Cannabidiol, or CBD, is now a household name. This versatile chemical compound is derived from the cannabis or hemp plant, and can be added to just about anything from bath bombs, dog treats and hand lotions to chocolates and carbonated beverages.

Consumers have been sharing CBD stories across social channels, at coffee houses, and in offices around the country, claiming relief for many maladies including anxiety, sleep disorders, chronic pain, depression, post-traumatic stress, and even sexual dysfunction.

Unlike its cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive. This makes it very appealing for consumers who are looking for natural remedies.

CBD can be consumed in many ways for different reasons. Following are the most common:

How To Take CBD Oil – Sublingual / Buccal

CBD oils, tinctures and some lozenges are designed to be used by way of sublingual or buccal absorption. This is the fastest way to introduce a medication into the body. Sublingual literally means ‘under the tongue’ while buccal administration involves placing a medication between your gums and cheek. These forms of CBD are most commonly used for seizures, pain management, severe anxiety or any time the user is looking for a fast onset of symptom relief and maximum bioavailability.

How To Take CBD – Ingestion

CBD softgel caps offer convenience and are easy to swallow with little to no taste. While it takes a bit longer for the body to absorb (as it has to travel through the digestive system), it is a discreet and effective way to manage pain, inflammation, stress and anxiety. Edibles are another popular method of CBD ingestion. Gummies, brownies, carbonated beverages, and even CBD-infused beer and wine can be found online and in shops around the country. Edibles are very popular with consumers but have a delayed onset, which can be problematic when it comes to proper dosing.

How Do You Take CBD Oil – Topical

There are many varieties of CBD topicals that can be applied directly to the skin for relief of arthritis, sports injuries and skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Lotions, creams and bath bombs are all topical and are commonly used by those who prefer application to the skin as opposed to inhalation or ingestion.

How To Consume CBD Oil – Transdermal

CBD is available in adhesive patch form in a variety of shapes and sizes. Made in single dose patches, transdermal delivery allows for immediate infusion into the bloodstream and is a simple and effective way to address CBD needs. Patches are favored by those looking for longer, more controlled relief.

How To Take CBD Oil – Vaporizing

Vaping CBD allows for fast absorption and an overall relaxing, efficient CBD experience. While there is still much research that needs to be done on vaping of any kind, users do like the convenience and effectiveness that vaping provides.

The CBD boom is reminiscent of many fads throughout the years, like fondue parties, Atkins, avocado toast and lacing lattes with spirulina. The main differentiator is that CBD seems to have taken hold and may be here to stay. CBD use dovetails seamlessly with the healthcare trend of taking responsibility for your own health and the sharp turn towards natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals.

We are at the tip of the CBD iceberg as more research opportunities are opening and data is being collected on methods and usage. No matter what form of consumption you choose, CBD can be a very effective and natural way to treat many physical and mental health conditions.