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With the CBD consumer craze just getting started, companies are rushing products onto the market to see what will stick. There are many ways users can now take CBD, although some may be more gimmick than good practice. Here are 5 of the rather weird, wonderful ways you can now get your CBD groove on.
If you don’t want to hold drops under your tongue, swallow a capsule, or rub CBD oil lotion or balm onto your skin, you can now find CBD-infused chewing gum. Several companies recently debuted CBD chewing gum, including Endoca, which sells packs of 10 pieces of peppermint gum made of ethically sourced chicle from tropical rainforests and infused with 15 mg CBD per piece. Chicle is a natural tree resin that dissolves over time while chewing, which the company claims helps deliver the CBD into your system through the mucus membranes in your throat and mouth.
CanChew® Gum claims it was the first CBD hemp oil-infused gum and has been around since 2013, although the company has made improvements over the years by adding AXIM Biotechnologies patent for chewing gum as a delivery system for cannabinoids. The current version is 30 pieces in a box and promises 50 mg of full-spectrum hemp oil with 10 mg of CBD per piece.
Chill gum by Leafly is a hemp oil CBD-infused gum that offers 10 mg of CBD per tablet, with 10 tablets in each bright green blister pack that looks like any other gum you could buy at the local convenience store or gas station.
Most CBD-infused chewing gums say they are made of a “gum base,” which experts say can be tricky, as some testing of CBD gum products showed that a large percentage of the important cannabinoids remained in the sticky base even after prolonged chewing. That’s why Endoca claims that the naturally dissolving chicle is a better delivery method, and CanChew claims the new biotechnology it applied from AXIM has made the gum capable of releasing 80 percent of the CBD in the gum into the mucus membranes in the mouth.
For those who don’t want to be (ahem) left behind, CBD suppositories are readily available today. If someone is unable to swallow CBD orally or has trouble with the gastrointestinal system, CBD suppositories may be a good delivery method.
When CBD is administered rectally, it bypasses the digestion process and the metabolism of the cannabinoid in the liver. Some think this makes suppositories able to give users more of the positive effects of CBD. When a suppository is administered, the rectal walls absorb more of the CBD and allow a greater amount of it to get into a user’s bloodstream. Some physical conditions may keep suppositories from being effective, including obstructions in the rectum or on the rectal wall and dehydration.
CBD balms and lotions abound on the market, both online and in retail outlets. Applied topically, users say CBD oil helps feet in many ways. Cannabinoids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, so when your feet are swollen, applying topical creams and balms with CBS may calm both the inflammation in your feet and any inflamed skin as well. CBD has been known to soothe eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, and many other skin conditions.
Look for balms that have CBD listed as one of the first ingredients. Products that say they are infused with hemp seed oil or hemp oil are not the same as those infused with CBD. Also, consider the concentration of the CBD in the balm, cream or lotion. Most products list the amount of CBD in the entire jar or bottle. Take that number and divide the number of applications per container. For example, if a bottle has 30 doses in it and 300 mg of CBD, you are going to get approximately 10 mg per dropper. The higher the dosage per application, the more of the effects you are likely to experience.
CBD edibles are also a popular category, largely in an effort to make the taste and presentation of CBD more appealing. Gummies and chocolates are two products in the edibles category that you can purchase in order to consume a daily dose of CBD. However, remember that when CBD is swallowed and then digested, it goes through the liver. The liver then metabolizes much of it, weakening its effects.
CBD gummies, if chewed for awhile, may deliver some CBD through the mucus membranes in the mouth and throat, but plan to hold them in your mouth for up to two minutes before swallowing for optimal absorption.
CBD chocolates are also on the market in many varieties and flavors, truffles and bon bons to dark chocolate bars and heart-shaped meltaways. Exercise caution when considering CBD chocolates. Look for the way the chocolate ingredients are sourced and the way the products are made. Some chocolates may only contain hemp oil with little or no CBD. Many chocolates contain blends of CBD and THC, so if you are avoiding the psychotropic cannabinoid THC, read the labels carefully.
Another way to ingest CBD is by filling your cup. CBD teas, honeys, and waters are appearing in gas stations, restaurants, and even grocery stores. These products may be a good way to introduce microdoses of CBD into your system if you just want to see what the hype is all about. Of course, you may not notice any effects in very small doses of CBD, but drinking it may be a pleasant way to get started. CBD-infused honey sticks combine the natural antibiotic and antimicrobial benefits of honey along with the anti-inflammatory potential of the CBD for a bonus effect that could boost your immune system as well as calm anxiety, help with sleep or reduce aches and pains.
As always, if you are considering trying CBD for the first time, consult your physical or medical professional before making any changes in your health routine. CBD products have not yet been approved by the FDA.
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