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How to use CBD Oil
by Erin D. - April 28th, 2020.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, it is one of the components found in the cannabis plant. CBD can be derived from either the hemp or marijuana, both of which belong to the cannabis family. The hemp plant is mostly grown for its use in industry and hemp-derived seed oil which is consumed in cooking, skincare and pain relievers. CBD is the by-product of this process and that is why it's also known as hemp-derived CBD. THC and CBD are the two components derived from the cannabis plant, but both of them have different properties.
THC is well known for its ‘high’ characteristics; on the other hand, CBD is free of these psychoactive properties. Basically, CBD is extracted from a hemp plant that has very low THC content. This means that CBD does not have mind-altering properties or ‘high’ sensation, which is a characteristic of marijuana. Some studies have shown some positive effects of CBD which help reverse the effects of THC.
CBD is mostly extracted in the form of oil; concentration of oil might vary. But it can also be added into edibles like cookies and donuts. The most effective way of consuming cannabidiol is by using CBD tinctures. CBD tinctures contain a high concentration of cannabidiol and provide the best bioavailability, which means it is instantly absorbed into the body.
There are three categories for CBD products; Isolate, Broad and Full-spectrum.
Full spectrum cannabidiol products contain flavinoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids that are extracted along with CBD. It generally has a higher THC content, which can lead to the entourage effect - or a feeling of being high.
Broad-spectrum cannabidiol products consist of all the cannabinoids that are extracted along with CBD. This means that it might contain some traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but it's 0.3% or less. By law, it's okay to have less than 0.3% of THC in any product, this amount of THC will not give you a high sensation, but traces of THC might be visible in your drug test.
Isolate CBD products are 100% free of THC content, aka pure CBD. In this case, CBD is isolated from terpenes and all the other cannabinoids.
All about CBD
CBD is gaining popularity the past few years; it is widely considered a medical product for multiple ailments.The most common use of CBD products is to ease pain, reduce anxiety and suppress depression. Some studies have shown that CBD products have shown promising results while treating some cases of childhood epilepsies.
The results shown by CBD products in reducing anxiety and depression led the researcher to the more enhanced use of cannabidiol, hence it is now used for patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. CBD also enhances the production of hormones like serotonin and dopamine, these hormones interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and creates a calm and relaxed feeling. Another hormone that is enhanced by CBD is melatonin, it plays an important role in helping you get a good night's sleep and wake up feeling rested and energized.
CBD tincture vs CBD oil
CBD products are available in many forms, oils, tinctures, vapes, edibles, and cosmetic products. It is up to the consumer which form of CBD products they prefer. The most commonly used CBD products are oil and tinctures.
One thing to keep in mind is that CBD oil and tincture are not the same things. Even though they are used interchangeably, the difference lies in their extraction process. Cannabis plant extracts are mixed with a carrier oil to make CBD oil. The carrier oil then enriched the CBD component to enhance the bioavailability. Coconut oil and olive oil are mostly used as carrier oils, any other plant-based oil can also be used as carrier oil i.e. sunflower oil, corn oil, and flaxseed oil.
Now to make CBD tincture, the cannabis extracts are mixed in water and alcohol-based mixture to create CBD tincture. The alcohol-based mixture acts as a preservative to enhance the shelf life of tincture, secondly, it makes the tincture readily bioavailable for the body to absorb.
CBD tinctures also consist of herbal extracts and essential oils for better taste and added health aids. Most commonly vanilla, rosemary, strawberry, and lavender oils are used in CBD tinctures. Some people like to use CBD tinctures in drinks, coffee, and tea. You can also add these tinctures inedible stuff like cookies, cakes, donuts, and cupcakes.
Now the question arises on how to use CBD oils and tinctures? Well, CBD oil and tincture can be applied to the skin, but the added ingredients in CBD tincture like essential oils and artificial flavoring might cause skin irritation. CBD oils can be easily used on the skin for acne, irritation, and pain. Apply the desired amount of CBD tropicals onto the skin and massage. CDB products have anti-inflammatory properties themselves, so these products are very helpful for skin care.
CBD oils and tinctures share a lot of similarities. Starting with cannabidiol delivery, both these oils and tinctures are readily bioavailable for the body to absorb.
Both the oils and tinctures are usually taken orally and sometimes mixed with water-soluble components. These products provide an instant CBD delivery to your body, making them more effective than other products available in the market. CBD oils and tinctures come in a small bottle with a dropper. The bottle is tinted so stop UV light and extend the shelf life. The dropper helps to maintain a balanced dose of CBD.
CBD oils and tinctures for Wrinkles and Anti-Aging
As you start to age your skin starts to show signs of deterioration which include dullness, wrinkles, and redness. To keep the skin from such deterioration you need to apply skincare products like anti-aging creams and lotions. There might be a lot of products in the market but CBD oil products are the best for skin care.
To keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated, CBD oils are very important. CBD oils are produced from the hemp plant which produces Omega 3 and Omega 6 which enhances collagen. Collagen is an important protein in the human body usually found in bones, muscles, and skin which prevents excessive water loss. In return, you get a healthy and hydrated skin tone.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, CBD oils and tinctures are well known for their anti-aging effects on the skin. Along with the anti-aging effect, CBD oil also reduces the appearance wrinkles and leaves you with younger-looking skin. By reducing the free radical damage CBD oils and tinctures diminish issues like skin dullness, acne, and wrinkles.
CBD tinctures are not preferred for skin application, instead, CBD tinctures are taken orally. It can be mixed with any water-soluble drink like coffee and tea. Every person might have different effects of CBD products, so you must know how to use CBD oil effectively according to your body type.
CBD for Acne
Acne is a well-known skin condition mostly among young people. It is caused by excessive dirt and oil clogged in the skin, causing inflammation, redness, and itching.
It is known that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, theses anti-inflammatory properties are very beneficial for skincare especially acne. Acne is caused by inflammation in skin cells, studies have shown that applying CBD oil helps soothe the skin and reduce the inflammation, which in turn reduce the redness caused by acne.
CBD oil only targets the cells causing acne and inflammation. Unlike other medication which causes dryness and itching in the healing process.
Guidelines on how to use CBD oil on your skin include, washing your skin with lukewarm water and then applying a generous amount of CBD skincare products on the affected area of your skin. This will help combat the skin condition and result in smooth glowing skin. Another added benefit of CBD oils and tropicals is reduced sebum (your skins natural oil) production caused by reduced inflammation on the skin.
CBD oil for Dry Skin
Dry skin can cause multiple problems like itching and toughness. It is very difficult to maintain dry skin, especially in winters.
CBD oil provides the perfect balance of nourishment and nutrition. It helps prevent skin irritation, skin cracking, redness caused by scratching, and rough patches. CBD oil does not affect the sebaceous glands, which is a plus point. The sebaceous gland is a small oil-producing gland, which is present inside the skin. Usually, sebaceous glands are attached with a hair follicle and produce sebum.
The CBD oil comes in direct contact with your skin and does not hinder the production of sebum. Hence, CBD oil not only has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties but it does not hinder the natural oil production of the skin. You must know how to use CBD oil to bring back the natural glow of your dried skin. Also, don’t forget to use CBD tinctures to enhance the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil and calm the nervous system.
CBD oil for Eczema
Scientists do not know exactly what causes eczema, and there is no permanent cure for it. Suffering from eczema can be tough due to frequent itching and scratching. There are 31.6% of Americans suffering from Eczema. It causes skin cracking, itching, and inflammation.
CBD is one of the few options available to relieve symptoms of eczema. It prevents skin dryness and reduces inflammation in affected areas. CBD oil has no side effects and its anti-inflammatory properties make it the best option for eczema patients. The Endocannabinoid system is directly affected by CBD, it is believed to be the cause of inflammatory reaction inside the body and the leading cause of eczema. There are multiple ways of how to use CBD oil for eczema, you should clean the affected area and apply a generous amount on the affected area. Also, CBD tinctures can be used orally to alleviate the symptoms of eczema.
CBD Oil and Tinctures: How to use
CBD tinctures contain a highly concentrated amount of cannabidiol, it is important to know how to use CBD oil and tinctures. It is highly recommended that small doses of CBD tinctures are taken at a time. Small doses can be monitored using the dropper that might come with or inside the CBD tincture bottle. It is also important to know that CBD tinctures and oils are safe to use with no or minimal side effects, but that does not mean you should overdose on it.
As far as changing your dose is concerned, it is highly recommended to consult a doctor or do some research on how much dose is ideal for your condition. Again, the recommended dose differs from person to person and depends on the severity of the condition.
There are numerous methods of how to use CBD oil and tincture, the best of those methods are:
- Putting a few drops of CBD tincture under your tongue; bypassing the digestive tract, will be absorbed into your bloodstream. This method is considered the most ideal because it is readily bioavailable. It will be absorbed in your bloodstreams and provide instant relief from pain and inflammation.
- CBD tinctures can be added to drinks, baked goods, salads or desserts. It has a high concentration of cannabidiol so it is perfect to use in various recipes. You can add a few drops in coffee, tea, milk or any beverage of your liking.
- You can also prepare brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and donuts, just add few drops before basting and you are good to go.
There are numerous methods of how to use CBD oil and tincture, the best of those methods are:
• Putting a few drops of CBD tincture under your tongue; bypassing the digestive tract, will be absorbed into your bloodstream. This method is considered the most ideal because it is readily bioavailable. It will be absorbed in your bloodstreams and provide instant relief from pain and inflammation.
• CBD tinctures can be added to drinks, baked goods, salads or desserts. It has a high concentration of cannabidiol so it is perfect to use in various recipes. You can add a few drops in coffee, tea, milk or any beverage of your liking.
• You can also prepare brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and donuts, just add few drops before basting and you are good to go.
• CBD tinctures are not normally recommended for use on skin. CBD topicals however, can be very effective when applied to your skin. It is important to know how to use CBD oil to get maximum results, wash the area you intend to apply and use a generous amount of CBD skincare product on it and gently massage.