Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the more prominent and well known cannabinoids in cannabis. Many patients find CBD preferable for its ability to enhance health and wellness without producing the psychoactive high associated with THC and cannabis. To produce therapeutic benefits, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating mood, memory, appetite, pain, immune response, and temperature. Many scientists believe that CBD works best synergistically alongside other cannabinoids and terpenes, even in trace amounts, in what is known as the entourage effect. The amount of time it takes for CBD to begin to take effect is fully dependent on the dose, the vehicle of administration, and other factors that influence the rate of absorption. This can range from minutes to hours. When CBD is ingested, it must be digested before taking effect. Sublingual absorption, however, allows the cannabinoid to bypass digestion and take effect faster. Vaping CBD oil takes effect almost immediately because it is absorbed through the lungs’ alveoli. Topical applications allow for targeted and localized relief that does not rely on entering the blood stream.
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