When we say ‘edibles,’ we mean forms of CBD that you take in by mouth. Edibles include drinks and foods infused with CBD and CBD capsules. If you’re willing to try, you can add CBD oil to your favorite dish or beverage for a yummy CBD experience. These products are one of the simplest ways of consuming CBD, and they make it easy to calculate how much CBD you’re using per day.
When you take in CBD by mouth, you can expect to feel its potential effects anywhere between one to four hours. The CBD needs to travel through your digestive system and get absorbed into your bloodstream to reach its target receptors. On the flip side, when you ingest CBD, it is active for a longer period of time.
If you’re watching your sugar consumption, read the CBD gummies’ labels, as they tend to have sugar in them. Also, candied gummies are created using heat which may affect the levels of broad and full spectrum cannabinoids. Additionally, not all CBD edibles are vegan, so pay attention to that if it’s a concern for you. It never hurts to read the product label in detail, no matter what you’re shopping for.
CBD for Sublingual Use
‘Sublingual’ means under the tongue. CBD is applied underneath your tongue, from where it gets absorbed through the mucous membrane of your mouth. Unlike with edibles, CBD consumed like this immediately gets into your bloodstream, and the onset time is not longer than 15 minutes.
For sublingual use, you will most commonly find CBD tinctures and sprays. Tinctures are usually packaged with a dropper tool. Use this tool to apply a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue, hold the oil there between one and one and a half minutes, and then swallow. You can even swish the oil around your mouth during that time, to increase the surface area of absorption.
When you’re using CBD oil under your tongue, make sure not to eat immediately after. Wait for a while before you eat or drink to maximize the amount of CBD that gets absorbed through the mouth membranes.
Vaping / Smoking CBD
For the fastest onset time, CBD vaping or smoking is the way to go. By inhaling CBD, the CBD molecules go right through the membranes of your lungs into your bloodstream. Smoked or vaped CBD can start interacting with cannabinoid receptors in a matter of minutes.
To smoke CBD, you will need a water pipe (an ‘oil rig’) and a CBD oil concentrate to add to that pipe. Alternatively, if you’re unsure how to work a pipe or don’t want to be bothered, roll a CBD joint. If you’re making a joint out of industrial hemp flowers, keep in mind that they don’t contain pure CBD. The amount of THC in them is relatively low, but it can still make you high.
A better option would be to arm yourself with a vape pen and vape oil. CBD vaping is easier on the throat than smoking, and it has the same benefits of faster onset time. Compared to working with a water pipe or rolling a joint, figuring out a vape kit is amazingly easy.
Lastly, you can also use topical CBD or CBD applied on your skin. Some people like to use CBD ointments, creams, balms, and salves to possibly help them with local pain or skin irritations, even though studies on CBD have yet to prove its effectiveness in these conditions.
Others also claim that topical CBD products have a calming effect on them. CBD receptor sites are throughout the skin and sub epidermal layers below the skin.
The Right Amount of CBD
People also often ask: How many milligrams (mg) of CBD should I take? How much should I use to start feeling the effects of CBD? What is the correct CBD dosage?
The daily amount of CBD that will work best for you depends on a multitude of factors: whether you want to take CBD for a specific purpose or just general health, whether you’re taking any other medication, and what you’re hoping to achieve with it. It would be best to talk with your doctor about your CBD usage so that they can advise you on the right product and daily amount in your particular case.
Overall, if you’re new to CBD consumption, it is recommended that you start using it sparingly to see how you react at first, regardless of what form of CBD you’re taking.
Which CBD product is the best?
When it comes to CBD, there is no universal best. CBD works differently for every person; if your best friend is thrilled with the effects it had on them, it might not work as magically on you. The same is true for CBD products; just because a certain product is ideal for someone else, it doesn’t mean it will be suitable for you. If you have sensitive lungs or lung disease, obviously vaping or smoking CBD is out of the question.
If you wish for an inconspicuous way of consuming it, CBD softgels would be the right choice. If you don’t mind adding drops of it under your tongue, tinctures are also quite popular. Take into account the different onset times we talked about above as well.
Keep in mind that the product you’re eyeing needs to have a certificate of analysis (that it went through third-party lab testing) and that the CBD should come from a trusted hemp source, from locally grown cannabis plants with high levels of CBD in them. Decide whether you want a full-spectrum CBD oil, broad-spectrum CBD, or CBD isolate.
As for the type of product, choose the one you feel you’d be most comfortable with and go from there. Whichever CBD form gives you the most convenience and satisfaction is the best one for you.
Miraflora is a CBD brand that focuses on CBD extracted from organically sourced, US-grown hemp flowers. We encourage you to try our products that come in the form of tinctures, balms, soft gels, and highly-anticipated CBD-infused face masks, sports drinks, and dog chews. Step into this wonderful world of CBD balance without looking back!