The prospects of federal legality are rising as doctors, researchers, and lawmakers continue to acknowledge the growing list of benefits that medical marijuana may provide. And that’s wonderful because CBD, in particular, appears to be a 21st-century wonder drug. CBD seems to have the ability to treat a wide range of ailments, including diabetes, nicotine addiction, fibromyalgia, anxiety and schizophrenia. Learn more about CBD strips here.
Cannabis has always been used to treat a variety of neuropathic and arthritic pains, although it was only until recently that CBD became readily available for widespread usage. Nowadays, producers are growing high-CBD strains that may be used in a number of ways: smoking, dabbing, edibles, pills, tinctures, concentrates, and dissolvable strips. This article will concentrate on dissolvable strips as a way to consume CBD—a method that’s quickly gaining popularity.
Along the way, we’ll answer questions such as:
- What are CBD strips?
- Why should you use them?
- How do you use CBD strips?
- Is it possible to make your own batch of CBD strips?
We’ll go over how CBD oil is extracted, the various methods for administering it, and whether dissolvable strips are better than ingestible CBD products. We’ll also discuss CBD strips versus other delivery systems in more detail (microencapsulation) and why the dissolvable strip is feasible. So where do we begin? Let’s start at the beginning.
What Are CBD Strips?
The breath strips, which were quite popular a number of years ago, are perhaps the most basic analog and, perhaps, the source for CBD. Breath strips and CBD strips are both tiny squares of edible “paper” that have been infused with various components. The breath strip contains menthol, eucalyptus, and other chemicals to make your breath smell pleasant. The active ingredient in the CBD strip is cannabidiol (CBD). It’s the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) in this instance. Regardless of what’s in the strip, the “paper” itself is very water soluble. That means it’ll dissolve rapidly when it comes into touch with water—in this example, your saliva.
What Are CBD Strips Used For?
CBD strips are a straightforward method to deliver medicine into your body at its most basic level. The dissolvable CBD strips don’t need an injection. They don’t have to be broken down. And they don’t have the potential of causing stomach issues. CBD strips are a simple yet valuable tool for delivering pharmaceuticals directly where you need them the most.
Why Use CBD Strips?
There are plenty of options for obtaining the CBD your body requires. A high-CBD strain may be smoked or vaped. Apply a CBD concentrate dab. Consume an CBD-laced food item. Take a few drops of CBD tincture, if that’s what you need to do. Unfortunately, many of these strategies attract a lot of attention. You certainly cannot smoke, vape, or dab at work. Edibles and tinctures are somewhat more hidden, but they could still draw attention from coworkers.
CBD strips are a discreet way to get a dose of CBD any time, anywhere. That is why many medical-marijuana users prefer dissolvable CBD strips for pain alleviation, anxiety control, and other medical symptoms management.
How Do You Use CBD Strips?
The breath strips that measure lung function are usually found in the same locations, but they’re really quite different. Rather than putting the CBD strip on your tongue and swallowing the dissolved material, you place it beneath your tongue and allow it to dissolve. When the CBD strip melts away, it is absorbed straight into your circulation via the sublingual artery. This is the quickest and most powerful way to enter your body with CBD. For a slower, more relaxed, longer-lasting effect, try placing the CBD strip against the side of your cheek.
CBD Strips Vs. Other Types Of Delivery Methods
CBD is ingested in a variety of ways, including smoking, dabbing, and vaporizing. It can also be taken via edibles and pills. CBD strips avoid the stomach and intestine by going straight to your bloodstream. If we had to choose another comparison for the dissolvable strip, it would be the tincture. But why is there such a difference between CBD strips and other edible or pill forms? Because with edibles and pills, you must take into account the acids in your stomach.
Before they can enter your circulation and be carried to your brain, cannabinoids must be absorbed by your stomach acid. After absorption, they must travel through your liver before reaching your circulation and being delivered to your brain (where they do the most good). All of this takes time. The digestive tract, after all, serves to dilute the CBD’s potency. This decrease in strength while traveling through the digestive system is referred to as bioavailability. Because of the damaging and filtering characteristics of the digestive and respiratory systems, edibles, smoking, dabbing, and vaping have a lower bioavailability than CBD gels.
