5 Alternative Ways to Use CBD
As CBD becomes increasingly popular, new and alternative ways to use it continue to appear. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with traditional methods of using CBD, such as sublingual drops. However, some users prefer to opt for less conventional products or get creative at home with their methods of CBD use. CBD is extremely versatile, allowing users to tailor their CBD usage to their own unique needs and preferences. For those looking for new ways to incorporate CBD into their lives, this article contains plenty of ideas.
Homemade CBD edibles
Edibles are a popular CBD product type. However, some users don’t enjoy the types of edibles currently available on the market. For example, most edibles are sweet, so those who don’t have much of a sweet tooth may prefer an alternative. This is where making homemade edibles that suit the taste preferences and dietary restrictions of individual users can become a useful option.
Almost any type of food can become a CBD edible by simply adapting the recipe to incorporate CBD. The two types of products that people typically use to make edibles are water-soluble CBD and CBD oils. Deciding which one to use depends on the other ingredients in the recipe. If the CBD is going to be mixed into an oil-based ingredient or mixture, then CBD oil is the way to go. However, if the recipe calls for water or other similar liquids that aren’t oil-based, then water-soluble CBD is a more suitable option. Either way, the dose used can be personalised based on each user’s CBD sweet spot.
At Simply CBD, we have shared multiple homemade edible recipes on our blog and social media. For example, we posted a CBD-infused banana bread recipe (with vegan and non-vegan options) that incorporates CBD oil. We also shared a recipe for a delicious and nutritious CBD-infused pumpkin and sage soup. Due to its ingredients, it calls for water-soluble CBD rather than CBD oil. In addition to following pre-written CBD-infused recipes, users can adapt any of their favourite recipes to make their own CBD infusions. Whether it’s a full-blown meal, such as a pasta dish, or a snack, such as a batch of cookies, infusing recipes with CBD is always an option.
CBD nasal spray
For those who want to use CBD in a new way without having to put in the extra effort that recipes may require, using a CBD nasal spray could be a good option. At Simply CBD, our CBD Nasal Spray is low dose and can be used multiple times throughout the day as needed by each individual user. It contains approximately 100 sprays per bottle, with each spray delivering 2mg of CBD.
Our nasal spray product can be used on its own or in conjunction with other CBD products. For example, someone may use a CBD nasal spray to top up their dose throughout the day after taking an edible or applying a patch. Many users like to opt for our CBD nasal spray because it’s more natural and less harsh than other types of nasal sprays. This means that it’s suitable for regular use and can help ease sinus issues while delivering CBD to the bloodstream.
Homemade CBD drinks
Similar to homemade edibles, homemade CBD drinks are an increasingly popular way of ingesting CBD. While there are pre-mixed CBD drinks on the market, they are limiting in terms of both flavour and dose. When users make their CBD drinks at home with a water-soluble infusion, they can tailor each beverage to their taste and CBD sweet spot. It’s important to note that standard CBD oils are not the best option for beverage infusions. This is because they’re oil-based and fat-soluble. This is where water-soluble CBD comes in handy, as it can effectively dissolve in water and other beverages.
At Simply CBD, our water-soluble CBD product is tasteless and comes in multiple strengths (3.2% and 4.4%) to suit the needs of different users. The bioavailability of water-soluble CBD is very high, up to around 90%. This is among the highest rates of all types of CBD products. So, not only can users make bespoke beverages they enjoy, they can also incorporate a highly effective CBD product without impacting the taste or consistency. Any beverage can become a CBD drink when water-soluble CBD is included. This applies to hot, cold, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages.
From coffees to cocktails to immune-boosting smoothies, we have shared multiple CBD-infused drink recipes on our blog and social media. Many of them appear in our 2022 Simply CBD Recipe Round-Up article. Some recipes are seasonal, such as our mulled wine and pumpkin spice latte recipes. Others are versatile and suitable for any time of the year, such as our raspberry margarita, immune-boosting smoothie, and whipped coffee recipes. All of our recipes can be followed strictly or adapted to suit unique preferences. Users can also adapt any of their favourite drinks or drink recipes to include water-soluble CBD. Anything from a glass of water to a soft drink to an intricate cocktail can become a CBD-infused beverage.
Using CBD oils topically
CBD oils are designed to be taken sublingually, which means under the tongue. However, some have begun using CBD oils topically. This may be in an effort to help with skin irritations or muscle and joint soreness, as those are the main uses of most other types of topical CBD products. For example, we offer a CBD Muscle Balm and a CBD Muscle Salve, both of which are kind to the skin and contain ingredients with natural anti-inflammatory properties.
As is the case with most products that are designed to be topical, the topical use of CBD oil means it won’t enter the bloodstream. This means the way that it interacts with the endocannabinoid system is completely different from when it’s absorbed sublingually. We would typically recommend using a topical product like a balm or salve over oils for application to the skin. This is due to the way they’re designed and the additional beneficial ingredients they contain. However, there’s no issue or risk that comes with applying CBD oil topically, so it’s safe for users to do so if they wish. The exact level of benefit is unknown, but many users enjoy this method of application.
Vaping CBD is one of the most popular alternative options on this list. Users can simply inhale the number of puffs they need to feel their desired results. Many users enjoy this option because the flavours are enjoyable and the results tend to be rapid. This is due to the fact that CBD can be delivered straight into the bloodstream via the lungs. However, the effects produced by vaping CBD alone may not be as long-lasting as that of other products. This is why many users who vape CBD do so in conjunction with other products like oils, edibles, and patches.
At Simply CBD, we offer vape liquids in three different flavours. All three offer a strength percentage of 2%, and each bottle contains a total of 200mg of CBD. Our vape liquids are broad spectrum and also contain CBG, another beneficial cannabinoid from the hemp plant. It’s important to note that users should never attempt to vape CBD oil or any other CBD product that has not been specifically designed for vaping purposes.
Here are the key points to remember about the alternative ways to use CBD:
- CBD is versatile and comes in many different forms, so the way people use it can be tailored to their preferences.
- Making CBD edibles is a fun and easy way for people to customise their CBD use, as almost any food recipe can become a CBD edible recipe.
- Using a CBD nasal spray is a great way for users to ingest their CBD dose while helping clear their airways.
- Like edibles, making CBD drinks at home allows users to customise their ideal flavours and dose to create an enjoyable experience.
- While they are designed to be used sublingually, some users like to apply CBD oils topically to achieve different benefits.
- Vaping CBD is an increasingly popular alternative method of using CBD that is often combined with the use of other CBD products.