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Exploring CBD effects with different products

Cannabidiol (CBD) really is a unique substance. It’s derived from hemp and cannabis, and is classified as a cannabinoid. But CBD is not like other cannabinoids found in these plants, as it regulates the endocannabinoid system (ECS), rather than having direct influence like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

Users are finding that CBD hemp oil has an astonishing array of health benefits. Furthermore, the effects that one can expect to receive vary from product to product. For instance, CBD vape juice effects are a world away from CBD cream effects. The impact of CBD also differs wildly from low to high doses. However, in many ways, this is great news. It means that savvy CBD users can cleverly harness the compound so that it works in a way which suits them.  

In this post, we will explore how different CBD products are used to relieve pain and inflammation, multiple sclerosis, anxiety disorders and forms of epilepsy. Hemp is used to make the CBD that is legal all over America, and while it’s officially a cannabis plant, it has little in common with even medical marijuana. That’s because CBD products have no THC. 

Read on to learn much more about: 

  • How to manage anxiety with CBD vape juice
  • Why CBD edibles work great for chronic pain
  • The effects of CBD creams on different skin conditions
  • The science behind nanotechnology and CBD water 
  • Which conditions respond well to CBD concentrate treatment 

CBD edibles effects

The unique selling point of CBD edibles is not really that they taste amazing (although they do), but because the CBD becomes active in the body gradually, rather than all at once. This works a treat for people with chronic symptoms, who want an efficient and economical CBD-infused product. 

A single dose of a CBD edible can provide effects that last for several hours. Moreover, unlike THC-rich edibles made from the marijuana plant, these hemp-based edibles don’t produce a psychoactive response. Therefore, users can trial higher dosages, without having to be concerned about uncomfortable side effects. 

CBD edibles are often used as a natural chronic pain remedy. Conditions like fibromyalgia and sciatica are made worse for patients by the fact that the pain rarely subsides. Therefore, any treatment needs to deliver benefits that are sustained. Not everyone is able to top up their dose every couple of hours, as would be needed with e-liquids and tincture oils. Edibles solve this problem. Not having to re-dose also makes them great for enhancing sleep quality. Research is showing that sleep is not just crucial for reducing fatigue, but for protecting brain health by preventing the accumulation of amyloid plaques which can cause Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

CBD oil effects

Tincture oils are the CBD product that were to thank for CBD’s emergence into America’s mainstream. Interest in CBD was stimulated after stories about how non-intoxicating oils made with the cannabis derivative could be therapeutic for epileptic children. The beauty of CBD oil is that it speedily takes effect, at a rate comparable to vaping e-liquid or smoking flower. This is essential when trying to tackle seizures, anxiety, stress, nerve pain and nausea, due to the intensity of these symptoms. 

CBD oil works more quickly than edibles, because most of the CBD is absorbed by blood vessels situated under the tongue. The CBD is passed through these, and can start having an effect almost immediately, reaching the bloodstream within seconds. CBD oil poses no major health risks. Users don’t need to heat the oil or inhale it.

CBD vape juice effects  

CBD vape oil is popular because it’s even faster than tincture oils. Furthermore, users can buy CBD vaping products to use separately or in combination with other e-liquids. Vapers love versatility, whether it’s with the equipment they are using or the e-juices they are vaping. 

Nobody is arguing that vaping is entirely safe, hence why non-vapers are hesitant to take their CBD in this manner. Vaping CBD may help those trying to quit smoking. Intriguingly, some studies suggest that CBD has anti-addictive properties which could be valuable to those attempting to quit smoking, and rid themselves from a nicotine addiction. 

CBD vape juice is popular for the same reason that tincture oils are, in terms of the conditions it can be used to treat. The instant blast of CBD is ideal for getting relief from anxiety and stress. Vaping is also appropriate for dealing with neuropathic pain. Vapers can choose between CBD-isolate e-liquids, and full-spectrum products which produce the ‘entourage effect’. Those vaping CBD as a substitute for anti-anxiety medication should perhaps stick to isolate e-liquids, as the effects of other cannabinoids on the mental disorder are less understood. 

CBD hemp flower effects

Smokers – both cannabis and tobacco – may feel comfortable lighting up a CBD joint made with hemp flower. CBD-rich bud is now available in the same way that THC-rich flower is for recreational users. And the best bid is that CBD flower is 100% legal and contains less than 0.3% THC! 

