Even though CBD has been getting a lot of buzz lately, is it still largely misunderstood by the majority of the general public. Cannabis and CBD, in general, can be deceptively complex, even for those who have been familiar with them for a while.
CBD products affect people differently, but it’s not always about the user per se. CBD products vary greatly, and some might be better for different needs. Then there’s how you ingest these products that can make a world of difference.
Let’s take a look at a few tips for maximizing the efficiency of CBD products.
Go Full Spectrum
When looking for CBD products, try to look at whether it was made from CBD isolate, broad-spectrum, or full-spectrum CBD. If you buy your product from a reputable source, you should be able to easily get that information either on the packaging or by asking them.
You want to work with full spectrum products as much as possible if you want to maximize the efficiency of the CBD you are taking. This is because of something called the ‘entourage effect’.
Cannabis contains hundreds of different compounds called terpenes which have some proven benefits. But these benefits are enhanced when in the presence of CBD.
One popular terpene, linalool, is said to have anti-anxiety and analgesic properties. It’s easy to see how that could work with CBD. Others like limonene act as an antidepressant.
So, we would suggest that you don’t just look at the CBD content. Start studying and looking at the terpene profiles of any product before you buy it.
The Method of Ingestion
Some of the most common ways to consume CBD are either through drinks or beverages, tinctures or oils, or inhalation.
If you’re going to inhale the plant, know that vaporizing will always beat smoking. Fire will automatically destroy some of CBD’s active ingredients and make them less potent. Vaporizing is also way easier on your lungs.
As far as tinctures and oils go, you have to use proper techniques. You want the oil to be in as much contact with the mucosa inside your mouth as possible before ingesting it. That is any area with a high concentration of blood vessels, like under the tongue or in the interior of the cheek.
You want the oil or the tincture to be in contact with it for at least one minute before ingesting, but the longer the better. This will give you instant action as the CBD directly enters your bloodstream and long-lasting effects as it is digested and processed by your liver.
With Food or Without?
When you consume CBD will also make a difference. In the case of oils, it’s always better to consume them with food in your stomach.
This is because of what is referred to as the ‘first-pass effect’. This is when your body recognizes CBD and starts stripping down what it sees as waste, reducing the final concentration of the various compounds in the body.
But, when taken with food, the food allows CBD to camouflage and get digested with the rest of the food, therefore increasing its bioavailability, or how much actually ends up in your bloodstream.
These are just a few tips that you can use if you want to get the most out of your CBD products. Always make sure to learn and try different products and methods until you find something that works for you.