How to Take CBD the Healthy Way

 

Your friends are taking CBD oil tinctures. Your coworkers are taking CBD gummies. Your mom might even be vaping CBD right now. But there’s no need to follow the crowd. If you want to try CBD  – or you want to switch up your dosing format –  you’ve got options.

Mostly, when people think of CBD (cannabinol), they think of tinctures or gummies. But there are many formats for CBD delivery, including topical creams and old-fashioned smoking. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and there’s no single “right way” to take CBD.

But for many people, the easy-to-take Evielab Pearl may be the best choice. That’s because it’s easily dosed, simple to take, and highly bioavailable. More on that in a moment. First, let’s check out the pros and cons of other consumption methods.

Smoking CBD

Yep. Some people smoke their CBD. And some types of cannabis (namely, hemp) contain no THC, which is the intoxicating component of marijuana. Other folks – who live in places where THC is legal –  smoke high-THC cannabis that contains CBD too. The THC / CBD combination can have medicinal effects for certain disorders. At Evielab, however, we make only non-intoxicating products that everyone can enjoy using the highest-quality, zero-THC hemp.

The advantage of smoking is its quick onset time and high bioavailability. The combusted CBD enters the bloodstream seconds after inhalation and achieves its full effect in less than ten minutes. Smoking has its retro-style allure, too, but before you roll up a cigarette of CBD-rich hemp, it’s good to know some facts. Cannabis smoke (note: “cannabis” includes THC-free hemp) contains many of the same toxins and irritants as tobacco smoke. Smoking also makes dosing (ie, getting the right amount of CBD) very difficult because the CBD can be overheated and molecularly destroyed or not inhaled. Ultimately, smoking is not an acceptable or safe way to take medicine or CBD products.

Vaping CBD

Vaporizers are widely popular because they reduce the amount of tar consumed in each inhalation. Vaporizers, or “vapes,” can be designed to work with plant material or extracted botanical oils. They’re used with nicotine or cannabinoid-compounds, and they look a lot like smoking at first glance. The difference is that the vaping does not burn the material — it heats the material above the boiling point of the desired compounds without combusting them.

Vaping has the same quick-onset and bioavailability advantages as smoking, but it is not without its dangers. Most vaporizers use oil cartridges, and those pre-formulated oils can be dangerous and even deadly. Also, the heating element of a vaporizer can exceed the temperature and burn the oil, making it as bad or worse than regular smoking. So, it’s important to use lab-tested vaporizer oils from reputable vaporizer suppliers — or avoid vaping altogether. Also, it’s important to know that the CBD oils are not the same as vaporizer oils; they contain additives that should never be inhaled, like alcohol and certain vegetable oils.

Topical CBD

Unlike pulmonary consumption methods (i.e., smoking and vaping) which spread the CBD throughout the entire body, topicals are used to target specific aches and pains locally. Balms, lotions, and even some cosmetics now contain CBD-rich oils that absorb through the skin.

Our skin is selectively permeable to many compounds, including cannabinoids, so some of the CBD in the topical compound enters the tissue at the application site. The advantage is that topical CBD goes to work on the receptors where it’s applied. The disadvantage is the flipside of the coin: the results are mostly limited to the places where the CBD is applied. Also, per milligram, the bioavailability of topical CBD is low. Yet, for strains and sprains, CBD lotions and balms are a great choice — and a great complement to whole-body delivery forms like tinctures and capsules.

CBD Oil Tinctures

Sublingual tinctures were one of the first delivery methods for CBD, and they remain popular today. Simple, alcohol-based tinctures are easy to make with hemp, and CBD extraction technologies have created alcohol-free formulas that typically contain oil, either medium-chain triglyceride oil (MCT) or fractionated coconut oil. Patients place a dropper-full under the tongue and wait for their body to absorb the CBD, which takes longer than vaping but less time than an edible capsule.

Accurate dosing with a capsule is less difficult than in the case of pulmonary consumption but more difficult than with a capsule or tablet. Usually, tinctures are not homogenous, and patients need to shake the bottle before use in order to mix the ingredients. And they need to measure their doses with a dropper, which can be messy. Users commonly complain about the taste of tinctures: they have a “grassy” taste, and many people do not like the texture of the oils and alcohols many tinctures contain. That’s why some people choose to mix tinctures with food.

Edible CBD: Gummies vs. Capsules

Oral CBD products – the types that are eaten, rather than held under the tongue – are absorbed by the stomach and broken down in the liver. Then, they’re delivered to the body’s cannabinoid receptors. CBD edibles are either chewable or contained in a gelcap, though sublingual tinctures could be considered an edible when they’re mixed into food.

A critical aspect of the CBD delivery format is bioavailability. When CBD passes through the liver, enzymes reduce the amount of CBD that gets into the bloodstream and body. One study found that as little as 6% of the CBD consumed orally actually reaches the bloodstream! Sublingual and pulmonary products allow more bioavailability because they bypass the liver, but this is not possible with gelcaps or gummies. So, to help with absorption, oral products use fat-based carrier compounds. Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, so when they’re consumed along with other fats, less of the CBD is lost to the liver. Another technique for better bioavailability is emulsification. Emulsification combines fluids that would not otherwise mix, like oil and water. With emulsification, the surface area of CBD increases, such that the body absorbs it much more effectively.

Candy-based CBD products like gummies eliminate the bad taste that comes along with tinctures. Everybody likes candy — not just kids — so it’s a popular delivery format. CBD candy usually comes in 5-10mg servings, yet the challenge is reduced bioavailability. Unless a manufacturer uses an emulsification technology, CBD will not be able to make a complete medical effect. Capsules are convenient, and they eliminate the stickiness of gummies, but they encounter the same problem of bioavailability. Emulsification is necessary for capsules to have any meaningful bioavailability.

Sublingual CBD Tablets

Sublingual CBD tablets are the best of both worlds. They bypass the liver for maximum bioavailability yet they avoid the grassy taste and oily texture of tinctures. That’s why we here at Evielab formulate convenient CBD tablets that go with you everywhere.

Evielab Pearls make dosing easy; each Pearl contains 5mg of highly bioavailable CBD in a sleek, go-anywhere container. And Evielab Pearls contain more than just CBD. They’re formulated with other, natural, non-intoxicating cannabis compounds called terpenes. Terpenes affect how our bodies use cannabinoids, and they optimize your CBD experience for whatever task lays ahead in your day, whether it’s relaxation or an all-night study session.

Alternatively, Evielab Pearls can be dissolved in water. Their nano-emulsification technology helps them bypass the enzymes of the liver and go straight to the cannabinoid receptors where they’re needed most. Either way, Evielab Pearls are a great way to incorporate CBD into your life.