We have covered some of the most common medical applications and benefits of CBD, as well as a few options for consuming medical cannabis, but as the market for medicinal CBD and cannabis products grows, so do the various types of products and forms of consumption. In this post, we will cover the five most common types that medical CBD products come in—including THC-CBD hybrids, hemp-based and pharmaceutical CBD—and how to consume them.
If you live in the Canton, Illinois area and would like to learn more about medical marijuana products, medical marijuana cards, and CBD/THC products, be sure to contact Salveo Health and Wellness, and our staff can answer questions. Feel free to give us a call at 309-204-3909, too!
Where does CBD come from?
Before we dive into the products and ways of consuming them, we should briefly mention what CBD is, and what we broadly mean when we say hybrid CBD-THC products. Cannabidiol (CBD) can be hemp-based (little-to-no THC) or marijuana-based (hybrids often containing high-to-moderate levels of THC), and there are now pharmaceutical extracts only containing CBD with no THC or other cannabinoids. While it is advisable to explore what strains, mixes, and doses are best suited for you, many experts in the industry encourage some sort of natural combination that creates an “Entourage Effect,” which means that when different types of cannabinoids are used together (i.e. natural, plant-based extracts containing more than just CBD or solely THC), they tend to enhance the overall effect in ways that are unique to the individual. Finally, and as a clarifying note, CBD is often extracted in the form of oil, which can be integrated into just about every product and form of consumption outlined below.
Inhaling medical marijuana by smoking a rolled joint or packed bowl is the traditional and most common method of consuming marijuana, but it not advisable if you are only looking for strictly medical CBD applications. This is mostly the case because it is hard to control the dosage amount. There are some CBD-only vaping products though, and it is true that inhaling CBD enters the bloodstream and endocannabinoid system (a set of receptors and chemical processes in the body that is directly affected by cannabinoids) quicker than eating an edible. While vaping can be better than smoking because there is less heat, for most medical applications it is common to look for other ways to consume CBD and CBD-THC hybrids.
2) Tinctures and Droplets
As you have maybe seen in a local organic and natural foods store, tinctures are becoming more and more popular. Tinctures are liquid CBD extracts with an alcohol, oil, or vegetable-glycerine base. While they can also be called just “oils” or “extracts,” they are often less powerful than highly concentrated oil extracts that are used in pharmaceuticals or as the core ingredient in a tincture or edible. CBD tinctures last longer than inhaling, making it easy to control dosage amounts, and are commonly used for pain relief. They come in droppers that you can place directly in the mouth or mix with food and drinks, but they can also come in small spray bottles that are applied directly under the tongue. You might have heard that veterinarians sometimes suggest CBD oil in the form of tinctures for dogs, and you will be seeing CBD tinctures in Walgreens and CVS stores in the coming year too.
CBD and medical CBD-THC hybrids can be made into rectal or vaginal suppositories as well. It’s a fast method of administration like inhaling, and it’s been noted that when it comes to THC-heavy products, a suppository doesn’t affect the head as much and it bypasses the liver as well. This allows for higher doses to go directly into the bloodstream and endocannabinoid system. A common use for medical cannabis suppositories has to do with pain relief, and some highly recommend a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD.
4) Oral Ingestion
Oral ingestion of CBD and hybrid cannabis products is probably the most common form of consumption as the effects usually last longer. It’s healthier than inhaling, and edibles are easier to come across in your local dispensary. They often come in 5 to 20 mg dosages, but some can range up to 100 mg. For first-time medical marijuana and CBD consumers, eating an edible is often the best approach. Choose a favorite healthy (or unhealthy) edible snack, or just swallow a pill or capsule with varying levels of CBD and THC, or just CBD. Edibles cover a wide variety of medical applications.
5) Topical Application
Whether it’s a lotion, oil, or spray, CBD and medical marijuana products are increasingly applied directly to the skin. The medical applications often have to do with spot-specific pain and muscle relief. CBD-only products, especially hemp-based, have been around in grocery stores and pharmacies for a long time, and they’re becoming more and more popular as research explores more medical applications. Furthermore, beyond lotions, body oils, and sprays, transdermal patches are a growing market niche as they provide a long-term, steady supply of CBD to a specific area of the body.
As medical marijuana products expand under new legal regimes, and as research examining the health applications of CBD and medical marijuana grows, there will be more and more products incorporating cannabinoids. If you live in the Canton, Illinois area and are interested in learning about what type of medical marijuana and CBD products are best for you, come visit our shop. Otherwise, check our list of covered illnesses eligible for medical marijuana and CBD treatment, and feel free to contact our team of experts to learn what products might be best for you and how to consume your choice appropriately.