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5 Types of CBD and How to Use Them

The conversation surrounding the use of CBD has become enormous in these past years. Canada has legalized recreational marijuana on a federal level, and multiple states in America have either permitted recreational or medical use of cannabis. 

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a component found in marijuana. CBD does not produce a euphoric high like THC but still has therapeutic and healthy properties.

The component has shown an impact on other harmful habits, such as addiction. People use CBD to quit smoking tobacco and stop abusing seriously detrimental drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and opioids.

Research has shown promise and promising effects on CBD alleviating medical conditions. The top medical conditions happen to be anxiety, depression, and general physical pain.

Since CBD has garnered enough attention through scientific research and legalization, the drug can be used in many different ways. Each method, as for any product, has its advantages and disadvantages.

To help you understand better, here are five types of CBD consumption methods and how to use them: 

  • Vape Oil

CBD vape oil is an efficient method of taking cannabinoids, if not one of the most popular ones. Produced from a blend of CBD oil and carrier liquid as a thinning agent, CBD vape juice must be used with a vaporizer in order to heat the solution into a vapor ready to be 


Studies have shown that CBD vape oil has many benefits, including better 

concentration, a better quality of sleep, and pain relief. 

CBD vaping increases the rate of absorption; in other words, the effect of vaping CBD will be felt much faster than digestion through the stomach.

Another benefit includes discreteness due to the different vaporizer sizes and no lingering smells after inhaling the CBD vape juice.

Yet there are side effects, including lethargy, irritability, rashes, difficulty breathing, and even liver problems. Although these situations sound frightful, the general consensus seems to claim that these risks are small and can be tackled by changing the dosage.

Michelle Pace, a toxicologist and vaping expert from Virginia Commonwealth University says that “vaping CBD should be done carefully as opposed to eating something…because inhalation is a much more efficient way to get drugs into the system and be active.”

While vaping CBD is perhaps the most popular usage with low risks, it is still recommended to do so with caution.

  • Edibles

You can enjoy gummies, brownies, and other delicious recipes in a whole new way. 

Edibles are also a very popular way to use CBD products that plenty of people prefer.

The reason behind edibles’ popularity stems from their reasonably low doses of CBD

which allows this product to be ideal for first-time users to gradually get used to the substance in their bodies.

Even though the absorption rate is much slower compared to the inhaling methods,

an additional benefit of edibles is their longer-lasting effect.

Yet this slow absorption can become the downside of CBD edibles. People do not feel 

the effects right after the consumption, which can cause users to take more foolishly and 

practice inconsistent dosing. 

The golden rule of consuming any CBD products is to have a regulatory dosage, and 

edibles bend this recommendation.

With all of these facts in mind, one bit of advice when using CBD edibles is to take it 

slow and watch how many gummies you ate at a specific time.

  • Tinctures

Tinctures are liquid suspensions that are usually applied under the tongue, making this 

type of CBD an easy integration into the daily routine.

The most important benefit of CBD tinctures is the rapid absorption and quick results

which is an advantage for users that experience anxiety and panic attacks. People that experience anxiety and its unfortunate effects need the benefits of CBD in a faster period and tinctures supply that.

As with most CBD products, tinctures’ side effects may include drowsiness, diarrhea, dry 

mouth, and dizziness.

Due to the quick application and results, tinctures are a good method of consuming 


  • Lotions

CBD lotions are chosen over other methods primarily due to the healing and therapeutic qualities that can ultimately alleviate the pain from serious skin irritations and conditions, such as eczema. 

Topicals and CBD lotions can be another way to introduce the product into your life and daily routine. 

Furthermore, the lotion soaks in the skin, which is ideal for those users that do not prefer 

inhaling or ingesting CBD directly.

As this Kyro article notes, CBD is helpful for acne due to its anti-inflammatory reaction that essentially prevents acne or other skin irritations from activating.

Perhaps the one disadvantage of CBD lotions and topicals is the low cannabinoid content compared to other methods available. Some have claimed that these lotions can become messy or inconvenient.

CBD topicals and lotions seem to be targeted for specific purposes of reducing pain for 

the skin and they do so very effectively.

  • Patches

Another topical method for incorporating CBD is a patch. Users reserve to this method if 

the messiness of the lotions is a big enough downside.

Not only do CBD patches avoid the mess from the lotions, but they also control the dosage more closely. You just put on the patch on the arm and you’re good to go; you won’t even notice that the patch is on you.

Patches are also used primarily to reduce the pain from skin conditions like arthritis.

One of the disadvantages of CBD patches is the overpriced cost, causing many users to save up and only use this method when their pain is particularly high. Unlike other types, CBD patches are not used every day due to the high price.

With all of these different kinds of methods, CBD is clearly on everybody’s radar, whether to alleviate anxiety disorders or physical health conditions.

As noted in this Daily CBD Mag article, the sales for the CBD industry are predicted to approach approximately $4 billion by the year 2023. Also, the compound annual growth rate of the CBD industry between the years 2015 and 2023 is perhaps going to reach over 38%.

All of these methods have benefits and drawbacks, but the possibilities seem to be endless. Choose at your disposal and practice the consumption of CBD safely at all times.

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