CBD’s growing legality across the U.S. and beyond has contributed to a swelling range of products. With the continued growth of the global market—which is expected to reach USD $6.36 billion this year—more people are feeling tempted to consume cannabis in different ways, such as by snorting it.
But is this a good idea?
While it might be the method of choice for a broad scope of illegal narcotics, it’s virtually unheard of in the cannabis world. However, since the effects of snorting substances tend to be fast, many consumers feel tempted to try this method of administration.
Snorting is a method by which some people choose to consume recreational and prescription drugs. Before the substance can be divided into “lines” and inhaled into the nasal cavity with a piece of paper or straw, it must be finely ground into a powder.
The American Addiction Centers notes on its website that the following types of narcotics are frequently snorted by users:
When snorted, approximately 30-60% of the drug makes its way into the bloodstream via the nose’s mucus membrane before making its way through the stomach. Snorting substances is sometimes preferred because the effects can kick in within as little as 15 minutes.
Our noses are exposed to the elements every single day, so why would you want to put them under any necessary pressure? Mucous membranes, which are found inside the nasal cavity, may become damaged if you snort CBD.
When this happens, it may become a tricky task to breathe normally. Regular snorting may even increase the risk of someone completely losing their sense of smell.
Not only will damaged mucous membranes cause an inconvenience for the person who tries to snort CBD (or any other substance for that matter), but the damage will also increase their chances of developing blood-borne infections like hepatitis C and HIV— especially among people who share snorting paraphernalia.
Furthermore, there’s an elevated risk of septum damage when a person snorts for long periods of time. This doesn’t just apply to CBD but also many other types of drugs.
Now that we’ve covered the basics about snorting narcotics and powderized substances, we can shift our attention in the direction of CBD—should it be snorted for faster effects? To put it simply, no. While the effects might possibly kick in faster, you could wind up experiencing a health problem.
There is currently a lack of scientific evidence and information regarding the effects of snorting CBD, but this isn’t to say that consumers should try it. Rather, consumers should hold off on the experimentation and wait for further studies to prove the safety of inhaling CBD via the nasal cavity.
If you won’t take no for an answer and really want to put some CBD up your nose, opt for nasal CBD sprays and inhalers. These types of products are specially formulated to be administered via the nasal cavity and enter the bloodstream quickly.
Unlike CBD isolate or some kind of CBD powder, nasal CBD sprays will contain a tried-and-tested liquid that is delivered directly to the nasal passages via a controllable nozzle. Aside from clearing congested airways, such products may prove useful for improving overall bioavailability (the amount of the drug that enters the bloodstream).
No matter what your choice of CBD administration, it is crucial that you stick to the recommended dosage for all CBD-containing products. This is especially true for people who are considering consuming CBD at the same time as other prescribable medications.
The reason for this is to ensure that the consumer doesn’t experience any unwanted side effects. It is possible for this scenario to happen since cannabinoids like CBD have a reputation for working synergistically with other medicines and compounds, a process called the “entourage effect.”
Until more advancements in technology and product innovation take place, it is best to steer clear of any temptation to snort CBD products. For now, all of the products that make up the market are designed to be used/consumed in a certain way, therefore going against the rules can be incredibly risky.
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