Trying to decide if CBD is right for you can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to start. Have no fear, you’ve come to the right spot. More and more people are utilizing CBD to help with ailments such as chronic pain, osteoarthritis, stress, anxiety, insomnia and in some cases, cancer. If this sounds like something that intrigues you, then keep reading.
When comparing the compounds of CBD and THC, there is only one thing that separates their chemical properties— the single placement of one atom. Outside of their chemical makeup, CBD and THC are different in how they interact with the body. THC is psychoactive and produces the “head high” effect when people use it. CBD, however, dampens or reverses the effects of paranoia and head high that THC can cause. Furthermore, many people find that CBD aids in helping them to relax, sleep, and manage pain. If you’re new to cannabis (either CBD or THC) we advise having a chat with your doctor about recommended dosage and appropriate use for your needs.
But, say you’ve done that and your doc has given you the go-ahead to start incorporating cannabis into your routine. Now what? One of the best things about cannabis (particularly CBD) is just now many options you have depending on the ailment you’re looking to improve. For example, many people claim CBD has helped them with: pain/chronic pain, relieving stress and other mental health concerns, acne and other skin issues, and a myriad of other ailments. Sounds kind of perfect, right?
If you read that list and thought, “man, I have those issues and nothing else seems to be working for me”, then you might be a good fit for CBD. Luckily for you, there are many effective ways to incorporate CBD into your daily routine, from oral methods, to topical applications. Keep reading to see which method (or methods) might be right for your needs.
Oil-based and absorbed through the bloodstream sublingually, this is the fastest way to get CBD into your system. This is a good fit for someone who might be experiencing high amounts of stress or pain and need something that will help them quickly. Lasting 3-8 hours, this method is ideal to take before bedtime so you can sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and replenished.
Another oil-based form of CBD, softgels and gummies are taken orally and absorbed through the digestive system. Because of this, both products will take longer to kick in but they will stay longer in your system (5-12 hours). This method would work well for someone looking to combat pain or stress-related issues throughout the day, and could be taken in the morning since it will last longer than tinctures/drops.
Creams or ointments are rubbed into the affected area outside the body, similar to any other muscle rub. These topical forms of CBD can help with aches, pains, inflammation, skin issues and menstrual cramps, and start working upon contact with the skin. Many users claim that long-term use of topical CBD can even help combat the pain of arthritis and other chronic joint complaints. This is a great way to treat ailments if you are sensitive to taking CBD internally.
Maybe you don’t want to carry around a jar of cream with you? We’ve got just the thing. CBD rollers are a great way to incorporate into your routine if you are new to CBD, day or night. Many people use this method by applying to pressure points to soothe and treat headaches, tension in the neck and shoulders, and even to regulate their moods. It’s a great product to grab and go, and can fit easily into a pocket for quick topical application.
CBD bath products are quickly becoming all the rage in the cannabis space. CBD-infused bath bombs mineral soaks are an ideal way for newbies to test the waters with CBD without straying too far from their typical self care routines. Soaking in a CBD-infused bath allows your largest organ—the skin— to absorb the oils and target a plethora of pain points at once. Many users have found that a CBD bath prior to bedtime ensures a more restful, deep sleep.
There you have it. CBD is certainly not a cannabidiol to ignore, especially if you’re dealing with chronic pain or discomfort and aren’t interested in the head-high of THC. If you have questions or concerns about which products or applications would be right for you and your needs, we’re here to help! All of our RAIR locations are full of Guides who are happy to help match you with your perfect fit.