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CBD (cannabidiol) is another way that the cannabis industry is taking the world by storm, unlocking a whole new world of potential health benefits for users. If you’re interested in trying it for yourself and reaping these benefits, there are plenty of different ways to consume CBD.

Each method if taking CBD comes with its own set of pros and cons. For new users that are looking to test the waters, understanding the differences in each type of CBD is vital to making the best decision for you.

The most popular ways to consume cannabidiol includes via tinctures, vape juice, and capsules (pills). Each form offers its own dosing recommendations and conveniences, providing options for people with different lifestyles, dietary needs, and health conditions.

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CBD Oil Tinctures Overview

Oil tinctures are one of the most popular ways to consume CBD. An oil tincture is a liquid form of cannabidiol harvested through an alcohol extraction. The result is a potent liquid that is distributed by the drop, usually sublingually, meaning “under the tongue.” Sublingual distribution applies the tincture directly to a collection of blood vessels under the tongue.

Because the dose can be micromanaged, oil tinctures are a great option for beginners who want to start low and slow and build their way up to higher doses. There are many potential CBD tincture benefits, and because of its direct application and concentrated nature, oil tinctures take effect quickly.

Oil tinctures do generally have an earthy flavor that is often described as “nutty.” For many people, the mild flavor is not a problem. Many brands offer flavored oils, though, in case you aren’t such a fan.

Tinctures are popular because they take effect fast and make it easy to control your dose. Tinctures are not for everybody, but they are often a good starting point. Oil tinctures may be best for you if:

  • You don’t know what dose to use and want to start slow.
  • You want to redose often throughout the day.
  • You don’t like taking pills.
  • You need a method that works fast.

Common Reasons for Using CBD Oil Tinctures

When exploring benefits of using CBD tinctures, you will find a variety of people who use it for ailments ranging from anxiety to insomnia and many conditions between. In fact, many people have found success using CBD oil for pain, including chronic pain and arthritic pain, and there is even some evidence regarding the successful use of tinctures for managing epilepsy as well.

CBD oil tinctures are most often used for managing health concerns and less often used recreationally, since they generally contain only trace amounts of THC. This type is great for people who aren’t a fan of pills. It is popular among beginner users as well as elderly patients looking to manage symptoms without adding another pill to their daily regimine.

CBD Oil Tincture Side Effects

For most people, tinctures do more good than harm. Some small scale studies were dedicated to looking at the potential CBD tincture side effects. These studies looked at people taking small to medium doses for as long at six months and large doses for as long as four weeks. For the most part, these studies have confirmed that side effects from CBD oil via tinctures are rare and mild.

Some of the side effects associated with tinctures include:

  • fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • weight fluctuation
  • changes in appetite

CBD is often used in conjunction with other medications. There is the potential for tinctures to react with some medications to produce other side effects. You should always consult your doctor before adding cannabidiol tinctures to your daily regimen, especially alongside other medication.

How to Use CBD Oil Tinctures

When you buy a CBD tincture for the first time, there is a learning curve to dispensing and using the product. Tinctures are potent and come in different strengths, so if you are starting out with cannabidiol products you should start with a low concentration. Using a low concentration will help you start with low doses and build up to the best dose for you.

Tinctures come in small bottles with a dropper attached to the lid. This dropper, called a pipette, is used to distribute the cannabidiol in small drops, which you place under your tongue. Sometimes the pipettes are marked to help you distribute specific doses.

A tincture is absorbed almost instantly and can take effect within 10-20 minutes. You shouldn’t drink anything for a few minutes after each dose to avoid washing the tincture out of the mouth before it has been absorbed into the bloodstream. Depending on the concentration of the dose and your tolerance CBD tincture effects last anywhere from 4-6 hours on average.

Tinctures make it easy to redose throughout the day. After the effects begin to fade, drop your desired dose under your tongue again to reintroduce the potential benefits of CBD to your body. If you find a tincture you enjoy and buy it in large bottles, you may want to consider transferring some to a small bottle to make it more mobile.

Choosing a CBD Oil Tincture Dosage

In order to determine the best tincture dosage for you, you should take several factors into account. Your gender, age, weight, health condition, and other lifestyle factors will affect your dosage. This means that the correct dose for will differ from other people.

You may sometimes see guidelines for your dose based on your weight or the condition you want to treat. Remember that these are only guidelines and they may not work for you. The safest and most effective way to determine your dose is to start slow and build up until you notice that your undesirable symptoms fade.

