Trying CBD Goods and More: How To Choose Hemp-Based Products

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Have you found yourself interested in trying hemp-based products? There are plenty of reasons that more and more people have been looking at hemp and marijuana. 

After the 2018 farm bill legalizing hemp, CBD was no longer considered a schedule 1 drug. As more and more states legalize all marijuana products, it's becoming more acceptable to consume CBD and THC products. 

Many people are recognizing the benefits of these products. Have you incorporated them into your life? 

There are plenty of reasons to use hemp and marijuana products and plenty of ways to consume them. Keep reading to learn all about the different methods of consumption and why you may want to choose one over the others. 

Quick-Acting Hemp-Based Products

If you're someone who prefers products that work fast, you might want to look into ones that enter your system immediately. These are great for anyone who experiences sudden anxiety, sudden pain, or sudden nausea. 

But what products work best when you need relief right away? These are a few product types that usually work as soon as you need them. 

Smoking Flower

While CBD, Delta-8 THC, and other hemp-based products aren't the same as marijuana, you can still smoke them as if they were. You can roll them into joints, put them into bowls or other pipes, or use them in one-hitters just as you would with marijuana. 

When you smoke hemp products they make their way right into the bloodstream almost instantly. 

Smokable products (like "flower") are great for when you're able to be off on your own somewhere outdoors. They're quick and a little bit goes a long way.

That said, if you have any kind of respiratory condition or you don't have privacy or a smoke-friendly space, they might not be the best choice for you. 

Vaping Flower or Oil

If you want all of the benefits of smoking without any of the downsides, you can try using a vaporizer (otherwise known as "vaping"). Some vaporizers let you put dried materials into a chamber while others use oils or concentrate. 

Like smoking, vaping sends the hemp products directly into your bloodstream. This means that you get an immediate effect. 

One isn't better than the other, though it's possible to use vaporized dried materials later on in edibles if you know what you're doing and you have a large supply (larger than you'd need for non-vaporized material). 

One of the reasons that vaping is ideal is that you can do it anywhere. While apartments and rental homes may have rules against vaping indoors, there's no chance of smoke damage and there's no leftover smell.

You can do it around other people if you're subtle. You don't run the risk of secondhand smoke, so you don't have to worry. This makes it good for when you're in public outdoor spaces. 

Again, if you have any kind of respiratory problems this might not be the best choice for you. If you experience pain or coughing from standard vaporizers, consider trying other types of products as alternatives. 

Sublingual Use with Oils 

Have you seen hemp-based oils drifting around the internet? Oils are the most popular form of products. There are plenty of ways to use them.

You can put oil into food or drinks if you like, but the taste and texture may not make this the best choice for you. Instead, you can try the sublingual method. 

Sublingual means "under the tongue." You put a few drops of CBD or other hemp-based oil under your tongue and hold them there for thirty seconds or longer without swallowing. 

There's a reason that many pharmaceutical medications are used sublingually. When you take medication under your tongue, it dissolves into your bloodstream right away.

It doesn't have to pass through your digestive system or get processed through your liver, so you're able to use a lower dosage without losing effectiveness. 

Because oils use droppers it's easy to administer the product under your tongue and keep it there. While the taste can be unpleasant, it's only for a short time. 

Sublingual Use with Tinctures

Tinctures are another popular choice of sublingual hemp products. Similar to oil, it comes in a bottle with a dropper. You can place a few drops under your tongue.

While some people tolerate the taste of tinctures over the taste of oils, others may find them too bitter. 

Tinctures are also useful for adding to mixed drinks. It's a good way to hide the taste or create hemp product cocktails, but this delivery method is slower. We'll discuss edible delivery methods next! 

Slow-Acting Hemp-Based Products

Sometimes you don't need relief right away. You want to use products that have a slow build-up and longer-term effects. These products are great for chronic pain, anxiety and depression that persists throughout your day, sleep, or longer-term stomach issues. 

If that sounds like you, try out one of these hemp-based products next time you're feeling unwell. 

Edible and Drinkable Products

Edibles (and drinkables) are super popular and for good reason. The hemp-based products are baked or mixed into foods and drinks. Consumption is easy and feels natural. 

Edibles come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the most popular and easily-available products are sweets. You can find brownies, cookies, chocolates, gummies, and anything else that can fulfill your sweet tooth and give you a sugar boost in the middle of the day.

One bonus of edibles is that you can bring them around with you without drawing any eyes. While hemp isn't shameful or illegal, some people may question you if you're smoking or vaping. 

