Enjoying CBD by yourself can be a great therapeutic experience, but sharing the cannabinoid with friends is even better!
Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It’s a day to embrace our communities by celebrating the little bits of compassion that bring us closer together. Things like giving up your bus seat for an elderly commuter, holding the door for a stranger, or bringing coffee for your coworkers are all simple acts of kindness that can make somebody’s day!
In the spirit of the holiday, we’ll be discussing the best way to spread some love by sharing CBD with your friends and loved ones!
Step 1: Which Intake Method Is Best For Your Friend?
There are tons of different ways to consume CBD, and each has its own unique set of pros and cons. The first step in sharing CBD with a buddy is determining what method would be best for them.
If your friend is completely new to the cannabis world, starting simple may be the best option. Edible products like CBD gummies or drinks are super easy to use, and they taste delicious. Just simply eat or drink them the same way you would any other non-infused food product. If your friend is more experienced with cannabis, you may opt for a more efficient method. Orally consumed CBD such as gummy bears have a very low rate of bioavailability since the cannabinoid must first make its way through our maze-like digestive system. Practically, this means most of the mg of CBD in the edible won’t actually hit the bloodstream and have an effect.
Sublingual tinctures and CBD oil have slightly better rates of bioavailability than edibles. These oily extracts come in bottles with a dropper. Fill the dropper with the golden CBD liquid and dispense underneath your tongue. Wait one minute for the cannabinoids to be absorbed into the tissues in your mouth.
When sharing the benefits of CBD we can’t forget about our furry four-legged friend either! There are many great dog CBD products on the market such as CBD oil for dogs. Cannabinoids have potential anti-inflammatory benefits and may be helpful for ageing dogs experiencing joint pain and even anxiety.
Inhalation methods of cannabinoids offer the very best rates of bioavailability compared to other methods. If you think your friend will want to get the very most out of CBD, then you’ll definitely want to go with inhalation. Whole hemp flower can be ground and smoked the same way regular old marijuana is, though this technique can be rough on the lungs and throat. CBD vape oils can be vaporized and inhaled without combustion, though the CBD e juice in these vaping products run the risk of being cut with potentially harmful additives. Our elon® device combines the best parts of vaping and smoking. The concentric heating technology gently heats sun-grown hemp flower without combusting it, making for a smooth hit every time. Unlike a traditional portable dry-herb vaporizer, elon® pairs with a disposable and plastic-free hemp cartridge called a stelo™. Because each stelo™ also functions as a mouthpiece, elon® makes sharing CBD during the time of COVID safe and easy!
Step 2: Isolate, Full-Spectrum, or Broad-Spectrum?
Next, you’ll need to determine which kind of CBD will be best for your friend.
CBD isolate is CBD in the purest form. When you have a bottle of isolate, you have just the CBD without any other cannabinoids or terpenes.
Full-spectrum CBD has all the natural terpenes and cannabis found in the cannabis plant, including trace amounts of THC. When all these compounds are present together in a single tincture, edible, or bud, the effects of the individual components work together to become even more beneficial. This is referred to as the entourage effect.
Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD; the only difference is that broad-spectrum CBD doesn’t contain any THC whatsoever.
If you think your friend is interested in getting the most benefit out of CBD, then a full-spectrum product like our stelo™ will likely be your best bet. If your friend is sensitive to THC or is worrying about a potential drug test for the cannabinoid, broad-spectrum products allow you get some of the benefits of the entourage effect while bypassing any THC. CBD isolate is often a cheaper option if you’re strapped for cash.
Step 3: Determining the Right Dose.
Getting the right dose for your friend is essential to sharing CBD. What might be right for you may not be right for someone else.
Is your friend new to CBD, or are they an experienced user? If they have experience with CBD, then this step will be easy as they likely already have a preferred dose. Just ask!
If they’re a CBD novice, then things will be a bit more complicated. A good rule of thumb is to always start low and titrate up as needed. The CBD dosage calculator is a good place to start with determining a new dose for a first-time user.
Now you’re set to start sharing!