The CBD experience. The best way to consume CBD is the way you prefer it the most. Whether it’s smoking CBD flower, incorporating a CBD tincture or gelcap into your dietary supplement regimen, or including CBD infused flour or butter into your cooking, finding out which is your favorite consumption method is part of the fun. Here are some of the best ways to consume CBD.
Some enjoy the act of smoking, and making pre-rolls with some nice CBD cannabis may provide the user comfort on several levels. Clinical trials have indicated inhalation and sublingual CBD absorption are both clear-cut effective delivery routes. Vaping is similar, with the CBD heading straight into the bloodstream. However, some individuals are averse to vaping, preferring unprocessed cannabis in a more natural state. I fall into this category, and I strongly advise those that can grow their own CBD flower to do so (or at least read up on the topic).
The other efficient delivery method is sublingual. Sublingual means that the CBD infused liquid (or CBD oil) is delivered under the tongue via a small dropper. The oil is held there for a minute or so before swallowing. Many products have directions on dosage and application methods.
You can also consume CBD edibles and tinctures as a supplement; in this option, the stomach/gut processes the CBD. This route means absorption takes longer. For example, my mom dilutes 15-20 drops of Siskiyou Sungrown CBD tincture in about an ounce of water and drinks it. She insists that it gives her a feeling of wellness about two hours after taking it. She’s vibrant, healthy, and active at 70, so who can argue with that?
Just like THC-infused cannabutter and canna-flour, you can make CBD-infused cannabutter and canna-flour to cook with, too. The process isn’t complicated, but it takes some planning before you can cook with your infused ingredients.
The material’s CBD must be dried, ground up, and decarboxylated first. Substitute CBD flower for THC flower in your favorite cannabutter and cannaflour recipes. To start, use amounts of the finished butter or flour in proportion to how you would use THC-cannabis infusions in a recipe. If you would rather avoid the cooking process, you can skip this step and buy CBD edibles online or from a dispensary in your area.
The wide variety of CBD products in the marketplace gives the end-user options galore in flavor profiles, delivery methods, and absorption speed. Right now, there’s no official standard guide to CBD dosage. Keep in mind that effects can vary based on many reasons, including medical conditions, body mass index, and dietary habits.
Experiment with different dosages to see what works best for you. Use the time to pause and be present in how your body feels — before, during, and after consumption. Be mindful of how different strains of CBD affect you as well. From there, you can pinpoint the ideal combination (dosage and delivery mechanism) that brings you an enjoyable experience or at least meets your expectations.
And, last but not least, if you can’t seem to find the right product, don’t worry. New CBD products are available all the time, so keep trying; you will eventually find the right one for you.