There are many different ways a person can take CBD — hemp extract can be used to produce a variety of products, including tinctures, capsules, vape additives, edibles, drinks, and topicals. These methods may have different advantages that make them favorable, depending on the user’s lifestyle or needs. In some cases, a person might choose to utilize more than one method; for instance, some people take tinctures in the morning and capsules in the afternoon, as it may be more convenient to travel with.
CBD Tinctures typically consist of raw hemp extract that has been blended with a carrier that keeps the oil from going bad; these carriers can be anything from coconut oil, hemp seed oil, or propylene glycol. Tinctures are typically taken orally — we have a gland under our tongue called the sublingal, and when compounds are absorbed through the sublingual gland they bypass the digestive process and go directly into the bloodstream. This means that when CBD is ingested through the sublingual gland, it goes into the blood much faster than if it had been eaten. Also, when compounds are digested, many things are dissolved by the enzymes that help us process our food.
CBD capsules can take a little longer to get into the bloodstream because they are ingested, and this also means that some of the compounds are dissolved by digestive enzymes; however, cannabinoids store themselves in fat cells so as time goes on, the user will build up these compounds in their fat storage, where they will release gradually each day. Capsules are also great for convenience as they are easy to take at work or at school. Some people also have a hard time with the taste of raw hemp extract, which is why capsules may work better for them.
Vaping CBD rich hemp extract oil is the fastest way to get it into the bloodstream; the hemp extract is typically mixed with propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin carrier that enables it to be smoked. Vape pens are also conveniently easy to carry around and be used discreetly when needed.
Edibles & Drinks
Some people like to eat or drink products that have CBD in it, such as gummies or CBD-infused water, tea, or energy shots. CBD is not water soluble, so in order for it to be added to a water-based product, it is usually purified into a CBD isolate powder.
An interesting thing to note is that topically applied CBD is not absorbed into the bloodstream; rather, it interacts with the CB receptors that are found just under the surface of the skin. This means that a person who uses a cbd cream that contains full spectrum hemp extract would not have to worry about failing a drug test due to the trace amounts of THC that can be found in hemp. Many people may opt to add hemp extract to a variety of different types of lotions and salves.