How Can CBD Oil Be Used?
Since the legalization of CBD in the United States in 2018, it has become a buzzword throughout the holistic health community. While there is still further research required by the FDA to prove CBD's benefits, preliminary human studies show potential. For avoidance of doubt, the FDA currently does not allow CBD sellers to make health related claims related to CBD so we do not make them here for our products. Like many of you, we are optimistic that further clinical research one day will prove the benefits of CBD for supporting human wellness. We keep our fingers crossed that the day will come with the FDA allows us to speak more definitively about how our products might help overcome issues in our clients’ daily lives.
CBD itself is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. It is extracted from the plant and used to make various products from oils to topical creams. Though the stigma around CBD is fading, there is still some confusion about the compound and its proposed effects. The list of potential benefits runs long, but as they aren't FDA approved, those benefits cannot be adequately verified or responsibly promoted by CBD companies right now.
CBD oil is the most popular and common way to take CBD. It's important to note that all Federally legal CBD oils contain less than 0.3% THC and therefore do not produce any psychoactive effects. All such legalized CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant. Depending on both personal preference and the potential benefits you're looking to achieve, there is a range of ways you can use CBD oil.
Ingesting orally is the most common way of taking CBD oil. This method involves swallowing the CBD in your chosen form, where it then passes through your body. When it arrives at the liver, it metabolizes and then absorbs into your bloodstream. It can take between 1-6 hours to experience the effects of CBD oil when ingested orally.
There are a few different ways you can ingest CBD oil, and some include:
- CBD oil (just the oil)
- In a tincture
- Capsule form (like how you'd take a dietary supplement)
- In edibles or beverages
There are a few things to note about ingesting CBD oil. Food will change the way your body absorbs CBD. The more food you have in your stomach, the more cannabidiol CBD will be absorbed into your bloodstream. That is because CBD is fat-soluble. Additionally, the drug administration FDA is regulating clinical trials into the effect of CBD on cytochromes p450. Cytochromes p450 is a liver enzyme, and CBD may inhibit the activity of the enzyme. The enzymes not functioning correctly will affect how the liver metabolizes other compounds, such as pharmaceutical drugs.
CBD oil can also be used sublingually (under the tongue). The oil is placed underneath the tongue and held there for 30 seconds to a minute before swallowing. The CBD is directly absorbed into the bloodstream as the area is rich in capillaries and mucus membranes. It doesn't need to go through your digestion system or be metabolized by your liver. It will hit your endocannabinoid system much quicker, so the peak effects of CBD will be present in as little as 30 minutes. The more you swish the oil around your mouth before you swallow, the quicker it will take effect.
It is claimed by many on the Internet that ingesting CBD oil, either directly or sublingually, may have the potential to combat common health issues such as anxiety, depression, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved these statements, so we do not endorse them right now for our own products and we cannot promise or guarantee that CBD oil will help these ailments. That said, research and clinical trials are looking promising right now, so we keep our fingers crossed that one day the situation might become more clear for one or more of these topics.
Applying CBD topically, in the form of gels, creams and butters, is becoming increasingly popular for folks looking to apply CBD to specific areas of their body to see if it can benefit them there. When you apply CBD oil directly to your skin, it is absorbed into your cells without having to enter the bloodstream. Often little to no CBD ends up in the bloodstream when you apply it topically. When it's used this way, users commonly claim it is to treat areas of the body where they have pain and inflammation, such as sore muscles or chronic pain. Like almost all health statements regarding CBD, such claims have not been approved by the FDA as of now. So we cannot responsibly make such claims regarding our own products at this time.
Some CBD topical users also claim that it may help to reduce pain and intensity of skin concerns such as psoriasis. There is still further testing and research required by the FDA to support and prove these claims, so they cannot be endorsed at this time. It is also harder to assess how long it takes for the CBD to take effect when administered topically, and it seems to vary based on the location on the body.
You can find topical CBD oil products in every shape and size. Some of the most common forms you may see are:
- Creams & lotions
- Body butter
- Salves & balms
- Body wash
- Bath products like bath bombs and bath oils
- Shampoo and conditioner
The last way CBD oil is used is through inhalation. When you vaporize CBD oil, you can inhale it, allowing it to move through your lungs and then to your bloodstream. The process happens quickly as the CBD doesn't need to go through your whole body first or be metabolized by your liver. You also lose less of the CBD content during inhalation than you would if you were ingesting it. That said, the effects also wear off the fastest. Your CBD levels will peak in as little as 10 minutes. If you're looking for prolonged CBD effects on your body (such as several hours for example), then this option may not be the best for you. CBD inhalers claim that it may help them with periods of anxiety or nervousness, though these claims are not yet verified nor are they approved by the FDA as of now.
There are specific products that are designed for CBD vaporization from small vape pens to large tabletop models. When buying any type of vaporizer, always look for ceramic heating elements, which will help produce a clean vapor. Also, make sure to avoid any pens that contain propylene glycol. You can find it most often in the inexpensive, single-use model. When propylene glycol reaches certain temperatures, it can break down into formaldehyde.
From an ethical standpoint, we do not sell CBD vape products at Violetta. We have made this decision as a company based on our stance against smoking in general. We are athletes and promote only a healthy lifestyle, and we remain unconvinced that vape products fit into this lifestyle. But this is our own opinion. You may have a different view, so we are including this information here for your review and knowledge.
With four different ways for CBD oil to be used, you can identify which method is the right one for you and your needs. Each method has its perks, and with more research and clinical testing, we can learn more about CBD oil and its range of potential benefits. Whether you're after day-long relief support from CBD or are trying to address a short term issue or need, there's a CBD oil option that may be able to help you. Cheers, be healthy and have a great day friends!
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