Different Administration Methods of Hemp and Cannabis

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In previous blog posts, when differentiating between THC and CBD, we briefly discussed the different methods of administering hemp. In this blog post we will further discuss the differences between THC and CBD and expand on the different ways of administering CBD products. While CBD and THC products are administered in similar ways, many individuals will have their preferred way of administering the products.
 
First, let’s quickly refresh on the differences between THC and CBD.
 
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)
Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC is the main component in cannabis and is the component that is responsible for the psychological effects that It has on your body. The other component found in cannabis is CBD (livescience,2019). THC can cause a person to get “high” when it is consumed. Because of its psychoactive components, THC, when consumed can influence concentration, appetite and other of your body’s operating systems.
 
THC effects the body by stimulating the cells in your brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria (livescience,2019)
 
CBD (Cannabidiol)
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD is one of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the hemp plant (weedmaps,2019).
 
CBD has grown in popularity and is commonly used for it’s therapeutic benefits. These benefits include inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and seizures. It has also risen in popularity for its use in topical creams, balms, skin products, makeup, hair products, and even for pets.
 
What is Hemp?
 
Now, we will go over the different methods of administering hemp. The different methods will depend on personal preference as everyone is different and will react differently to CBD products. Start with a low dosage and wait a while before taking more to make sure you are listening to your body. By starting slow you will understand your body, and how you are reacting to the different products.
 
Smoking
A common method of administrating CBD is through smoking the dried plant in a pipe, joint or bong. This method of consumption creates a reaction that happens quickly and it delivers the cannabinoids to your system with efficiency (safecannabisuse, 2019).
 
Onset: Within seconds of inhalation.
Duration: Approximately 1-3 hours after inhalation.
 
Vaporizing
Similar to smoking, the use of vaporizing a form of inhalation, minus the smoke. It is administered through a devise that heats the plant or oil to a specific temperature that forces trichome away from the plant into vapors (safecanabiseuse, 2019).
 
Onset: Within seconds of inhalation.
Duration: Approximately 1-3 hours after inhalation.
 
Pills or Capsules
Pills and capsules contain CBD isolate or full spectrum in an extracted form. Pills and capsules can help deliver an accurate dose of CBD.
 
Onset: From 15 minutes to two hours.
Duration: Can be upwards to 4-10 hours.
 
Oil
Full Spectrum CBD oil is low in THC and high in CBD (ardent, 2019) and isolate contains no THC. Because of it’s ratio of CBD to THC, the oil will not provide any psychoactive effects. CBD oil is used for various health concerns. Anything from nausea, anxiety, pain management and sleep problems.
 
Onset: From 15 minutes to two hours.
Duration: Can be upwards to 4-10 hours.
 
Edibles
Edibles can be found in many different forms, through snacks, chocolate, soda, ice cream, mints and more. Edibles have been a popular method of consumption for quite some time. When ingested in an edible, cannabinoids are processed through the liver. Since the cannabinoids are processed through the liver it is important to go slow and wait it out to ensure you do not over consume.
 
Onset: Can range from 15 minutes to two hours.
Duration: Approximately 4-6 hours or longer.
 
Topical
A method that is growing in popularity is the use of cannabis in topical oils, balms and creams. Products that have CBD components have been said to help with joint and muscle pain, arthritis, and skin conditions.
 
Onset: Five minutes to two hours.
Duration: Depending on how much is applied, upwards to 12 hours.
 
Now that you have a better understanding of the different methods of consuming hemp and cannabis you can now continue your research into what methods would be best for you. Each method is different and has their own set or pros and cons, it is important educate yourself before consuming.
 
Note to the readers: It is important to listen to your body and being aware of how you react to hemp and cannabis products. Everyone is different, not one person’s reaction may be the same as yours and it’s important to do what’s best for you. Start Low, Go Slow. Also, before switching any of your medications for CBD or THC products that you talk with your health care professional first. They’ll have a ton of information for you to help you determine a solution to a medical issue you are facing.