Finding Some Much-Needed Bliss with CBD
If there is one thing that most CBD users swear about their daily hemp routines, it’s that it helps them find a sense of inner calm, hard to obtain otherwise during their hectic day-to-day schedules. This isn’t just some myth either being used to market cannabidiol. The studies show that this unique hemp compound may have what it takes to help us achieve a sense of bliss through a totally natural means.
We know that not all CBD products are created equally. Some may help us find that feeling of euphoria more easily than others. Further complicating matters, the way in which you take your daily help may play a role in how blissed out you end up feeling once it kicks in.
What Makes CBD So Blissful?
Well, let’s see what the science has to say. CBD is a cannabinoid, which means that it works in the body by binding to cannabinoid receptors in various bodily systems that each trigger some type of regulatory response that improves the functionality of specific tasks. Cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system play a role in our mood, which is why hemp may offer unique levels of stress relief without making a person feel drugged. It may reduce cortisol levels and other stress-related hormones while lifting serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine, which make us feel calmer and more content with our circumstances.
Choosing the Right Delivery Method
Hemp products come in a wide range of delivery methods, with the term referring to the manner in which the hemp compounds are delivered into the body. Each delivery method offers something unique in terms of how quickly it takes effect, how strongly you can feel it and how long those effects will last. There is no single delivery method considered superior to the rest, as it’s just a matter of finding what most suits your individual needs.
Delivery Method #1: CBD Vapes: Great for Fast Relief
CBD vapes are great for getting fast-acting results as they absorb into the body very quickly due to inhalation. They can take effect within minutes and peak very quickly and potently, lasting for around an hour. They come in different strengths, flavors, and hardware requirements, but we love cartridges, disposables and vape oils equally. Just 3 or 4 puffs is all most people need to get the results they’re looking for.
Delivery Method #2: CBD Edibles: Ideal for Those Who Desire Long-Lasting Effects
Edibles are almost the opposite of vapes. They can take about an hour or two to peak and can be more subtly felt in the body. But they offer effects for up to 8 hours, which isn’t a bad bargain. Taking a CBD gummy in the morning, for instance, can give you feelings of bliss for the majority of the day, which is something that we could all seriously use.
Available in numerous strengths and flavors and are easy to take. One to two pieces is considered a standard dose, with 10 to 20 milligrams being a standard strength.
Delivery Method #3: CBD Tinctures: Convenient, Easy and the Happy Medium
CBD tinctures are sort of the middle ground between edibles and vapes. They take effect in about 15 to 45 minutes, offer a good level of potency in terms of their effects, and last for a couple of hours in the body. Being held under the tongue allows them to absorb sublingually, and the dropper caps make them simple to dose out, as each full dropper is a single dose. Most people like to start out with a 1000mg bottle, offering 33 milligrams per dose, which is enough to feel those calming properties in action.
Delivery Method #4: CBD Topicals: Great for Pain That Can Contribute to Feelings of Discomfort
For anyone dealing with localized pain that’s stopping them from feeling truly relaxed, consider a topical solution, such as a CBD-infused balm, lotion, cream, or gel. These topicals target the area of application, meaning you will not experience mood effects. However, the release of tension they may provide can definitely help provide some blissfulness, regardless.
Delivery Method #5: CBD Flower: Pure, Raw, and Unadulterated Hemp
CBD flower is the pure hemp buds in their raw, natural state, rich in all of the compounds in the hemp plant that we know and desire, like cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. CBD flower is most commonly smoked but can be vaporized as well with a special vape device. It can even be cooked with. What makes it unique is that it may be more bioavailable due to the fact that it has not been processed in any way.
Delivery Method #6: Wax and Shatter: Concentrates for Powerful Hemp Activation
Wax and shatter are the two most popular forms of concentrate, which is simply the concentrated form of hemp produced using any type of specialized extraction method which, in the case of wax and shatter, is a butane solvent. Being a concentrate, it is highly potent, and great for smoking and vaping when you need something very strong that acts quickly.
The quality of the product matters, so make sure that you look for lab reports indicating that a company has their hemp extract tested per batch. These lab reports come from a third-party and show that you can trust that the product has what it takes to work.
Strength and Dosage Make a Difference
Of course, higher strengths and doses will produce more potent effects, and the most commonly reported side effect of taking too much cannabidiol is feelings of sleepiness or grogginess. Consider your particular symptoms and body weight to decide how much to take per day, using the general dosing information we provided above when breaking down the different delivery methods that are available.
Unique Strains for Different Needs
The hemp plant is bred in a wide range of strains, with each strain having its own specific chemical composition of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Each strain offers different effects because each compound in hemp does something different when consumed by the body. Therefore, some strains are more relaxing than others. Let’s discuss the three main categories of strains.
- Sativa: Known for being more energizing and uplifting. If you’re trying to feel calm and relaxed, you may not enjoy the more stimulating effects of these strains.
- Indica: Known for being very calming to both the body and mind, making them ideal for deep relaxation.
- Hybrid: Combine the sativa and Indica parent. Many Indica-dominant hybrids offer calming, euphoria-inducing effects that are fully worth exploring.
We recommend experimenting with different strains because everyone’s body responds to them differently. Experimentation is how you can find the strain that is the most effective for you.
Select the Perfect Hemp Extract for Your Needs
Now, let’s break down the three types of hemp extracts that can be present in a hemp formula, and how they pertain to blissfulness.
- CBD Isolate: Pure cannabidiol extract, free of other compounds. This means that products made with CBD isolate do not come in various strains. Cannabidiol alone can certainly offer relaxing properties, but some find that the other two extracts are more useful as the addition of other calming compounds makes a difference.
- Broad Spectrum: This hemp extract is a THC-free extract containing every other compound in hemp, including cannabinoids and terpenes. It comes in different strains and offers the properties of each individual compound.
- Full Spectrum: Has every compound in the hemp plant, including the trace, non-psychoactive and legal level of THC. This gives you every compound’s properties in a uniquely boosted way through synergistic means known as the entourage effect.
Be Consistent with Your Routine
To reap the full potential of hemp’s calming properties, you should maintain a consistent daily routine, taking the same amount each day. Cannabinoids work cumulatively in the body, meaning that they can be more effective over time.
If you want the relaxing properties of CBD to take effect at a specific moment during the day, like before going to bed or before work, make sure to time each dose accordingly. The guide below will tell you how long before the moment you want the CBD to peak to take your dose.
- Tinctures: Take a CBD tincture about 15 to 30 minutes beforehand.
- Edibles: Take your edible about one hour prior to when you want it to peak.
- Vapes: Can have effects within minutes, so use them right before you want the cannabinoids to “kick in.”
- Topicals: Tend to work within 15 or so minutes, so time your application accordingly.
Don’t Be Afraid to Double Up
Remember that it is okay to take more than one type of CBD product in one day. For instance, you may find that you enjoy both the long-lasting, gentle properties of edibles along with the fast-acting, more potent properties of vapes.
Achieving Euphoria in a More Holistic Way
Cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) are a fascinating science, and one of the things that we love most about the hemp plant is the potential that it has to help us relax. For people out there looking to explore these bliss-inducing properties, you will need to be particular about the product you select and how you take it.
Luckily, by simply choosing wisely and being consistent with your routine, while being conscious of your strength and dosage amount, you can find that sense of calm in a totally natural way thanks to the relaxing nature of cannabidiol.