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What is the best way to take CBD?

You do not have to go too far into the world of cannabidiol (CBD) to figure out that there are a lot of CBD products out there. After hemp was federally legalized (with a few exceptions) in 2018, the CBD industry exploded. Now you can find just about everything infused with CBD, even things like work-out leggings. This can make deciding on the best CBD product for you a little difficult. It leaves many people asking what exactly is the best way to use CBD? Well, we here at Nature Blend do not necessarily think that there is one good way to take CBD. When it comes down to it, it all depends on what each person is looking for and prefers. So, in order to help you decide which CBD product could be the right one for you, we have created this little guide of each of the main kinds of CBD products out there. 

So, let’s get started. 

A definition of CBD 

Of course, getting started often means going over the basics to begin with. In this case that is going over what exactly CBD is. 

Cannabis plants have chemical compounds specific to them known as cannabinoids. These cannabinoids interact with receptors that are found throughout the body. These receptors are part of a larger system called the Endocannabinoid System. It controls a number of bodily functions. This makes it so that cannabinoids may have an effect on several different aspects of homeostasis. CBD is one of these cannabinoids. It is not alone in its cannabinoid fame, though. There is another cannabinoid that many of us have heard of. It is tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. 

THC is well-known for its psychoactive effects. That is, it creates the high that makes cannabis plants so famous. This leads some people to think that all cannabis and cannabinoids create a high. However, that is not at all the case. CBD does not cause a high. Plus, one of the main variations of cannabis, hemp, does not create a high either. 

The reason that hemp does not create a high is because it has high levels of CBD and only 0.3% THC. The other main kind of cannabis is marijuana and that definitely does create a high. It has a lot of THC, enough to make its CBD levels not really matter. Because of these differences between the two variations, hemp is federally legal (as mentioned above) and marijuana is still federally illegal. It is also why CBD manufacturers use hemp to make their projects much more often than marijuana. 

Research into what CBD may be able to do is still ongoing and is considered to be preliminary. However, this is an average precaution of the scientific community. Most researchers who have looked at CBD have found exciting and encouraging results associated with the cannabinoid. Some studies have suggested that CBD could help people with poor joint health. Other studies have found that CBD could be helpful when it comes to dealing with a nervous dispositionThere are even studies that have found promising results when it comes to using CBD for skin health. 

Different CBD products 

CBD extract is easily added to any number of products. As a result, there are many to choose from. This may feel intimidating at first, but in all reality, it is not too much do deal with. The easiest way to handle it is to view the products as large categories. Products within these categories have some fundamental things in common. This makes it so that you weed out the products that do not appeal to you. This sounds much more reasonable to deal with, right? So, let’s get into it. 

Topicals 

Let’s start with the broadest category of CBD products: CBD topicals. This consists of anything that you use on your skin that has CBD in it. They are commonly lotions, creams, and balms. They are a bit more uncommonly (but not unheard of) patches and k-tape. Unlike most other CBD products, which are taken orally, the CBD in topicals never makes it to the bloodstream. This is due to the fact that there is no way for the CBD to get into the bloodstream from the skin. This does not mean that they do nothing. CBD topicals may be able to provide you with a focused effect. This is because the CBD has no way to move beyond where it is placed. 

Oils 

If you are looking for a no-nonsense CBD product without all the frills, then CBD oils are the choice for you. These are made by mixing a carrier oil with CBD extract. That is all. There is nothing else to it. This is an appeal for many, but another appeal has to do with the fact that there is no one set way that you need to take CBD oils. You can take them by making them into CBD edibles, by mixing them in with food or drink. Or you can take them by putting the drops under your tongue. Either way works, but under the tongue is faster than eating the oil.

Capsules & tablets 

If you would prefer to take your CBD in pill form, these are the CBD products for you. CBD soft gel capsules are more like a traditional pill; however, they have been made with liquid CBD extract. This makes it so they digest faster. CBD sublingual tablets are made to dissolve in your mouth. More specifically, they are made to dissolve under your tongue, utilizing the same idea as a CBD oil. 

Edibles 

These are rather self-explanatory. They are anything that you eat or drink that has CBD in them. They are incredibly popular as they taste great. However, they do take the longest out of all CBD products to start working. This is because they need to digest for the CBD to be released and start working. 

There you have it! A basic run down of each of the main CBD product categories. Hopefully, this will help you figure out which CBD products sound the best to you, that way your CBD shopping will be that much easier.