When you place a CBD strip under your tongue and allow it to dissolve without swallowing, the CBD enters your sublingual artery directly. The unfiltered CBD then travels via the external carotid artery, internal carotid artery, and finally to your brain. This is compared to the path that the CBD must take through your lungs or stomach (through smoking or ingestion respectively). The benefit of the CBD strip is that it allows for faster absorption, enabling you to get more cannabinoids into your system without having to pass through other areas of your body first.
Can You Make Your Own Batch Of CBD Strips?
Yes, you can make your own batch of CBD strips… but we don’t recommend it. “Why?” you might wonder. It’s a difficult process for a reason. Here’s an example of what goes into dissolvable strips.
- 22.4 grams pullulan
- 1.0 gram carrageenan
- 0.15 grams xanthan gum
- 0.15 grams locust bean gum
- 0.8 grams sorbitol
- 71.85 grams water
- 2.5 grams emulsified mint oil
- 0.5 grams herb extract
- 0.3 grams aspartame
- 0.25 grams citric acid
- CBD oil
- In a large mixing bowl, combine pullulan, carrageenan, xanthan gum, locust bean gum, sorbitol, aspartame, and citric acid.
- Mix well.
- While stirring, slowly pour water into the bowl.
- Continue mixing until you’ve created a gel.
- Add emulsified mint oil, herb extract, and THC extract.
- Combine ingredients until everything is homogenous.
- Cover loosely (doesn’t have to be airtight) and store overnight.
- Pour on a baking pan and spread to desired thickness.
- Place the balls in an oven and bake at 140°F to 175°F for about 10 minutes per batch, or until the substance feels dry to the touch (about 3-8% moisture).
- Remove the large sheet from the pan, let it cool, and then cut into small strips.
Again, we aren’t encouraging you to attempt this at home. For one thing, some of those components are difficult to obtain. For another thing, they may be costly. Then there’s the whole question of getting everything right (thickness, dryness, CBD concentration) in order to create a viable product. We want to make it clear that we never want to discourage you from trying new cannabis goods with your recipes. That’s where most of the innovative ideas originated. However, this method may be too expensive and complicated for the average Mary Joe or Mary Jane. We suggest leaving it to the pros. Save yourself a lot of time and aggravation by purchasing your strips from your local marijuana store instead.
Let’s focus on one part of the recipe that most individuals wouldn’t be able to mix. Microencapsulation is a process that is beyond the capability of most people.
Microencapsulation Makes CBD Strips Possible
To encapsulate something, you put it into a microcapsule. We’re putting CBD extract into those tiny capsules in this case. The important thing to remember is that the tiny capsules (which can’t be seen with the naked eye) are suspended in fluid. When the liquid evaporates or dries, the microcapsules are left behind, including on the dissolvable strip in this instance. Microencapsulation was originally used to encapsulate drugs like breath strips and CBD strips, but it’s also been used in the transportation, administration, and targeting of therapeutic drugs for cancer treatment and other illnesses. Here’s a quick diagram that’ll help you visualize what microencapsulated CBD is. Microencapsulation provides a slew of advantages over simply adding CBD extract into your mix (e.g., dripping CBD tincture into your smoothie).
- Extracted CBD is highly stable and protected against deterioration (or spoiling) for far longer.
- Encapsulation allows you to regulate CBD release.
- Encapsulation allows for convenient consumption with a variety of ingestion options available.
In other words, microencapsulation is a method of regulating the dosage on the strip so that it may be easily consumed, as well as assisting CBD to stay longer.
Give CBD Strips A Try
CBD strips are a fantastic solution for determining if CBD is appropriate for you. They’re the only way to know conclusively whether this delivery method is suitable for you. Consult with experts at your local dispensary about the best product for your needs. It’s also crucial to remember that when you’re trying out a new way to consume CBD, it’s best to start simple and gradually. It’s also key to note that the effects of CBD can take 15 to 30 minutes (or longer) to manifest themselves fully. Try not to bite into another strip in order to expedite the process. This will accomplish nothing but make you feel even worse than you already do.