You can get sodas, juices, or energy drinks to put in water bottles for extra subtlety. 

Edibles take a long time to kick in. They may take up to two hours, so be careful about how much of the product you're consuming. 

Many people make the mistake of using too much because they aren't feeling the effects yet. This results in the hemp products being overpowering after the first edible has kicked in. 

You'll get more of a slow burn effect from this method and it should last for a while. Be patient and see if it works for you. 

Bonus: Baking

If you like to bake, you can also make your own edibles (or you can mix tinctures into mixed drinks as we mentioned before). 

To do this, it's best to have products in their dried form. Instead of smoking, you go through a cooking process. First, you pre-bake your product in an oven no hotter than 245 degrees Fahrenheit. This is called decarboxylating

Leave it there for about a half-hour checking every so often to make sure that it isn't burned. After this, grind your product down and set it aside. 

In a small saucepan combine equal parts butter (or coconut oil) and water and bring to a simmer until the butter (or oil) melts. Add your ground hemp product and simmer on low for two to three hours. 

When you're done, funnel your oil through a cheesecloth into a jar. Once it's cooled you can add it to any baking recipe that calls for oil or butter.  

Capsules 

Capsules are great for a slow-release hemp-product. Like edibles, they're subtle enough to use when you're in public. They come in both vegan and non-vegan varieties (as some capsule shells contain gelatin). 

No one will look twice at you when you're taking a capsule as it looks like any other medication. 

This is another one that gives you a slow-burn effect. Capsules aren't usually as potent as edibles, but they come in all different dosages.

As with edibles, capsules need to work their way through your digestive system before they're able to work their magic. After this, they're processed through the liver and then dispersed throughout your body. 

Topicals

Topical hemp products are relatively new. They're best used for aches and pains.

Some of them are great for chronic pain, like arthritis. Researchers have done experiments on rats to determine whether or not the topical application is effective, and the results are promising. You rub the topical product into your skin and it should start giving you relief.

Topicals can also be used for other types of pain. Sunburn is a great reason to use topical hemp products. Certain skin conditions may benefit from topical hemp products, as well as pain from acne and other inflammation. 

If you often find yourself with muscle or joint pain after working out or being on your feet all day, CBD can also help with this. 

There are many types of topical products made from hemp. While hemp lotions, balms, and ointments are the most common, there are also hemp-based beauty products, hemp hair products, and even hemp bath bombs. 

The bath bombs are great for when you've had a long, hard day and you want to soothe your aches during a relaxing bath. They smell great too!

Which Products Are Best? 

When it comes to deciding which hemp-based products are best, it's important to know that everyone is different. What works for you may not work for another person and you may have to try several things before you find your perfect match. 

That said, some things work better than others for certain conditions. While this isn't going to be a perfect suggestion, it gives you a good place to start. 

All of these suggestions are for legal products. Both CBD products and Delta-8 THC products are legal to consume in most states. To learn more about legality, click here to check out more info

For Pain

Many people use hemp products for pain. Whether it's shallow pain, deep pain, or pain from occasional skin inflammation, hemp is a great solution. 

As we mentioned, topical products work well for pain. You're able to apply them in the exact place where you're feeling pain and they sink deep enough into the skin to provide some relief.

If you don't feel that topical products are getting deep enough to help with your pain, edibles may be best for you. They're long-lasting, easy to use, and easy to take with you. 

Finally, vaporizers are great for pain. They work fast, so if you encounter a sudden pain episode you don't have to worry. 

For Mental Health

If you're using hemp products for mental health, you have options.

You don't want to use topical products for mental health. While you may find some relief when using bath bombs, it won't come from the CBD itself.

Instead, try using CBD oil or vaporizers if you need quick results from sudden anxiety. They're also good for right before a presentation, performance, or speech, or any event where you need to encounter new people.

Social anxiety and stage anxiety are common enough that they're just as important as standard or generalized anxiety. 

For days where you have a strong undercurrent of anxiety that's keeping you awake or interfering with your tasks, try capsules. They won't be as overwhelming as edibles if you're not used to them but they should have longer-term effects than some other options.

These are not a replacement for pharmaceutical medications. 

Is It Time to Start Using Hemp-Based Products? 

There's a reason that more people are turning to hemp. Its legal status and the abundance of research that scientists have been putting into it are helping to destroy the stigma. 

Remember that hemp-based products aren't replacements for medications. If you're pregnant, nursing, or taking other medications, it's important that you discuss hemp products with a doctor first. If you experience adverse reactions, stop usage. 

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