Cannabidiol (CBD) has rapidly risen to forefront of the highly competitive health and wellness place in recent years, becoming a multibillion-dollar industry in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, making it more appealing to locales that have stringent polices towards its psychoactive sister cannabinoid — THC. Today, numerous people are considering CBD, but have no idea where to start. CBD Health & Wellness Magazine sat down with Sonja Villalba, Training & Development Manager for CBD Kratom, to discuss the different ways consumers can take CBD.
“CBD tinctures (oils) are the most popular method for taking CBD due to their convenience and ability to produce effects quickly,” Villalba told Health & Wellness. She explained the simple process of taking CBD in tincture form, which requires applying a certain dosage onto the tongue, holding for 60 seconds and swallowing.
Another equally popular delivery method is inhalation through smoking and vaping.
“Smoking and/or vaping is one of the easiest ways to consume CBD, and provides more bioavailability which means you can absorb more of the CBD than you would with other forms like edibles and topicals. CBD,” Villalba said. The cannabinoid enters the bloodstream through the lungs with this method, according to Villalba.
For consumers who are looking to be discreet, edibles and beverages offer two additional ways of enjoying CBD without the cons of inhalation. Edibles can be crafted to meet a range of tastes, from candies and chocolates to other food items.
Beverages too are flexible in application, Villalba told Health and Wellness.
“Water-soluble CBD can be dissolved into beverages such as coffee, tea, smoothies, beer, wine, and many other drinks,” she said. “Through a process called nanoemulsion, water-soluble CBD creates fast acting effects by dissolving rapidly into the bloodstream.”
Lastly, topicals can offer a targeted way of treating specific areas with CBD, such as sore joints and muscles, Villalba said.
“Topicals work best for any pain that is in a centralized location. The CBD absorbs directly into the skin and activates nearby cannabinoid receptors to alleviate pain,” she said. “This method is best for inflammation and muscle pain.”
CBD’s plethora of delivery methods is a major reason for its surge in popularity. It can be tailored to fit a variety of peoples’ needs and is available in all states.
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Colby McCoy is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia who has written for non-profits, marketing firms, and personal blogs. When not writing he can be found trekking the mountain ranges around Seattle, WA, with his two pups Harry and Riley.