Best Ways To Take CBD Oil, A Beginner's Guide
Best Ways To Take CBD Oil For Beginner’s
The CBD (cannabidiol) world can be overwhelming at first! You’ve most likely read or heard a lot about CBD products (probably some conflicting information, too!). With thousands of products on the market, where is the best place to start? And what is the best way to take CBD oil?
Here is a list of how to find the best products to suit your needs:
- Find a reputable brand: look for a company that third-party lab tests their products and sources their CBD from organic hemp farms. If you have any questions about a brand’s products or their lab-testing, contact them!
- To THC or not to THC? Some people who get drug tested regularly may want to find THC-free products (most drug tests screen for THC and its metabolites, not for CBD). Other people experience THC sensitivity and want to avoid full-spectrum CBD products for this reason (full-spectrum CBD products do contain trace amounts of THC). There are multiple reasons to avoid exposure to THC- whatever your reasoning, there are THC-free products if that is an item on your checklist.
A quick review of the types of CBD:
- CBD Isolate: Some brands exclusively sell what is referred to as CBD isolate, which is simply CBD on its own. All other components of the hemp plant, including THC have been removed during manufacturing, leaving behind nothing but CBD by itself.
- Full-spectrum CBD: A full-spectrum CBD product contains all of the cannabinoids native to the hemp plant, including THC. Some consider full-spectrum CBD to be the most effective because cannabinoids work best in concert with one another - this concept is referred to as the “entourage effect”, dubbed by Dr. Ethan Russo. These individuals believe that THC is a contributes to the “entourage effect”.
- Broad-Spectrum CBD: If you want to avoid THC altogether, but still want a form of CBD that offers the “entourage effect”, a broad-spectrum CBD product may be the best way to go (Evn uses broad-spectrum CBD). Broad-spectrum CBD removes any trace amounts of THC during the manufacturing process, but keeps intact all other cannabinoids and terpenes of the hemp plant. There is no evidence suggesting broad-spectrum CBD products are less effective than full-spectrum products, but we recommend experimenting to find what form of CBD is best for you!
Uses of CBD vary depending on a person’s needs and lifestyle. If you are looking for fast-acting stress-relief, for example, then a higher-dose CBD oil or gummies may be best. If you have pin pointed aches or pains, then a CBD topical might best suit you. Below is a list of the most common and best ways to take CBD oil:
- CBD Oils: The most popular way to take CBD is by using a CBD oil (aka a CBD tincture). CBD oils are made by infusing CBD in an oil (coconut, grapeseed, olive, and MCT oils are popular). The oil is used as a carrier for the CBD. Using a dropper, the oil is placed underneath the tongue and held up to a minute before swallowing. This method allows the CBD to be absorbed rapidly. A range of strengths and flavors of CBD oil is available.
- CBD capsules: Often in the form of a soft gel or pill, CBD capsules are easy to swallow and allow for accurate dosing. CBD capsules are, however, slower acting than CBD oils, as they are digested and absorbed through the GI tract.
- CBD edibles: If the taste of CBD oils is an issue for you, then CBD edibles like CBD gummies may be worth a try. CBD edibles can be more fun to take than oils or capsules, but they also allow you be precise with dosage. If chewed and swallowed quickly they pass through the digestive system, and absorption time will take longer, which is why we recommend allowing them to hang out under your tongue so the CBD has time to be absorbed.
- CBD topical creams: CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin. Some are designed to soothe and moisturize the skin, while others, like Evn CBD Salve, are made to target localized aches and pains. CBD topicals are perfect for someone who prefers not to ingest CBD. They are easy to use and can be applied as often as needed.
Closing thoughts: Best Ways To Take CBD Oil
Some trial and error may be necessary to find the right method and dosage that is right for you, but have fun experimenting! And it is always a good idea to start low and to increase your dosage as needed.