Most people access CBD in its oil format. However, it can also be found in a variety of other forms. This post from Lift News lists the most popular ones.
When most people think about the medical properties of cannabis, they think of THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) and its psychoactive properties. As the medical community becomes more interested in marijuana, one of the other compounds within the plant has begun to take centre stage. Since CBD (cannabidiol) aids patients with a number of conditions and only causes minimal (and no psychoactive) side effects, it’s a great option for children and patients looking to remain sober.
Most people access CBD in its oil format. Much like its THC-laden counterpart, CBD oil is typically smoked or vaporized. For patients who might not want to inhale, however, it can also be found in a variety of other forms.
In comparison to oils, tinctures are not as concentrated, but they have been successfully used for pain management. Tinctures can come in either a vial and dropper or in a spray, and can easily be flavoured. Patients can place a few drops into a cup of tea, or directly under the tongue. Because tinctures don’t require digestion to become activated, they are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, taking effect in as few as 15 minutes.
As one of Ontario’s largest medical marijuana distributors, Tilray understands the need for a variety of CBD-based products. On their site, you can find various drops (both sativa and indica-dominant) that are suitable for oral ingestion and for use in food products.
Cannabis spray tinctures
For those looking for a discreet method of ingesting CBD, spray tinctures may be the answer. Offered by companies like Healthy Hemp Oil, these flavoured bottles allow you to deliver CBD directly to your bloodstream.
Because CBD is an anti-inflammatory, it can be used on its own to treat a variety of pain-related conditions. Especially when incorporated into edibles, this chemical can provide effective relief for those suffering from chronic conditions.
Since edibles need to be digested, they can take up to 90 minutes for the effects to be fully realized, but the trade-off is more enduring relief than smoke or vapor can provide. Due to this delay as well as the challenges in controlling doses in edibles, it’s important to choose edible products that are correctly dosed and regulated.
Some licensed medical marijuana distributors like Tweed and Mettrum now offer their patients options for making their own edibles at home. The Tweed Pantry provides two baking mixes for cupcakes and muffins. Mettrum also offers mixes for treats like brownies and cookies, or you can start your day off with infused pancakes.
Sometimes patients don’t need full body pain relief or the relaxation that comes with ingesting CBD. Topicals are a great way to provide localized pain relief, relax muscles and ease the stiffness and inflammation of arthritis. There is even evidence that suggests topicals can help with a variety of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Salves and massage oils
Topicals can be found in many forms including salves, lotions and massage oils. They are applied directly to the affected area, and either rubbed in or left to absorb. Topicals can also be combined with any number of other ingredients to create calming aromas or even provide additional benefits like extra pain relief or skin conditioning.
It has become possible for people to avoid the high that comes with ingesting cannabis, while still treating a growing number of medical conditions. As research into the effects of CBD on the body advances and dispensaries are permitted to sell these products, there will be even more opportunities for people to treat themselves in a healthy and targeted manner.