Since the legalisation of CBD in the UK in 2016, the number of CBD products and ways of consuming CBD has been growing exponentially. Consumption methods are now not only limited to pills and capsules but range from delicious sweets and confections to cosmetics, creams and salves. Due to the booming growth of new CBD products, many users are now able to enjoy CBD in more exciting and pleasing ways and have an easier time finding what is perfect for them based on their needs and preferences.
If you are new to the CBD community, you might be asking yourself “how should I take CBD?” or “what is best for me?”. In reality, this depends greatly on why you are choosing to use CBD. Many find CBD to be a healthier alternative to harmful chemicals in self-care products and cosmetics, so they use products that have CBD instead. Some believe that CBD will help relieve aches and pains, so they choose creams, salves and lotions. Once you figure out your reason, you will have an easier time deciding which method of consumption is ideal for you.
Due to the fact that there are such a wide variety of ways to enjoy CBD, there is no doubt that you will be able to find something that satisfies your needs and suits your preferences. No matter if you prefer enjoying CBD in your diet or in sweets and confections, or you prefer taking it is capsules or pills, there is a product that is perfect for you. In this article, you will find all the necessary information to find the ideal method of consumption and have a less stressful time choosing what’s right for you.
Types of Consumption
Before diving into the enjoyable ways of taking CBD, it is ideal to know that there are 4 types of consumption methods that we will be covering in this article. The four types of methods include topical application, taking CBD orally, digesting CBD sublingually or as an inhalant. All CBD product and ways of consuming it fall under these categories. Now that you know the main categories, you can find a product easier depending on your preferences.
Ingesting CBD Orally
Ingesting CBD orally is one of the most widely used methods of consumption. Due to the fact that users can take CBD in a capsule or pill, they can control dosages easier and feel less ‘intimidated’. CBD oral ingestion is also highly recommended for beginners, for they can try small, controlled dosages. However, capsules and pills are not the only way you can enjoy CBD; there are a wide variety of fun (or delicious) ways to take CBD orally.
CBD Edibles - CBD edibles are one of the most popular and versatile ways of taking CBD. They have become increasingly popular in recent years due to the wide variety of forms they come in. Edible CBD products come in a wide variety of forms including chocolates, gummies, confections, baked goods, sweets and candies. Many users prefer edibles for they can make their own and experiment with new flavours and doses.
CBD edibles are not only recommended due to their delicious tastes however. CBD edibles are believed to metabolize more consistently into the system, meaning that the CBD component absorbs more easily into the body. They are also very discrete and portable. You can easily take your favourite CBD edible on the go and enjoy it wherever you prefer. CBD edibles are very easy to find and easy to enjoy. As opposed to other methods of consumption, edibles can be found in a large variety of sites, stores and shops throughout the UK, making it easier for users to enjoy CBD.
Tinctures - CBD Tinctures are most commonly in oil form and are taken directly into the mouth by spray or dropper. One of the things that make CBD tinctures so recommendable is that they are considered the second-quickest methods of absorbing CBD. Taking CBD tinctures is also simple and not complicated, making it perfect for beginners. In today's booming CBD market, you can find a wide variety of CBD tincture options that vary in tastes, flavours and that contain different dosages of CBD.
Capsules and Pills - As mentioned above, taking CBD pills and capsules is also a very easy way to enjoy CBD. Many users prefer this method of consumption due to the fact that the dosage of CBD is already carefully measured and selected, meaning that they do not have to stress about receiving the ideal amount of the component. CBD capsules and pills also look and feel like all other ‘over the counter’ medications and this makes many users feel less intimidated.
Taking CBD Sublingually
Taking CBD sublingually is very similar to ingesting CBD orally. The only thing that makes these two different is that to take CBD sublingually, the CBD oil or product is placed directly under the tongue and users wait for it to dissolve as opposed to simply swallowing the Cannabidiol CBD oil. The forms of CBD that are meant to be taken sublingually are similar to oral products and these include tinctures, drops, sprays, pastes and oils. It is believed that taking CBD sublingually offers quicker results and allows the component to absorb more efficiently into the body.
