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Ought to CBD be a part of your wellness routine?

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There are many ways you can consume CBD. Although the form is partly a matter of personal preference, it is important to understand that our body processes and absorbs CBD differently depending on how we consume it. The technical term for this absorption concept is "bioavailability". The more bioavailable a substance is, the easier it is for our body to absorb it.

All of these methods have in common that CBD is not psychoactive – that is, no matter in which form you try CBD, the CBD itself does not make you feel high.

Sublingual (tinctures): Some tinctures are based on oil, others on alcohol. Tinctures allow even dosing of CBD because they come with measured droppers. You press a few drops (or more, depending on how much you want to consume) under your tongue and hold it there for 30 seconds. Under the tongue is an effective way to consume CBD because it is absorbed more directly into your bloodstream, so your body doesn't waste much of it. CW Hemp is a reputable brand that produces CBD tinctures that are sold online.

Oral (capsules): Surprisingly, oral CBD intake often has the least bioavailability or absorption by your body. If you think about the digestive process, you will understand why: Your food goes through many enzymes that it breaks down as you go through your digestive tract. In general, not much CBD is absorbed in capsule form (only 20%!). However, if you are looking for "water-soluble" formulas such as CBD + turmeric capsules from Sagely Naturals, the CBD is more soluble in the digestive tract, which means a significantly higher bioavailability and effectiveness (up to 95%!).

Inhalation (vape pens): The lungs are very permeable, so this is another good way to increase bioavailability. It can work faster than other methods because the steam gets directly into your circuit.

Current (creams and ointments): Our skin is our largest organ and we absorb a lot more about our skin than you think. Not only does CBD penetrate our skin, it can also be more bioavailable than most other methods. While CBD, which is applied topically, has the same effects as CBD, which is used in the other methods mentioned above, many of these products contain additional ingredients that can offer additional therapeutic value. Sagely Naturals' Relief & Recovery cream contains peppermint essential oil and menthol. It is therefore ideal for pain relief, since you can feel the analgesic effects almost immediately.

As you can see, there are many options. If you live in a state where marijuana is legal, you can find CBD products in medical marijuana pharmacies (just pay attention to the THC content in the products, otherwise you may accidentally get high value!). If you want to try CBD and make sure there are no psychoactive effects, look for hemp products that you can buy online from some of the above sources. With more research being done on the health benefits of the cannabis plant, it's an amazing time to add CBD to your health and wellness routine!

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Beth Edmonds