Tinctures (Oil or Sprays)
Tinctures (usually in oil form) are taken by dropper, spray or syringe straight into your mouth. The CBD used in these forms is extracted from hemp plants using pressurized carbon dioxide gas or a solvent such as ethanol. The solvent is pulled out via vacuum and the remaining CBD is combined with an oil, such as sesame or coconut oil, to improve the taste and preserve the cannabidiol.
• Tinctures are the second-quickest method to absorb CBD, after smoking.
• The quick action could make it especially useful in treating pain or anxiety.
CBD Mailed Tinctures Suggestions: Try dropping a dose of tincture under your tongue and hold it there for 30 seconds before swallowing or apply a single spray of the tincture on the inside of your cheeks. Doing this will speed up the effects of the CBD compared to putting the tincture on the top of your tongue because you’re likely to swallow it sooner, sending it into your digestive tract, which will absorb the CBD more slowly. If the CBD tincture is added to foods or drinks, it could take up to 30 minutes for it to enter your bloodstream.
Topical Rubs and Balms
Balms, salves and lotions are for topical use to be rubbed directly onto sore muscles or joints, where they may ease pain by reducing inflammation. CBD rubs typically include extracts mixed into a fat, such as beeswax or coconut oil. That recipe not only makes it easier to spread the product, but also allows the CBD to penetrate the skin.
• Topicals aren’t absorbed into the entire body, as other forms can be. That could make them safer—which could be important if you use CBD on a regular basis.
CBD Mailed Topical Rubs and Balms Suggestions: Try pairing the balm of your choice with the RICE Recovery Method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) As always, consult your physician.
Edibles and Supplements
Typically eaten or consumed in a drink, CBD from hemp may have an aroma or flavor and is infused with beverages or food.
• In some states finding CBD-infused food and drinks at a retailer, restaurant, or café can be easy.
• These treats may have a longer shelf life if kept in a cool, dry location, so they don’t degrade. They’re also easy to take along with you in a bag or purse. Other baked foods, such as brownies and cookies, may have a shorter shelf life and need to be placed in a refrigerator to keep the CBD oil fresh.
CBD Mailed Edible and Supplement Suggestions: Consuming CBD supplements in pill form is similar to ingesting CBD in an edible, and can take upward of 30 minutes or more to digest before you experience an effect. One benefit though is that the per-pill CBD dose should be clearer on packaging than for other forms.
“Vape pens are a device that heats up a small portion of concentrated CBD oil until it boils, allowing you to inhale the vapor,” says Michael Backes, an expert in cannabis science and policy, and author of “Cannabis Pharmacy” (Hachette).
• Inhaled CBD tends to enter the bloodstream faster than other forms—in as quickly as 30 seconds or less.
• The quick action means it should affect the body sooner, which could be especially useful to ease immediate pain or anxiety, for example.
• Easy to use and they produce little “smoke” or vapor.
CBD Mailed Vape Pen Suggestions: Consider trying the lowest dose first—in this case, a single inhale—then wait a few minutes and see whether there is an effect, such as pain relief or reduced anxiety. If not, try another. Avoid holding your breath after inhaling, as that can irritate the lungs.