Tinctures make it easy to achieve this “low and slow” method to determining your dose. Using a low concentration tincture, start with only one drop under the tongue in the morning. Try only one drop for 5 days to a week before increasing to two drops.

Increase the amount slowly until you have found a dose that works for you and your symptoms. You may benefit from breaking up your dose instead of taking it all at once. For instance, try one drop at breakfast, one at lunch, and another at dinner.

If you begin to experience side effects when increasing your dose, decrease to the previous dose and stick with it. If you experience side effects that won’t go away or experience serious side effects, stop using CBD products and talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to help you determine the best dose for you every day.

CBD Vape Juice
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CBD Vape Juice Overview

Vape juice is another popular method for ingesting CBD, generally used by people who already vape every day. If you do not currently vape but want a flavorful, fun way to dose throughout the day, it may be an effective method for you.

Vape juice is generally a mild mixture of concentrated CBD and flavor additives. It is used with a special vaping “mod” that heats the juice, turning it into vapor. The vapor is then inhaled in a fashion similar to smoking. Vaping is direct and helps distribute cannabidiol to the bloodstream quickly, achieving desired effects faster than other methods.

Every company that sells CBD vape juice has their own line of flavor blends. These flavors range from fruits sweets, like strawberry cream, to desert style flavors like custard and cheesecake. There are also options that are less sweet, like mint or menthol, as well as flavors that replicate the taste of tobacco (but have no tobacco added).

There are many different concentrations available, but it can be difficult to measure the amount of cannabidiol in each lungful of vapor. For this reason, vape juice is rarely used by those who prefer taking a specific dose every day. Vape juice may be a great option for you if:

  • You want a flavorful way to enjoy CBD.
  • You already use other vaping products.
  • You need to redose throughout the day.
  • You don’t have to take a controlled dose.

CBD vape juice may be useful for any adult looking to experience the potential health benefits of cannabidiol. However, vaping is prohibited for underage use in many states so this method is not appropriate for children.

Vape juice is popular among college students and younger patients, and it is frequently chosen by recreational users. Its popularity status does not detract from its benefits. Vape juice still carries all of the potential benefits of CBD.

Vaping CBD oil for anxiety is common. A vape pen loaded with cannabidiol is easy to access when an anxiety attack hits. Vaporized cannabidiol takes effect quickly and may help to calm panic attacks and help manage other mental disorders.

Vaping CBD oil for pain is equally popular for similar reasons. Chronic pain may be more easily managed with vape juice than slower methods, like pills. Vaping allows you to “stack” your dose, meaning you can vape as much or as little as necessary, depending on the varying pain levels throughout the day.

CBD Vape Juice Side Effects

The side effects for using CBD vape oil have not been directly tested enough to determine any serious effects from long term use. The general side effects for cannabidiol products (like tinctures) still apply. Some side effects that may be related to vaping, but not necessarily to the cannabidiol, include:

  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • cough
  • dry eyes
  • itchiness
  • nosebleeds
  • bleeding gums

Generally, these side effects are related to vaping in place of tobacco products. Many of these side effects may be related to the nicotine found in many of these vapor products. CBD vapors are available with nicotine additives and are popular among people who already use nicotine products. There are as many options for cannabidiol vape juice without any nicotine, which may significantly reduce the potential side effects.

Because vaping techniques are more sporadic and used throughout the day, it may be harder to notice any side effects. If you experience anything abnormal after starting vape juice, stop using it or reduce your dose to see if they subside. For serious side effects, always consult your doctor immediately.

How to Vape CBD Juice

If you already use a vaping mod, switching to CBD vape oil is easy. If you don’t currently vape, you’ll need to purchase all of the proper equipment, including the vape mod, all of the items necessary for its upkeep, as well as the vape oil.

If you are trying vape oil for the first time, remember to breathe the vapor into your lungs. Shallow breaths, known as “throat hits,” can make you cough and choke and does not allow the cannabidiol to be absorbed. Blood vessels in the lungs will absorb the cannabidiol from the vapor.

Vape oils take a similar amount of time to take effect as tinctures. You should start experiencing the benefits of vape oil within 20 minutes of your first vape hit. The effects can last anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on the strength of the dose and other individual factors. When the effects begin to fade, taking another dose is as easy as taking another vape hit.

Vaping cannabidiol is the same as vaping regular oil, except that you should be more wary of the amount you use to help avoid the potential side effects of a heavy dose.

How Much CBD Should You Vape?

