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 blissfully nailed. You may find some level of meditation in heating up the resin to soften it, then rolling it into little pellets with your fingers. You may even enjoy the rasping sound of your grinder as it tears apart your bud, or the spit and pop of your vape as you tenderly drop your juice onto the hot coils.
Most people either adopt the delivery method of their friends or families, while others simply chase the latest and most efficient extraction techniques—but however you chose, there are things you might like to know:
There have been declarations that smoking CBD helps people quit smoking tobacco. It’s your standard case of swapping one habit for another—made all the more appealing thanks to CBD health claims. Many smokers aren’t necessarily addicted to the nicotine, but rather the habit of stepping outside to have a minute, or a tactic to socialize, destress, or even a treat.
The paper is an important aspect of smoking. Some papers are dyed, thick, and contain harmful chemicals. You should look into buying thin papers made from organic hemp, or rice. You’ll 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 in the sense that they require regular cleaning, and a dextrous ability to pack, hold, light and inhale at the same time. The drawbacks to the pipe/bong method 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 altogether, there’s vaping—often seen as the future of CBD use. This marvellous invention can take your hemp as a concentrate, a vape oil, or a dry flower, and it works by heating the oil into vapor—avoiding the combustion process while still doing the job.
Another benefit is that vapes are very low on the conspicuous level. So many people vape worldwide that if you wanted to be secretive, you totally can!
There are some downsides though. Vape juices have been in the news lately (and not in a good way), so be careful when you’re buying! There are chemicals in some liquids (diacetyl) that cause a potentially 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 are, 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%, whereas you’ll only get around 10% from edibles.
By far the most popular method for those new to CBD products are tinctures. They don’t seem as scary as smoking or eating weed, and tinctures have been part of the homeopathic vernacular for so long that this humble liquid is a great choice. They can be dropped directly onto the tongue, or mixed into drinks and soups.
These little delights do exactly what they say. People add either CBD flowers, or a tincture, 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!
Whatever method you choose, the important thing is you enjoy your experience and do so responsibly!