Saturday June 22, 2019

By Nicholas Demski


Living in the world of politics looks like living in a world of disaster. There appears to be constant fighting between the parties. There’s shivving between members of the same party. There’s mudslinging, double speaking, and legalized corruption. However, not everything that’s a disaster has to be terrible. Take, for example, the passage of the 2018 farm bill which legalized hemp. Thanks to the bipartisan effort to push forward cannabis legalization, farmers in Kentucky can now return to the roots of their farmer ancestors. They can once again grow what used to be a staple crop in the Americas. For the consumers, this means that Americans have access to some of the cannabinoids. Most notably, CBD products are now flooding the market – and their popularity is rapidly expanding.

The booming hemp and CBD industry has come up with all kinds of ways to consume CBD products. In fact, there’s such a large variety of CBD products that they’ve started hitting the shelves of Big Box retailers like Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, GNC and Vitamin Shoppe. So far, people are able to consume CBD in a plethora of ways.

The Many Ways to Consume Cannabidiol

It seems like every day there’s a new product out there catering to CBD consumers. And because of the extreme competition building in the CBD industry, companies are working tirelessly to innovate and stay relevant. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the options on the market today.

Smoking CBD Joints

A very popular way to consume CBD is the same way that people have been consuming cannabis for millennia, by smoking it. For many, it’s a great way to wean off of cigarettes and get rid of their nicotine addiction. For others, they simply prefer the taste and flavor of cannabis smoke without the commonly associated psychoactive effect.

Consuming CBD via joints is a very popular option.

However, smoking CBD cigarettes is likely the least healthy way to consume CBD. The inhalation of plant material that’s been combusted may be detrimental to lung health. Despite this, it’s important to remember that smoking cigarettes and smoking cannabis is not the same thing. We’ve known that since at least 2005 when a study was published in Harm Reduction Journal that showed “components of cannabis smoke minimize some carcinogenic pathways whereas tobacco smoke enhances some.”

CBD Creams, Salves, Balms

Another popular way to consume CBD is through creams, salves, balms, and other topically-applied ointments. This route is significantly better for a consumer’s lungs than smoking CBD and has been shown to provide numerous benefits. For example, a 2015 study that appeared in DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences showed that topical CBD may help with autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). The research showed that daily treatment with 1% CBD cream may provide neuroprotective effects against EAE. These types of CBD products aren’t the only kind that may treat local ailments, though.

Transdermal CBD Patches

Transdermal CBD patches are another effective way to treat local issues. However, instead of the ephemeral capabilities of lotions, patches can help provide a sustained dose of CBD wherever it's needed. However, again, CBD patches may not provide cannabidiol to as many locations as it could be needed.

Vaporizing CBD

When considering the most effective ways to consume CBD, there are a few things to look at. The main things to consider are:

Things to consider:

  • Versatility
  • Efficacy
  • Acceptability
  • Accessibility
  • Health Implications

In terms of versatility, there is no clear cut winner in the world of CBD. There is an ever-lasting variety of products that come in all tastes, forms, flavors, and consumption methods. Therefore, let’s look beyond the versatility of the product. When it comes to efficacy, vaporizing CBD can’t be beaten. It’s the most rapid, most effective way to deliver cannabinoids to the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The vapors are immediately transferred from the lungs to the bloodstream and eventually to the ECS receptors before the exhale. Acceptability-wise, there are few CBD products that are more acceptable than a vape pen. That’s because vape pens have been normalized before they were loaded with CBD. A huge benefit to cannabis consumers is that vaporizers are a common and discrete way to consume a variety of compounds. It’s easy to fit in with a CBD pen and not have anyone bat an eyelash.

CBD vapes and cartridges are growing in popularity for multiple reasons.

Furthermore, because CBD is so acceptable, it’s also an accessible way to consume. You can consume while walking down the street, during a lunch break, or even in the company of your friend’s parents. It’s not a dangerous compound and you’re not getting high. It’s a product you can use anywhere. That’s in contrast to products like patches that might be difficult to remove and replace in the middle of the day. Most importantly, since vaporization of CBD means there is not combusted plant material, you’re getting the possible health benefits without the burnt waxes and plant lipids. That means you’re getting the fastest, healthiest dose of CBD possible.

Vaporization is a delivery system that moves CBD to every part of the body, delivers a full dose, and poses few—if any—health risks.

In fact, according to research published in 2016 in Scientific Reports showed that ‘cannavaping’ is likely an improved way to consume cannabinoids like CBD. The researchers pointed out the positives of removing tobacco and increasing the potency of cannabinoid preparations by saying that “these optimizations appear to be interesting improvements for the therapeutic use and delivery of cannabis.” If you’re curious to learn more about why vaping may be the best way to consume CBD, feel free to contact us today!

Have you ever vaporized CBD products before? Share your experiences in the comments below.

Nicholas Demski Nicholas Demski

As a former global educator, Nicholas uses his B.S. in biology to leverage his understanding of cannabinoid science into meaningful content for readers. For several years, Nicholas has written for several blogs, including Green Flower, and provided copywriting services for CBD and cannabis companies worldwide. He's also a Staff Writer for Terpenes and Testing Magazine, CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, and Extraction Magazine.

While Nicholas is a medical cannabis patient in Michigan, he has traveled from Spain to Colombia to Cambodia to see what cannabis is like around the world. He uses his background in science, world experience, and unique writing style to help people learn more about cannabis and cannabinoids at and on Instagram @Cannabiologist. You can also connect with Nicholas on his LinkedIn profile.

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