If you’ve been paying attention to the news for the past few years, you have undoubtedly heard of cannabidiol (CBD), even in passing. Even before the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation and sale of hemp and its extracts, including CBD, the hemp extract was demanding attention due to its medicinal properties.
Little research has been done to prove CBD’s medical abilities, but users claim that the chemical works against a variety of medical conditions, ranging from anxiety and chronic pain to high blood pressure and insomnia. A number of small clinical trials have shown that a lot of these claims are plausible, and that’s all consumers needed to pin their hopes on CBD.
But did you know that certain means of using CBD are faster and more effective than others? Here are a couple of ways you can make CBD’s effects manifest faster and more effectively:
Bioavailability refers to the amount of an ingested drug or medication that’s absorbed by your body. CBD vapes have the most bioavailability among all cannabidiol products. You see, your lungs have a vast surface area of capillaries, and when CBD is used in vape form, it’s absorbed faster and in greater quantities. However, while the effects will manifest faster, they’ll last for a shorter time compared to say, edibles.
CBD tinctures differ from vapes in that they are consumed orally. The CBD is suspended in a medium, such as ethanol, and all you have to do is put a few drops under your tongue, wait for ten or so seconds and swallow what’s left. The area under the tongue is highly vascularized, and as the CBD is suspended in an alcohol-based solution, it’s absorbed pretty quickly into your system.
CBD topicals consist of CBD infused creams and moisturizers that are applied to the skin, and they take advantage of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties to make your skin look fresh and rejuvenated. On top of that, they can help reduce surface aches and pains. Unlike the underside of your tongue, your skin isn’t flush with as many capillaries. It may take a little longer, but the effects are still swift, and they can last up to five hours after application.
Foods and beverages infused with CBD can also have potent effects, but since they have to go through the digestive system and the liver to process the CBD, they take a lot longer to kick in, almost 2-3 hours.
CBD hasn’t yet been properly researched, especially regarding how it interacts with other drugs. So, before you start using a CBD-infused product, make sure you talk to your physician, especially if you’re on any other drugs. Experts say this is the same sound advice conveyed by CBD sector players, such as Willow Biosciences Inc. (TSX: WLLW) (OTCQB: CANSF), as they provide consumers with information about different products.
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