A typical CBD vape cartridge containing 100 mg of CBD delivers about 1-2 mg CBD with each puff. If you’re using a CBD vape pen or tank, you’ll be taking in a bit more CBD per puff, depending on your device and the strength of your CBD vape juice.
Vaping CBD is not the only way to take it, but it happens to be one of the best. There are many other alternatives such as oral tinctures, creams, CBD patches, CBD drinks, CBD isolate powder, and CBD capsules and edibles. CBD crystal isolate powder is ideal for making edibles since it typically contains 99% pure CBD. The crystals dissolve into butter or oil, and can be used to create CBD-infused butter, or any of your favorite recipes.
What dosage should I take?
CBD made from hemp is no longer criminalized by the federal government, and most states treat it the same way. Idaho, Nebraska, and North Dakota still have restrictions, because their laws lump hemp products together with all cannabis products. You may need to obtain a prescription from a doctor to use CBD in those states. If you happen to be in a state where marijuana is legal, you’ll have access to CBD products containing more than the 0.3% legal limit of THC.
Research into the side effects of CBD is still in its infancy. A comprehensive study was released last year that concluded there were in fact some side effects associated with CBD. The most commonly documented side effect of CBD is mild drowsiness. This is more common with first-time users and can subside with regular use.
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Topicals are cannabinoid- infused lotions, salves, balms, sprays, oils, and creams. Topicals are applied directly to the skin for localized relief of pain and inflammation, making them perfect for treating muscle, joint, and surface-oriented pain.
The transdermal patch works just like a nicotine patch, delivering cannabinoids straight to the bloodstream over time. After applying the patch to a venous part of the body, one can expect sustained relief that lasts from six to eight hours. Because delivery to the bloodstream is very efficient, transdermal patches require much smaller dosages relative to edibles.
The downside to edibles is the delayed onset time, which can take anywhere from 20 to 90+ minutes. Onset time is directly related to the digestive process–eating them on an empty stomach results in a faster processing and vice versa. The combination of delayed onset and variable potency make dosage control more challenging. For more on recommended edible dosages, click here .
Which is more flavorful?
As the availability of medical and recreational cannabis has increased, so has the popularity of edibles (cannabis-infused food and drink). The selection of edibles is constantly expanding with dispensaries selling everything from medicated sodas to savory snacks. For those living in less tolerant states, you can make your own at home with surprising ease. Essentially, any recipe that calls for oil or butter can be infused with cannabis. In the edible preparation process, the cannabinoids are combined with lipids (fats) and decarboxylated (heated) converting them from their acid forms into their activated states. The activated oil can also be ingested in pill form.
The effects associated with ingested cannabis last much longer than the other consumption methods (anywhere from four to eight-plus hours) and can be significantly more intense. This is because THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, is converted to the more psychoactive 11-hydroxy-THC by the liver. This compound is approximately five-to-ten times stronger than the original THC. Smoked/vaporized cannabis does not have the same effect as it does not pass through the liver. For those looking to avoid the ‘high’ associated with THC-infused edibles, we recommend CBD edibles or juicing raw cannabis .
Some people enjoy packing a one hitter pipe because of the limited amount of smoke required to pack a considerable punch.
Dabbing is the process of dropping a dose of cannabis concentrate onto a heated water pipe attachment (known as a nail ) and inhaling. Dabbing teeters the line between combustion and vaporization as the cannabis concentrate is heated to temperatures ranging from 500-900+°F. However, because clean cannabis concentrates are typically free of plant matter, there is less risk of inhaling potentially harmful carcinogens, even at higher temperatures consistent with combustion. Dabbing involves highly concentrated cannabis extracts and is not recommended for novice consumers.