Supplementing your diet with nature’s best plants and plant extracts can be beneficial, but should not be done carelessly. Always consult with your physician before adding a supplement to your daily regimen. Everyone’s body reacts differently to plants so it’s best to check with your physician to see if it would be safe for you to try a new supplement. This goes for all supplements, not just CBD (cannabidiol).
There are risks associated with supplements, even for the ones that claim to be all natural. We’d like to think CBD is risk free, but the truth is that there’s not enough research out there to claim that it’s risk free. So check with your doctor before trying any CBD or any other supplement. Early research has shown that their may be side effects, but it’s not conclusive.
Types of CBD Products
There are many different types of CBD products on the market. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Some go straight into your blood stream while others take a journey through your digestive tract. Some are even applied as topical solutions such as lotions, creams, and balms. Research suggests that CBD may be helpful in relieving the pain associated with certain conditions, but the research is still young. We won’t know just how effective CBD is for another several decades.
Early research has shown that it may be effective for helping people with epilepsy, inflammatory pain, neuropathic pain, and anxiety (O’Shaughnessy’s).
The original form of CBD oil that’s the granddaddy of them all is the oil syringe or oil pen, as they are commonly called. Using it is very direct. You can use a syringe in one of several ways. It all depends on the viscosity of the oil and the design of the pen. One of the most common ways to administer the oil is to squirt your dose on your finger, then rub it on your gum line or under your tongue. To do this method, you have to have a thicker oil. Some cannabidiol oils resemble a paste something like the consistency of peanut butter. If your oil is thick like a paste, this is the easiest way to get your dose. The downside is you might waste a little bit of oil on your finger. You can always lick your finger to minimize the waste.
Another way you can consume your oil is to administer it directly under your tongue, bypassing your finger. This is the way I would recommend doing it if you have a thinner oil. Some oils have the consistency of cooking oil, which makes them harder to administer on your finger because they’re too runny. This can be a little complicated if your syringe is not designed for self application. You can try to do it while looking at the syringe in the mirror, or you could have someone squirt it under your tongue for you.
Whichever method you choose, be sure to hold the oil under your tongue for at least 2 minutes. You want to give it time to be absorbed into your blood stream instead of digested. When it goes straight into your blood stream, it retains more of the benefits and potency. It will last longer and have stronger effects.
These two are similar in how you administer them, but differ slightly. CBD tincture is more watery than the sprays. The under the tongue sprays have an oily consistency. They both are administered under the tongue, which means they bypass your digestive system. Similarly to the oil syringe, CBD sprays and tinctures also have to sit under the tongue for at least two minutes. This allows the CBD to go straight into the bloodstream. Some of the CBD will be swallowed and digested, but a nice amount of it will get absorbed. When done right, the effects will kick in pretty fast. It’s different for everyone, but it’ll be faster than the edibles and capsules, which can take over an hour sometimes.
The nice thing about these is their relative ease of use. They’re a lot easier than the syringe to administer. The tincture is measure by drops, which are easy to self administer. You just count how many drops and that’s how you know how much CBD you’ve administered. The spray is similar, but you count the squirts instead of the drops.
I’ve lumped these two together because they both get digested, giving them a similar effect. For people who want an easier way to consume CBD oil, you should consider getting some CBD edibles and capsules. Both of them are a lot easier to administer than the oil. Administer probably isn’t the right word when talking about edibles and capsules because there’s no guess work. Each serving has already been measured out for you. Capsules typically have anywhere from 25mg to 50mg of CBD per capsule. Sometimes you’ll run across a company that sells 100mg caps, but it’s less common. If you want to take 100mg, it’s not that difficult to consume four 25mg caps or 2 50mg caps.
Most people don’t need 100mg which is why it’s not a common serving size. The amount of CBD in an edible varies as well, but typically is 15-25mg. We’ve never seen edibles with 100mg. To put that much CBD in an edible, you’d have to sacrifice the taste or make the edible huge. Neither of those options make any sense, so edibles are usually small and only have 15-25mg. Doubling your serving with a tasty edible is fun and enjoyable, which is why nobody is complaining about the serving size. Edibles and capsules are both convenient and easy to consume, which makes them great for nearly any demographic.
The sprays, tincture, and oil syringes can also be administered in your rectum. We don’t recommend it because of hygienic issues, but it is another way to bypass the digestive system and go straight into the blood stream. This would be the most potent form of delivery since all of the CBD will bypass the digestive system. Obviously, if you’re plan on doing this, take extra precautions. It would be easy to contaminate your CBD if you’re not super careful. If you share your CBD with another person, we highly recommend against this method. It could be very dangerous to the both of you. Since we don’t have any experience with rectal administration, you should visit a site, like this one, that can give you better information. Conduct your own research before toying around back there.