Have you been eyeing some CBD products, but don’t know where to start? Well, you’re not alone. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that continues to expand in the hemp industry. All thanks primarily to the different kinds of delivery methods and formulations available to try. Speaking of “delivery methods”, choosing the right CBD product can require more consideration. Why? Because of its properties, which determine how those said effects feel when taking it, and how long they will last.
What Does the Delivery Method Mean for Your Routine?
Basically, the delivery method refers to the means through which the compound is delivered into the body. You can consume CBD in a number of ways – through skin absorption, through ingestion, through inhalation, and so on. The delivery method you choose doesn’t just determine the way in which you take it, but other factors as well. Each delivery method has an onset time, a length of activation, and a level of potency felt within the body.
Choosing the Right Delivery Method as a Beginner
So, how can a first-timer know which delivery method is right for them? Well, allow us to break down the key delivery methods in which you can purchase CBD, so that you, as a beginner, can have a good understanding of each one. You’ll be able to know what to expect with each delivery method, in order to then determine which is best suited for your needs and daily routine, coupled with your goals for taking cannabidiol in the first place.
Vapes, which come in various forms including disposable systems, vape carts, and bottled vape oils, are a good choice for someone who wants a quick and easy CBD experience. The effects happen within minutes and start fading away about an hour after dosing. You don’t have to commit to a lengthy period of time during which the compound’s intoxicating effects are taking place. Vapes also usually contain the most terpenes and strains.
Keep in mind that inhaling CBD creates the most potent effects. So, even though the overall experience is short-lived, you will really feel this cannabinoid’s properties.
Flower refers to hemp flower that’s been infused with hemp extract as well as other types of strains. It’s almost always inhaled, either via a pipe, papers, or a vaporizer device made specifically for flower. Behaves just like vapes in terms of the “onset time”. This is the length of time during which the effects are felt and the potency at which the compound is felt in the body. However, when being used to create something edible, those effects are still felt, but take longer to be felt.
CBD tinctures are a great alternative to inhaling the compound. They come in dropper bottles, and the oil is held under the tongue for a minute to absorb through the sublingual tissue. Usually take effect within 20 to 45 minutes and can last for up to around 7 hours, while being a bit more subtle in terms of potency. Plus, these oils are good for newbies because they’re easy to dose out, as a single dropper’s worth of oil counts as a dose, so you don’t need to measure anything out.
CBD Gummies are as popular as ever, offering a flavorful way to take a dose of cannabidiol. Like tinctures, gummies are easy to dose out, because each gummy piece contains the same amount of cannabidiol. Now, when taking gummies (and even other edibles), the effects can take up to 2 hours to be felt in the body, and those effects can last for 8 to 10 hours. Adults can take 1 Gummy, 1-3 times per day, or as needed. Recommended for first-time users to wait 3 hours after initial use to see how the level of CBD may affect you.
CBD Oil Capsules are just like gummies in that they are ingested and offer effects for up to between 8 and 10 hours. Often, the effects are felt sooner – 45 to 90 minutes – because there aren’t as many ingredients that the digestive system needs to break down. Newbies may also like capsules because it’s a delivery method that we are all familiar with. Adults take 1 Gel Capsule, 1 time per day, or as needed. Recommended for first-time users to wait 3 hours after initial use to see how the level of CBD may affect you.
CBD Topicals will not get you high because their effects remain local to the area of application. Topicals are best for someone who is dealing with a skin issue or localized pain. They also come in different forms such as balms, roll-on sticks, relief wraps, creams, lotions, gels, facial masks, etc.
For Newbie CBD Users, You Have to Start Somewhere
Now, you have a general idea of how each delivery method will affect you. We encourage you to explore different delivery methods to see which one best accommodates your needs and schedule. Remember, as a beginner, your dosage is just as important as the delivery method. So, start with a low dose to build up a tolerance to the intoxicating effects of this compound. As far as delivery methods are concerned, all of the ones listed above are widely available, so you will have no trouble finding the one that appeals to you.
One Final Note: Before beginning with any new CBD product, it is best to talk with your doctor first as they have your medical history and can make a determination if CBD is right for you. This is especially the case if you’re on any prescription medications.