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Inhalation vs Ingestion: The Debate Over The Best Way To Take CBD
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Inhalation vs Ingestion: The Debate Over The Best Way To Take CBD

Posted: April 05, 2023 | Author: Blog Upload

CBD is more popular than ever before and is being used widely across the world for it's reported health benefits, to aid with sports recovery and simply for leisure and cosmetic use.

As CBD is in such high demand, manufacturers of CBD products have a lot of competition and are investing heavily to create the finest extracts and CBD products so that they can be at the top of the industry. One of the hottest debates about CBD at the moment is whether inhalation or ingestion is the best way to take CBD. Where you land will help determine which products you choose.

In this guide we aim to explain the basics about both of these methods of taking CBD:

  • CBD for ingestion, including products like, but not limited to, CBD oils, CBD tincture, CBD capsules, CBD gummies
  • CBD for inhalation, as from a CBD vape pen, disposable CBD vape and other CBD vape oils that are inhaled through a vaporiser device, or CBD herbs that are inhaled in a similar way to regular cigarettes

Contact our expert team for more information on any of the products in our CBD shop.

CBD edibles vs vape products

Here we will take a look at some of the pros of both product types and explain why you might choose either one of them as your preference. Many CBD users enjoy both of these types of CBD as they can be great stand alone products but also compliment each other nicely too.

CBD gummies and edibles

Among the most popular CBD products are CBD edibles. These are all products that can be eaten (and sometimes drank). CBD edibles come in a huge variety of strengths and flavours, shapes and sizes making it easier for you to find the perfect product.

CBD edible product ranges vary widely and you can find all manner of confectionary and tasty options such as:

  • CBD gummies (bears and worms)
  • CBD chocolate
  • CBD boiled sweets
  • CBD granola bars
  • CBD tea
  • CBD energy bars
  • CBD shots

Now edibles aren't confined to these items specifically, in fact CBD product manufacturers are constantly developing new and innovative product types in order to cater for a wider audience and products that can be used for a larger range of applications.

Why choose CBD edibles?

There are plenty of benefits to choosing CBD edibles and what a pleasant way to get your CBD dose. Here are some pros of CBD edibles:

Incredible choice

CBD edibles are available in many different forms and flavours with thousands of CBD edibles to choose from. There is sure to be a strength and flavour that matches your needs. If you're vegan or prefer natural ingredients then you will find an abundance of CBD products to match your individual preferences.

Discreet option

CBD edibles are discreet - it is as simple as carrying your CBD edibles in your pocket or bag. Eat them at home or on the go, it really is up to you. Nobody has to know that your tasty snack also contains CBD, no matter your reason for choosing to take it.

Many benefits

CBD edibles have plenty of applications. You can reportedly use CBD edibles to help treat things like skin irritation, insomnia, stress, anxiety, chronic pain and acute pain relief.

An alternative to vaping

Edibles provide an alternative to CBD oils and vape products. Although CBD oils and vape oil products work for many, not everybody wants to or can put oil in their mouth or inhale vapour. CBD edibles provide an alternative to these other product types and make CBD more accessible for those that wouldn't be able to use or enjoy vapes or oils.

Easy to incorporate into your routine

The lifespan is great - when shopping with a trusted retailer for high quality disposables you can be sure that your device battery capacity will be sufficient for the duration of the specified puff count. Your disposable pen is designed to carry on until the last puff.

CBD vape products

CBD vape products are one of the most popular products due to their effectiveness, ease of use and partly because of the current popular trend of vaping. Whilst CBD vape products come in many forms, the main idea is that a CBD oil vape liquid is vaporised by a handheld device and inhaled via a mouthpiece.

Whether you choose a 'mod device' vape that can be recharged and refilled with your favourite CBD vape oil, a vape pod device, or simply a disposable vape, the method of consumption is via inhalation.

Why choose CBD vaping?

