Finding The Right Delivery System for CBD
You may have been smoking the beautiful green plant for many, many years. You probably have your preferred ritual totally, blissfully nailed. You may find some level of meditation in heating up the resin to soften it and roll it with your finger-tips into little pellets, or enjoy the rasping sound of your grinder tearing apart your bud. You may appreciate the care and time you invest in baking the perfect edible, or the spit and pop of your vape firing up as you tenderly drop your juice onto the hot coils.
Most people either adopt a delivery method from their friends or family, or because they’re chasing the most efficient extraction method. Whatever method you choose for delivering cannabis products into your system, there are things you might like to know:
Some claim that smoking CBD products helps people quit smoking tobacco. It’s your standard case of swapping one habit for another—made all the more appealing thanks to the health benefits that CBD users claim it has. Many smokers aren’t necessarily addicted to the nicotine, but the habit of stepping outside and having a minute to themselves, or a tactic to socialize, destress, or even a treat.
The paper is an important aspect of smoking. Some papers are colored, thick, and contain harmful chemicals. It’s essential you look into buying thin papers made from organic hemp, or rice. You get a much smoother experience, and possibly a less harmful effect on your lungs.
Another way to smoke your product is through dabbing, pipes, or bongs. These are slightly more complex machines in the sense that they require regular cleaning, and a dextrous ability to pack, hold, light and inhale at the same time. The drawback to the pipe/bong methods are, of course, the negative “stoner” connotations—but it’s all groovy if that’s your bag!
For those who want to ditch the rolling and pipes all together, there’s vaping—often remarked as the future of CBD use. These marvelous inventions can take your hemp in three different forms (depending on the mod you’re buying): CBD, concentrates, vape oil, and dry flowers. The weed vaporizer works by heating the oil into vapor. This process totally avoids the combustion usually associated with decarbing, but still does the job.
The other benefit is that vaping is very low on the conspicuous level. So many people vape worldwide that if you wanted to be secretive about it, and not see a raised eyebrow, you totally can!
One downside is if you’re vaping with vape juices, be very careful what you’re buying. There are chemicals in some liquids (diacetyl) that cause a terminal condition called popcorn lung. A 2015 study of flavored e-cigarettes found that 39 out of 51 tested brands contained diacetyl – so make sure you watch what you’re buying. Homemade vape liquids are also something to be treated with a lot of trepidation.
Vaping cannabis and hemp products is, of course, the most bioavailable way to consume the compound in comparison to edibles, tinctures, and oils. Some say you can absorb between 34% and 46% of the cannabinoids, whereas you would only get around 10% from edibles.
Tinctures are by far the most popular CBD products. It doesn’t seem as scary as smoking or eating CBD, and tinctures have been part of the homeopathic vernacular for so long that this humble liquid is a great choice. They can be dropped onto the tongue directly, or mixed into drinks and soups.
People can add either CBD flowers, or tinctures, to their food. The cooking process decarbs the alpha acids and you have a snack that delivers your required effect while also filling your tummy!
Whichever method (or methods) you choose to consume, the important thing is: you enjoy your experience and do so responsibly!