A Revolution in Medicine
The pharmaceutical industry has had a stranglehold on medicine for decades. If individuals were suffering from pain, inflammation, insomnia, or other illnesses, doctors would often prescribe pills to help alleviate the symptoms. Sometimes, these medications would cause more harm than good, even leading to addiction in certain cases.
For patients who are looking for an alternate way to cure their symptoms, the holistic approach of cannabis has been slowly becoming mainstream since the turn of the 21st century.
Cannabis has been at the center of this medical revolution thanks to the variety of phytocannabinoid–or plant cannabinoids–that are present inside of cannabis and hemp. Research has proven that phytocannabinoids affect the endocannabinoid system in the body, which directly affects mood, physiology, and everyday experiences in humans. One non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid in particular that has gained a plethora of attention is Cannabidiol (CBD).
Why is this the case?
Because research on CBD has proven that the compound can cure ailments such as muscle spasms, pain, inflammation, nausea, anxiety, seizures, and insomnia. The more popular compound in cannabis tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been proven to have similar benefits, but due to its psychoactive side effects, it is something not everyone is open to trying. Therefore, for individuals or patients who are looking for strictly medicinal properties without getting “high”, CBD is a fantastic substitute for pills and other common medicines.
How to use CBD Oil Products
There are a variety of ways to take CBD products, giving lots of flexibility to the users. Below are some of the methods available for consumers to try…
1) Vaporizing CBD
Vaporizers heat up the substance that is put inside of it (typically oils), and that is precisely how vaporizing CBD works. Simply place the CBD oil inside of the vaporizer (vaping pens are a common method used), heat up the oil, and inhale the vapor it gives off. Be mindful of not inhaling for more than three seconds if you are a first time user, as in taking too much can make the user start coughing. That being said, don’t worry, vapor has none of the carcinogens that smoke has so there is no damage done to the lungs by inhaling CBD oil.
2) Microdosing CBD
If a user is looking for little to no effort when taking CBD, microdosing is likely the method for them. Generally speaking, all a user needs to take is 2.5-5 milligrams of CBD oil before reaping the benefits. Microdosing introduces CBD in small amounts to the body and is often taken through a schedule throughout the day, depending on how chronic the user’s pain or ailment is.
3) Topical CBD creams
For users who are trying to avoid orally taking the medicine, the next option is to use CBD creams. By using cream, the metabolic system is bypassed, increasing the assimilation and absorption of CBD.
Creams have been proven to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, making it popular amongst patients suffering from arthritic symptoms. It generally lasts the same amount of time as CBD is taken orally, but overall, the duration and amount of CBD needed to cure a patient’s pain or ailment are entirely unique from case to case.
4) Ingesting CBD
A more enjoyable way of taking CBD is to cook with CBD oil. It will often take longer to reap the benefits since it needs to be processed by the body first, meaning patients who need relief on short notice should consider the other options available instead. It can be trickier to take just the right amount needed since it is being mixed with other ingredients and is then cooked, but overall, it works just as well as the other methods of taking CBD oil products.