CBD comes in many forms. There are several ways to introduce/take healing cannabinoids into your system, all depending on your preference and ailment. Let’s go over most of the options you have, and how to choose the best product and method.
Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs that are taken orally (by mouth). They are easy and convenient to use because they usually come with a pipette for easy dosing. Tinctures are also easier to give to children, since they only have to take small amounts. Because they are taken directly under the tongue, they enter the bloodstream directly compared to any other means.
Some cannabinoids will have an immediate effect, such as those used to help one relax (THC). Others that are more nourishing (CBD) may take several hours or weeks of constant use before the best results are seen.
Store your tinctures in a cool, dark place (not in the refrigerator). You can carry and keep tinctures in a purse or briefcase. Be sure not to leave your tinctures in a hot area for long periods of time (e.g., in a car). Heat can negatively affect the quality of your CBD oil. Depending on the carrier oil (most of us use hemp seed oil) it can solidify in a very cold environment and be difficult to get out through the pipette.
CBD through your belly button Did you know you could apply drops of CBD oil to your belly button? Many people don’t know that you can use CBD by applying in and around your belly button. Done through a technique called the Pechoti intake method. The Pechoti gland is behind the belly button. During pregnancy, the umbilical cord carries nutrients from the mother to her baby, through a connection made with the Pechoti gland. After the umbilical cord is cut, the Pechoti gland remains with over 70 million nerves passing through this gland to tissues and organs throughout the body.
By applying CBD oil to the umbilicus and using the Pechoti delivery method, the cannabinoids have the ability to reach every part of your body. This is something that no other delivery method can provide.
CBD Salve, Balms and Salves
CBD salve CBD salve is a way to enjoy the benefits of CBD without consuming hemp. They are useful for people because they offer local relief from minor aches and pains without the psychoactive effects of smoking or ingesting the flower. Topicals come in a variety of forms. Some are moisturizing lotions made for daily use, while others are balms, ointments or salves designed to be a beneficial natural pain or skin relief. Some data indicate that topical application of CBD has therapeutic potential for the relief of pain and inflammation-related behaviors without side effects.
Studies also suggest that CBD may reduce many different types of inflammation. The pain and stiffness that comes after training or from overexertion certainly has a pro-inflammatory component, so it’s reasonable to think that CBD or other cannabinoids could have benefits, but we don’t yet have research to back it up.
Topicals are a fantastic option, as they are easily measured in terms of ingredient compositions and have a higher bioavailability than orally ingested compounds; this is because they are able to bypass liver metabolization.
CBD Pain Patches
CBD patches can offer all-day or overnight relief, with a slow release of CBD over 24 hours. For some, this is a good alternative to smoking or vaporizing, providing effects that wear off relatively quickly. In addition to this convenience, the discreetness of the patch is an added benefit. The patch can be adhered out of sight to provide relief anywhere, anytime.
Topical administration of CBD bypasses the digestive process for undiluted absorption of cbd oil capsules directly into the bloodstream. You get fast-acting effects with consistent long-term relief. Few things are easier to use than a topical patch. Simply place the patch on an area of skin free of hair, lotions and creams. Press down gently and you’re done! Wearing a CBD patch is as easy as putting on a Band-Aid! If you would like to read more about CBD pain patches, click here.