The great aspect of CBD flower is that there is so much variety in the terpenes, just as with regular marijuana. Sativas are good for an energizing, mental lift, while indicas are absolutely perfect for enhanced stress, anxiety and pain relief. Hybrids are there for those who want the best of both worlds. The effects of CBD are just like those expected from vaping – rapid, potent and good for around three hours. 

CBD cream effects 

Improve skin quality and manage pain by using CBD creams.  Creams are unlike any other product in the CBD industry. The CBD is absorbed via the skin, as opposed to via the mouth, in the form of inhalation, sublingual absorption or oral consumption. CBD applied in a cream stays in the skin. CBD is transported around the body with oils and e-liquids. But there are plenty of cannabinoid receptors from the ECS in the external organ to interact with and produce therapeutic effects. 

Essential oils and other ingredients can supercharge a CBD cream. Menthol, for instance, can be infused into pain creams. The ingredient provides mental and physical benefits through its cooling or ‘freezing’ effect. Creams are also effective as anti-inflammatories, calming the irritation that comes with acne, psoriasis and more. These natural topicals also tighten and revitalize the skin. This suggests a bright future for CBD in the anti-aging industry. 

Less explored but equally exciting is the potential of using two CBD products to combat the ailment. Take rheumatoid arthritis, for example, an autoimmune disease. Regulating the immune system is seemingly key to tackling the symptoms of this condition. While a CBD edible could be used to work with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body and the gut in particular, a CBD cream could be administered to the most painful areas. Combining a cream with an ingested CBD product is a great trick to activate cannabinoid receptors in the body’s internal networks, as well as the skin.  

CBD water effects

CBD water has sprung up recently as a healthy way of taking CBD. But it’s also unique. CBD water is the only product being made right now with nanotechnology. This process breaks down the CBD molecules so that the body can absorb them more easily. Nanotechnology perhaps doesn’t get the credit it deserves, as it promises to transform the market. While many consider CBD to really effective and beneficial because they’re getting great results from it, the reality is that only a small percentage of the active ingredients in a CBD product ever make it to the bloodstream.

This refers to the low bioavailability of CBD, which nanotechnology corrects by making the molecules smaller. In terms of effects, this means that the same dosage of CBD goes much further than if nanotechnology isn’t applied. CBD water is, therefore, a trailblazer for the industry. Products typically have very low doses of CBD, but are still more potent than normal. We must now wait to see if manufacturers are able to incorporate nanotechnology into other CBD products. Some companies are now making water-soluble CBD, which boosts bioavailability.  

CBD capsules effects 

CBD capsules have much in common with edibles, except it’s even easier to get the dosage right, and there’s no aroma to speak of. These products contain more than just CBD. Capsules can easily hold a wealth of extracts for additional health benefits. CBD capsules have a relatively slow absorption rate, however. The CBD takes even longer to be activated, as the cannabinoids can’t get into the bloodstream until the capsule itself has been broken down first. 

However, as with edibles, this slower absorption rate promotes long-lasting effects. With CBD in a capsule, the user knows the precise dose they are getting. This can be key with illnesses like schizophrenia and depression. It makes medicating with CBD a hassle-free experience. 

CBD gummies effects

Looking for a CBD edible product that is discreet, tastes awesome, but doesn’t shirk on the effects? CBD gummies may just fit the bill. Product packaging always states the amount of CBD in each gummy. Companies make fairly weak and really strong gummies to help with a range of health issues, from poor concentration to sleep disorders.

CBD chocolate effects and CBD candy effects

Pure cacao CBD chocolate is another delicious way of consuming CBD, with servings usually split up into squares. Manufacturers may mix the chocolate with additional beneficial ingredients. This makes them even better for general wellness. CBD hard candies are yet another popular edible. With these, it’s not necessary to take the whole dose, as it’s easy to just suck half and save the rest for later. 

CBD crystals effects 

CBD crystals are a type of concentrate which offer the most potent CBD experience of all, bar none. That includes CBD e-liquids. Most crystals are made with isolated CBD, although it’s possible to purchase concentrates created with full-spectrum extracts. 

However, isolated crystals are awesome as they can consist almost entirely of CBD – 99%+ CBD is standard for this market. That works wonders when treating the worst of symptoms, where a strong dose delivered in one or two hits is the only way to get relief. Vaping and dabbing are the primary intake methods for crystals. But the CBD is already in its active state, so will work as an edible. Crystals are also effective vape additives, and will dissolve into a vape tank to make it much stronger. 

