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New Alternative Ways of Taking CBD

Published February 8, 2021

It seems like wherever you go these days, you see advertising for CBD. Whether you look for lotions, treats, or beverages, companies all over the country are incorporating a new key ingredient—cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is naturally derived from hemp.

Hemp has over 100 different compounds, each having their own advantages, but CBD continues to show promise across the entire board. While some consumers use CBD in their daily routine, others will use it occasionally. Nonetheless, how you consume it is based on your preference, lifestyle, and what you’re hoping to achieve.

Types of CBD Products

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Before we cover the various consumption methods of CBD, let’s go over three types of CBD products: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.

Full-spectrum CBD means the product contains multiple different cannabinoids and extracts of hemp, including up to 0.3% of Delta 9 THC. Although this contains a low concentration of THC, this combination works together to create the entourage effect. This effect is much more prominent and noticeable than CBD on its own.

Select Spectrum

If full-spectrum piques your interest, it may be worth looking into our line of Select Spectrum products. Although they are not a full-on CBD product, Select Spectrum has a similar cannabinoid profile to full-spectrum CBD, but with a 1:1 ratio of CBD to hemp-derived Delta-9 THC, expressed in 10mg to 10mg in gummies, and 300mg to 300mg in our Cocoa Squares. Many hemp-enthusiasts enjoy Select Spectrum as an alternative to Delta-8.

Broad-spectrum CBD is like full-spectrum, as it also has a variety of naturally occurring compounds of hemp, except THC. Normally, this kind of CBD product has a higher concentration of CBD and a blend of other cannabinoids.

CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, as it contains no other cannabis compounds and is derived directly from the plant. Oftentimes, this type of CBD is sold as a powder or in the form of a CBD crystal.

Vaping and Smoking CBD

Vaping and smoking CBD is ideal when you’re looking to feel effects sooner rather than later. You can expect both methods to give you similar results, but each will offer you different experiences.

In regard to vaping CBD, you can either purchase a disposable vape or a cartridge. Disposables are just as convenient as cartridges, as they both release little to no scent, are easy to carry, and can go nearly anywhere with you. However, disposables are unique for their easy use. From the moment it is in your hands, it comes pre-charged with its chamber filled for a set number of puffs. Once the chamber is empty, you can simply toss it and purchase a new one.

Cartridges are nearly the same, but the difference lies in how it functions. When you purchase a cartridge, it will come in a glass chamber filled with CBD. To operate and receive the best results, you need to have a 510 threaded battery. Once your battery is charged, you will twist in the cart and turn on the battery.

While vaping is convenient, smoking CBD flower is the classic choice—but there needs to be preparation. Once you have the flower, you will need to have a grinder and an instrument to inhale it from. Some common equipment used include:

  • Glass pieces

  • Rolling paper

  • Blunt wraps

If it’s your first experience with hemp, we recommend buying a pre-rolled blunt or joint. That way, you can save time and avoid having to purchase other tools. But if you’re feeling ambitious, we have an easy to follow guide on how to roll a flower joint—just make sure you have extra rolling paper.

In terms of discreteness, smoking leaves a strong odor, so if you want to be discreet, you may want to consider vapor or another alternative.

Dabbing CBD

CBD dabs, referred to as CBD concentrates, come in wax, budder, shatter, and crystals. This product has a high concentration of CBD with little to no THC that can be heated up and inhaled through a dab pen or a dab rig.

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A CBD dab pen functions almost identically to a standard vape pen, but the major difference is it is designed to work with non-liquid substances. To use this tool, place a small amount of wax on the dab pen’s coils and wait for it to heat up. Once it’s ready, you can inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece.

Lastly, you can dab CBD with a dab rig. Typically, this set-up is a bit more complicated, as you will need an array of tools, such as:

  • Water pipe

  • Dab torch

  • Nail

  • Dabber

The water pipe looks a lot like a bong, except it has a fitting for a nail. A nail is a bowl-like structure that is meant to hold the concentrate, but to place the dab in it, you will need a dabber. Some people skip using a dabber, but without it, you can have a mess on your hands—pun intended. And finally, you need a torch. While this may seem extreme, this method allows you to control the temperature of your dab and creates a smooth taste.

CBD Edibles

If you think of your favorite sweet treat or candy, there’s a good chance that there is a CBD-infused version of it somewhere. From baked goods, gummies, tea, and even coffee, there is no surprise that many people have gravitated towards this consumption method.

In comparison to other alternatives, edibles don’t offer fast results. While inhaling CBD will produce effects quickly, edibles take much longer to activate. But if you’re willing to be patient, you will find the effects can stay with you for hours. Some other advantages of using edibles are:

  • Easy use

  • Discreet

  • Convenience

When choosing which product to take, consider the experience you want. If you're looking to enjoy CBD with THC, you may want to try full-spectrum CBD edibles. But remember, full-spectrum CBD contains THC (sometimes in the range of 5mg), so if you plan to use it, make sure to plan your day accordingly because you cannot drive your car or operate heavy machinery after consuming it.

Applying CBD Topical

CBD topicals can be an excellent addition to your life if you want targeted relief without having to consume or inhale anything. CBD-infused topicals such as creams, lotions, balms, and roll-ons are designed to be applied directly on to your skin. Once you apply it, you can expect the soothing effects of CBD in a matter of minutes.

Using CBD Tinctures 

CBD Tincture in Mouth

In general, CBD Tinctures are liquid hemp extracts mixed with a carrier oil. As alternatives, you can choose from full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD. When you purchase your tincture, you can expect to receive a small glass bottle with a dropper cap that is used for easy application.

Out of all the consumption methods, CBD Tinctures continue to stand out for their versatility, long shelf life, and convenience. It can be added to nearly anything, including a cup of tea, salad dressing, a cocktail, and much more. But if you would rather use it sublingually, all you need to do is place the number of drops you choose under your tongue and wait for the CBD to activate.

There is no right or wrong way to use a tincture, but if you use it sublingually, you can expect the CBD to activate relatively quickly. However, using it in a drink or food will have a similar activation time to edibles.

Takeaway

dabbing cbd

While research on CBD is still in the works, we, as consumers, have the opportunity to try out a variety of different products. Whether you want a product with solely CBD or a powerful blend, you can purchase these products online or in-store.

If you have never used CBD before, make sure to read research from trusted sources and speak to your doctor about which product is right for you.

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