If you’ve only recently started to hear about CBD oil, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out which strains to use, and things like the right dosage, but this article takes a look at all the basics of CBD, so that next the next time you walk into a health store, it won’t be a problem to pick out the right product from the thousand-or-so CBD brands you’ll find there.
In addition, you will learn how to take CBD oil for maximum health benefit – which presumably, is just as important as picking the right product.
Hemp oil is widely available in the U.S., and of course the recent Farm Bill introduced in late 2018 made it possible for manufacturers to create new types of CBD products that cater to practically any type of ailment.
So how should I take CBD oil for maximum benefit?
- Swallow and ingest CBD oil
This is perhaps the easiest way to use cannabidiol, because you just ingest like its cough syrup, except perhaps in smaller doses. Hemp oil concentrate goes through the digestive system and is metabolized in the liver, which allows the active compounds to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Oral CBD tea is also one of the things that people like to drink nowadays.
- Hold a tincture under your tongue
Tinctures are some of the most popular CBD products today, and they don’t require any skill to use – you only place a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue, and let it sit there for a minute or so before swallowing; that way, the glands under your tongue will absorb the compound.
This may be a faster way to get cannabidiol into your system because once absorbed; it bypasses the digestive process and goes straight into your bloodstream.
Vaping may be a bit controversial, but it’s still a popular option for taking CBD. A heating device heats the oil to a certain point where it becomes a vapor that you can then inhale. The benefit here is that there’s no combustion, which is a huge problem for the lungs, and so with a vaping pen you can take CBD without having to ingest it. This method is particularly appealing to smokers or former smokers, who might find the other methods of taking cannabinoids a bit unappealing.
- Chew and swallow CBD products
If swallowing CBD oil seems challenging, then how about CBD edibles that you can chew and then swallow? These provide a more natural way to ingest CBD, because it won’t be any different from eating cake, chocolates, or some of your favorite snacks; and the best part is, you can probably get CBD-infused cakes, candy, and even chocolate. The flavors vary, so you won’t run out of options when searching for a product.
- Rub some CBD onto your skin
CBD is used in skin care to treat common skin infections such as sebum malfunction, which causes acne breakouts. It also provides moisture to the skin, making it easier to eliminate wrinkles and the like. Cannabidiol interacts with cells near the surface of the skin to improve skin condition without necessarily entering the bloodstream – which would not be a bad thing if it happened. Hemp oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and proteins – so basically all the ingredients the skin needs to stay healthy and young.
- Use CBD to wash and condition hair
The same health benefits that cannabidiol has on skin can be useful for promoting healthy hair. Using hemp-based conditioners and shampoos is an easy way to get the fatty acids and vitamins into your hair to reverse some of the damage caused by environmental exposure and free radicals which compromise cell integrity.
- Add some CBD onto your favorite food or drink
Are you a foodie?There are a number of ways you can use CBD in cooking and when making drinks – and it has the same effect as when you take CBD on its own. One of the ways you can do this is by adding a few drops of the oil to prepared food, and that way, the fatty acids in the food may help with absorption.
Another option is to make CBD-infused beverages such as
- Acai bowls
- Ice cream, etc.
CBD can be used in any food or beverage, including alcoholic drinks, and that might actually help to deal with hangovers. So that’s it;the next time you’re out shopping for CBD you will know whereto begin.
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