Choosing a vape juice dose takes a little experimenting since measuring the exact amount of CBD in each vapor hit is difficult. If you are starting out with cannabidiol, buy a vape oil with a low concentration. This makes it easy to start with a low dose and build your way up to larger doses over time.

To experiment with doses, work slowly. Start with one hit of your vape oil, and then wait about 20 minutes to note any benefits or side effects. If one hit does not offer the desired relief or effects after 20 minutes, try taking another hit. Eventually you can move up to 2-3 hits at a time, redosing as frequently as necessary.

If you already vape, it is easy to accidentally overuse CBD vape oil in high concentrations. If you want to be able to vape more frequently without using too much CBD, try adding your CBD vape oil to some regular vape oil to lower the concentration. Cutting the concentration with plain vape juice will allow you to vape more often.

CBD Capsules

CBD Capsules Overview

CBD capsules and pills are popular because they are easily added alongside your daily medications or vitamins. Capsules generally have no flavor, which makes them a good option for anyone who dislikes the flavor of tinctures and/or does not want to inhale vaporized oil. The concentration is pre-portioned and specific so controlling your daily dose is simple and easy.

Pills are almost always used by medicinal users and are not popular for recreational use. Often, if cannabidiol is prescribed by a doctor, CBD pills may be recommended form.

While there are many benefits to this form of cannabidiol, it is important to note that pills generally take longer to take effect. Because they are swallowed, they must go through the digestion process before entering the bloodstream. This method is not preferred by people who desire quick effects.

While there are no age restrictions placed on most CBD capsules, it may not be the preferred method for children or pets. Elderly people or people who already take multiple pills every day may not want to add another pill to their regimen. This method may be best for you if:

  • You take a daily vitamin and want to add cannabidiol to your regular routine.
  • You do not like the flavor of tinctures or other edible forms of cannabidiol.
  • You need to take a very specific dose every day (or multiple times a day).

Common Reasons for Taking CBD Capsules

CBD capsules are potentially useful for a wide range of conditions.  They are a popular choice for people who seek to treat conditions like insomnia or depression, and they are a great option for managing pain.

CBD pills are often used in conjunction with many popular cancer treatments because they may help offset some of the undesirable side effects, like loss of appetite or nausea and vomiting.

Because pills are not fast acting like many other forms of cannabidiol, they are not frequently used for managing panic attacks, severe anxiety, or other chronic conditions.

Some people take CBD pills every day alongside other vitamins for their general potential health benefits. There are several studies suggesting the benefits of cannabidiol for preventative health. One study shows the link between CBD use and stroke prevention, while other studies suggest that CBD users have a reduced risk of neurological disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Sometimes pills are used to help manage addiction. Some researchers suggest that using CBD capsules can help reduce the chance of relapse in abstinent addicts.

CBD Capsules Side Effects

No outstanding studies have been done concerning the side effects of CBD capsules specifically. The potential side effects remain the same as the effects related to cannabidiol in general. Look out for any unusual effects that occur after you start taking cannabidiol pills.

If you are trying them for the first time, especially if you take other medications daily, you should talk to your doctor. They will be able to help determine the appropriate dosage for you as well as rule out potential conflicts with your current medications.

What to Expect When Taking CBD Capsules

Taking capsules is different as opposed to many other ways to consume cannabidiol. Each capsule will contain a specific amount of CBD, which you can determine when you decide which capsules to purchase.

Taking a capsule is like taking any other pill or vitamin. You should take your desired dose with food and water. Taking capsules on an empty stomach can result in stomach aches and other undesirable side effects.

You may wish to take the capsules in the morning for managing symptoms throughout the day. If you wish to try capsules for conditions that affect you only at night, like insomnia, try taking them 1-2 hours before bed.

Capsules will take up to an hour before taking effect. In most cases, the effects last an average of 4-6 hours.

CBD Capsules Dosage Guide

Choosing the dosage for your CBD capsules starts with their purchase. The pills are pre-portioned, so it is harder to split the dose. Cannabidiol capsules are not hard-pressed pills, meaning they cannot be split in half.

If you are not sure what dosage you need, you should always buy the lowest dose. Start with one capsule in the morning with food and water. It is generally best to go slow when increasing your dose, so try one capsule a day for the first week. Then, increase to two capsules a day for the next week.

You can take a capsule with each meal to experience consistent effects throughout the day. Once you determine which dose works for you, you can purchase capsules at that concentration and take only one at a time.

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