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Best Ways To Take CBD

By Evelyn Valdez

November 20, 2018 in CBD Blog
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Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained popularity in the medical marijuana industry which has led to rigorous research is being done to explore the potential benefits from taking CBD. Since the interest in CBD has grown, companies have created an array of products that allows people to choose how they want to ingest CBD. There are four primary ways to take CBD: ingestion, sublingual, topical, and inhalation. We will explore these four primary methods by breaking down the different products in the CBD market.


CBD tinctures are a combination of CBD-rich hemp oil, vegetable glycerin, and ethanol liquid extracts. Tinctures are normally packaged in dropper bottles. They can be flavored or unflavored and come in several different concentrations. Unlike CBD oil, tinctures are less concentrated and cannot be vaporized. A tincture is normally taken by applying it underneath your tongue or by mixing it into food or drinks. Most people prefer tinctures because it can be administered discreetly and they are able to manage their doses.

Tinctures at a glance:

  • Easy to measure, simply drop 1 serving size into mouth
  • Moderate time to take effect, tinctures pass through digestive system before reaching liver
  • Tinctures have an oily consistency, can come flavored

CBD Vaporizers

People are now able to vape CBD e-liquid. CBD e-liquids are made with propylene glycol or vegetable glycol because they are thinning agents that make the e-juice thick enough to work with the electronic heater coils found in vaporizers. Vaping CBD is helpful because it is used when a person may need fast-acting relief from pain and inflammation.

CBD vaporizers at a glance:

  • It's easy to gradually increase dosages with CBD e-liquid; take additional hits as needed
  • Fastest ingestion time, cbd in the form of vapor directly enters the bloodstream
  • CBD e-liquids come in multiple flavors

CBD Topical Lotions

For people who do not want to directly ingest CBD then CBD topical lotions are the route to take. CBD topical lotions are a great place to start if you are interested in testing CBD because they are less potent. Additional to the hemp products, topical lotions also feature vitamins that are beneficial to the skin.

CBD Topical Lotions at a glance:

  • Perfect if you do not want to ingest CBD through mouth
  • Additional skin benefits due to natural vitamins in hemp
  • Less potent, most of the CBD never reaches your bloodstream

CBD Gummies

CBD gummies are one of the most popular forms of ingesting CBD because they are easy to take and look similar to daily vitamins. One of the benefits of taking CBD gummies is that it has long-lasting effects because they are ingested. It passes through the digestive system and metabolize in the liver. The active compounds then enter into your bloodstream which allows it to last longer than an hour or two.

CBD Gummies at a glance:

  • Each gummy has a set amount of CBD, easy to measure
  • CBD gummies taste and feel exactly like regular gummies
  • Slower digestion time, must be broken down by digestive system before CBD is absorbed

CBD Capsules

CBD gel capsules look similar to traditional medicine. They have the same benefits as the other forms of CBD, but they are easier to take a dose of. Tinctures produce the same benefits, but capsules are more approachable since they are familiar and the doses can be more accurately controlled. Capsules are for everyone, but older folks may prefer this method because capsules are familiar and easy to use.

CBD Capsules at a glance:

  • Each capsule has a set amount of CBD, easy to measure
  • Slower digestion time, must be broken down by digestive system before CBD is absorbed

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