CBD, cannabidiol, is increasingly attracting the attention of both users and manufacturers. The medical community and beauty and fitness sectors use it as a great product addition. Why is this so? The ongoing research points to the numerous benefits one can get from CBD. These range from anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to soothing and pain-relieving abilities. With all these purported benefits in mind, users may want to infuse CBD products into their daily intake. However, how do you get a daily CBD intake? Please read on to discover the numerous ways of taking the versatile CBD.
Put CBD Oil Under the Tongue
Do you want the most effective way of taking CBD? Place CBD under the tongue for a while then swallow.
Placing it under the tongue enhances fast absorption into the system. Sublingual administration is the most effective way. This is unlike taking the CBD in food which is subjected to a ‘’fast pass’’ effect, thus the effects take longer to kick in.
In the case of sublingual administration, CBD oil comes in a bottle with a dropper which is very easy to use. Users can reduce or increase the amount they take depending on the effect they want to get from the CBD. Also, follow the manufacturer's directions on taking CBD oil.
Add CBD Oil to Your Morning Beverage or Favorite Drink
CBD oil is well tolerated by many consumers; therefore, it is infused into beverages such as coffee, tea, or juices. According to Van et al. (2019), some users prefer adding CBD oil in their morning to offer extra energy and help alleviate pain and inflammation. While Moltke& Hindocha (2021) showed that others prefer infusing it in the evening drink to promote relaxation and deep sleep.
Remember, depending on the need; one can always decrease or increase the amount of CBD oil taken. Beginners should start with small drops of CBD oil and gradually increase till they found the optimum dose.
A Gummy Treat
CBD is infused into gummies with different flavors to mask the unpalatable taste of CBD oil. According to Chesney et al. (2020), these gummies have therapeutic benefits such as alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression, promoting appetite, and addressing pain and inflammation.
CBD gummies come in fixed doses per gummy usually expressed in Milligrams. Users should not overdose despite the luring sweet taste. The number of gummies one should consume is determined by factors such as the experience of the user, the purpose of consuming the gummies, the body weight of the user, and the immunity.
Add it to Your Food, Baked Goods, and Sweet Edibles
CBD is versatile and exists in different forms. Therefore, users have a variety of way to take CBD that does not only involve swallowing the capsules or applying the topical creams and balms only for daily intake. Some consumers have gotten creative and have started adding CBD when cooking and baking.
Add a few drops of CBD oil to the list of ingredients and get cooking. Also, when baking cakes, cookies, bread, or even bread rolls, have CBD oil as one of the ingredients. However, CBD should be added nearer to serving time because it is susceptible to high heat.
Apply CBD Cream and Balm
Sore, painful, and aching feet are foot problems many relate to. CBD topicals such as balms and salves come in handy. They target the root of the problem, therefore not only offering relief but also treating the cause of pain. Additionally, Ryz et al. (2017) suggested that CBD creams and balms can also treat joint pain diseases such as osteo arthritis.
Moreover, Linher et al. (2020) stated that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help handle inflammation on the feet that may be caused by uncomfortable shoes. Apply to the painful and aching area and reap the soothing benefits.
For athletes, for effective pain management, add the right amount of CBD cream to the post-workout regime. This helps in boosting the recovery process. On the other hand, one can apply a small portion before a strenuous exercise session. Most CBD creams contain menthol for effective muscle and joint pain relief. Therefore, applying CBD cream post or pre-workout helps handle foot and muscle pains, aches, and soreness.
CBD is a versatile compound that consumers can take advantage of. Different users opt to take it in various ways; in the form of capsules, edibles, vaping and applying the balms and creams topically. With CBD oil, users can experiment and be creative with how they get their daily CBD intake. Having CBD oil does not mean you can only take it directly by placing it under the tongue. Rather, one can add it to coffee, or a favorite drink, use it for cooking and baking, and even make some sweet smoothies with it. Remember, the amount of CBD one takes varies from the other person depending on the needs.
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