Applying CBD Topically
For those that would rather not take CBD orally, topical application is an ideal method of consumption. There a wide variety of products that are specifically made for topical application that allow you to receive the so-called 'benefits' of CBD easily. Many users find that applying CBD topically is a healthier, less harmful alternative to other self-care products on the market that contains a large variety of harmful chemicals and substances.
Cosmetics - CBD cosmetics are now rising in popularity in the US and UK. Many have found that CBD cosmetics are less harmful to the skin, due to the fact that they are commonly made from natural ingredients and do not contain a large number of harmful chemicals. Commonly-sold cosmetics are known to cause allergies, dry skin, skin discolouration, acne and even skin disorders. CBD cosmetics, on the other hand, are made from non-harmful, natural ingredients that are believed to offer benefits to the user.
The natural aspect of CBD cosmetics is not the only thing that makes users choose this method of application. If you do enough research and find the ideal CBD oil, you can make your own cosmetics and include the ingredients that are perfect for your tastes, preferences, skin type, allergies, etc. Making your own CBD cosmetics will not only allow you to enjoy the CBD experience more but also know exactly what you are applying to your skin at all times.
Creams and Salves - For those that battle dry skin and are always searching for the perfect lotion, cream or salve, CBD products might be better for you. Similar to CBD cosmetics, CBD creams and salves are commonly made with all-natural ingredients that are thought to be healthier for the skin and more efficient in treating dryness.
Vaping or smoking CBD has been proven to be one of the most effective methods of taking CBD. Due to the fact that CBD vapour reaches the lungs almost instantly and reaches the bloodstream faster when compared to applying it topically or ingesting it orally. In a study, it was shown that inhaling CBD vapour may offer a higher bioavailability or that more of the compound itself is absorbed into the body which allows users to receive more of the so-called 'benefits' of the compound.
Vaping CBD: Due to the growing popularity of vaporizers and vaping in the UK and US, it is not difficult to understand why this method of consumption has become so widely used and so popular. Vaping CBD has now become one of the most recommended methods of consumption due to its fast results and simply the enjoyable experience it offers. Although vaping CBD might be one of the most popular methods of consumption, it is not highly recommended for beginners. If you have never used a vaporizer before, it is smarter to try CBD in small doses with another consumption method.
If you are interested in vaping CBD however, you will not have a difficult time finding what you need. Both in the UK and the US, there are now a wide variety of CBD vaporizers, CBD vape pens, CBD E-Liquids and CBD E-Juices. All of these products can vary in CBD dosages, flavouring and more, so users get to have complete control over their CBD experience. If you would like to learn more about vaping CBD, check out our Beginner’s Guide to Vaping CBD.
Which Method of Consumption Is Perfect for You?
Now that you have learned more about CBD and the many ways of taking it, you might still be asking yourself “which is perfect for me?”. The truth is, it is impossible to actually recommend a method for an individual, due to the fact that each user has his or her preference. It is also important to understand that each individual has a different reason for taking CBD, so not all need the same dosage of CBD and neither do they need the same consumption method.
One thing that will make your CBD experience easier and make the process of finding the perfect method of consumption less complicated is finding a reason. Know exactly why you are choosing to enjoy the so-called ‘benefits’ of CBD and find what method is perfect for you; based not only on your tastes and preferences but also on the ‘goal’ you are trying to achieve.
We highly recommend that you seek professional medical advice before choosing a CBD product. This will ensure that the product you are thinking of using will be right for you and not cause unwanted side effects or cause harm. Be sure to tell your doctor why you are thinking of taking CBD and ask what they find best for your medical state. If you begin to experience any type of negative health effect, once again seek professional medical advice as soon as possible.