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5 Ways to Consume CBD

Jul 27, 2022Customer Service
If you are considering taking cannabidiol (CBD) for a specific ailment or health benefit, depending on the goal you are trying to achieve, there might be a method of intake that is best suited for you. Here we will go over some of the most popular ways to use CBD to ensure that you choose a product that is tailored to meet your needs!
  1. Tinctures
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Tinctures are a great option for those seeking a daily CBD regimen. They are absorbed into the bloodstream fastest when dropped underneath the tongue and held there for about a minute. Gel capsules are essentially a pre-dosed tincture and offer the same benefits. Both tinctures and gel capsules work best when they are taken consistently every day. Pros:
  • The tinctures are absorbed sublingually (under the tongue) causing them to be fast acting
  • Both are used to help relieve stress, anxiety and to aid sleep
  • Offered in different concentrations/strengths
  • Tinctures are also offered in different flavors
  • Dosage is already taken care of with the gel capsules
  • The effects last longer than with combustible methods
  • Some are sensitive to the strong hemp taste in the non-flavored tincture options
  • FIguring out the correct dosage with the tincture can take a little time
2. Edibles 
Appalachian Standard CBD Boujee Bear gummy bag in a moss setting
Another popular method of intake, CBD edibles are simple yet effective when it comes to relieving stress and pain. Pros:
  • Simply put- they are delicious! (I mean, have you tried our Boujee Bears?)
  • Convenient to take on the go
  • Dosage is simple, you can eat however little or as much as you want
  • Effects take longer to kick in as they have to be digested before they are absorbed
3. Topicals 
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CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin and are especially helpful for people who experience pain in localized areas. Pros:
  • A great option for people who deal with arthritis, chronic pain from previous injuries, or have physically strenuous jobs
  • Very easy to apply directly to problem areas
  • Depending on the specific product, they can also be beneficial for dermatological issues such as dry skin and eczema
  • Not helpful for stress and anxiety like other methods

4. Vaping 

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Known for its convenience and efficiency, vaping is another popular method especially among younger generations of CBD users. Pros:

  • Has a high bioavailability rate in comparison to other methods since the CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the lungs
  • A little more discreet than smoking as it does not produce large clouds of smoke (instead small clouds of vapor)
  • Can be helpful for stress, anxiety and pain
  • Is offered in flavors with added terpenes for folks who don’t care for the taste of hemp alone
  • Effects are felt faster than ingested methods (tinctures and edibles)
  • Not as harsh on the lungs as smoking
  • You must have a proper device (battery) in order to vape (we sell these!)
5. Smoking 
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The most simple and natural method of enjoying CBD, smoking flower is great for those who truly enjoy all aspects of the hemp plant. Pros:
  • Has the most flavor, so you can really experience the unique taste each strain has to offer thanks to the terpenes found in each plant
  • The ritual of smoking is often associated with a relaxing, self-care part of your day (AKA a smoke break)
  • Like vaping, smoking has a high bioavailability rate
  • Great for anxiety, pain relief, and sleep
  • One of the most affordable methods of consumption in terms of CBD per dollar spent
  • Effects are felt faster than ingested methods
  • Can be harmful for those with asthma or other lung conditions
  • Not as discreet as other methods
  • Effects don’t last quite as long as ingested methods

If you need any more assistance choosing the right method or product, feel free to email us at!

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