Cannabidiol is one of the many phytocannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its sister cannabinoid THC, CBD does not cause a “head high.” The compound is under research for its potential use in alleviating certain conditions, including arthritis and epilepsy, in both humans and animals with an endocannabinoid system.
Depending on the purpose of its use, cannabidiol has several intake routes. Also, just like conventional medicine, you have to get the dosage right to get CBE’s maximum therapeutic benefits.
So how do you use cannabidiol the right way? In this article, we look at the different methods of CBD dosing and how to get your dose spot on with ease.
Modes of administering CBD
There are four main ways of taking cannabidiol products. These are sublingual, edibles, topicals and inhaling. Let’s have a look at what each of these methods entails.
The sublingual glands are found under the tongue and are tasked with producing saliva in the mouth. CBD products are absorbed through the same pores where saliva gets into the mouth.
Sublingual CBD products are food-grade but should not be swallowed. A dropper places the CBD under the tongue. The compound dissolves through the pores of the glands into your body’s direct circulation.
Sublingual CBD products have one of the best bioavailabilities among all the ways to take CBD. When used the right way, it releases the compound faster, which in turn gives faster relief.
Welcome to the world of ingested CBD. Edibles are great for giving a better taste to whole plant CBD extracts. Edibles range from the popular gummies to infused drinks and even food cooked with CBD oil.
These products are known to have longer-lasting effects compared to the other modes of administration. However, in what is called the pass effect, CBD edibles effects tend to take longer to manifest. This is the result of having to get through the digestive system.
CBD’s skincare benefits have inspired a range of skincare products containing the molecule, often as an anti-inflammation and anti-oxidative agent. However, CBD topicals are also applied to curb localized muscle cramps, pain or inflammation.
How do you use topical CBD products? Topical CBD products include creams, salves, balms and lotions. Topicals are applied to the face or a localized part of your body. These products use endocannabinoid receptors lying under the skin.
This is probably one of the oldest ways to take CBD: smoking cannabis flowers. With the introduction of CBD vapes into the scene, inhaling is now one of the trendiest ways to take the compound.
CBD vapes are made from concentrated forms of the cannabis extract. Unlike in smoking, where the CBD is inhaled as smoke, vaporizers use an electric coil that heats the concentrate to produce CBD vapor. Smoking CBD flowers is as easy as rolling your marijuana joint, while vaporizers use a mouthpiece through which the vapor is inhaled.
How to take CBD
CBD products come in different strengths. Despite there being no conventional dosing formula for cannabidiol products, micro-dosing has shown the ability to get it all right.
So what is micro-dosing? This is a low dosing technique that entails taking a small amount of CBD at more regular intervals as opposed to taking large doses fewer times. The benefit of CBD micro-dosing is that it helps prevent any adverse side effects.
On your first time micro-dosing, you can gauge the efficacy of the CBD dose at the end of the day and either decrease or increase the frequency of the small doses.
Is CBD legal?
CBD products that contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) are now legal on a federal level in the United States. However, they are not FDA-approved, and may still be illegal in certain states. Check your local laws before making a purchase.
Before you start using CBD for any condition, it is wise to talk to a medical specialist first. This way, you can get advice on the best administration method and dosing to avoid drug interactions.
2018 study on the pharmacokinetics of cannabidiol in humans
2018 study on cannabinoid delivery systems for pain and inflammation treatment
2014 study on cannabinoid receptors in skin sensation, homeostasis and inflammation