Of the many ways you can get CBD into your system, edibles are one of the most versatile. There are just so many types of edibles out there, and they come with a wide range of advantages over other delivery methods.
What is CBD
If you still don’t know, CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it is one of the hundreds of active agents that have been isolated in the cannabis plant. CBD is a calming substance that has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which make it effective in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. It can be used to help patients with anxiety, cancer pain, insomnia, arthritis, among other medical problems.
CBD is a non-psychotropic substance, which means it will not alter your mental state as THC does. In other words, CBD won’t make you high. It does make you calm and relaxed, though. Like caffeine, CBD is not a psychotropic, but it is psychoactive. Meaning it interferes with your state of mind without altering your perception of reality.
Here are some reasons why edibles are better than vaping CBD or placing infused oil under your tongue.
1 – Discretion
CBD is legal in many areas of the world, but just because it is allowed, it doesn’t mean it’s well perceived. Sometimes it’s best to be discreet about your CBD use, and edibles are handy for that. They look like normal foods at a glance, and the application is often over in a single bite.
Gummies are a popular type of edible, but they are so popular that they might draw attention. If you really want to fly under the radar, stick with less popular alternatives, like CBD chocolate, lollipops, or gel capsules.
2 – Duration
One of the downsides of edibles is that they take a long time to be effective. After being consumed, the edible goes through the digestive system, which means the CBD eventually makes its way to your liver. There, the CBD starts to slowly be processed and released into your bloodstream. As a result, it may take as much as an hour before you feel the effects of the CBD. Compare that to the action speed of oils, which take only minutes; or vaping, which takes seconds.
On the other hand, this process also makes edibles last longer than any other method. The digestion process keeps releasing CBD into your bloodstream as time goes by, allowing for the effects of the CBD to last for several hours. It’s not uncommon for edibles to last six hours or more.
3 – Flavor
While CBD does not necessarily taste bad, it is a situation where you either love it or you hate it. CBD is often carried by plant oil and may contain hemp biomass in the mixture, which all adds up to a strong earthy taste that many find unsavory.
Edibles, however, are often made using CBD isolate, which is a crystalized version of the substance. Isolates are tasteless, which means your edible will taste just like the not-infused version of the food in question. Remember to check the CBD volume of the edible before you consume it. If you don’t know how much CBD you should use, check out this Cibdol article.