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Ways to Use CBD

Ways to Use CBD

Posted by Glenn Beierle on 09/12/2018 in CBD Resources

Updated on December 6, 2018.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist

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Marijuana consists of many different components that work together to relieve symptoms. You can isolate these compounds, also known as cannabinoids, to experience only one component’s effects. Plenty of medical marijuana patients medicate with cannabidiol (CBD). This cannabinoid has properties we don’t usually associate with marijuana. Learn why patients use this compound and how to use CBD yourself.

About CBD Products

The marijuana plant has numerous cannabinoids that provide different kinds of relief. When we talk about cannabis medicine, we usually focus on two of them — CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC soothes a wide range of symptoms, but it also creates the high that we get from marijuana. Many patients don’t worry about this side effect, and recreational users definitely don’t mind it. But, some adult patients and parents of minor patients prefer an option that doesn’t cause create that high. They use CBD medication to treat conditions like epilepsy, insomnia and nausea. Keep reading to learn about the different ways to use CBD.


Oil is one of the most popular forms of CBD medicine. Since the FDA considers hemp-based CBD oil a supplement, you can buy and use it legally. However, if you have access to cannabis medicine, you may want to try a medical-grade product. The items sold at a dispensary go through more stringent testing than hemp-based CBD. Most people take CBD oil by mouth or with food, but you can also rub it into your skin or vape certain kinds of it.

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Patients with motor issues may need assistance taking CBD oil orally or topically. Vaping CBD oil requires vape equipment, and the time for the CBD to take effect depends on the administration method. Here is a closer look at some of the ways to consume CBD:

1. Edible CBD Medicine

CBD-infused food lets you take your medicine in the form of a tasty snack. Many dispensaries sell edibles that contain only CBD in addition to regular edibles. You can also make your own by mixing CBD oil into your meal. Adding CBD to food can make the medicating experience much more pleasant for children and people with disabilities. If you have a loved one who panics at the sight of medicine, an edible could change their outlook.

  • Equipment/Assistance Needed: Use a dropper to add CBD oil to a meal. Patients with certain disabilities may need a specific form of food or help with eating.
  • Time to Take Effect: Up to two hours
  • Suitable Conditions: Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease

2. CBD-Based Topical Treatments

Topical medications include lotions, salves, creams and patches. You apply these medications to your skin. Topicals offer treatment that you can’t get from other types of medicine.

  • Equipment/Assistance Needed: If a patient can’t reach the area of administration, they might need help from a caretaker.
  • Time to Take Effect: Creams, lotions and salves take effect quickly, while the medicine in patches builds slowly in your system.
  • Suitable Conditions: Arthritis, chronic pain, eczema (lotions, creams and salves); sleep disorders, anxiety and muscle spasms (patches)

3. Pills and Capsules With CBD

Some patients simply want to take a pill. Fortunately, you can do that with medical marijuana and CBD. Cannabis medicine can come in pill or capsule form just like traditional medicine. Patients who take a no-frills approach to their treatment appreciate the simplicity of CBD pills. Older patients familiar with standard medicine might feel more comfortable taking a CBD pill instead of a less conventional form.

  • Equipment/Assistance Needed: Take your pill with the healthy beverage of your choice — water is usually best.
  • Time to Take Effect: Less than an hour
  • Suitable Conditions: Digestive disorders, terminal illness, insomnia

4. CBD Vape Products

Vape cartridges come in CBD-only formulas that let you medicate with a vaporizer. Vaporizing marijuana has a similar effect to smoking it, and the same principle applies to CBD. When you vape CBD, it takes effect very quickly, but you don’t have to worry about smoke irritating your lungs. We do not recommend medicating children with a vaporizer.

  • Equipment/Assistance Needed: Any type of vaporizer will work with CBD.
  • Time to Take Effect: Almost immediate
  • Suitable Conditions: Nausea, multiple sclerosis, asthma

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5. Dabs and Concentrates With CBD

Patients experienced with using cannabis might enjoy medicating with a concentrate or dab. CBD isolate works like a typical marijuana extract, so you can use the same gear for it. However, we only recommend dabbing for patients with prior experience, as it involves using a torch. If you want a safer way to use a concentrate, vape it using an atomizer attachment.

  • Equipment/Assistance Needed: To breathe in a concentrate, use a dab torch and nail or vaporizer with atomizer.
  • Time to Take Effect: Almost immediate
  • Suitable Conditions: Anxiety, sleep disorders, glaucoma

6. CBD Tinctures and Oral Solutions

A CBD tincture consists of CBD in an oil or alcohol solution. Most tinctures with a CBD-only formula use hemp extract, making them legal to use across the country. Of course, check with the provider before buying so you can medicate legally. Use the tincture bottle’s included dropper to put the medicine under your tongue, on your skin or in a hot beverage.

  • Equipment/Assistance Needed: Minors or patients with mobility problems might need assistance with any of the three administration methods.
  • Time to Take Effect: 20 to 40 minutes (sublingual dose)
  • Suitable Conditions: Insomnia, arthritis, muscle spasms

7. Suppositories With CBD

If you can’t ingest or inhale CBD medicine, you can take it in the form of a suppository. Suppositories absorb into your body more quickly than edibles, giving you fast relief. The effects can last as long as eight hours. Rectal and vaginal CBD suppositories treat a variety of ailments.

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