Over the past decade, both awareness and use of CBD products have exploded. Ever-growing pools of evidence and ever-loosening government regulations have served to ignite an entire industry centered around this non-psychoactive, highly-therapeutic cannabinoid.
In this article, we break down the three best types of CBD-infused products so you can gain a better understanding of how CBD works and which kind of CBD product could work for you.
CBD Sublingual Oil
If you’ve seen CBD products before, then there’s a good chance you’re familiar with good ol’ CBD oils. Sublingual drops are the most popular CBD products because of their ease of use and their high potency compared to edible products.
Why does this kind of CBD product stand out?
Instead of being absorbed by your digestive lining and broken down by your liver, sublingual CBD oil gets absorbed by the mucous membrane under your tongue and delivered straight into your bloodstream. This route of administration provides nearly instantaneous effects and up to 80% bioavailability.
How is sublingual CBD oil made?
As with all the other types of CBD products, sublingual CBD starts its journey in the flowers of hemp plants (hemp is part of the Cannabis Sativa L species, and in most cases will contain less than 0.3% THC by weight).
The raw plant is placed in an extraction machine. Carbon dioxide is passed through the plant at a specific supercritical pressure, as determined by the extraction specialist. CO2 is used because it can be pressurized to precisely extract only a few select terpenes and cannabinoids including cannabidiol, leaving behind all of the other compounds.
At this point, the CBD is a highly concentrated, light-yellow resin. This is known as CBD isolate, and it can be dabbed or vaporized as-is, just like THC wax or shatter. However, to be used as a sublingual oil, CBD isolate is combined with vegetable glycerin, hemp oil, or some other oily base which is more easily absorbed by our mucous membranes than pure CBD alone.
The phrase “CBD oil” was coined to refer to these kinds of products which combine CBD with an oily base. If you need high doses of CBD, or you just like its natural earthy flavor, then this is the product for you.
What kind of conditions can CBD oil help with?
First, here’s some background on CBD.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?
CBD is a wonder of health and wellness because of its powerful interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which controls hundreds of different mechanisms of homeostasis. Homeostasis refers to the conditions necessary for a biological system to function, whether that system is a single cell or an entire ecosystem; for example, homeostasis controls body temperature and hydration.
Conditions including arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease are all triggered when the endocannabinoid system (ECS) fails to regulate some aspect of homeostasis, from nerve sensitivity in fibromyalgia to programmed cell death in cancer.
This is known as clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD), and it may be the cause of hundreds of idiopathic conditions which western medicine has still failed to successfully treat.
CBD is an “partial antagonist” of cannabinoid receptors, which means it mildly suppresses the endocannabinoid system. This causes the ECS to compensate by producing more receptors, and more endocannabinoids to activate those receptors.
CBD recalibrates the ECS, restoring balance and regulation to all of the systems controlled by the ECS.
But not all conditions are helped by the same dose of CBD. Cancer and immune system disorders often call for relatively high doses of CBD in order to fully treat the condition into remission.
CBD sublingual oils are one of the better options for people requiring high doses of CBD.
CBD Vape Oil and E-Liquid
While sublingual oils are easy to use and good for delivering high doses, vaping is by far one of the preferred ways to consume CBD. Thousands of smoke shops carry CBD cartridges for vape pens and CBD-infused e-liquid for dripping directly onto a coil. Athletes like Nate Diaz, use CBD vapes to recover after intense workouts.
Why does this kind of product stand out?
The lungs are the part of our body that allow for the most rapid exchange of gases between the external world and our blood stream. Inhaling vaporized CBD facilitates around 95% bioavailability – the highest of any type of CBD product. In addition, it is also directly therapeutic for the pulmonary tissue that makes up our lungs and airways.
Although it delivers a low dose, you get the full benefit of nearly all of the CBD, effective less than 5 seconds after inhalation.
How is CBD vape oil made?
Vapable CBD follows the same process as sublingual CBD oil. In fact, CBD oils up to 20% potency can be dropped directly onto a mod coil as-is. It can also be formulated into preloaded cartridges for use with vape pen batteries, great for travel or an active lifestyle.
What kind of conditions can CBD vape oil help with?
Because it efficiently delivers a relatively low dose, conditions like anxiety and everyday aches and pains associated with exercise respond exceptionally well to CBD vape oil. In addition to ease of use, it is highly portable and can be used on-the-go. It is also helpful for conditions of the pulmonary tissue that makes up the lungs and airway.
CBD Topical Pain Cream
While most CBD products are ingested into the body, CBD topical pain creams can be applied directly onto affected areas. They deliver a therapeutic dose of CBD straight to the source of discomfort, helping to reliev pain and resolving the underlying inflammatory response.
Why does this kind of product stand out?
CBD topicals are quite effective for relieving muscle and joint pain. While they generally have a lower dosage than sublingual oils, they are not diffused throughout the entire body.
Instead, topical CBD products are concentrated directly at the source of pain or injury, allowing for more CBD to penetrate that specific area.
How is CBD topical pain cream made?
The best CBD topicals are pharmacist formulated from the same CBD isolate that CBD sublingual oil comes from. Instead of an oil, it’s mixed with a topical transdermal base which allows it to penetrate the skin and deep tissue, eliminating aches and pains at their source.
What kind of conditions can CBD topicals help with?
Topical CBD products are the most effective for muscle pain and joint discomfort following an injury or a workout. They also especially help with acne and skin disorders, as the CBD diffuses directly through the skin, saturating it with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
All products with a Green Roads label are formulated by a licensed compounding pharmacist, using pharmaceutical grade equipment, to ensure the highest quality, potency, and consistency.
If you are looking for a high-grade CBD product, check out GreenRoads over at www.greenroadsworld.com
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