Although vaping CBD is not suitable for everybody it does have many benefits. Let's look at some of the top pros of vaping CBD:

Fast acting

CBD vape products work almost immediately as the CBD is inhaled directly to the lungs where it is absorbed directly to the bloodstream. Effects can be felt anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 minutes. Perfect for those among you that require a quick solution.

Huge choice of strength and flavours

As one of the most popular CBD products it is no surprise that there is a huge range of strengths and flavours. This makes it easy for you to find not only a product that tastes delicious but also one that matches your strength needs.

Easily portable

CBD vape products are often easily transported in a pocket or bag and can come with you wherever you go - just be sure to check the legality of CBD in the place you are visiting.

Alternative to smoking

CBD vaping is reportedly safer than the inhalation of cigarettes and other herbal smokes. If you're looking to battle stress or anxiety, to satisfy a craving or take 5 minutes out to de-stress, then vaping is a safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes and herbal smoking blends.

Do CBD edibles or vapes work faster?

Put quite simply, CBD vape products are much faster working than CBD edibles. The reason is that CBD vape oil and other CBD vape products that are vaporised and inhaled directly to the lungs are absorbed into the bloodstream directly, meaning the effects can be felt almost immediately.

CBD edibles on the other hand must be processed by your digestive system and get metabolised, which can take anywhere between 40 minutes to 2 hours (give or take depending on your personal metabolisation rate). It is worth noting that during the metabolisation process, some of the CBD can be lost.

If you're looking for fast results then a CBD vape product might work best for you (if vapour inhalation suits your lifestyle). If you are not able to inhale vapour or it doesn't suit your lifestyle, CBD edibles are still an effective way to get your CBD dosage, it might just take a little prior planning.

What's best for starting out with CBD?

There are many ways to start out with CBD products. See our quick overview of the best things to keep in mind when starting your CBD journey:

CBD types

There are a few types of CBD that it's useful to be aware of as you start. Look for these terms to help you with your decision making:

Full spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD contains all of the constituent cannabinoids found within cannabis plants. There are over a hundred known cannabinoids and each has their role in helping provide effects including reported relief from unwanted symptoms.

Full spectrum CBD products contain trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (less than 0.2% legal limit in the UK). This is the amount deemed safe for consumption and not enough to cause any psychoactive properties. Please note that this trace amount can provide a positive drug test.

Broad spectrum CBD

Broad spectrum CBD products contain a broad range of cannabinoids that are found within cannabis plants but are THC free. The other cannabinoids found within broad spectrum products help to increase general effects of your chosen CBD product. People often choose these products because of the zero THC content and the more organically complete effects of the broad spectrum of cannabinoids.

CBD isolate

CBD isolate is a CBD product that has been extracted to a pure state. It contains no other cannabinoids but has all of the reported benefits of CBD. CBD isolate is available in a full range of strengths including high potency and low strength products. People often choose these because they enjoy the benefits of CBD but prefer not to consume any other cannabinoids.

In essence, it is best to start with a CBD type that best matches your requirements.

Product strength

CBD products come in a variety of strengths. The best way to start is with a small dosage and see how it works for you, then slowly build the dosage until you reach your desired effects.

Before trying CBD, and especially if you have any health concerns or are taking other medications, be sure to consult with your GP or healthcare professional.

Is inhalation or ingestion right for you?

This is a decision that you will have to make based upon your personal preferences and requirements. Vape products aren't suited to everyone so if vaping isn't in-line with your health or lifestyle then edibles may prove to be a great option that has all the benefits of CBD without the need for inhalation of vapour.

If your preference is towards vaping CBD then a vape product can provide almost instant relief and is available in many flavours and strengths. CBD vapes are popular due to their ease of use and effective results.

Much research goes into both CBD edibles and CBD vape products. You will find new and innovative products in both of these categories.

Contact ICE Headshop

If you have any questions about any of our products or are seeking help with your purchase then look no further. Our team of CBD experts have decades of industry expertise and are available to guide you toward finding the perfect CBD product for you.

Don't hesitate to get in touch.