CBD Oil vs Vape vs Capsules vs Edibles vs Drinks. What to choose and why?
CBD oil really rose to fame back in 2013, when a strain called ‘Charlotte’s Web’ reduced a little girl’s grand mal seizures from 300 a day, to none. Unsurprisingly, this news hit the headlines and took the world by storm and since then, many other types of CBD oil have cropped up on the market – and plenty more products besides.
Now, when you shop for CBD products like you can here at nabino, the variety is pretty wild. Traditional CBD oil drops are still a popular choice, thanks to the excellent bioavailability and fast-acting results, but there’s an ever-growing variety of ways in which you can bring CBD into your life.
From CBD vape pens, CBD capsules and CBD edibles to CBD drinks, patches, fruit-flavoured dissolvable strips and even pillow sprays, shopping for CBD can make you feel much like a kid in the best sweet-shop ever! But a confused kid, who doesn’t know where to start.
The elimination half-life of CBD in human beings (the time it takes to reach half the dosage in your body) ranges from 18 to 32 hours, no matter how you take it. This means that once in your system you can continue to reap the benefits of CBD and a range of other cannabinoids and terpenes for days afterward. This is why the effects are accumulative and micro-dosing is a great option for many. However, one of the main factors to consider when choosing a product is the active life of CBD – the duration you really feel the effects – as this differs greatly depending on how you consume it. Another key point is the onset, which can range from 1-2 minutes (essential for those needing quick relief) to 90 minutes (perhaps a better choice for people wanting an overall boost through the day).
While the array of products is undoubtedly exciting, it can be tricky to know which option is best for you and what you want to get out of your CBD experience. Fortunately, nabino is here to help! With this simple guide to some of the world’s favourite ways to take CBD:
When you think of CBD, drops of oil from a bottle is probably the first product that comes to mind. Although there are many alternatives now available, this form of easy dispensing remains popular. And with good reason. By taking a couple of drops and holding it under your tongue until it has absorbed, the CBD enters your bloodstream fast (second only to the speed of inhalation) and the onset of effects can be felt within 10 minutes.
Taking CBD oil is usually the preferred way to microdose – a method we love here at nabino, where you take small amounts of CBD throughout the day to keep the active life effects topped up.
Some people find taking drops an easier way to control dosage (the mg per drop should be indicated on the bottle), whereas others find it a bit of a faff. Only you can decide how you feel about that one!
Inhaling CBD is the fastest way to get it into your bloodstream and as there’s no chance of you accidentally swallowing this (as with CBD oil) it’s never going to be filtered through your liver, which can reduce the potency and effects. However, if you’re unsure about breathing the product directly into your lungs you wouldn’t be alone. As a general rule, lungs are made for breathing oxygen and nothing else, so, although it is not as harmful as smoking vaping CBD may not be the healthiest way use it. Particularly if there are added chemicals such as propylene glycol. The jury is still out. Nabino co-founder Jeff prefers not to pose any potential risk to his lungs, whereas vaping is nabino co-founder Shaan’s favourite method!
The onset from using CBD vaporiser can be as fast as just a couple of minutes and the effects you feel can stick around for up to five hours too. But this does depend a lot on how deeply you inhale, how long you hold the product in and the quality of the vape pen itself. Because of this, accurate dosage can be tricky, despite pre-filled pens giving a clear indication of the mg per breath.
Although bioavailability is lower when taking CBD in capsule form (due to the fact that it is processed by your liver, rather than heading directly into your bloodstream as with CBD oil drops) it is still a favourite among many for a variety of reasons.
First of all is the onset and overall effect of taking a slower-acting, less potent dose. If you’re using cannabinoids with the goal of obtaining quick relief, this probably isn’t your best option as it can take up to 90 minutes to get going. However, if you’re after an overall enhancement in your day this is a great choice. One thing to consider though is that you can’t tailor the dose with capsules – they are pre-filled with a set mg.
Another reason capsules are popular is ease of use and flavour (or lack there of). Unlike oils, which are best taken throughout the day, capsules are usually taken one in the morning and one in the evening (or more often if you like! Just be aware that the mg per capsule is higher than the mg per drop). Although droppers are not hard or time consuming to use, just getting into the habit of remembering to take regular drops, or indeed remembering to take your bottle out with you can present a problem. Also, the earthy, herbal flavour of CBD oil is not something to everyone’s taste, so capsules are a good flavour-free option. When traveling, capsules can come in very handy to avoid any risk of leaks.
The word ‘edibles’ used to be reserved for marijuana products – the type that gets you high – but now, this has crossed over into the world of CBD and encompasses and food infused with cannabidiol. Stretch this this ingestibles and you can include drinks in that spectrum too!
Just like capsules, edibles and drinks take longer to enter your bloodstream and get to work as they need to be digested first. This makes the overall effect slower and less potent. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that means you can gorge on these sweets – they do often contain a similar cannabinoid dose to capsules, meaning you’ll probably only want to be eating a maximum of four a day.
As you might imagine, CBD edibles and drinks are probably the most pleasurable way to use CBD as there is a really tasty range available! From childhood favourites like fizzy cola bottles and gummy bears to more sophisticated offerings like botanical-based cocktails, coffee and even beer. There’s really something for everyone to enjoy.
Aside from the excellent taste and fun side of CBD edibles and CBD drinks, there’s also the benefit of subtly. We here at nabino are loud and proud about our own CBD use, but others would rather keep their use on the d-low, particularly if taking to relax or focus up at work. CBD edibles and CBD drinks offer a fantastic way to take your dose of lifestyle boosting cannabinoids without anyone raising an eyebrow.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. Each method of taking CBD comes with its own collection of pros and cons – all it comes down to is what you want to get out of the experience. You can be confident, everything at nabino, has been independently lab tested for its contents. And we have personally tested all of the products for efficacy. If you’re still unsure, the nabino starter kit is a brilliant place to begin.