongue. For example, your average CBD gummy doesn’t just look good, it is also handy and healthy. Read on to find out which CBD method and its benefits are best for you.
One of the key benefits of CBD ingestion is convenience. Since it is legal at state levels but still considered a regulated substance, not all public environments may be friendly to you taking a CBD product. Luckily there are several options available for various needs and situations.
One of the most discrete and portable options is gummies. If you are working at the office and want a quick dose of CBD, then popping a gummy into your mouth is a handy way to do so. Plus, it’s super easy to control the dose. If you only want half an amount, you can eat half a gummy. There are no liquid or droppers to mess about with.
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Feel the Effects for Hours
Edibles also have the most extended active period of all CBD products. CBD needs to process through your liver, and the liver can only get through so much of a substance. So once the CBD hits the liver, it enters a “queue” of sorts. As more CBD gets processed, the queue moves up, sending CBD into your bloodstream.
The result is that the liver will keep redosing you with CBD for hours after you first ingest the edible. You will be able to enjoy all the benefits of CBD for as long as twelve hours after eating an edible. However, a timeframe of six hours is more common.
VAPING & CBD OIL
Six hours, still, is far longer than what you get from vaping (lasts 2 hours), and CBD oil (placed under your tongue, lasts 3-4 hours). For some conditions, such as insomnia and chronic pain, long-lasting effects are a must. And the convenience of edibles makes them much easier to integrate into your routine than other methods. Those dealing with chronic anxiety, for example, may take to eating edibles every six hours during their day. That way, they can always have CBD in their system.
Are There Any Downsides to Ingesting CBD?
One of the significant downsides is this method’s relatively low bioavailability. It takes more milligrams of CBD to get results using edibles than it would through other methods. Digesting it means a lot of CBD goes to waste. You can make up for that waste by using more potent edibles, but the price of products usually goes up alongside the amount of CBD contained in them.
Finally, digesting is also less precise. How much CBD makes it into your bloodstream depends on various factors, including whether you’ve eaten recently and what your last meal was, which makes this method not ideal for medical treatments, where the precise dosage is a must.
Best Way To Start
If you’re new to taking CBD products, the best method is to start low and go slow. Allow it to build up in the system for at least 2 weeks – 1 month to start noticing real effects. To help you better understand how to properly dose for your needs, Hemp Lively created this chart. Feel free to print it out for easy reference.