The Best Way to Take CBD

Posted by Sloane Schuchman on Aug 19th 2019

Alright, guys. More and more research is suggesting that CBD can be wildly effective in treating not only pain and inflammation, but in managing stress. And that's huge.


Now remember: CBD is not weed. Don't worry, Mom. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of the ~100 compounds known as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD cannot, and will not, get you high.

In fact, CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC, so next time you need a life preserver to bring you back real quick, reach for CBD.

But back to the science. There's still so much to learn, but preliminary studies are showing that CBD has an even wider range of therapeutic benefits than we thought.

At smaller and larger doses, there actually seems to be a bell curve of benefits, with microdosing smaller doses being effective at managing ongoing or daily stress and anxiety, and larger doses helping with insomnia and pain relief. If you read our last post, we did a deep dive into microdosing.

So that brings us to the question that we've all asked ourselves at one point or another: what's the best way to take CBD? What is best for me? Short answer:


You've gotta play the field.

Every body is different, and to truly know what lights your fire the brightest, we suggest you do your younger Pokemon self proud, and catch—oops, try—'em all.

But here's our nifty little guide to the basics of the most common ways to get CBD into that beautiful body of yours.

Sublingual

How it works: We have a huge network of blood vessels in the mouth and under the tongue, and they're great for absorbing CBD. With a CBD tincture, you simply fill the included dropper to the dosing amount you'd like, drop the oil under your tongue, and hold for 30-60 seconds before swallowing. Let it soak right in.

Onset of benefits: It generally takes 30-60 minutes for the effects to take hold, so it's great to incorporate into a daily or morning routine.

Duration: It can last ~4-6 hours.

Topical

How it works: Our skin is the biggest organ of our body. And when struggling with inflammation, sore muscles, or chronic pain, many people choose to apply CBD right to their skin. You can apply it in the form of a balm or salve, but you can also apply CBD oil directly to your skin, or mix it in with your favorite lotion.

*Cannabinoids applied topically are not absorbed into the bloodstream.

Onset of benefits: ~15 minutes

Duration: It can last 2-4 hours.

Inhalation

How it works: CBD can also easily be smoked or vaped, and in our *humble* opinions, it's one of the most underrated ways to consume CBD. Cannabinoids enter the bloodstream directly from the lungs, and the effects are almost immediate. This makes vape pens our go-to option for on-the-go and as-needed stress relief. It's simple, portable, and it works.

Onset of benefits: ~1-5 minutes

Duration: ~2-4 hours, depending on your dose

Edible

How it works: Cannabinoids like CBD can be added to food and drinks, making it an easy way to consume, and precisely dose, CBD. CBD is absorbed through the bloodstream, digested by the liver, and distributed pretty evenly throughout the body. Edibles are one of the longer lasting ways to introduce CBD into your day, all day long.

Onset of benefits: ~1-2 hours, but it can be erratic

Duration: ~6-8 hours

Transdermal

How it works: Putting a patch on your skin may seem similar to using a topical, but the effects are actually completely different. Transdermal patches work by releasing a constant and steady dose of cannabinoids into the bloodstream. It goes into effect quickly, and can last almost all day.

Onset of benefits: ~15 minutes

Duration: up to 12 hours

Recap

It's easy to get overwhelmed, and that's why we keep it simple here at Chill. We focus on the ways we personally enjoy CBD the most, and bring those to you. Check out our full line of CBD-licious products, and try a couple out to find out what works best for *you.*