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How to Use CBD: 3 Popular Delivery Systems

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CBD is gaining popularity as a treatment for a variety of issues in both humans and animals. From epilepsy to arthritis and anxiety to multiple sclerosis symptoms, CBD is quickly entering the health community as an incredible tool. Choosing a delivery system can be challenging, so let’s talk about it!

CBD has little – if any – significant side effects. While research is only beginning, preliminary studies are producing revolutionary findings. 

One of those studies is with CBD use for arthritis in rats. 

CBD Science

In a 2016 study of CBD use for rats with arthritis, researchers measured a variety of CBD doses against levels of inflammation in knee joints. 

Yes, it sounds a little intense, but the findings were incredible. 

After just 4 days, researchers saw significant decreases in inflammation of arthritic rats. 

4 days!

Additionally, the researchers discovered a reduction in pain-related behaviors after CBD was used.

“These data indicate that topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviours and inflammation without evident side-effects.” Source

CBD can be applied topically

One of the practical applications of this study was confirming a popular delivery system of CBD. Instead of the rats ingesting CBD, researchers applied CBD topically. 

Because CBD is absorbed with fats and not water, it’s not as easy to “pop a pill” and throw it back with a glass of water. 

CBD is better absorbed with fats, so researchers are exploring alternative delivery systems for better body absorption.

How can humans use CBD?

CBD is typically used in one of three ways: 

Oral CBD 

When CBD is taken orally, it’s typically used as a tincture or tea. CBD can be absorbed by the body when taken orally, but best results are seen when a fat is included. This is why peanut butter and CBD is such a popular combination. 

Oral CBD application is beneficial for issues that are far more internal and long lasting, such as sleep issues. 

Sublingual CBD

Sublingual, or under-the-tongue, is another popular way to use CBD. By placing a few drops of CBD under your tongue, your body absorbs CBD without it passing through the bloodstream. A 2012 study found this delivery system to be more effective for some types of pain. 

Sublingual CBD application is helpful for mental health associated issues, such as anxiety and depression. 

Topical CBD

The third most popular way to use CBD is being studied more frequently as researchers discover the benefits. According to the 2016 study we mentioned earlier, “topical drug application avoids gastrointestinal administration, first pass metabolism, providing more constant plasma levels.” Source

Topical CBD application is especially popular for pain and inflammation issues, including arthritis.

A Therapeutic Dose of CBD

As you explore a variety of options for using CBD to improve your health and wellness, please remember that a poor quality CBD with a low dose of actual cannabidiol will have no positive effect on your condition.

A therapeutic dose is at least 300 mg/d. 

Anything less than this shouldn’t be considered to have any therapeutic benefit. 

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