When people think about cannabis, they often associate it with smoking. However one of the great benefits of CBD oil is that it can be taken in edible forms, eliminating the risks associated with smoking.
Below, we’ll discuss the benefits of CBD edibles as well as explaining exactly what they are. But first, let’s consider the potential benefits of using CBD in the first place.
Why Use CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid extracted from a particular strain of cannabis plant that is high in cannabidiol (CBD). CBD’s main functions are both medicinal and for general wellness, and it is thought to be able to help with a wide variety of different pains and disorders, as well as an aid in managing associated symptoms. As CBD is separate from the cannabinoid THC, it will not get you high. CBD is a non-psychoactive drug, which makes it legal in almost all the United States. This means CBD edibles can be a great way to get all the medicinal benefits of cannabis, without becoming victim to the stigmas associated with the plant.
CBD is used for a wide variety of therapeutic purposes – ranging from medicinal to wellness. Studies continue to be done into its positive effects on the suppression and treatment of epileptic seizures, as well as autoimmune diseases. Moreover, CBD is thought to be a great helper for those experiencing pain, whether it be something chronic like arthritis or an everyday muscle ache through its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also be beneficial for cancer patients in helping reduce pain and combatting nausea, with studies still be conducted into its ability to attack and inhibit cancer cells.
As CBD works within the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) – a natural system that runs through much of the body, as well as dealing with numerous bodily functions – the cannabinoid can have a great effect on many different bodily processes. This includes its ability to help with anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and insomnia. Users will generally experience heightened mood and better sleeping patterns due to CBD’s ability to influence mood-enhancing hormones in the body, such as serotonin.
In fact, CBD could be considered a health supplement in itself, due to its status as an antioxidant, helping to keep the skin and body clear from pollutants and carcinogens.
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Eating vs Smoking
When it comes to the idea of eating vs. smoking CBD to reap its benefits, there is almost no competition due to the risks associated with smoking. Smoking can be harmful to the body by introducing smoke inhalation, tar inhalation and the potential carcinogens in the rolling papers into the body.
Taking CBD in edible form can be done in a variety of different ways that can easily be added in to a healthy lifestyle or wellness routine. In fact, adding them to food can help to both normalise and allow users to enjoy taking the product. Another added benefit of consuming CBD through edibles rather than smoking is that the effects last hours longer. This can be especially pertinent to those struggling with any of the aforementioned issues, as they will be able to tell you – because the longer relief lasts, the better. In addition, for those taking CBD for digestive disorders, ingesting CBD helps get right to the source of the problem – tackling inflammation at the root.
Edibles can come in all shapes and sizes. This means you can try anything from incorporating them into your own cooking, to buying pre-made gummies or cookies. And don’t forget, whilst the idea of edibles may conjure up food-related products, for those this doesn’t appeal to, you can also easily take CBD as an edible in capsule form.
Types of CBD Edibles
When you are considering CBD edibles, it is important to work out what type will work best for you based on your reason for taking it. There are three different types of CBD edibles; gastrointestinal, oral and hybrid, and each one has its own different use.
Gastrointestinal edibles are absorbed through the stomach. These are most commonly baked food products or capsules. Due to this route of absorption, they can take up to two hours to fully kick in, but the benefit of this is that the effects typically last for much longer and can even provide up to eight hours of relief. This method can be great for people with long-standing conditions who will enjoy the longevity of the effects.
Oral edibles are absorbed directly through various membranes in your mouth. These include products like lollipops, chewing gum and tinctures. Opposite to gastrointestinal edibles, these usually kick in almost immediately, however the effects tend to wear off much more quickly. This makes them a good option for someone who wants instant pain relief.
Hybrids are a mix of the two ingestion methods above, and so are absorbed both in the stomach and the mouth. Usually, these are products such as drinks or CBD-infused chocolates. As follows, these take an in-between amount of time to absorb and also an in-between amount of time to take effect.
The Effects of CBD Edibles
One common question that is asked about CBD edibles is how it actually feels. Many people associate edibles with products like ‘hash brownies’ that alter the state of mind. However, as CBD is a completely non-psychoactive substance, it won’t make you feel ‘high’ in any way.
Of course, as with all edibles, the reaction is dependent on the person as well as dosage and the type of CBD edible chosen to consume. However, the effect in general should be that of feeling your body relaxing and any pain or anxiety melting away. As well as this, people have reported feeling more alert, with the purpose of CBD being to bring you to the happiest and healthiest version of yourself.