Still don’t know how to use CBD correctly? We gotcha
So, okay – picture it: it’s 2021. It’s been a pretty epic/stressful/bonkers year and a half. You need a little time-out and perhaps a way of winding down from all the commotion (I mean, who doesn’t?). You’re exploring the idea of CBD products. You have NO idea where to begin…
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Consider us your CBD guardian angels.
So, where to start?
Well, as with most things, there’s no “one size fits all”. CBD comes in numerous forms and is designed for numerous different issues. But if you’re thinking of dabbling, consider this a little guide on what products are available and how to use them.
CBD Tincture/Oral Drops
CBD tinctures are designed to be administered by placing a few drops under the tongue and are ideal for day-to-day, on-the-go use.
Tinctures are one of the best CBD solutions for sufferers of anxiety and depression and are a fantastic holistic, non-pharmaceutical approach to managing daily symptoms.
It also helps ease nerves in various stressful situations, like exams, public speaking, plane journeys and more (just remember to check international CBD regulations when travelling abroad with CBD products!)
- Easy usage
- Relatively fast-acting (10-15 minutes to reach the bloodstream)
- Available in a range of dosages
- Available in a variety of flavours
- One of the least costly types
CBD E-Liquid (Vaporised CBD)
If you’re a keen vape-user already, you’ll know what e-liquids are. CBD e-liquids are disposable cartridge-based vape juices, similar to the nicotine-based ones, only they contain CBD as their key active ingredient instead of nicotine.
Considered to be the most fast-acting way of administering CBD, e-liquids are ideal for those who need quick relief, which can be nifty for those with nervous issues, anxiety or depression. It’s also useful for quick, effective pain relief.
E-liquids are designed to be inhaled, and for that reason, do NOT contain CBD in its oil format. CBD vapes normally contain Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerine (VG), CBD extract, terpenes, and other cannabinoids. If a CBD vape contains anything other than these ingredients, it’s advisable to do some investigative work to ensure that is right for you. It’s also important to bear in mind that vaping is often prohibited in public areas.
- Extremely fast-acting
- Easy to use (as long as you’re familiar with vape pens)
- Pleasant flavours and smells
- One of the most affordable CBD products
CBD capsules are (in case you didn’t guess) soft capsules that contain powdered CBD. They’re ideal for discreet usage while you’re out and about, as there’s no need for you to use a vaporiser or CBD tincture dropper under your tongue.
Unlike the tinctures and vapes, they don’t have any taste (which can be off-putting to some) and come in a variety of dosages in accordance with your needs.
They are, however, one of the slowest-acting CBD formats, which needs to be considered if quick hits of CBD is something you feel you need.
- No crazy flavours (a godsend for those not keen on wacky ‘cherry bomb’ vibes!)
- Reaches the bloodstream in a less concentrated way
Topical CBD (Skin Care Balm & Lotions)
CBD skin care products are designed to allow you to absorb CBD through the skin, which is ideal for pain relief of arthritis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia symptoms, and so on.
This is a good option if you don’t like the taste of CBD tinctures/e-liquids, dislike the idea of vaping, or if you aren’t big on the idea of swallowing capsules throughout the day.
Please note – it’s advisable to use other CBD products than topical ranges if you are targeting nervous tendencies or mental health issues.
- Easy use – just apply to the skin as you would any other balm or lotion product.
- Fast, effective physical pain relief.
- Proven to be effective for treating acne and other dermatological issues.
- Pleasant, non-‘hempy’ fragrances.
- Huge range of different products.
As we’ve said, there’s no number-one way to use CBD that is far superior to all others. It all depends on your requirements, physical health and, of course, your personal preferences.
For information on what dosage is best, we recommend consulting your GP first, but it’s always best to start on the lowest dose first and work your way up until you find the one that’s best!