The Best Way to Take CBD
With the legalization of regulated hemp production in the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is being increasingly considered for conditions such as muscle aches & pain, anxiety, better sleep and even the treatment of certain types of seizures. Thinking this hemp-derived, natural remedy might be an option for you, but not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you find the best way to take CBD oil.
An Introduction to CBD
This introduction will look at the two most common ways to take CBD: oral and topical. Within these categories there are different delivery methods like capsules, tinctures, creams, and more. Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through this, it’s not as complex as it sounds.
Ready? Read on to learn what’s best way to take CBD oil for you.
Ingest It Orally
If you’ve never taken CBD before ingesting it is an easy place to start, You’re probably familiar with and maybe already using capsules and pills so taking CBD this way won’t feel too different. Plus monitoring dosage is easy with capsules since they come in pre-measured sizes.
Dosage is important and having a consistent concentration makes it easy to find out what works for you. Many customers start with our 25mg SoftGel capsule and slowly increase in 25mg increments until finding their ideal dosage. Capsules can take 45 minutes or longer to work itself into your system, and then last for several hours.
You can also just take CBD oil, which is called a tincture. Generally you consume this by placing it under your tongue and holding it there for up to a minute. Some people even use it in their food, or add a few drops to their favorite smoothie recipe similar to our Recovery Protein mix. Why choose a tincture? It’s easy to adjust your dose adding or subtracting a few drops, and it might work a little faster.
The third indigestible option is an edible such as a chewable gummie. These small, tasty morsels can be found in a variety of flavors and sizes yet still pack a CBD punch.
Oral products such as our SoftGels, tinctures and Gems have a systemic effect, meaning they work on your whole body. For people taking CBD for their anxiety, sleep issues, arthritis, or other whole-body issues this is great. But for those looking to help with a dodgy knee or tight back, a cream might be preferred.
If you’re mostly looking to try CBD for muscle aches and pains, a topical application (one you put on your body, not in your mouth) can be a good option. The value of topical applications is that they work quickly and target one area. Athletes love them for pain and injury.
We have a range of CBD products created just for topical use. Each one is packaged with other herbal and natural remedies to deliver a solution for different types of muscle and joint pain. Had a stak? Try our arnica formulation. Going out on a cold day and want to keep your knee pain at bay? We have a warming cream for you.
Isolate Vs Full Spectrum
You’ll notice that our products come in two versions, Isolate and Full Spectrum. The reason for this is that we believe, and science suggests, that we absorb things better in their natural form. For CBD, that means consuming the other terpenes and cannabinoids that exist in the hemp plant. This is what we give you in our Full Spectrum, or “whole plant” product. However, If you’re worried about a drug test at work the CBD only, THC-free Isolate is a safer bet as most of these tests look for THC. Neither of the products is designed to “get you high”, but we want to offer an option for everyone.
Ready to get started? Check out our shop to pick out the product that’s right for you and find the best way to take CBD oil today.
Think You’ve Tried Everything for Your Sleep Issues? Enter CBD…
As editor-in-chief and co-founder of Miss Grass , an elevated lifestyle shop and publication for women and cannabis, Anna Duckworth has tried cannabis for everything from sex to cooking. And now, she’s sharing her cannabis knowledge with Well+Good. Today, she takes on a topic we’re all more than a little bit obsessed with over here: how to get a better sleep.
We are an exhausted nation: Roughly 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. And, considering lack of sleep can lead to mood and personality changes, we’re a cranky one, too. To put it simply, we’re tired of being tired and we’re looking for solutions.
Cannabis—CBD (cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis that’s cropping up in everything from lotions to lattes) in particular—is a tantalizing alternative to the typical Ambien prescription or medicine cabinet full of melatonin that, according to Elizabeth Cramer Ernst, nurse practitioner and owner of the medical marijuana clinic Hamptons Medi Spa, could provide significant relief for insomniacs. In recent studies, CBD has shown promising signs of being both an effective and safe way to get more zzz’s, although much more research needs to be done before definitive conclusions can be drawn.
Through the fog that comes with pulling unintended all-nighters night after night, however, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that difficulty sleeping is very rarely just that. It’s almost certainly the result of an underlying condition. For many people, a lack of sleep comes down to anxiety—which, as we know, can be attributed to any number of external or internal factors from PTSD to financial strain. For others, sleepless nights are rooted in something physical, like chronic pain or restless leg syndrome. That’s why there’s truly no one-size-fits-all solution for sleep problems—including cannabis.
To find the best way for you to use cannabis or CBD oil for sleep, follow these three steps. And remember, it’s important to speak with your doctor before adding any new supplements to your routine.
1. Get to know your options
Cannabis remains illegal for recreational and/or medical use in many states. The good news for the canna-curious who live in a state that’s still under prohibition is that the passing of the Farm Bill in late 2018 federally legalized hemp, the cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive compound known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). And that means you can now legally access a whole range of hemp-derived cannabis products no matter where you live.
If you’re experienced with products that contain THC, know that some amount of the high-inducing compound can be effective in treating sleep disorders. But if you’re new to the cannabis party, it’s recommended to start with non-intoxicating cannabis products. These contain a high concentration of other active compounds—like the ever popular CBD (cannabidiol) or the lesser known but powerful sedative CBN (cannabinol)—that work by activating a network of receptors in the body known as the endocannabinoid system. Ultimately, your job is to test and try different products to find the dose just right for you.
2. Identify your main sleep issues
Everybody and every body is different. When you’re deciding on a course of treatment for sleep issues, first ask yourself this question: Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both?
According to Cramer Ernst, when using cannabis or CBD oil for sleep, there are a range of products from short-acting ones that can help you fall asleep fast to long-acting ones that can help you stay asleep, so you want to make sure you pick the one that addresses your particular ailment.
A vaporizer like the Her Highness Sleeping Beauty Vape Pen is considered short-acting because it takes effect in less than 10 minutes and is great for people who need help falling asleep. A tincture under the tongue, like Mineral’s Robyn for Sleep, is considered medium-acting because it takes 20 minutes to kick in and lasts between four and five hours. And then there are the edibles or capsules, like Plant People’s Be Calm Caps, which can take up to two hours to take effect but typically last between six and eight hours. (These long-acting ones are a great bet for people who can nod off easily but need help staying asleep.)
3. Integrate CBD into your sleep hygiene routine
So many of us stay up late working or scrolling through Instagram and don’t shut off our screens until it’s way too late (guilty!). Blue light from the screens has been proven to interrupt sleep dramatically and, experts say, should be avoided for up to four hours before bedtime. That’s not realistic for a lot of us, but even putting your phone down and turning off the TV an hour before you snuggle between the sheets can make a difference. It also helps to keep a regular sleep schedule so your body can start to anticipate the routine and begin shutting down without you having to force it.
One easy way to ease off the tech and begin regularizing your sleep habits is to create a bedtime ritual for yourself (with or without CBD—but, me being me, I vote for “with”). Practice meditation if that’s your jam, spritz your skin and bed with a soothing lavender spray, dim the lights, and give yourself a little massage with something like Apothecanna’s Calming Body Oil. One of my favorite tricks is to take a CBD bath with Vertly CBD Bath Salts or the CBD Bliss Bath Bomb, which Cramer Ernst says works by being absorbed into your skin. The mood-boosting power of a good soak plus CBD could be just the ticket to Dreamland you’ve been after.