Final thoughts 

We hope this guide to CBD products and their effects will give you more confidence about using CBD. We also hope it’s made you more comfortable about trialling edibles, concentrates, vape juices and more. If you have a secret or trick for getting more from your CBD product, we welcome you to share it with us in the comments. 

 

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The comprehensive guide to edibles 

Edible cannabis products have become a favorite of both recreational and medicinal users over the years. When consuming cannabis in an edible, the effects are quite different than when smoking or vaping. It is the unique effects of edibles which have made them popular, whether they are rich in psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or non-intoxicating cannabidiol (CBD).

This comprehensive guide to edibles will cover all your questions, highlighting the benefits of both CBD and THC edibles, and showing you how to take them responsibly. We’ll also give you some tips on how to make your own baked goods infused with cannabis.

After reading this post, you’ll know all about:

  • How CBD and THC edibles take effect in the body 
  • The different types of edible on the market 
  • How to use edibles safely 
  • The benefits of CBD and THC edibles 
  • How to make edibles for yourself 

How do cannabis-infused edibles work? 

CBD and THC are cannabinoids, that only start to have an active effect on physical and mental functioning when they reach the bloodstream. The majority of their actions are on receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), but there is evidence that they also influence receptors elsewhere. 

Edibles, however, work differently to smoked and vaped cannabis products, where the cannabinoids are absorbed via the lungs. Instead, cannabinoids from edibles become active after passing through the walls of the stomach. In that sense, THC and CBD, two different forms of cannabis take effect in the same way. Because of this slower absorption, edibles do not boast the instant response that you get from smoking flower in a joint or vaping an e-juice. However, once the user does begin to feel the effects, these can last for several hours. Depending on preferences, this is why some find that eating cannabis is the best way to enjoy CBD or THC. 

What types of edible are there?

The edible industry is constantly expanding, in line with the ever-growing recreational cannabis and hemp-based CBD markets. In the early days, most used to make and take homemade edibles, such as brownies and cookies. That’s changing somewhat, with some brands now making gummy bears, hard candies, chocolate, and even lollipops and popcorn. There’s an edible product for everybody, and those trying to stay lean have the option of dried fruit or healthy drinks. 

What’s great about a professionally manufactured edible product is you can hone in your desired effect more easily, with the milligrams of THC or CBD present is made clear on the packaging. Getting the ideal low or high dose is no difficulty at all. This isn’t always the case with homemade edibles, where you have to expect some variance as it’s unlikely the hemp or cannabis extract will be spread evenly. 

How to use edibles safely 

As with any cannabis product, knowing how to use it safely promotes a positive and healthy experience. This is particularly important with THC edibles because of the psychoactive effect on the brain. But being clear about how to use edibles also helps with keeping costs down, by ensuring you don’t take too much or not enough. 

Furthermore, because of the delay in effect when taking edibles, that you don’t get with inhaled products, it’s important not to be impatient. Waiting a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour after your first dose is essential before you determine if the effects are appropriate. You can always take more if your dose is too weak, but a high dose is more difficult to correct.

CBD edibles 

The main thing you have to be concerned about with CBD edible use is drowsiness. CBD has no intoxicating properties, so you can comfortably take this type of edible in any situation and retain total control over mind and body. But a really strong dose could make you pretty tired a couple of hours into the experience. For this reason, and especially if enjoying an edible made with an indica-dominant extract, it’s best not to drive or operate heavy machinery after a high dose. 

In addition, going heavy on the dosage may not yield any extra benefits, as CBD’s effects eventually plateau. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a higher dose will necessarily be better, even if using for medical reasons. While there aren’t any health risks from a hefty dose, needlessly taking large quantities will hit your wallet. Settling on the perfect amount is trial and error for many users. Experiencing low, high and middling doses and adjusting accordingly is the best way of enjoying CBD efficiently long-term. 

THC edibles 

It’s with THC edibles that you have to be somewhat more careful. Ultimately, these are psychoactive drugs which have an unusual mental effect. While users get acquainted with these reactions over time, the potential for a bad trip is always there, even though THC is not considered a hard drug.

Firstly, finding a comfortable environment to ‘trip’ in is vital. Extroverts will probably want to be with friends where they can socialize. Introverts may be better suited to a quiet environment. Ultimately, a relaxing situation where you don’t have to take care of any responsibilities is the best time to use THC edibles. This applies even more so than when smoking weed as the effects are known to last for up to eight hours.

Keeping the dosage down initially is key, as an excessive quantity of THC could make for lots of anxiety and paranoia. Those familiar with cannabis edibles can be more liberal with their dose, but first-timers should definitely start small (perhaps 5 mg of THC). It’s not a race, and the first marijuana experience can be a defining one. You should do everything possible to make sure it’s a positive experience.

However, sometimes a trip goes bad for reasons outside of your control. If you do feel uncomfortable and want to bring your ‘high’ to an end more quickly, take some CBD. Research shows that CBD works in the opposite way of THC on the CB1 receptor. It’s this receptor that THC binds to in order to initiate a psychoactive effect, altering mood, appetite and perception of reality. In contrast, CBD inhibits this effect. The best products for reducing THC-induced anxiety are CBD-rich joints, vape juices and tinctures for the speedy effects. 

Benefits of CBD edibles 

CBD edibles have a number of therapeutic benefits. Because they last longer, they are a more effective way of using CBD for some conditions than other products. For example, those taking CBD for sleep purposes receive limited help from vape juices and tincture oils, as the effects wear off midway through the night. This is a nightmare if taking CBD for sleep apnea, chronic pain or any other nighttime disturbance. Edibles, however, provide an entire night’s relief from a single dose just before bedtime. 

The lasting effects also work a treat during the day. This is good for those who don’t have the opportunity to top up their dose often. This may be the case if the user needs to be discreet about their CBD use. However, taking edibles in the day can also be for economic reasons, particularly with chronic conditions. Why spend more on a product where you have to dose regularly, when one edible dose can give the necessary relief for hours?

Qualities of THC edibles 

THC edibles are brilliant for cannabis users who want to change up their high. Perhaps regular smoking has caused a tolerance buildup, meaning the marijuana doesn’t go as far as it usually does. Since the THC from edibles is absorbed differently, the tolerance is also different. For a while, the high will probably feel much more intense from an edible than with smoking. This is a pleasurable effect for those who are intent on getting as high as possible!

THC edibles can also be used medicinally. Some only experience the full advantages of cannabis with this psychoactive ingredient. Pain relief, for instance, is enhanced by THC because it significantly reduces pain perception. THC is also a very strong anti-inflammatory. One study found that THC is 20 times stronger than over-the-counter aspirin. Like with those who use CBD medicinally, the extended relief from edibles is often more economical. 

Furthermore, for those who want to enjoy weed when they can’t risk making a smell, edibles provide ideal coverage. While the edible itself may have a slight aroma, it’s not pungent by any means and can be discreetly taken in just about any scenario. 

How to make cannabis-infused food 

So, you want to make your own cannabis food products? This can be as easy or difficult as you want to make it! What many users like to do is make cannabutter or infused oil and then add it to a recipe. Or, you could buy a tincture oil and just mix it in to a recipe to provide the benefits of the cannabinoids.

To make cannabutter, get some standard butter and melt on low heat. Grind up the bud and add it to the saucepan, but ensure that the temperature stays between 160 and 200 Fahrenheit. It’s important that the THC and CBD is activated, but you don’t want to burn the compounds off. Stir the mixture regularly over the course of 45 minutes to an hour. Once satisfied, strain the butter with a cheesecloth to separate the bud. Store the butter in a glass dish with an airtight lid. 

You can use it immediately, or refrigerate and consume whenever you want. You can add as much hemp or cannabis flower as you need. It all depends on how strong you want the edibles to be!

Tips for the ultimate edible experience 

A trick that many edible users – both CBD and THC – are fond of is to combine the effects with vape juice or a joint. The delayed response of edibles means that you can get the effects to coincide, making for a stronger high, or more potent relaxation. It helps to know how long that edibles take to kick in beforehand. 

Roll up a joint before you start and then take the edible. After half an hour or so, or whenever you start to feel the edible kicking in, smoke and enjoy the ultimate edible experience! 

Final thoughts 

Hopefully this guide has shown you a lot more about how CBD and THC edibles work, and how you can benefit from them. Edibles are not just a gimmick, and have distinct value, whether you’re using cannabinoids medicinally or recreationally. They’re fun to make, although it’s certainly easier to buy some ready made products! If you do go for the latter, ensure that the company you’re buying from lab tests their products. You don’t want to end up with a dud.

Do you have any tricks you like to employ with edibles that we haven’t mentioned here? Or maybe you are taking edibles for a reason you’d like to share? Leave a comment below and join the conversation!